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"; 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.
- Barry Hill: Walking the South Gloucestershire Cotswolds, pp. 100–116)
- Hill, Barry Walking the South Gloucestershire Cotswolds, Thornhill Press (Cheltenham) 1992
- Location map: 51°44’35"N, 2°12’58"W