If you enjoy walking, you have come to the right place. You only have to look around to realise that the Stroud valleys are obviously anything but flat! After all, that is what makes this part of the Cotswolds what it is. But the scenery is well worth the effort.

There is no-end of walking routes around the Stroud valleys, from the Cotswold Way to the canal paths, there are too many to mention. Below are some suggested routes and also links to further information, walking maps and guides.

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 


Go Outside - fun walks for children and families 

Go Outside walks have been designed to get children and families walking and enjoying the outdoors in the Stroud district. They are based around some of the primary schools in the district. The bright and colourful maps include questions to answer along the way. Routes include; Berkeley, Dursley, Chalford, Wotton-under-Edge, Stonehouse and Stroud.

Download the maps here.


The Cotswold Way

The Cotswold Way is a 102 miles (164 km) long trail that runs for most of its length on the Cotswold escarpment. It passes through many picturesque villages, including many parts of the Stroud district. You can choose to do all or parts of the route, and there are clear markers along the way. 

To find out more about the Cotswold Way and download maps and resources visit the Cotswold Way National Trail website.

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

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More Walks around Stroud

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