Visit the delightful Cotswolds village of Painswick and climb the nearby Painswick Hill on this walk near Stroud.
The walk starts from Painswick known as the 'Queen of the Cotswolds' because of its picturesque cottages, pretty churchyard with yew trees and the splendid Rococo Gardens. You can then follow the Cotswold Way National Trail north to the beacon. The trail is well signposted and takes you through the local golf course and past the aptly named Paradise valley. You soon come to the beacon where you will find an Iron Age Hill Fort and fabulous views over the Severn Vale, the Forest of Dean and the Welsh Mountains.
From the top of the hill you can descend back to the village or if you'd like to extend your walk, you could continue along the Cotswold Way to the nearby Pope's Wood and Kites Hill. A little further on is Coopers Hill where the annual Chees Rolling event is held on the Spring Bank Holiday. It involves locals chasing a large round cheese down a near-vertical grass slope.
If you enjoy this walk you could head a couple of miles south west and visit Haresfield Beacon for more great walking trails and panoramic views of the Cotswolds.
You could also follow the Wysis Way long distance trail south and visit the beautiful Slad Valley. The area is famous for its associations with the author Laurie Lee, who based his book 'Cider with Rosie' on his own life in the village.
PostcodeGL6 6SU - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Painswick Beacon Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Painswick Beacon Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Painswick Beacon OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Painswick Beacon Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Back in Painswick head to the excellent Painswick Hotel for some post walk refreshments. The fine hotel is set in an attractive 18th century Palladian house and includes cosy fires indoors. Oustide there's a lovely veranda where you can enjoy views of the Painswick Valley. You can find the hotel on Kemps Lane with a postcode GL6 6YB for your sat navs.
The beacon and surrounding woods are a lovely place for a dog walk. The Painswick Hotel is also dog friendly and will provide treats and water if you are staying. You can also take them into the outdoor section for a meal.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
For a shorter walk you could start from the Painswick Beacon car park, located just to the south of the beacon at a postcode of GL6 6SU. The free car park is only a short climb for the hill top.
The walk passes the beautiful Rococo Gardens which are well worth a visit. The gardens include woodland trails, a maze, a widlflower meadow and several attractive follies. You can find it in the town on Gloucester Road at postcodfe GL6 6TH.