Stroud Trail

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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1.5-2.5h
Distance
This reflects the return distance of this route as measured by the GPS file.
6.1 km
Elevation
This reflects the total elevation gained throughout this route as measured by the GPS file. This includes all ascents and descents, and is higher than what is quoted in most route guides, which simply measure the distance between the starting-point and high-point of the route.
223 m
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Directions to Trailhead

Walking the Stroud Trail is a fun experience that will expose you to some of the beautiful landscapes that can be found within The Cotswolds AONB. While out on the trail, you will make your way through the charming villages, peaceful forests, and picturesque farmland pastures that surround the elevated position of the Selsley Common. This is a fantastic adventure to save for a weekend of great weather.

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Route Description for Stroud Trail

Although it is a fairly easy-going experience, the Stroud Trail does feature small amounts of elevation gain along steep hillsides and some rugged terrain that can become muddy in the spring. Be sure to wear proper walking boots when setting out on your adventure. Additionally, you will likely encounter some cows, sheep, or horses grazing in the pasture while out on your walk. Keep an eye on children in these areas and be sure to keep your canine friends on a lead. Other than that, strap on your walking boots and have a fantastic time out on the trails!

Setting out from the parking area, the path will lead you toward the southwest to climb uphill along the slopes of Selsley Common. Reaching the summit, take some time to appreciate the views of the breathtaking Gloucestershire countryside. From here, the trail will head to the south and turn east to pass through a lovely stretch of forest before descending the hillside towards the village of South Woodchester. As you approach the edge of the village, the route will turn to the north and take you past the lovely Church of St. Mary set within the village of North Woodchester. After making your way through the quaint village, continue along the path to the northwest and climb back uphill to arrive at the parking area where you began your adventure.

Consider a Walking Holiday in the Cotswolds

One of the best ways to experience this stunning Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is by booking a pre-planned adventure tour in the Cotswolds. Find the famous self-guided Cotswolds Way and other amazing guided and self-guided tours on 10Adventures Tours.

Getting to the Stroud Trail Trailhead

To reach the trailhead for the Stroud Trail from Stroud, head west along Cainscross Road/A419 for 1.3 km and take the first exit at the roundabout onto Dudbridge Road. After 0.6 km, take the second exit at the next roundabout and continue on for 1.0 km before turning right on The Grove. You will find a parking area on the left in 137 m.

Route Information

  • When to do

    Year-Round

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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