Walking

Walking trail

Rodborough woodlands and villages walk

Walking trail

The National Trust commons are most well known for their open, species-rich grasslands and the wildlife that calls them home. However, on this walk you will discover some of the commons hidden treasures by exploring the woodlands that populate the lower slopes. In summer, the woodlands are a cathedral of green and in autumn you will be treated to the beautiful display of reds and coppers that can only be produced by beech trees. The walk will also take you through some archetypal Cotswold villages and past rare native junipers.

A view of  Rodborough Common

Map

Map route for Rodborough woodlands and villages walk

Start:

National Trust layby; grid ref: SO847026

1

Park up in the NT layby on the Rodborough quiet lane and walk back out towards the road. Cross here, being wary of traffic, and head towards the gateway with white gates. Turn left before entering the gateway and follow the wall with it on your right hand side.

2

Enter the woods at a wooden gate and follow the old pack horse route through the woods enjoying the tranquillity of the woodlands.

3

After a right hand curve in the path past some buildings, look for a path on the left and take this route. Before you leave the track, up on your left there is a glade within the woodland that is fantastic for wildflowers and butterflies in the spring and summer months. Take a break here for a while if you like and enjoy the wildlife; it is especially pleasant on warm, sunny days.

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4

Continuing along this new path you will come across a junction at which a path goes down the hill to your right. Take this path a short distance before turning left when it intersects a lower path.

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5

At this point you will emerge on the road in St Chloe. Turn left and follow the road uphill.

6

When you come to a T-junction, turn left and continue on the road in St Chloe. Turn left and follow the road uphill.

7

When you pop out onto Bear Hill, just below the Bear of Rodborough Hotel, cross the road and pick up the grassy track that bears off to the left. Follow the track as it sweeps along the edge of the plateau.

8

The track will eventually open out. Bear left across the open grassy area and join a small path leading down the slope towards the woodland (in which you will find the layby where you started the walk).

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End:

National Trust layby; grid ref: SO847026

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Rodborough woodlands and villages walk

Terrain

The route initially follows woodland tracks, so watch out for tree roots. It then transfers on to more easily navigated roads and finally onto an open grassy hillside. Sturdy footwear is essential. Dogs off the lead are welcome, unless there are cattle grazing on the hillside.

Rodborough woodlands and villages walk

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Rodborough woodlands and villages walk

How to get here

Address
National Trust layby, Bear Hill, Rodborough Common
By train

The closest station to this walk is Stroud.

By road

Leaving or entering Stroud on the A46, turn up Bear Hill, continue on until turning left on an elbow bend into the Rodborough quiet lane and park up on your right. Alternatively, navigate to the Bear of Rodborough (SO 853026), turn down Bear Hill and turn right into Rodborough quiet lane on the elbow bend.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 45 follows the bottom of the valley. Divert from the route up Bear Hill; about halfway up, turn left onto the Rodborough quiet lane on the elbow bend (beware there is a cattle grid to negotiate). The layby is on your right.

Rodborough woodlands and villages walk

Facilities and access

  • Free car park