Walking

Walking trail

Rodborough cowslip and purple orchid walk

Walking trail

Well known for its rare, weird and wonderful flora and fauna, Rodborough Commons limestone grassland also hosts our more common native species in abundance. This self-led walk will allow you to wander at your own pace through a sea of yellow cowslips (in March/April) or a swathe of early purple orchids (in April/May), and marvel at the breathtaking views over the Stroud valley and Severn estuary.

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Map

Map route for Rodborough cowslip and purple orchid walk

Start:

National Trust car park, grid ref: SO850035

1

When leaving the car park, follow the stone track leading across the Common until you reach two large hollows either side of the track, which are old dew ponds.

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2

Bear left here and follow the grassy track. You will soon have the wall of a private estate on your left. Follow this wall until you reach a bench in memory of Little Boo, a lovely place to rest a while.

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3

With your back to the wall, walk straight ahead to another bench with stone pillars.

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4

Bear right here and head towards the pine trees that surround Little London. You should be able to see an abundance of cowslips and purple orchids all along the route.

5

Pass the property with the pine trees and black gate on your left, and continue on your journey whilst taking in the expansive views across the River Severn, Forest of Dean and Welsh hills beyond.

6

Where the tracks meet at a clump of trees and an old quarry, take the stony/grassy track back towards the road and car park. Yet more purple orchids and cowslips can be found here.

End:

National Trust car park, grid ref: SO850035

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Rodborough cowslip and purple orchid walk

Terrain

The route follows natural grassy tracks and open grassy hillsides. Dogs are welcome but they should be kept on a lead as the Commons are grazed by cattle.

Rodborough cowslip and purple orchid walk

Contact us

Rodborough cowslip and purple orchid walk

How to get here

Address
Rodborough Common Car Park
By train

Stroud 1 mile (1.5km).

By road
In the Cotswold hills, south of Stroud and north of Minchinhampton Common, just off the A419 Swindon to Stroud Road, climb up hill via small steep roads.
By bus

Bus 28, Stroud station to Cirencester, 1 mile (1.5km).

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 45 follows Nailsworth stream at the bottom of the hill, 1 mile away to the west.

Rodborough cowslip and purple orchid walk

Facilities and access

  • Free car park