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15 Self-catering apartments in Stroud - ideal for a couple of nights, a few days or longer. A great base for your visit.
Walk the canal or the hills. 15 minute amble to the station and coach. 5 dog friendly apartments.
Free parking. Free wifi. A bike store too...
134 Cainscross Road, Stroud, GL5 4HN
At the very heart of the English Arts & Crafts Movement. The last of the great Cotswold wool churches, and the first to exhibit work of the craftsman movement. Parties of visitors are extended a warm welcome. Refreshments and a guide can be arranged.
Selsley West, Stroud, GL5 5LG
The Ancient Ram Inn is an 800 year old Grade II* Listed former Inn. Sitting in a dip below the main street in Wotton, it claims to be England's most haunted building. The Deeds to The Ram Inn, are mostly in Norman French and are held at Gloucester Records Office. They read, The Ancient Ram Inn dates to Time Immemorial, so it could be much older than 800 years.
The Ancient Ram Inn is unique. It was home to John Humphries and a Guest House, which evolved into a Paranormal Location because it has a life of its own few can ignore. A COVID safe Tourist Attraction primarily operating a Paranormal Event Location. Often on TV too.
8 Potters Pond, Wotton under Edge, GL12 7HF
Atelier is textile & craft heaven, running workshops, events, a repair cafe, gallery and co-working studios for creatives. Be creative Be inspired by ideas, fabric, yarn, books and more.
1st Floor 19A Lower Street, Stroud, GL5 2HT
Sat 8 May 2021
A 5 day event, one of only six annual Concours Complet International (CCI) Five Star ***** events as classified by the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) in the world. It takes place in April or May each year in the park of Badminton House, the seat of the Duke of Beaufort in South Gloucestershire. The Cross Country day can attract up to 250,000 visitors, though cancelled in 2020 and it's being held benhind closed doors in 2021. See you in 2022!
Badminton House, Badminton GL9 1DF, GL9 1DF
We are a friendly riding centre set in the beautiful Cotswold countryside. We offer a wide selection of activities to suit all standards, from beginner to advanced and from tiny tots to adult riders. If you are looking for an enjoyable riding experience with qualified Instructors (BHSII, AI or PTT qualified) then we are for you! If you ride and just fancy a hack then we can do that too.
Barton End, Nailsworth, GL6 0QF
Norman Keep, Medieval castle and assaulted during the Civil War, it's rich in history. Extensive gardens and butterfly house. Family activities and special events throughout the year. (including jousting).
Edward II was imprisoned and then executed here and then buried in Gloucester Cathedral, why not make a day of it and go and see both.
Tours of the Castle with Charles Berkeley. Also a popular Wedding venue. Open Sunday to Wednesday each week.
Berkeley Castle, Berkeley, Gloucestershire, GL13 9BQ
There's a palpable sense of what this part of the canal would have been like when it was in use, AND this area is to be redeveloped and opened up again as the canal is renovated.
Take the canal tow-path at East Wharf Cottage, alongside the Brimscombe Port walls and on to Bourne Mill. Excellent opportunities for nature spotting.
Brimscombe Hill, Brimscombe, Stroud, GL5 2QG
Our airfield is situated on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment and overlooks the stunning river Severn valley - an ideal location for a taster flight right through to a weeks gliding holiday. You can learn from the age of 14 and qualify at 16, but just taking a flight is a memory to treasure, particularly above the Cotswold Edge.
Nr Nympsfield, Stroud, GL10 3TX
a traditional free house pub lying in the heart of 'Cider With Rosie' country in the Sheepscombe valley near Painswick. Still very much a village pub the area is a magnet for walkers, cyclists and tourists, so come and drink in the panoramic scenery from the garden terrace.
Check out the circular walks on their web site too....
Sheepscombe, Stroud, GL6 7RH
4 drivers working together to offer wide coverage. They can accommodate your travel requirements regardless of the size of your group. Cars: Four & Six seaters as standard and an 8-seater minibus available. Also available a wheelchair-accessible 8 seater.
Looking for a mixed walk that you can take all day over and feel like you've "done a walk" but not gone too far, had lovely views and a suitable refreshment stop or two? This might be for you...
For the sake of starting somewhere..... from the Stroud Canal at the Lock Keepers Cafe in Stroud, also on hotc, head east up the valley. The path is easy to follow, apart from one small twist as follows: About 1km in you'll go through a tunnel, then turn right and up and over the canal and turn right to swap sides of the canal. not too tricky.
Walk past the viaduct (cool graffiti in the arches), and follow the canal into the countryside to the Stroud Brewery Tap. Organic beer and Pizza (check on line if they are cooking, tends to be weekends only). After refreshment retrace your steps and cross over the canal at the first bridge and head up hill. Straight up!
At the top you're on Rodborough Common. Home of the Bear Hotel, if you need more refreshment, and Winstones Ice Cream if it's just yummy calories. Bear right along the top, follow the "top" road . There are a cluster small car parks as the road turns right, go straight on towards the Castle / house on the end of the Common, amazing views.
Back to Stroud down off the nose of the hill. Pop into the Prince Albert , Rodborough if you've worked up a thirst. Bear left here and into the church yard on the right for an unusual view of Stroud. It's pavements from here: back round past the Prince Albert is easiest to guide you. Left down the hill and right at the bottom and the Upper Locks is through the under pass on the right next to the roundabout.
Easy start, a tough climb, amazing views, lots of refreshment stops and allow most of a day if you're after a lazy wander.
Looking for a walk? Here are a whole host of circular walks provided by Stroud District Council. There are some real crackers in here, not in terms of length, some are only a few miles.....
"Here's a list of some of our favourite circular walks to give you some inspiration on where to go. Please note that these documents are awaiting revision and that some features may now be absent. We advise that these walks are undertaken in conjunction with maps 168 and 179 of the Ordnance Survey Explorer Map series."
NB: to be a little confusing some are NOT circular (Daneway to Stonehouse along the Golden Valley being one)
Ever fancied getting stuck into clay, it's wonderful stuff. From beginner to the experienced learn to throw a pot and more, the Clay Loft offers a suite of equipment to support most ceramics processes.
It's a welcoming, relaxed and inspiring communal working space with excellent facilities for its members or those just wanting a weekend class.
Inchbrook Mill, Nailsworth, GL55EZ
With breathtaking views of the Severn Vale, Coaley Peak, between Stroud and Uley, is a picture-perfect spot, whether you want to fly a kite or pitch up on one of the picnic tables. It’s on the Cotswold Way too. There is good parking on site and often an ice cream van on a summers weekend.
Walk to the Trig Point, a special spot, and the Nympsfield Long Barrow stands at the other. Constructed in the Neolithic period, it has long been the subject of local legends. It forms part of a chain of 3 sites on this stretch of the Edge, the others make a relatively easy walk, but allow at least 2 hours or so. Head south to Hetty Peler's Tump and Uley Long Barrow. Both also listed here.....
Nympsfield, Stroud, GL11 5AU
Providing quality electric bike rental and tours of the Cotswolds. Cycling the lanes and trails (inc 2 Sustrans routes) around the Heart of the Cotswolds is made a whole lot easier with ebike hire and delivery to your accommodation. The best way to explore this beautiful part of the world. Slow enough to take in the sights and sounds yet fast enough to cover some serious ground.
Abbey Home Farm, Cirencester, GL7 5HF
The mission: “The preservation, maintenance in good order and improvement of canals, navigable rivers and inland waterways for the use of the public” with the objective to restore the canals from Saul Junction at the western end to Lechlade in the east so linking the two great rivers of Thames and Severn. This will provide navigable links to the wider UK canal network”.
You can volunteer, donate, support, take a boat ride or just walk, jog or cycle the tow path and marvel in the engineering, countryside and beauty of the route.
There are lots of videos about the canal, try this one from 2015. What's interesting is how much work has been done since then.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSPUZTgjxhU&feature=emb_rel_end
Wallbridge Lock, Stroud, GL5 3JS
Picturesque golf club on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment. Playable all year round, par 71, just over 6,000 yards. Visitors welcome and great value. Call the Golf Shop in advance, no handicap certificate is required, see Dress Code.
Upper Rushmire, Wotton Under Edge, GL12 7PT
Get on the bus and travel car-free! Perhaps bus in one direction and a leisurely walk back.... Explore Stroud & surrounding towns & villages by bus. Covering Minchinhampton, Cirencester, Nailsworth and many surrounding villages with frequent services.
Unit 27 Nailsworth Mills Estate Avening Road Nailsworth, GL6 0BS
With 102 miles of magical walking, long distance views from the Cotswold escarpment, journeys through picturesque villages and past famous ancient sites.
Passing through the Stroud Valleys, up the escarpment or along the Edge, it's ideal for a gentle stroll or a longer hike. Just follow the yellow markers.....
And now for something completely different..... go trekking with these friendly and fascinating animals in one of the most picturesque spots in the Cotswold hills. Their gorgeous soft and fluffy fleece is incredibly tactile and Alpacas have a kind and curious nature and are deeply intrigued by humans, making them convivial companions for a country walk. Book an hour of fun in the Painswick Valley.
Wick Street, Stroud, GL6 7QN
Mountain biking in the Cotswolds, it's as simple and dramatic as that! Based on the Cotswold Edge, Tim will guide you along some of the best wild trails around without having to go "into the wilds". Build this mtb cycling adventure into your weekend or holiday, you might even rent an e-mountain bike too.
Ham Lane, Coaley, GL115AS
The Cotswolds aonb web site contains lots of interesting information including self -guided walks, information on places to visit and history of the area too.
The Cotswolds was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1966. Covering 790 sq miles, stretching from Bath in the south to Banbury in the north. AONBs together with the 15 National Parks cover around 25% of our countryside.
Established for 20 years ago providing healthcare and well-being services including physiotherapy, chiropratic and neurotherapy as well as complementary treatments like as acupuncture and hypnotherapy. You’ll also find Tai Chi and Pilates classes.
Courtyard Clinic The Old Post Office Parsonage Street Dursley, GL11 4DR
Part of The Centre for Science and Art Craft, we are a focus for craft practitioners and teachers. We offer weekly pottery classes to all levels and weekend workshops in our well equipped pottery. If you are looking to learn a craft, develop your skills further or just fancy treating yourself to some stress busting creativity, why not see what we have on offer?
13 Lansdown Road, Stroud, GL51BB
This gem is hidden away in the Sapperton Valley and sits on the Cotswold Canal towpath, this stretch is part of the Wysis Way. Pretty as a picture and cosy inside, there is a beer garden and even a campsite. Even if you don't want to walk far it's a very short walk into the woods to discover overgrown locks and pools, soon to be uncovered and brought back to life/
Dane Ln, Sapperton, GL7 6LN
The Town of Dursley officially "Welcomes Walkers".
It's in a great spot to roam. Surrounded by the Cotswold Edge on 3 sides and the Severn Vale to the west there is so much choice.
The website below has a page of self guided walks and is well worth a look.
Steve is a certified guide who can tailor a tour for you. Check out his web site for some ideas....
"I love telling visitors about the hidden gems:
Ghandi bought his glasses in Gloucester. The Golden Valley is the home to Damien Hurst's foundry. Walk in the footsteps of poet and author Laurie Lee. Poldark and Harry Potter filmed in the area. Stroud is home of the inventor of the lawn mower.
The last Private battle in England took place at Nibley Green. The last fatal pistol duel in England and so much more", Steve Roth.
It is an amazing event in the equestrian calendar, a genuine showcase of one of the most challenging and competitive sports – Eventing. The best of the best competes at The Festival. Gatcombe Park is transformed into the perfect destination for a great day out.
An action-packed entertainment programme to satisfying the shopaholic and foodie with a Shopping & Food Village.
Aston Farm, Cherington, Tetbury, GL8 8SW
FGR.... Established in 1889, this League 2 club’s home is Nailsworth making it the smallest town to have a league club. But it’s also a vegan club and the “World’s greenest club” according to FIFA. The Chair is Dale Vince, owner of ecotricity, Stroud’s very own eco energy company.
The New Lawn, Nailsworth, GL6 0FG
Held in 30 acres of beautiful parkland of Frampton Court Estate, this is one of the last truly traditional country fairs. Join us in celebrating all that is great about the countryside and the people who work and live in it.
With over 400 trade stands, three display rings and a traditional fun-fair there is so much to see and do.
Manor Farm, Frampton on Severn, GL2 7EP
Magnificent 18th century house set in a country estate, amidst gardens, lakes & woodlands. Stay for Bed & breakfast or hire for exclusive use house parties. Romantic parkland surrounding the house can be booked for wedding receptions & photographs.
The Green Frampton on Severn, GL2 7EX
Discover! Tucked away behind the Pangolin Editions Foundry is a gallery specialising in sculpture and related drawings and prints by modern and contemporary artists. Check out the rolling programme of exhibitions. Bronze, ceramics, paintings.
9 Chalford Industrial Estate, Chalford, GL6 8NT
Providing courses in the arts, music, wellbeing, and sustainability..... how to write that novel you always wanted to write, poetry and the environment.
Also hosting events, talks, debates and films addressing the pressing issues of our time to inspire people to make a difference, as well as providing a venue for exciting and forward-thinking organisations.
Go to their web site and find a course or event that will inspire you, it is an inspiring place.
Painswick Old Rd, Stroud GL6 7QW, GL6 7QW
Explore the life of Georgian scientist Edward Jenner, the country doctor who changed the world, at his former home in the historic market town of Berkeley.
In 1798 he published the results of his investigations into the use of a mild disease, cowpox, to protect against the feared virus smallpox. Jenner devoted the rest of his life to helping others to carry out the practice that he called ‘vaccination’. This couldn't be more relevant today.
Discover the beautiful garden and Temple of Vaccinia, where you can reflect on the achievements of this remarkable man.
Church Ln, Berkeley, GL13 9BN
This iconic group of trees, planted in 1888 overlooks Wotton-under-Edge and is on the Cotswold Way. There are far-reaching views across the Severn Bridges and Wales, and even the distant Brecon Beacons on a clear day.
Leave the car in Wotton and follow the Cotswold Way signs for a rewarding walk up the edge (or drive up Old London Road and park at the top (where the road widens) then it's an almost flat walk. Take the flat path into the woods, turn left either just inside the field (it's very easy to spot), or go a little further and go left along the woodland path. They both meet a kissing gate. Pass through and drink in the view.....
Click on the QR code for more Wotton Walks....
Extend the walk to Brackenbury Ditches and all the way to Tyndale Monument on Nibley Knoll. It's 126 steps up the tower for a rare 360 degrees bird's eye view.
See the Video on youtube for a" reverse" of this route with music by the Hypthetics, a local band. It's the intro to their first single, "What do you see?".
Old London Road, Wotton Under Edge, GL12 7PS
Experience the extraordinary thrill of flying in a microlight aircraft. Discover the amazing views of open vistas, hills and valleys over this unique part of the Cotswolds.
Hangar 1 Cotswold Airport, Haresdown Hill, Kemble, Cirencester GL7 6BA, GL7 6BA
Far more than a farm shop: tucked in below the Cotswold Edge is a dog friendly Cafe, kitchen takeaway and deli, Roundhouse coffee stop, Walled kitchen garden and garden centre, 20 acres of walks and views.... so don't rush your visit, it's a place to linger. We love the vegan breakfast option, yum (we love bacon too, but this is particularly good).
Popular with cyclists as a stop off.
Dursley Road, Dursley, GL11 6PP
A truly unique Asian inspired venue set in 28 acres of strolling grounds. A relaxed and joyful setting for every occasion. Licenced to host indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies. Ideal for 25 to 200 guests. Accommodation for up to 28. This includes the 9 bedroom house, as well as 4 private en-suite bedrooms and a honeymoon lodge. Frankly it's a bit special!!
Kingscote, Nr Tetbury,, GL8 8YA
Images of landscapes, woodlands, rivers and meadows that surround her studio, or the pebbled beaches of the rugged Devon coastline. Capturing moments you’ll fall in love with.
Offering art classes with 3 day summer courses.
Painswick Old Rd, Stroud, GL6 7QW
The Commons are full of wildlife. They're designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest. A mixed herd of around 600 Cattle (and 5 horses and a donkey) roam from late spring to well into the autumn acting as natural lawn mowers for the birds and butterflies, flowers and insects that live here.
So take a stroll and drift through Minchinhampton for a cuppa at the Kitchen, a pint at the Crown or wander around Amberley, drop into the Black Horse (possibly the best view of the sunset from a beer garden in the area), The Bear or The Old Lodge. Grab an ice cream from Winstones, Fly a kite, play some golf or just enjoy the sense of space that no field boundaries gives and drink in the views.
Cirencester Road, Minchinhampton, GL6 9AQ
Two Championship Courses, The Avening Course and The Cherington Course. Situated near the village of Avening. Par Cherrington 71, Avening 70 | Cherrington 6433, Avening 6311 yards. Clubhouse offering a warm welcome and excellent catering. Driving range, short game area, practice putting green and state of the art teaching and performance centres. No handicap certificate is required, see Dress Code.
New Courses, Minchinhampton, GL6 9BE
Course set upon Minchinhampton Common, a National Trust area of outstanding natural beauty. Situated 3 miles from stroud and is close to the picturesque village of Amberley and the small market town of Minchinhampton. par 71 (6088 yard). Clubhouse offering a warm welcome and excellent catering. No handicap certificate is required, see Dress Code.
Minchinhampton Common, Minchinhampton, GL6 9AQ
A family-run, 2,000 acre rural estate overlooking the Golden Valley. Made up of woodland, farmland, gardens and The Nursery with an ornate café in an Edwardian greenhouse, making Miserden a go-to destination for plant and coffee lovers alike.
Miserden, Stroud, GL6 7JA
Wotton's collection of archives, records, photographs and genealogical research material housed in a converted fire station. Exhibitions throughout the year and display items of interest of local and national history, well worth a visit.
The Chipping, Wotton Under Edge, GL12 7AD
Opened in the 1860’s as a freight line to shift goods being produced in the Nailsworth Valley such as cloth, timber, dyes, arms and ammunition to name but a few. It was abandoned in the 1960’s.
The route from Nailsworth begins in a lovely wooded valley and follows the delightful Nailsworth stream, it makes a very pleasant easy walk or cycle. It links Nailsworth, Stroud and Stonehouse and is part of Sustrans route 45. A good place to start is the ex goods yard, now the car park for Egypt Mill hotel.
You can join it all along it's route of course, but in the Centre of Stroud it starts just South West of the "double roundabouts" or via a tunnel on the other side of the Sainsburys roundabout, near the Cotswold Way.
Stroud Rd, Nailsworth, GL6 0AE
The National Garden Scheme Garden Visitor’s Handbook is your essential garden-visiting guide. Check out the entries for the Gloucestershire....February to October, your perfect garden awaits.
It includes a diverse range of exceptionally beautiful gardens across England and Wales. With thousands to choose from.
2019 confirmed the National Garden Scheme’s extraordinary dual impact, both within the gardens that open and through the donations made with the funds raised at their open days. The £3 million of donations the National Garden Scheme made in 2019 supports thousands of people across the UK.
A Grade I listed country house of Tudor hunting lodge origins with an estate of 700 acres on the Cotswold escarpment. National Trust since 1946. Built between 1544 and 1556 for Sir Nicholas Poyntz (d.1557). The house, gardens and walks, as well as a cuppa, good parking too. You might like to go and visit the Saxon Church in the neighbouring Ozelworth Estate too.
Ozleworth, Wotton-under-Edge, GL12 7PZ
Nibley is the friendly festival in a stunning Cotswold location. The best music, free entertainment for the kids, stalls, local beer, food from around the world – it’s the recipe for a perfect weekend. A rare festival gem.
Nibley House Farm, The Street, North Nibley, GL11 6DL
It's been in the Good Beer Guide for 26 yrs on the trot. Nestled at the foot of Stinchcombe Hill, the OP is and award winning "gem", it's on the Cotswold Way and the building dates from 1776 and has low ceilings and comfortable connecting bar-rooms. Good food and a beer garden too.
2 Hill Rd, Dursley, GL11 4JQ
This is a top 5 favourite of ours and it's free. You can drive to within a short slight uphill walk and be rewarded by fabulous 360 degree views across the Severn Vale to the Forest of Dean and north beyond Gloucester. It's about 283m or 920ft above sea level.
The Painswick Golf Course uses the hill fort and people walk, cycle, horse ride and picnic here. near the King Charles 1st, who on seeing the beautiful valley to the east, said "This must be Paradise". We won't argue with that.
The Wysis Way, linking Offa's Dyke Path National Trail at Monmouth to the beginning of the Thames Path National Trail in Gloucestershire, meets the Cotswold Way at Painswick Beacon.
It is also called Painswick Hill, Castle Godwin and Kimsbury Hill Fort. It has a long history, being first inhabited in the Iron Age as a hill fort between 500 and 100 BC. It is an impressive sight.
Course atop Painswick Beacon. Outstanding backdrop to the Malvern Hills, Brecon Beacons and Cotswold Slad Valley. 5,000 yards with a par of 67. 5 holes through an ancient Iron Age hilltop fort. In UK's top 100 golf courses as rated by Golf Monthly magazine. No handicap certificate is required, see Dress Code.
Golf Course Rd, Painswick, GL6 6TL
This is the country's sole surviving complete rococo garden. Designed in the 1740s as a fanciful pleasure garden for Benjamin Hyett and his guests, this hidden valley offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and intriguing garden buildings. Snowdrops and bluebells, lots of interest all year. A cafe too and just off the Cotswold Way.
Stockley Way, Painswick, GL6 6TH
Lots to choose from in the area: Wotton, Stonehouse, Tetbury, Berkeley and Stroud of course.
It's you against the clock. Join in whatever your pace - 5km run - Every Saturday at 9:00am. Free! All ages and abilities are welcome to the runs, including walkers, dogs on leads, babies in buggies & children.
In Stroud it's post Parkrun coffee in the Stratford Park Leisure Centre Café.
Stratford Park, Stratford Road, Stroud, GL5 4AF
Featuring 6 artist studios, 3 artist pods and the Attic Studios. There’s a wide programme of fine art workshops for all disciplines and abilities with an unrivalled range of art materials and supplies.
Griffin Mill Trading Estate, Stroud, GL5 2AZ
A family friendly Arts Centre in Uley, promoting performance, live music and art exhibitions as well as accessible workshops, classes and creative experiences for kids and adults.
Workshops from making your own natural skincare products to life drawing and a mini spring retreat. There is the Vestry Cafe too, relaxed atmosphere and yummy food with lots of vegetarian options.
South Street, Uley, GL11 5SS
Also known as the Ship Graveyard. Ships, barges and other craft were sunk on the tin river bank between the Severn and the Ship canal between 1909 and 1965 to protect the shipping route to Gloucester. Now an important historical site and an easy flat walk, though beware going in poor weather and the trail can get muddy.
It can be a there and back walk or perhaps a loop too. Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer OL14
Purton, BERKELEY, GL13 9HU
Panoramic views overlooking Stroud and the Severn Vale. Many level walks and open spaces above Nailsworth and Golden Valleys. Home to colourful array of wild flowers and butterflies and a roaming herd of cattle in the summer. Good for a bike ride too. Free Parking. Winstones Ice Cream and the Bear of Rodborough!
The web site link is too a National Trust walk, but we'd suggest you go further the point 6 to the "castle" and the view over Stroud and to May Hill in the far distance.
between A46 (Stroud-Nailsworth) and A419 (Stroud-Cirencester),
It’s jaw dropping! For riders of scooters, in line and boards this is a dream come true. When Jerry and Michelle couldn’t find a perfect park (their son dragged them round the country in search) they just went and built it instead! It’s award winning, it’s amazing. Discover.
Unit 3 Brimscombe Port, Brimscombe, GL5 2QQ
Sat 19 June 2021
January 2021 update: the trail is here again in 2021. Click through to the web site for for lots of information. 19th / 20th and 26th / 27th June 2021. http://www.sitselect.org/sitselecttrail.html
Select Arts is a Gloucestershire based arts organisation. They support local and national artists in curated and artist-led exhibitions, events, talks, and educational opportunities. They work to raise the artist’s profiles and support their creative journey. with a successful annual Select Trail Open Studios and Select Festival annually.
A Cultural Hub In The Heart Of Stroud. John St: 26 artists, a gallery, project space, cafe/bar and a year round artistic and educational programme. The Goods Shed: performances, exhibitions and film screenings. Keep an eye out for the annual Ppen Studio Festival or just take a look at the street facing gallery on John Street.
4 John Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 2HA
Saul Junction is where the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal meets the Stroudwater Canal and was a great meeting place for ships and crew, boats and boaters from around the world. Today the junction is still popular and there are many lovely walks along the idyllic waterways. Nearby is Saul Junction Marina and Saul Junction Visitor Centre and a cafe too.
Here is a great link to some self guided walks from our friends at Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Click on the web site link and zoom in on the map. There are pdf guides for storing on your phone or printing to bring with you. It's a good place to start your journey of discovery in the hotcotswolds.
It's a spectacle like no other. Check out https://www.severn-bore.co.uk/locations.html for a viewing spot. The funnel of the River Severn estuary forces some of the highest tides (over 9m, the second highest in the world) up to 21 miles inland and the wave attracts surfers from all over.
The tidal surge also attracts canoeists and windsurfers too. Steve King is the current Guinness World Record holder for the longest surf, 9.25 miles.
The crest of wave moves around from side to side reaching speeds of more than 16 kph. For surfing information, please refer to the Gloucester Harbour Trustees website, link below.
Col. J. Churchill, an ex-wartime Commando leader was the first man to surf the bore on a home made 14ft long board on 21st July 1955.
Epney, Nr Frampton on Severn, GL2 7LN
Sat 12 September 2020
An annual visually inspiring festival of artist-led exhibitions, films and performances combined with a diverse series of talks from artists and writers. Over 80 Open Studios, across the Stroud Valleys. Date changed due to C19 of course in 2020. Look out for May / June 2021.
4 John Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 2HA
Walk in the footsteps of Cider with Rosie (which we recommend) author, Laurie Lee, as you explore the glorious, tranquil & hidden Slad valley. The Laurie Lee Wildlife Way is a beautiful 5-mile walking route, Countryfile Walk from 2018, or / and stop for lunch at much-loved The Woolpack Inn.
The Woolpack Inn, Slad, GL67QA
Discover a safe haven of wide open spaces bursting with wetland nature. Fill your lungs with fresh air, stretch your legs and get ready to explore this extraordinary wetland paradise, whatever the weather! From birdwatchers to families enjoy amazing wildlife up-close. Paddle a canoe around the lakes and waterways, feed birds from your hand or watch the flamingos, it's an award-winning day out.
Newgrounds Lane, Slimbridge, GL2 7BT
Perched on the southern edge of the Cotswold escarpment, above the Severn Valley. Par 68 (5910 yard). An excellent test for both low and high handicap golfers. Regardless of how well you play, you will enjoy the views. No handicap certificate is required, see Dress Code.
Stinchcombe Hill, Dursley, GL11 6AQ
Wed 4 November 2020
Stroud Book Festival, which celebrates its 5th birthday this year, is delighted to announce that the 2020 Festival will take place from Wednesday 4th to Sunday 8th November at venues across Stroud.
The full Stroud Book Festival line-up will be revealed this summer.
On the top of Five Valleys Shopping Centre is the ever popular Stroud Bowl. Great for kids and beginners, and renowned amongst those in the sport as one of the best with knowledgeable staff and a warm welcome. Often hosting groups and tours do book in advance.
Five Valleys Shopping Centre, Stroud, GL5 1QA
Great place to enjoy organic beer, other local or organic drinks, wood fired pizzas and tours of the Brewery. The Stroud Brewery Tap is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. One of the top destinations for a night out in Stroud. Event facilities and far reaching views of the beautiful Golden valley.
The video: Greg is the man, but the location is the old tap room, their new brewery is just down the hill, next to the canal, but the video sets the scene nicely...
London Rd, Brimscombe, GL5 2BY
The Stroudwater canal 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.
High on the valley side it’s in a semi derelict state. It includes fascinating memorials and a Victorian Chapel (shuttered). A nature reserve with pathways to explore. A leaflet detailing the history and wildlife is available on its web site, it’s worth a read.
Bisley Rd, Stroud, GL5 1HJ
Multi award-winning and well known as one of the biggest, busiest and most popular farmers’ markets in the UK. Awarded best in the UK for 2013 for a second time by FARMA there is so much on offer, so arrive hungry and buy your picnic here. The ultimate farm shop.
A visual arts and applied arts with curated and artist-led exhibitions, events, talks and educational opportunities. Annual Open Studios and Festival every May. We support three studios in the centre of Stroud.
"My vision was to create a beautiful space where all yoga teachers with their different yoga styles could come together under one roof. After all, 'Yoga' means 'Union'. Providing this facility makes it easy for people to find a teacher and a class suited to their needs."
Two beautiful studios to hire, both have room for 12-15 people ( half capacity during covid-19 ) The studios have bamboo floors with underfloor heating, plenty of light and a spacious calm atmosphere.
26, Nelson Street, Stroud, GL5 2HH
Top 5 Historical Sights around Stroud Town Centre
Accessibility: Yes, but steep inclines
Duration: Approximately 45 minutes - 1 hour (why not stop for a coffee. or two?)
Picking just 5 sights is certainly a challenge. Our High Street contains buildings that originated from the 16th and 17th Centuries, though many were rebuilt or remodelled in later Georgian and Victorian times.
The trail starts from the Railway Station, on the Town side (London bound trains).
Route 45 is 276.5 miles from Chester to Salisbury! Our bit goes from Route 41 in the Severn Vale, through Stonehouse to Nailsworth (a 5 miles section) and on to Minchinhampton, Cirencester and beyond. A great way to explore the valleys and hills.
Choose a seat by the beautiful bay window and watch for riders trotting by on horseback or perhaps the occasional herd of cows strolling down from the Common. Serving delicious breakfasts, morning and afternoon teas, and lunches. All prepared fresh daily. Takeaway too.
7 High Street, Minchinhampton, GL6 9BN
7.5 feet (2.3 m) high. The area has numerous prehistoric barrows and near by ornaments, flint and arrowheads have all been found. Supposedly the burial site of a Danish leader after a battle at Woeful Danes' Bottom. The nearby tumuli may be the graves of soldiers.
Minchinhampton Common, Minchinhampton
Let's go surfing..... from Stroud!!? Just under 40 minutes from the middle of Stroud you can go surfing. Inland surf just off the M5, very cool.
Get a lesson, improve your skills or go for a pro session and it's open all year round.
Strictly not quite in the hotcotswolds, but surfing in Gloucestershire (just about). Of course there has been surfing in Gloucester since 1955, the Severn Bore, but this is fab for all the family.
Washingpool Farm, Easter Compton BS35 5RE, BS35 5RE
Positioned on a hill above the village of North Nibley it is dedicated to the martyr William Tyndale. His mission was to translate The Bible into English so that ordinary folk could read it for themselves rather than relying on priests for an interpretation. He was strangled and then burned at the stake as a heretic.
The monument which is 111 feet high was completed in 1866. The reward for climbing the 120 steps is a wonderful view 360 degree view of the Cotswolds, Berkeley Vale and the river Severn to the Black Mountains beyond.
Nibley Knoll, North Nibley, GL11 6DT
Walking from the village: To get to the top of this ancient fort from the village, walk from beside the pub on the main road through Uley. Cross the road and take the narrow footpath to the right of the church. Fork right before the first house and follow the path up towards the kissing gate. Enter the field and head for the edge of the woods to pick up the path towards the gate at the top. Enter the woods and continue straight uphill along the higher path to emerge at the foot of Uley Bury.
By car: drive north out of uley and as the road climbs it passes through woodland. When it opens out again there is parking on the left and an easy pedestrian entrance onto Uley Bury.
Uley Bury is the long and impressive flat-topped Iron Age hill fort dating from around 300 B.C. It commands spectacular views from the Cotswold escarpment over the Severn Vale.
The fort’s double line of ramparts are more than a mile in length overall. Aerial photography has revealed extensive crop marks suggesting that there were once numerous dwellings in the interior of the hill fort. The walk around its ramparts is flat, through woodland rich in Ash, Beech and Oak, carpeted with calcareous grasses and wild flowers.
It was locally once known as the "maiden" hill, since it was said never to have been captured and indeed so steep is the hill it is hard to imagine it being taken unless by surprise at the narrow neck that unites it with high land to the east. Another interpretation is that the name 'maiden' comes from Celtic words for 'great hill'. Occupation seems to have ceased from 100 AD, by which time the Romans had conquered all of England.
Uley, GL11 5TL
Also known as Hetty Pegler's Tump, one of our favourite local names, is a burial mound, or long barrow, built around 3,800 BC, towards the end of the Stone Age. There are 5 chambers and you can crawl inside to take a look (go carefully).
It's just off the Cotswold Way, between Coaley Peak and Uley Bury, and forms part of an ancient and fascinating landscape.
Driving through Uley towards Stroud, the road rises onto the escarpment (past the postcode / sat nav spot so ignore it from now). You'll pass the parking area for Uley Bury. Keep going and after the road levels out there is a big field on your left. You can see the mound in the far left corner. There is an unmarked entrance on the left off the road and space for a car or two.
Crawley Hill, Uley, GL11 5BH
in 2002 as a group of local people with an interest in the arts and a desire to provide a space for creative arts in Wotton-under-Edge. Working as a group of volunteers, a programme of activities and events was brought to life in the Chipping Hall (the old Blue Coat school hall).
The Chipping Hall is a Grade II listed former school hall dating back to 1837
We run classes, events, performances and workshops in a wide range of activities, including visual arts, crafts, literature and performing arts.
The Chipping, Wotton under Edge, GL12 7AD
Art studios, courses and exhibition space in the Golden Valley. A collective of artists and a space to rent or to take a class with one of the residents in ceramics, painting, printing, jewellery, glass and more.
London Road, Chalford, GL6 8HN
The arboretum is home to 2,500 different species from the far corners of the globe and 5 national tree collections. Discover the perfect place for you to escape, relax or have an adventure! Take a journey up into the canopy on the STIHL Tree Top Walkway, go on a guided walk around the arboretum and stop by the café for a tasty treat.
Westonbirt, Tetbury, GL8 8QS
Rising above the Severn Vale to about 220m, Westridge has become popular with walkers, trail runners, mountain bike riders and horse riders, and is crossed by the Cotswold Way.
Timing: walking from Wotton to Tyndale Monument and back, allow 2hrs. It's quite a stiff climb to the top and then basically flat from there. You can park up on Old London Road too and miss out the climb!!
With the Tyndale Monument at the most westerly point and the Jubilee Clump above Wotton at the other, it's a great place to explore. But be a little careful as it's also fairly easy to get lost, so follow the signs and way markers.
The Cotswold Way passes Brackenbury Ditches, an Iron Age fort over 2,000 yrs old and perched on the Cotswold Edge. Take a walk round it's ramparts. (what three words: designs.sunflower.squabbles)
From the meadow by the monument it's easy to see the futuristic Swinhay House, home of Renishaw plc founder Sir David McMurtry, designed by eco-architect David Austin. In 2014 it featured in the final episode of the third series of BBC One's Sherlock. It is opened to the public on occasions too.
Check out Wotton Trails on this site too....
Old London Road, Wotton Under Edge, GL12 7PS
Weven is devoted to the handmade with 16 collaborators creating an open and accessible hub where makers, individuals and families could come together to learn and create intricate and eclectic traditional country and folk crafts. Including naturally hand dyed materials and textiles, jewellery and weaving. Look out for workshop dates on their web site.
16 George Street, Stroud, GL5 3AG
Set in the fields of the historic Chavenage House, Wild Carrot is Glampsite bell tents, a hut and a lodge and has everything you need for the perfect escape. There is also a cracking cafe, a venue and guided cycling and a repair shop too. From brilliant adventures to romantic log fires beneath the stars, Wild Carrot is the place to make memories.
Manor Farm Barn, Chavenage, GL8 XW
Started as a hobby on 2002 and with the first wines in 2006 this small family run vineyard tucked under the Cotswold Edge near Wotton is a little food and drink discovery. Contact Deane for a wine tasting, but allow enough time to take a stroll in the valleys and on the hills whilst your there.
Alderley, Wotton Under Edge, GL12 7QT
Est 1925. Still at the same site on Rodborough Common and the same Victorian recipe as the very first day. Producing ice cream in small batches to ensure it’s tasty. Lactose free, celiac and vegan options. Walk, cycle or drive to the parlour, just don’t miss out!
Greenacres, Bowham, Stroud, GL5 5BX
It is an unfinished masterpiece. Building started about 1857, but stopped in the mid-1860s so all the secrets of the construction of the Mansion are visible. Designed by Benjamin Bucknall as a unique Gothic Revival house.
Well known for it's ghosts and breeding colonies of Greater and Lesser Horseshoe bats, so book a tour, it's special.
Allow enough time to explore the valley and lakes too!
Nympsfield, Nailsworth, GL10 3TS
Family owned vineyard in the Cotswolds creating award winning English wines. A selection of grape varieties, spread across three vineyards. Situated under a hollowed out stone quarry at the top of Doverow Hill, on the edge of the Cotswold Escarpment. Take a guided tour of the vineyard and winery, or join for a tasting, check out the diary on line!!
Convent Lane, Woodchester, GL5 5HR
The Park is owned by National Trust. It's a secluded valley and home to the remains of an 18th- and 19th-century landscaped park, a Victorian mansion, a chain of five lakes fringed by woodland and pasture, and an abundance of wildlife. It's a place to revel in "getting lost".
There are 3 way marked walks: Boathouse, Explorers and Landscapes Walks and the house too (though check opening times and booking. See the separate entry on hotcotswolds.uk for a link.
Nympsfield, Nailsworth, GL10 3TS
Going to an auction is a great day out, even if you don't buy anything.
WAR specialise in the sale at auction of ceramics, glassware, jewellery, clocks & watches, collectables, textiles and rugs, silver, metal ware, paintings & fine art, furniture and outside effects.
A number of the chairs at 5VA were bought here!
Tabernacle Rd, Wotton-under-Edge, GL12 7EB
Sun 2 May 2021
A biannual weekend of wonderful Spring gardens including nationally significant local gardens not usually open to the public. Several open artists studios are incorporated in the programme as well as garden sculpture. Refreshments available. The 2021 programme includes Stancombe Park. 01 May 2021– 03 May 2021
The Chipping, Wotton under Edge, GL12 7AD
A group of young adults from Wotton-under-Edge and its surrounding villages working closely with the Wotton Chamber of Trade to help the local economy. The project celebrates the unique ecosystem of Wotton.
"We've installed a set of beautiful waymarker posts in our local woodlands to show you the natural beauty of our home". Using a mobile phone, all ages can learn the creative story about our town and the landscape it sits in.
Chipping Car Park, Wotton-under-Edge, GL12 7BD
Three day Walking Festival around a charming country town, during mid May every year. A variety of short, medium and longer walks each day, led by volunteer walk leaders and often with an interesting theme. Beautiful scenery. a wonderful weekend of walks.
Fancy a walk with a theme? Then perhaps a wander around Wotton Under Edge looking for the Almshouses and reading about their history will be just what you're after.... and then a cuppa for your efforts?
If you are still in need of a challenge then perhaps a walk up the Cotswold Way to the Jubilee Clump. The details are on the Jubillee Clump walk page.
Tabemacle Pitch, Wotton Under Edge, GL12 7ED
Whether you are road riding, cycling with a group for fun, using the Sustran Trails, using a guide or self guiding, there is a lot of cycling and mountain biking around here.
Head out into the Severn Vale on your road bike or tackle the hills and lanes of the Edge. Explore the woodland, meadow and trails on a mountain bike for a trails that are great for beginners and still testing for the experienced.
Try our local trail centre, Flyup417 or book a half day with Tim of Cotswold Mountain Biking.
This 100 acre farm on Crickley Hill on the Cotswold edge is the biggest privately owned mountain bike facility in England offering a variety of riding disciplines within one cycling venue. Pump tracks, to dirt jumping, blue, red and black trails too, a kids club and a coaching programme. Right below the Air Balloon Pub at Birdlip on the A417!!!
Crickley Hill Farm, Witcombe,, GL3 4SS
Stroud and the Five Valleys monthly guide to the multitude of festivals, exhibitions, literature events, theatre productions, comedy shows and artists it harbours. It's Stroud's ‘Time Out’ bringing everything into one place.
Running since February 2015 informing the community and involving local venues, artists and writers in its content. Good On Paper is a free independent magazine published monthly and we love it!!!
The video is a collaboration with Sound Records, Stroud, 22 11 2020 live stream.