Stroud Valleys

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Part of the five valleys from Rodborough hill
A field at Baker's Mill in the Golden Valley

The Stroud Valleys or the Five Valleys are a group of valleys in Gloucestershire which converge on the town of Stroud at the western edge of the Cotswolds.

The valleys are as follows:

  • The Chalford valley (also known as the "Golden Valley")
  • The Nailsworth Valley
  • The Ruscombe Valley
  • The Slad Valley (the setting of the book Cider with Rosie)
  • The Painswick Valley

The Five Valleys Walk is a popular circular walk of some 21 miles around Stroud. It has been held annually since 1987, in aid of the Stroud-based Meningitis Trust, usually on the last Sunday in September.

A more exacting version of this walk has also been published, as the "Five Valleys Circuit";[1] this includes an ascent over the high ground of Selsley Common rather than the charity walk's low-level route from Stonehouse to Nailsworth, up the old railway line by the Nailsworth Stream.


  1. Barry Hill: Walking the South Gloucestershire Cotswolds, pp. 100–116)
  • Hill, Barry Walking the South Gloucestershire Cotswolds, Thornhill Press (Cheltenham) 1992

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