The Stroud Valleys lie on the western edge of the Cotswold Hills. There are five valleys and they converge on the historic town of Stroud. This September we have a festival for each of the five valleys that together last the whole of the month.
Between them, the festivals celebrate the very best things about this area of the Cotswolds.
Stroud is easy to get to and travelling here by whatever means or route you choose.
By road from the M5, leave at junction 13 and head east on the A419 for the break in the Cotswold escarpment.The high common on your right is Selsley and ahead of you crowned by its fort, is Rodborough Common. The A419 continues to CIrencester and on around Swindon to join the M4 at junction 15.
By road from the M4, take the A46 north through miles of classic Cotswold countryside, before dropping down through the village of Nailsworth and following one of the five valleys to Stroud. The A46 continues towards Cheltenham and divides for Gloucester.
By train from Swindon, Reading and London Paddington.
Stroud lies on a main line route from London. Other services change at Swindon. You will have reached the golden valley when you emerge from a tunnel into a wooded valley with clusters of stone cottages clinging to the valley sides. Beside the track there are old mills, the river and the canal.
Stroud is linked via a bus service to the major towns of Gloucester, Cheltenham and Cirencester.
There are also inks to Bath and Bristol.
For information on buses visit: www.stagecoachbus.com/StroudRM.aspx
This is a couple of years off, but once the Cotswold Canals are restored this will be possible.
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