After 78 years, boats will once again be able to travel along the Chalford Valley creating new and exciting opportunities for linking our towns and villages, opening up new business opportunities and creating a vibrant tourist destination in the heart of the Cotswolds.
A new wildlife corridor with community-led conservation and biodiversity projects will weave together the district's rich cultural heritage including wool and water festivals, canal boat trips, canoeing, paddle-boarding and natural history walks.
The canals and towpaths are a special feature of the Stroud Valleys; walk any stretch of the towpath between Eastington and Sapperton, a distance of 12 miles, and you will experience peace and quiet away from busy roads.
The canal banks have become a linear nature reserve where you will see ducks, moorhen and dragonflies as well as the occasional flash of a kingfisher or an early morning deer.
Industrial heritage is also in evidence as you glimpse former Cotswold stone textile mills enroute.
A good place to start is the Canal Visitor Centre at Wallbridge in Stroud. A copy of the Towpath Map is available to purchase at the Canal Visitor Centre on-line shop, click here Stroudwater Canal & Thames & Severn Canal Towpath Map
Find out more about cycling the Stroudwater Canal.
Suggested places where you can find parking to start your walk include Victory Park in Ebley near Stroud (GL5 4LH); Cheapside in Stroud (GL5 2AD) close to the Canal Visitor Centre; London Road in Stroud (GL5 2AJ) where you can walk through the Waitrose car park to Capel's Mill; and Chalford.
This new walk from the Royal Geographical Society, along the 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.
Download the Walk - Cloth, Coal & Canals
The Cotswold Canals Trust
Join The Cotswold Canals Trust or become a volunteer. The Cotswold Canals Trust is a registered charity restoring the Cotswold Canals. You can get involved in this fantastic restoration project by becoming a member or a volunteer. Canal working parties take place during the week and at most weekends. There are even taster sessions for new volunteers.