Fort-ification walk

Walking trail

This walk takes you around Rodborough Fort, over limestone grassland that is an area of European significance for its flora and fauna.

Enjoy spectacular views for miles around in almost every direction and across the River Severn to Wales. Grade of walk: Trainer (all rounder); type of walk: 'Beautiful Views', 'Flora and Fauna'.

Rodborough Common, grazing cattle, Gloucestershire


Map route for Fort-ification walk


Car park, grid ref: SO851040


From the lower section of the car park, follow the driveway up to the fort. When you reach the fort gates turn right walking along the track, keeping the wall to your left. As you follow this round, you come into the open with views of Randwick Woods, Doverow Hill and the River Severn.

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Continue along this path, with the fort to your left, until you reach a seat (a memorial to Frank George Tirel). Here take the right fork on the path. As you are walking, you can see remains of quarries on the right-hand side - these are particularly good spots for seeing fragrant orchids at the right time of year. Continue along this path, crossing a track passing almost at right angle to your own, until you see a clump of trees on your left with a seat in the centre and a memorial to Lord Baden-Powell.

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Turn left here through the trees, walking at 90 degrees to your previous path. Note the old hollowed out beech tree on your left as you walk. Keep to this track until you see a car park in front of you. Here you get views over the Chalford Valley.

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Rodborough Common, Duke of Burgundy butterfly, Gloucestershire


When you see a car park turn left and head back towards the fort. Keeping the road on your right (not too close) and the fort on your left will take you back to your own car park.


The final steps to return to your car are down a very steep path or quite steep steps, over the rim of an old quarry.

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Car park, grid ref: SO851040

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This is a relatively easy walk on tracks across open grassland, although there is a steep path or quite steep steps on the final section back to the car park.

Dogs are welcome but need to be kept under close control due to cows being on the commons and close to the road.

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How to get here

Rodborough Common, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 2LN
By train

Stroud, 1 mile (1.6km).

By road

From Stroud, take the A46 towards Bath (less that ¾ mile/1.2km) until you see signs to Rodborough and Minchinhampton, up a steep hill - Rodborough Hill.  Turn left, pass over a cattle grid with Fort above you.  Continue a few hundred yards up the hill and the car park is on the right hand side (with a height barrier at the entrance).

By bus

The closest bust stop is about ¼ mile (0.4km) away at the top of Rodborough Hill. Bus No. 36 from Stroud Bus Station (Stroud/Kingscourt service) - Walkley Hill, Prince Albert Inn stop. It takes about 10 minutes walk up the hill from the bus stop to Rodborough Fort.

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Facilities and access

  • Dogs are welcome, but please ensure they are kept under close control near livestock