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Randwick ramble


This walk leads you through lowland beech and yew woodlands, with a section passing through some limestone grasslands, an excellent spot for seeing orchids and other special flowers of this area.

A short walk perfect for a quick stroll and some fresh air

As you pass through the woods, you'll see a long barrow, thought to be one of the largest found locally. Grade of walk: Trainer (all rounder); Type of walk: 'Hidden Places', 'Flora & Fauna'.

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Randwick Woods car park, grid ref: SO823065


From the car park take the track (known as Robbers Road) that runs between the woods and the field until you reach a set of large boulders on your right. Turn right here, following the path around until you see a stile on your right.

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Climb over this style into the paddock, where you can see a wide variety of limestone grassland flowers, such as orchids and twayblades. Walk down this paddock and follow the woodland edge to your left. This will lead you first down the slope then returning back up hill towards a millennium seat.

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Just above the seat re-enter the woods over a style. Turn right on this footpath and follow it until you reach the lowest point still in the woods. Then turn left and follow the path back up the hill, keeping to the right as it forks.

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When you reach a track running at right angles to yours, turn right, walking until you see a five bar gate. Here you return to Robbers Road.


Turn left and follow Robbers Road. On your left you'll see a long barrow, thought to be one of the largest in the area. Shortly after the long barrow you'll come to a smaller path crossing the main track. Take the right path and follow it downhill.


When you reach the bottom of the path, turn left on to a track running along the flat. Follow this track, passing by a five bar gate, and continue along the track until you reach a metal vehicle barrier.


At this barrier you'll see the remains of an old quarry on your left. Follow the track uphill, returning to the car park.

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Randwick Woods car park, grid ref: SO823065

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Randwick ramble


There are two stiles. The terrain is generally stony underfoot, with a short stretch across grassland. It could be slippery in places if the weather is wet.

Dogs are welcome.

Randwick ramble

How to get here

Randwick Woods nr Stroud, Gloucestershire
By train

Stroud, 2.5 miles (4km).

By road

From Stroud, take A419 to Cainscross roundabout. Follow signs to Cashes Green and continue up hill to Randwick, passing through Townsend, and take Ash Lane on left for ½ mile (800m) to car park.

By bus

Route 230 from Stroud bus station. Alight bottom of Ash Lane, ½ mile (800m) away from car park.

Randwick ramble

Facilities and access

  • Dogs are welcome