Ancient Britain: Gloucestershire Tour

Hands on History: The Ancients
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Hands on History

Start: Symonds Yat Rock

Finish: Uley Bury Hillfort and Hetty Peglar's Tump

Distance: Approximately 102 miles

Gloucestershire is where fascinating history and beautiful scenery combine to provide a truly memorable day out.

So come with us on a journey through the landscape and across the ages as we take you back to the time of our prehistoric ancestors.

Hundreds of thousands of years may have passed but all over the county there's evidence of human activity from the end of the Ice Age through the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages right up to the invasion of the Romans in AD43.

This driving tour will take you to all parts of Gloucestershire; from the Wye Gorge in the west, across the world-famous Cotswold hills, through the limestone grasslands above the Stroud valleys and ending with a magnificent view of the Severn vale. En route you'll discover more about how our enigmatic and mysterious ancestors lived, worked, fought and died.

This tour can be undertaken in a variety of ways; as a day-long journey, in short sections or you can use the information as a guide to individual visits.

You might also consider embarking on the tour using public transport but changing bus services and timetables will require plenty of preparation.

Before you set off make sure that you're properly equipped. Nothing beats a really good Ordnance Survey map, marked with contours and ancient monuments. A compass and a torch would also be useful. Some of these historical gems are in fields and away from roads or footpaths, so good walking boots are a must. Most sites have few or no facilities and it's also worth noting that mobile phone coverage can't be guaranteed in parts of rural Gloucestershire.

This guide has been produced with the generous assistance of Gloucestershire County Council Archaeology Service, Cotswold Archaeology and Professor Mark Horton from the University of Bristol.

BBC Gloucestershire