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.
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