When it comes to breathtaking slopes and extensive views, we are spoilt for choice in Stroud.
Although New Year’s may be a little different this year, there is still plenty you can do locally to ring 2021, and what could be better than celebrating New Year’s Day against the backdrop of a phenomenal Stroud view.
Whether you’re looking for a flat walk alongside the banks of the River Severn, or to get your lungs roaring in a steep walk up one of the beacons, we’ve got you covered.
The Severn Way follows the path of the iconic River Severn as it meanders down from the Welsh Valleys to the Severn Estuary and, of course, through Gloucestershire.
In the Stroud District, the lengthy pathway’s most upstream point is in Elmore, and follows a broad section of the Severn, far beyond Slimbridge – meaning there are plenty of views for you to take in.
The path in the Severnside ward of the district are particularly beautiful, whether you want to soak up the views of the river beach that is Longney Sands at early sunset, or walk down to Arlingham and glance across the river to Newnham in the Forest of Dean.
This quaint canalside village in the Stroud District is home to the longest village green in England, which boasts an impressive 22 acres of greenery to go for a pleasant stroll with your household on New Year’s Day.
The green is lined with expansive yet cute cottages and traditional Tudor and Georgian architecture, and there are three ponds brimming with wildlife dotted within the expanse of open space.
Lanes and pull-ins zig-zag their way through the green, so there is plenty of space to park before getting out the car and enjoying a leisurely stroll.
This viewpoint is the perfect walk if you’re looking to put in a bit of effort to see some of the most jaw-dropping views Gloucestershire has to offer.
The moderately hilly Cotswolds climb to the peak of Painswick Beacon is worth the reward of expansive views across the county and beyond that go on ‘forever’. On a clear day, the views are said to reach as far as both of the Severn Bridges and Dunkerry Beacon in Exmoor.
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Another beacon in the district which offers a bird’s eye view of glorious Gloucestershire. The walk to the top is described as a little challenging, so if you’re looking for a walk that will help you burn off the festive calories – you may want to consider a trip to Haresfield Beacon.
At the top of the beacon, you will be greeted by stunning views across the Severn Vale and towards the Forest of Dean. If the visibility is good, you should be able to see as far as the Brecon Beacons.
This park is set in an extensive valley cradles the unfinished haunted Victorian Woodchester Mansion, as well as a tranquil lake which is bound to provide some stunning winter scenery this festive season.
If you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the wildlife which has made the charming woodland park their home – robins have been known to live in the safe haven of the park and herons often fish in the lakes.
If you’re looking to see some impressive views of the magnificent Severn and its vale, Cam Peak is the perfect walk for you. There is an approximately 3.5 mile long circular route up Cam Peak, that then runs along Cam Long Down and then over to Uley Bury before making a beeline back towards Cam Peak.
Just up the road from Woodchester Park, Cam Peak commands a view that will make you proud to be from Gloucestershire, with exquisite views of the Stroud countryside, towards the River Severn, across the Forest of Dean. The Welsh Mountains provide a gorgeous backdrop to the scenery on a clear day.
Standing proudly to the west of Dursley, walkers looking to conquer this hill can start their trail in the town, then follow the Cotswold Way up to the hill. At Drakestone Point, which stands at an impressive 219 metres tall, there is an exceptional view across the Severn Vale.
Offering an enviable view of the Tyndale Monument and the picturesque village of North Nibley, there is a topograph at the summit of Stinchcombe hill which highlights all the landmarks you can see. If you continue along the Cotswold Way past the hill, you will reach the historic market town of Wotton-under-Edge and the Tynedale Monument.
Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons
Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons are the perfect slopes to visit for an exhilarating winter walk this New Year’s Day. Steeped in history, the Commons hide secret earthworks and the remains of World War II glider traps.
The Commons are also a haven for wildlife, as they are two of 4,000 Sites of Special Scientific Interest – the incredibly rare greater horseshoe bat and the scarce lesser horseshoe bat both reside in the abandoned limestone quarries during the winter months.