Minchinhampton is high up in the Cotswolds, adjoining 600 acres of National Trust Common land, with beautiful views over the surrounding hills and valleys and very many public footpaths criss-crossing the landscape. All of that makes for a wide choice of wonderful walks. A small selection of options will be shown here (starting with one of my favourite walks, shown below).

A walk through Longford's Mill, returning via Box Wood

This walk takes you through country lanes, along public footpaths and across National Trust Common land, down steep slopes (and back up hill a slightly less strenuous route) and past some of the area's most beautiful industrial heritage (Longford's Mill, most of which has been sympathetically converted into residential housing).  It has the option of stopping for refreshment at the Weighbridge Inn - a traditional dog-friendly village pub that serves good hearty pub grub - and then takes you up hill through wooded landscapes and then across the open grassland of Minchinhampton Common.  This walk is lovely in all seasons - on crisp bright Winter's days there are lovely views and gorgeous sunsets, in Spring there are wild flowers coming out on the Common, in Summer you can sit in the garden behind the Weighbridge, enjoying a fine meal half-way round and spot rare butterflies as you cross the Common, and in Autumn you have the rich variety of colours, transforming the landscape into an impressionist's dream world.  The walk could take around 2 hours, but everyone walks at their own pace, so this is just an indication (it's around 3.5 miles long, and over mixed terrain).  Warning - there are stiles, one very steep slope and the walk can be muddy in places.

Longfords Mill Walk

The Close B&B

The Close

Well Hill

Minchinhampton

Stroud

Gloucestershire

GL6 9JE

 

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