Stroud Valleys Trail

This delightful traffic-free route follows the line of the old Midland Railway from Stonehouse to Nailsworth. With great views of the Cotswolds, it provides a welcome alternative to local busy roads.

The route begins in the Gloucestershire town of Stonehouse. Set in the Stroud Valley, this small but bustling town has a long industrial history dating back so far that it was recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086.

Heading along the old railway line, look to the east for wonderful views of the Cotswolds.

This route is never far from the water. Throughout the journey you will see the River Frome, the Stroudwater Canal and the Nailsworth Stream. Keep an eye out for water mills and other interesting buildings along the way.

Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons are accessible from this path. Both are managed by the National Trust. While they do require a challenging uphill ride on minor roads, the views at the end are very much worth it.

Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

Please help us protect this route

The Stroud Valleys Trail is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.

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