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Rolling hills and open spaces above the Stroud Valleys and Severn estuary

Minchinhampton Common is a large swathe of open grassland on the hill top and slopes of the Cotswold escarpment. It is a really important archaeological landscape, with prehistoric field systems, burial mounds and the remains of a defensive earthwork, known as The Bulwarks. In the summer the common is grazed by local commoners' cattle.

Rodborough Common lies just to the north of Minchinhampton Common and offers a dramatic panorama overlooking Stroud and the Severn Vale. It is renowned for its colourful array of wild flowers and butterflies, starting with the pasque flower in spring and a superb display of early purple orchids in May.

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Wild Woodchester Days at Woodchester Park

Bug hunting

Bug hunting

We've got the summer holidays sorted and full of 50 Things fun with the National Trust rangers. Bookings have now begun for our Wild Woodchester activity days every friday - that's the 7, 14, 21 and 28 August.

Each day will have a different theme, but we'll be doing things like bug hunting, building dens, creating wild art and learning more about the plants and wildlife at Woodchester Park. 

Contact Jean Hume on 01452 814 213 to book your space. £5 for children, accompanying adults go for free. 

Off-road mountain biking © John Millar

Off-road mountain biking

Mad about cycling?

Then you have to get involved with the Mean and Dirty off road challenge.

The MADORC will start and finish at the Ebworth Estate just outside of Stroud on Sunday 13 September.

Either 50k or 100k options are open to everyone with a mountain bike and the desire to test themselves against a route through fantastic Cotswolds terrain.

Children's races will also be held during the day.