CALLING AT... STROUD
Made famous by Laurie Lee’s “Cider with Rosie”, the market town of Stroud is brimming with independent shops, cafes and galleries and is home to one of the best farmers markets in the country with stalls ranging from fresh bakes to furniture and plants.
Set against the dramatic backdrop of the five valleys, Stroud offers stunning walks and views from its commons and viewpoints. Visitors can spot the former textile mills along the valleys from many different locations across the town and reconnect with nature along the banks of the Stroud water canal.
With the train station located right in the centre of the town, many of the activities around Stroud are just a few minutes’ walk away such as its annual fringe festival, held cross many gardens and pubs in and around the town, where you can experience a weekend full of amazing music, food and drink!
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STROUD FARMER'S MARKET
Stroud Farmers Market is multi award-winning and is well known as one of the biggest and most popular farmer’s markets in the UK.
Traders range from artesian bakers, ethical walking stick makers, butchers and meat producers, jewellers, pottery, fruit and vegetables, wine, craft ales, fish, and much, much more.
The market is accessible and a short walk from the train station. Running every Saturday 9am – 2pm.
FOOD & FARM TRAILS
The Stroud and Stonehouse food & farm trails take you on journey around the town’s local food and drink suppliers.
On your walk up to Rodborough Common, the trail will take you Winstone’s ice cream factory, the perfect place to stop for an ice cream with a flake or two!
For the wine lovers, the view of Woodchester vineyard is the perfect sight as you follow the trail through Stonehouse. Woodchester wines offers tours and tastings of their wines grown around Stroud and Stonehouse at their ‘cellar’ in Woodchester.
Situated on the bank of the Thames and Severn Canal, Stroud Brewery is a friendly and vibrant taproom serving excellent, ethical, organic beers.
The perfect place to stop on your walks around the Stroud Valleys for a refreshing pint and some hearty food or for many evenings of entertainment at one of the numerous live music events and parties they hold.
STROUD VALLEYS TRAIL
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. Get closer to nature with a walk along the canal and you will see ducks, moorhen, dragonflies and the occasional flash of a kingfisher.
Even on shorter snippets of the route, you will be sure to come across glimpses of former Cotswold textile mills.
THE COTSWOLD WAY
The Cotswold Way, a 102-mile walk starting in Chipping Camden and completing in the roman city of Bath, runs close by. Many walkers of the Cotswold way choose to rest their legs in one of the many pubs in Stroud.
Rodborough, Minchinhampton and Selsley common over-look the town with breath-taking views that stretch across to the River Severn and beyond. On the commons, you will find a mix of roaming cattle, walkers, horse riders, orchids and rare butterflies.