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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.

Beating the Bounds guided walk

Step back in time on this family friendly walk with our ranger at Rodborough Common on Ascension Sunday, 10 May. Discover ancient traditions, flowers, wildlife and be wowed by the views.

Kite Festival: Sunday 24 May

Go kite crazy this May at our annual family friendly Kite festival at Minchinhampton. Bring your own along, learn some top tips from the enthusiasts, make a kite and be dazzled by colourful skies.

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