Cotswolds: The WAS Way (Stroud)

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Aug12

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11 miles, moderately paced. Includes a few short sharp hill climbs over the five valleys

The WAS Way was first trialled by Stroud Town Council in the 2007 Stroud Walking Festival. It is now an official waymarked trail, following the parish borders and offering something for everyone.

The Five Valleys have long provided good walking for many people. Wooded valleys and hills, high grasslands, small Cotswold stone villages clinging to the hillsides, the heritage of a once-great textile industry, fed by coal delivered along the Cotswold Canals.The WAS Way encompassess all of these, without ever losing sight of Stroud, the gateway to the Five Valleys.

This eleven-mile route follows public footpaths and roads and takes around five hours.The terrain is variable – there are steep sections to the north of the town and some parts can get muddy after rainfall. Stout footwear is advised.The canal towpath is flat and generally good underfoot. The route has been designed so that it can be walked in either direction, and starting at any of the 16 marked points.

The route map can be found here.

Stroud grafitti
Stroud cemetery
Five valleys view
Stroud grafitti
Stroud cemetery
Five valleys view

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51.743887369906, -2.218733222756