Balloon Flights over Gloucestershire
Hot Air Balloon Rides over Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire brims with delights from the 800 square miles of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the spa town of Cheltenham The Cathedral city of Gloucester lies to the west of the Cotswold Hills in the lush Severn Valley with the beautiful Forest of Dean further west. Market towns and stately homes sprinkled all over and make excellent balloon launch sites.
The majority of passenger balloon flights are made over the Cotswolds, an area of gentle hills and landscape, crisscrossed by stonewalls, hidden river valleys and with a unique architectural style of limestone buildings with stone mullions and dormer windows and steeply pitched roofs. The word Cotswold comes from the Anglo Saxon words for sheep pen and in the Middle Ages this was the key to its commercial success. The proceeds from this industry were put to building the magnificent manor houses and churches which balloons fly over today.
Balloon Flights from Bourton in the Water, the little Venice of the Cotswolds with its stream spanned by several bridges can be taken with local balloon ride operator Ballooning in the Cotswolds. Another site they fly from is Cheltenham, famous for its miracle springs discovered in 1715 and also home to the Cheltenham Gold Cup horse racing event. Or try the market town of Cirencester in the east of the region with history dating back to the Roman times underlined by the Fosse Way Roman Road. Other sites they may fly from are Stroud and Tetbury, a delightful Cotswold classic close to the Prince of Wales estate at Highbury.
To the northern edge of the Cotswolds lies Moreton in the Marsh where Wickers World can take you aloft in one of their many hot air balloons. Their balloon take off site at the Fire Service College is an amusing place to start your flight in a hot air balloon!