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Walking

If you like your walks to hold your interest, you have come to the right place. You only have to look around to realise that the Stroud valleys are obviously 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 definitely well worth the effort.

Are you looking for a weekend away? See further below for our NEW Cotswold Weekends with Walks suggestions.

Feature Walks

Laurie Lee Wildlife Way

This six mile circular walk, created by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, follows 10 poetry posts around the wildlife-rich Slad Valley. Each cedar post features a different poem by Gloucestershire's most famous twentieth century writer, inspired by the landscape around him. The walk is very steep in places, but well worth the effort! An 11th post is located at the Museum in the Park in Stroud.  

The Laurie Lee Way map is available to buy from Stroud TIC, Stroud Bookshop or Stroud Valleys Project in Stroud, The Woolpack Inn in Slad or direct from Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust on 01452 383333.

Cloth, Coal & Canals - Stroudwater Canal walk

 
This walk, in association with the Royal Geographical Society, along the canal towpath from Stroud to Stonehouse, tells the story of the Stroud Valley - from the past, present to the future. With plenty to observe along the way including mills, locks, bridges, warehouses, beautiful scenery and wildlife. It is available in audio or downloadable format or can be purchased from the Canal Visitor Centre and Tourist Information Centre in Stroud.

Download the walk as a readable or audio guide 

Download from the Circular Walks Collection

Download from the Circular Walks Collection

Download circular walks in the Cotswolds to find inspiration of where to go walking in the Stroud District.

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Cotswold Weekends with Walks

Cotswold Weekends with Walks

Download suggested Weekends with Walks itineraries for walking weekends in the Cotswolds in Dursley, Painswick and Stroud.

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More Walks around Stroud

More Walks around Stroud

Discover some lovely walks near Stroud of varying lengths.

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