Outdoor Activities

There is so much to do in the Stroud District! The very fact that it combines the lofty heights of the South Cotswolds with the undulating lowland area of the Severn Vale means that there is a great contrast in land-heights.

The Cotswolds countryside to the east offers high ground, with steep hillsides and stunning views - ideal for walking, fairly strenuous cycling, kite-flying, gliding, golfing, horse-riding or simply gazing at the stunning views.

But many prefer the lower, flatter countryside of the Severnside villages - where walking and cycling are much easier, and often more suited to family groups, and the sudden sight of the River Severn or the Gloucester / Sharpness Canal can catch you unaware.

Whatever your fitness level - your individual tastes - or your budget, there will be something to suit you in the Stroud District. We hope that the following information will provide you with all the contacts you need to make your visit really worthwhile!

Activity Contact Details

BALLOONING
BOAT TRIPS
CAR HIRE
CLASSIC CAR HIRE
CLAY PIGEON SHOOTING
CYCLE AND WALKING HOLIDAYS
CYCLE HIRE
  CYCLE REPAIRS
CYCLING
DIVING
GAME FISHING
GLIDING CLUBS
GOLF
LEISURE AND SPORTS CENTRES
MICROLIGHTING
PARA GLIDING AND HANG GLIDING
RIDING
SAILING
SKATEBOARDING SHOPS
TOUR OPERATORS
WATER SPORTS CENTRES
WATERSKIING



BALLOONING

Ballooning in the Cotswolds
Our Balloon Flights from Stroud provide spectacular views over the River Severn and on clear days Bristol, The Welsh Mountains, Forest of Dean and Malvern Hills are clearly visible. To the north the spire of Gloucester Cathedral and Regency Cheltenham nestle in the Seven Vale. On a northwesterly breeze your Balloon Ride may take you out over Minchinhampton Common towards Tetbury. Closer to Stroud we see the pretty villages of Painswick, Bisley, Nailsworth and Slad.
Tel. 01453 753221
http://www.ballooninginthecotswolds.co.uk

Cotswold Balloon Safaris
Your ticket to fly. With the perfect settings, top quality balloon and flight packages to suit most budgets and timetables, Cotswold Balloon Safaris offer the perfect gift for a loved one. With prices starting from as little as 99, guests receive an experience to cherish forever.
Tel: 01666 330 185 or info@cotswoldballoonsafaris.co.uk
http://www.cotswoldballoonsafaris.co.uk

Virgin Balloon Flights
The UKs biggest hot air balloon operator. 100 sites UK wide. All year, weather permitting. Vouchers available. Bookings taken via website.
Tel: 01952 212 750 sales@virginballoonflights.co.uk or customerserivice@virginballoonflights.co.uk
http://www.virginballoonflights.co.uk



BOAT TRIPS

Cotswold Canals Trust
Operate boat trips aboard "Perseverence" on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from Saul Junction Heritage Centre. Operating from Easter to September. Various routes and fares. Also skippered charter boat trips by arrangement throughout the year (subject to availability).
07929 980670
http://www.cotswoldcanals.com

English Holiday Cruises
Relaxing River Cruise holidays through the Cotswolds Severn Vale on a Four Star Hotel Boat.
Tel 01452 410411 Fax 01452 357959 Email sales@englishholidaycruises.co.uk
http://www.new.englishholidaycruises.co.uk

Glevum Boat Hire Ltd
At Slimbridge Boat Station. Self Hire on Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.
Patch Bridge, Slimbridge GL2 7BP Dorothy Wattam Phone to book. 01453 899190 slimbridgeboatstation@aol.com

Gloucester Leisure Cruises
(part of National Waterways Museum) run a number of boat trips from Gloucester docks. "Queen Boadicea II", a former Dunkirk "little ship" provides visitors with a 45-minute trip along the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal. Longer trips are available aboard the cruiser "King Arthur".
Llanthony Warehouse The Docks Gloucester GL1 2EH Tel: 01452 318200



CAR HIRE

Rhino Car Hire
Explore the district and the surrounding area with the flexibility of your own car. If arriving into the UK and visiting the Cotswolds having a rental car offers a great way to get around at your own pace. Collect hire cars from all major UK airports including Bristol International Airport, as well as Gloucestershire Airport.
Tel: 0845 508 9845 Email: info@rhinocarehire.com
http://www.rhinocarhire.com



CLASSIC CAR HIRE

Classic Motoring
Self-drive hire of classic Jaguar E-Type convertibles. Explore the Cotswolds in a classic open-top car. Gift vouchers available.
Tel: 01452 864050 info@classicmotoring.co.uk See website for full pricing details
http://www.classicmotoring.co.uk



CLAY PIGEON SHOOTING

Stroud & District Clay Shooting Club, Bisley
A small and friendly club that has been shooting on the same site on the edge of the Cotswolds for the past 30 years. The area is not only very pretty but provides one of the best backgrounds for clay pigeon shooting, allowing the club to provide excellent targets. Open Wednesday evenings 4.30 - 8.30pm between April and October, and on Sundays 9.00 - 1pm throughout the year. Vistor rates are 7.50 for 25 targets (Skeet, DTL or compact Sporting) Annual membership available.
Lime Kiln Lane, Bisley, Glos GL6 7AS 01453 731389 07900 317163 tim@tctshootingservices.co.uk
http://www.tctshootingservices.co.uk



CYCLE AND WALKING HOLIDAYS

Compass Holidays
(based in Cheltenham). Cycling & walking holidays & short breaks in the Cotswolds. Cycle hire. Open all year.
Tel: 01242 250642 Email: info@compass-holidays.com
http://www.compass-holidays.com

Cotswold Walks
Company offering walking holidays & specialising in the Cotswolds. Self-guided routes + Cotswold Way. Private groups a speciality. Guides available.
Tel: 01386 833799 info@cotswoldwalks.com
http://www.cotswoldwalks.com

Cotswolds Adventures
We offer group and private guided cycling tours of the Cotswolds departing in and around the Moreton-in-Marsh area.
info@cotswoldsadventures.co.uk Tel 01453 367911
http://www.cotswoldsadventures.co.uk

The Albion Service
Up Hatherley, Cheltenham.GL51 3TW
Tel: 01242 254771



CYCLE HIRE

Mos Bike Shed
Situated on the stunning Cotswold Canal.
Mos Bike Shed, The Gatehouse, Bonds Mill, Stonehouse, GL10 3RF Mobs 07738 055479
http://www.cyclehireingloucestershire.co.uk

Painswick Pedals
If you are looking for a way to explore the Cotswolds for a couple of hours or a full day then why not hire an electric assist bike from Painswick Rococo Garden.
Tel 01452 813204 Email info@rococogarden.org.uk
http://www.painswickpedals.co.uk

Slimbridge Boat Station
Slimbridge. Mountain bikes, trailer bikes, baby & children seats. Full day 14, half day 10, up to 2 hours 5. (Group discounts). Hot & cold refreshments available.
Shepherds Patch, Glos 01453 899190

Tarmac and Trail Stonehouse
18 High Street, Stonehouse, GL10 2NA
Tel: 01453 822881 Email: jacob@tarmac2trail.co.uk
http://www.tarmactrail.co.uk



CYCLE REPAIRS

Cycle Clinic
The Cross, Bath Road, Nailsworth GL6 0HH
Contact: Jeff and Gill Ward Tel: 01453 835200

Cytek
59 Westward Road, Stroud GL5 4JA - Bike Parts and Repairs
Contact: 01453 753330
http://www.cytekcycles.co.uk

Noahs Ark
Noahs Ark Bike & Snowboard Shop Bourne Mills, Brimscombe Stroud GL5 2TA
Bike Shop Tel: 01453 884738 Snowboard Shop Tel: 01453 883 311
http://www.noahsark.co.uk



CYCLING

Stonehouse Wheelers
A friendly cycling club which cycles on Sunday afternoons - in quiet country lanes for approx 20-40 miles - stopping at pre-arranged venes for tea & cakes.
Tel 01453 763902 Email info@stonehousewheelers.org.uk
http://www.stonehousewheelers.org.uk



DIVING

Dursley Sub Aqua Club
A small friendly branch of the BSAC with approximately 30 members, catering for all divers from complete beginners to the fully qualified, mainly from Dursley, Stroud and surrounding areas in South Gloucestershire. We are a diverse group of men and women with ages ranging from teenagers to grandparents. All are welcome.
Dave Jenkins on 01453 544515 or Pauline Morrow on 01453 544515

Stroud Valley Sub-Aqua Club
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling with a friendly and very successful club. Learning with committed instructors and fellow members in a safe and relaxed environment. Socializing with friends and sharing a common interest. Young and old (8 to 80+) can join.
For general enquiries email Steve Williamson at diving.officer@stroudbsac.orgsteve@c-sw.fsnet.co.uk Club located at Archway School, Paganhill, Stroud, GL5 4AX
http://www.stroudbsac.org



GAME FISHING

Lechlade & Bushyleaze Trout Fisheries
Open for Day Ticket fly fishing. Day tickets from 25-47.50. Fly fishing tuition. Boat hire. Facilities for the disabled. Open all year.
Burford Road Lechlade Glos GL7 3QQ Tel: 01367 253266 enquiries@lechladetrout.co.uk
http://www.lechladetrout.co.uk



GLIDING CLUBS

Bristol and Glos, Gliding Club
Stonehouse, Nympsfield, Glos GL10 3TX. Learn to fly on this ridge site overlooking the beautiful Severn Vale and Welsh hills. Trial lesson. Gift vouchers available. Flying seven days a week (weather permitting).
Tel: 01453 860342 office@bggc.co.uk
http://www.bggc.co.uk

Cotswold Gliding Club
Aston Down Airfield, Cowcombe Lane, Chalford, Stroud, Glos (Satnav postcode GL6 8HQ). Trial lessons from 35, 1-day courses 165, Holiday courses from 360. October to Easter opening: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Easter to September opening: 7 days a week weather permitting.
Tel and Fax. 01285 760415 office@cotswoldgliding.co.uk
http://www.cotswoldgliding.co.uk



GOLF

Cotswold Edge Golf Club
Wotton Under Edge, Glos GL12 7PT 18 hole parkland course - beautiful views. No handicap certificate required.
Tel: 01453 844167 info@cotswoldedgegolfclub.org.uk
http://www.cotswoldedgegolfclub.org.uk

Cotswold Golf Breaks
Cotswold Golf breaks offer a number of packages and will arrange your accommodation and make your golf reservations.
Enquiries Bob Williams 01454 319042, Reservations Elaine Emery 0845 2570121. info@cotswoldedgegolfbreaks.com
http://www.cotswoldgolfbreaks.com

Minchinhampton New Course
Minchinhampton, GL6 9BE. Visitors welcome. Book by phone. 2 Championship Golf Courses & associated amenities. Green fee: 40
Tel: 01453 833866 Course Manager Paul Worster paulw@mgcnew.co.uk
http://www.minchinhamptongolfclub.co.uk

Minchinhampton Old Course
Minchinhampton Common. Adults 19 weekdays, 22 weekends, reductions with members.
Tel: 01453 832642 SecretaryManager Alan Dangerfield alan@mgcold.co.uk
http://www.old.minchinhamptongolfclub.co.uk

Painswick Golf Club
Golf Course Road, Painswick GL6 6TL. The Jewel of the Cotswolds. Founded in 1891 this unique ridge top course poses a unique challenge for all levels of golfers. With tight lies and interesting terrain this short course requires thought and a wide variety of shots. No bunkers but some grass filled quarries and wonderful views make this course a treat not to be missed.
Tel: 01452 812180 Email: admin@painswickgolf.com
http://www.painswickgolf.com

Stinchcombe Hill Golf Club
Dursley, Glos GL11 6AQ Visitors by arrangement.
Tel: 01453 542015 secretary@stinchcombehillgolfclub.com
http://www.stinchcombehillgolfclub.com



LEISURE AND SPORTS CENTRES

* Please use 01453 754333 - the Leisure Helpline - for information etc, when these centres are closed during the day.

Dursley Pool
Castle Street Dursley GL11 4BS Dursley Pool is a three lane 25 metre pool with a shallow "D" areas suitable for non-swimmers.
Tel: 01453 546441
http://www.dursleypool.com

Dursley Sports Centre
Castle Street Dursley GL11 4BS Dursley Sports Centre is the ideal venue for a wide range of indoor and outdoor sporting activities.
Centre Manager Angela Gillingham on 01453 546441
http://www.stroud.gov.ukdursleypool

Forest of Green Rovers Football Club
Five Valleys Conference and Leisure incorporating Forest Green Rovers FC The New Lawn Another Way Nailsworth GL6 OFG
reception@forestgreenroversfc.com Natalie Ward t: 01453 834 860
http://www.forestgreenroversfc.comabout-forest-green-roversgymnasium

Hamfields Leisure
Hamfields Berkeley Glos GL13 9TN Facilities for outdoor and indoor sporting activities.
01453 810413 keithpalmer@hamfieldsleisure.net
http://www.hamfieldsleisure.net

Maidenhill Sports and Dance Centre
Maidenhill School Stonehouse GL10 2HA Mondays-Fridays 18:00-22:00 Sundays 10:00-14:00
Tel: 01453 824366 During normal working hours contact SDCs Leisure Service Team 01453 754333
http://www.community.stroud.gov.ukgeneral.asp?pid=19&pgid=373

Nailsworth Recreation Centre
Nailsworths only purpose-built public recreation facility is now available for clubs, businesses and organisations to provide a wide range of sport, leisure and dance activities and events. Individuals can benefit through attending classes, being a member of the club or organisation, or through attending an event. Gym & Hall available 6-10pm weekdays and 9am-10pm weekends.
Nailsworth Primary School Nympsfield Road Nailsworth, GL6 0ET The Booking Agent for Nailsworth Recreation Centre is Ian Crawley. Tel. 01453 834822 nailsworthrecreationcentre@gmail.com
http://www.nailsworthrecreationcentre.co.uk

Stratford Park Leisure Centre
Stratford Park, Stroud GL5 4AF Large wet & dry leisure centre set in 56 acre Stratford Park. Swimming, badminton, tennis, squash, fitness gym, aerobic sessions. Sunshowers, sauna, steam room + adult and childrens courses.
01453 766771 stratfordparkinfo@everyoneactive.com
http://www.everyoneactive.com

Thomas Keble Leisure Centre
Thomas Keble School Eastcombe Stroud GL6 7DY Monday-Friday 18:00-22.00 Sunday 10:00-14:00
01452 770617 During normal working hours contact SDCs Facilities team: 01453 754333
http://www.community.stroud.gov.ukgeneral.asp?pid=19&pgid=375

Wotton Sports Centre
Katherine Lady Berkeleys School Kingswood Road Wotton Under Edge, GL12 8RB Open 18.15 to 22.15
Tel: 01453 842626 During normal working hours contact SDCs Facilities team: 01453 754333
http://www.community.stroud.gov.ukgeneral.asp?pid=19&pgid=377

Wotton Swimming Pool
Outdoor swimming pool open during the summer months. The pool is 18m long, by 6m wide and the depths go from 1m to just over 2m. The water is heated to 28-30C. It has separate Male and Female (open plan) changing rooms, toilets and hot showers. There is a retractable enclosure which is closed in colder weather, and drawn back for open air swimming when the weather is fine. There is a bit of parking in the street outside and there is a municipal car park within 100 m.
Wotton Swimming Pool Symm Lane Wotton Under Edge GL12 7BD Tel: 01453 842086 during opening hours.
http://www.wottonpool.co.uk



MICROLIGHTING

Kemble Flying Club Pegasus Flight Training
The Cotswold Airport is situated seven miles to the South West of the old Roman town of Cirencester. Access to the site is off the A433 Cirencester Tetbury Road on the north side of the airfield. NB: The main gate on the A429 does NOT give access to the Flying Clubs Airside. Kemble Flying Club Hangar 1 Woodside Cotswold Airport Kemble nr Cirencester GL7 6BA Microlight Specialists. Booking advisable..
Tel: 01285 770077 davidflyme@aol.com
http://www.kembleflyingclub.com



PARA GLIDING AND HANG GLIDING

Cloudbase
Paragliding tuition, equipment sales, overseas trips..
For more information or to book a place, please telephone Lee on 07795 632710 or email sales@cloudbaseparagliding.co.uk
http://www.cloudbaseparagliding.com



RIDING

Barton End Stables
Barton End, Nailsworth GL6 0QF. Lessons & hacking for all ages & abilities. Open 7 days a week from 8am-7pm.
01453 834915 enquiries@bartonendstables.co.uk
http://www.bartonendstables.co.uk

Brown Hill Livery Yard,
Woodchester, Stroud. Full, part and DIY Livery, competitive rates, indoor and outdoor school. Cross country course, off road hacking.
Tel: 01453 872144

Burnt Ash Farm Riding Stables
We are 1 mile from Minchinhampton on the main Minchinhampton to Cirencester road on the right hand side after the cattle grid opposite the Hyde hill junction. We are approximately 5 miles from Stroud & 9 miles from Cirencester, 5 miles from Tetbury & 14 miles from Cheltenham & Gloucester
Burnt Ash Farm Cirencester Road Minchinhampton Stroud Glos GL6 8PD t: 01453 882266 e: info@burntashfarm.co.uk
http://www.burntashfarm.co.uk

Camp Riding Centre
The Camp, Near Stroud GL6 7HJ. Riding over the Cotswold Hills. Horses & ponies to suit all abilities. Group & private lessons for adults and children. All abilities catered for. Open all year.
Run by Chris and Vicky Barron. Tel: 01285 821219 chris.barron@dsl.pipex.com Mobs 07717 473571 (Chris)
http://www.campridingcentre.co.uk

Cotswold Trail Riding
Ongers Farm, Brookthorpe, Glos. Horseriding for everyone. Rides out & lessons - children & adults. Pub rides & childrens birthday parties. Beautiful countryside. Open 7 days - all year.
http://www.cotswoldtrailriding.co.uk

Hyde Riding Centre
Hyde, Chalford, Stroud GL6 8PB. Hacking available. (With indoor facilities).
Contact: Miss Julie Crew Tel: 01453 882413

Summer House Education and Equitation Centre
Bath Road, Hardwicke, Glos GL2 2RG. Riding school & training centre. NVQ, PC & RDA Centre. All ages welcome. Free WiFi hotspot.
Tel: 01452 720288 main reception, 01452 726633 show centre. Email: reception@summerhouseec.co.uk
http://www.summerhouseec.co.uk

Talland School of Equitation
Tuitition only. All ages and abilities. Beginners to advance. Flexible courses including residential. Large indoor and outdoor schools. Dressage, show-jumping, cross-country, side-saddle. Horses broken in and schooled. Livery available. Riding for disabled.
Dairy Farm Ampney Knowle Nr Cirencester Glos GL7 5ED t: 01285 740 155 m: 07922 173179 e: secretary@talland.net
http://www.talland.net



SAILING

Cotswold Sailing Club
Spinnaker Lake 9, Cotswold Water Park, Ashton Keynes Section. Day membership available on Sunday. No day boards.
Tel: 01793 751551 (Clubhouse) or 01453 545208
http://www.cotswoldsc.com

Whitefriars Sailing Club
Whitefriars is a friendly and family-oriented club combining a full racing programme with leisure sailing, training and social events. Please note that as a private club we do not hire out dinghies for day use. Lake 26, Cotswold Water Park, Ashton Keynes, SN6 6QR.
Tel: 01285 861670- Clubhouse Email: PAT GREEN info@whitefriarssc.org
http://www.whitefriarssc.org



SKATEBOARDING SHOPS

Ripcord Stroud
New Stakeboard shop opened in 2014. Sells a range of scooters, helmets, circus items, birthday cards and gifts.
Owner Pete Blythe Manager Alex Tel 01453 762377 27 High Street Stroud GL5 1AJ
http://www.ripcordstroud.co.uk



TOUR OPERATORS

Authentic Adventures Ltd
Authentic Adventures is a specialist tour operator with 10 years experience of running painting, photography and walking holidays in the UK, Europe and North Africa.
John Brough t: 01453 823 328 f: 01453 826 488 e:info@authenticadventures.co.uk Bonds Mill Bristol Road Stonehouse GL10 3RF
http://www.authenticadventures.co.uk



WATER SPORTS CENTRES

Cotswold Water Park
The Cotswold Water Park located in Cirencester is an area of 140 lakes, set in 40 square miles of countryside. From country parks, angling lakes, sailing clubs, picturesque villages to campsites, hotels, country inns and much more there is plenty for everyone to explore! Water based activities on offer include canoeing, kayaking, diving, sailing, snorkelling, swimming, waterskiing and windsurfing. For further details about the full range of activities, please refer to website.
For general enquiries about the Cotswold Water Park, where to go and what to do, call 01793 752413 or 01793 752730 and you can email info@waterpark.org
http://www.waterpark.org

South Cerney Outdoor Education Centre
Lake 12, Spine Road, South Cerney, Cirencester, GL7 5TL. Outdoor Education Centre for the young people of Gloucestershire. Courses in sailing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, dragon boating, team building & instructor training. Also courses for adults. Open all year.
Tel: 01285 860388 Email: southcerneyoutdoor@prospects.co.uk
http://www.southcerneyoutdoor.co.uk



WATERSKIING

Cirencester Waterski Club
Lake 37, Spine Road West, Cotswold Water Park, Ashton Keynes Section. Temporary day membership. Short course for beginners and small groups available Mon - Fri, Apr - Oct. All equipment provided. Qualified BWSF instructor. No facilities for boat owners.
Tel: 01285 861776
http://www.cirencesterwaterskiclub.com



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