Take A Stroll Near Stroud
Ah, the Cotswolds. Picturesque villages and enchanting valleys over green rolling hills, with plush woodland and cobblestone walls. Could there be a better location for country walks?
With plenty of opportunities to get out and get walking, you might feel overwhelmed with the variety of trails! Well, you’re in luck, we’ve done all the hard work for you. We asked our regulars which walks in the local area they would recommend. Take a gander at our top three Cotswold walks near Stroud.
Coaley Peak to Selsley Common
Location: Nympsfield & Selsley
Walk difficulty: Intermediate, with short but steep ascents
Time: 3 to 3 ½ hours
Distance: Approx. 7 miles
A walkers guide would not be complete without a stroll along the Cotswolds way. Spanning from Bath to Chipping Camden, the Cotswolds way is a well-known beautiful trail which explores the Cotswolds countryside. The Coaley Peak to Selsley Common walk first explores the Coaley Peak ridge and its splendid views of the Cotswold hills, the Severn Vale, the Brecon Beacons and Wales. The walk then drops down to a peaceful woodland and descends to the bottom of an enchanting valley. The Cotswold walk then climbs back up to the ridge and the wild landscape of Selsley Common. If you visit during August, September or early October, be sure to look out for wild blackberries. These sweet yet tart berries are plentiful across Selsley common!
Bisley-with-Lypiatt Country Walk
Walk difficulty: Intermediate
Time: 2 ½ to 3 hours
Distance: 6 miles (9.6 km)
The Bisley-with-Lypiatt walk is another top Cotswold walk near Stroud. From enchanting valleys, bountiful hills, lush woods and breath-taking views, this circular walk features the best of the Cotswolds. This walk has had many recommendations and is a perfect way to escape to the country. Picture sun-kissed meadows, blooming woodland and lush green fields.
Wysis Way canal walk
Location: Sapperton & Frampton Mansell
Walk difficulty: Easy
Time: 1 ½ to 2 hours
Distance: Approx. 4.4 miles (7 km)
Linking the Forest of Dean to the Cotswolds, the Wysis way is an impressive 52-mile long stretch. The section near Stroud that one local recommended is between Sapperton and Frampton Mansell. Walk along the canal through to Siccardige wood whilst catching glimpses of green fields.
If all this thought of walking (or actual walking) has made you peckish, head on back to the Egypt Mill for a heart-warming winter meal or a light, yet fulfilling summer luncheon. Treat your tastebuds to a stone-baked, hand-stretched artisan pizza in the garden, or a family sharing roastie with all the trimmings!
For more walks and further information, head to Discover Stroud District.