If you like your walks to hold your interest, then you have come to the right place. You only have to look around to realise that the Stroud valleys obviously are anything but flat! No apologies on that front. After all, that is what makes this part of the Cotswolds what it is.
Ramblers with a zest for steep slopes, whether it's going up or down, may find that their muscles ache after a few miles... but the scenery is worth the effort.
- Downloadable Walks including the Cotswold Way National Trail
- Walking for Health (Strolling Stroud)
- Walking for Health (Stroud Valleys Project)
- Treasure Trails in the Stroud District - Amberley, Box, Michinhampton, Frampton on Severn, Nailsworth, Painswick, Stroud Town, Wotton-under-Edge (available to pick up at Tourist Information Centres)
- Arlingham Circular Walks
- Stroud Walking Festival (8-30 September 2012)
- Guided Walks
- Stroud Rambling Club
- Walking with Artists
- Walks on Wheels (available to pick up at Tourist Information Centres)
- National Trust Walks in Gloucestershire
- Ordnance Survey Maps - relevant maps for the Stroud District are 168 & 179 of the Ordnance Survey Explorer Map Series
Whiteshill and Ruscombe
A NEW circular walk has been created with 40 beautiful waymarkers to follow around Whiteshill and Ruscombe. It is approx 4.5 miles, taking a good 2 hours. Although it does include some steep hills, it is a pleasant ramble through typically beautiful cotswold countryside. Maps can be purchased for £1 at Stroud Tourist Information Centre at the Subscription Rooms t: 01453 760960 or at the Whiteshill and Ruscombe village shop.
The W.A.S Way
The W.A.S Way, is an ambitious 11-mile circular route following public footpaths around the entire boundary of Stroud. It offers fantastic views from each of the five valleys plus a stretch of canal, exploring many quiet, hidden corners of the town.
To find out more and link to a PDF leaflet click on the link below.
Download the walk - The W.A.S Way walk
Cranham to Sheepscombe is a six mile woodland walk encompassing these two delightful villages - each with popular local pubs and attractive cricket grounds - surrounded by sheep pastures and conserved woodland.
The Cotswold Way
|Cotswold Way, Nick Turner|
Another area of interest is the 102 mile Cotswold Way National Trail which passes through the Stroud District between Alderley and Birdlip. The Cotswold Way passes through a significant landscape of national importance and it provides a quality walking experience that offers pleasure to visitors from near and far. Transport publications linking walks along the Cotswold Way and other Cotswold villages to bus routes are available.
Perhaps one of the most famous of these lonely hollows is the Slad valley. Secluded, yet not forgotten. The village has now lost its most popular and most famous resident, Laurie Lee, who will be sadly missed. He spent his whole life in this delightful part of Stroud and many a school boy and girl from all over the world studies his childhood through his widely acclaimed book Cider with Rosie.
Walking around Slad is fairly strenuous but rewarding, walking up and down hidden combes offering breathtaking views. Venture on this rewarding walk and you will see what inspired Laurie Lee to capture in words the delights of nature, hidden until sought out.
"But the mole sleeps, and the hedgehog lies curled in a womb of leaves, the bean and the wheat-seed hug their germs in the earth and the stream moves under the ice."
|View from Rodborough Common|
Minchinhampton, Rodborough and Selsey Commons are stretches of common land providing an ideal open space for walking, horse-riding, kite and model plane flying, or simply relaxing while listening to the soaring song of the skylark.
Across the valley you can see the slow stately movement of the wind-turbine at Nympsfield, the very first one in the Cotswolds Area Of Outstanding Beauty.
Winstone's home-made local ice cream is irrestible on warm sunny days, especially when served directly from their shop-front on Rodborough Common!
Outstanding View Points
|View from Cam Peak, Nick Turner|
The views from Coaley Peak Picnic Site are truly magnificent but, for many, the countryside around Cam Peak and Cam Long Down, cannot be beaten. Or, why not leave the car and discover the Site of Special Scientific Interest at Stinchcombe Hill. Here, you can enjoy the views and also admire the conservation projects which are reclaiming large areas of limestone and grassland for protected flora and butterflies, as well as the threatened skylark.
The South Cotswolds epitomises all that is best about an unspoiled English landscape – listen to the birdsong, enjoy the butterflies, delight in the rare orchids … and escape from the pressures of everyday life.