GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Slad Valley

4 miles (6 km)

This circular walk explores the area surrounding the Gloucestershire village of Slad near Stroud. The Slad Valley is famous for its associations with the authorLaurie Lee, who based his book'Cider with Rosie'on his own life in the village. It's a beautiful area of the Cotswolds and well worth exploring with a copy of the book under your arm!
The walk starts in the centre of the village and follows various footpaths and country lanes around the village. You'll pass woodland areas and attractive farmland with pretty streams and brooks to look out for. Also on the route is the lovely Steanbridge Mill and its pondwith ducks. It is mentioned in the book as the place where a young Lee used to ice skate in the winter. In the village you can also visit Lee's grave in the peaceful churchyard and visit the Woolpack Inn for refreshments. It's a lovely walk and of particular appeal to fans of the book who will recognise many of the locations.
Part of the walk uses the Wysis Way long distance footpath. This section is at the northern tip of the route. You can follow the path east towards Piedmont and visit the Snows Farm Nature Reserve on the way. It consists of limestone grassland with a huge variety of wildlflowers including early purple orchid, fragrant orchid and pyramidal orchids. It's located just to the north east of the village and worth a visit. You can further extend your walk by continuing along the Wysis Way south to Bisley or north towards Painswick Beacon. Here you will find an Iron Age Hill Fort and fabulous views over the Severn Vale, the Forest of Dean and the Welsh Mountains.
The Cotswold Way National Trail runs to the west of the village through the Painswick Valley and is another good option for continuing your walking in this lovely area.

Slad Valley OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Slad Valley Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The Woolpack Inn is a noteworthy pub well worth investigating. It's over 300 years old and retains much of that old world charm. Indoors there's a cosy interior with lots of interesting old pictures and photos on the wall. The pub was the old haunt of Laurie Lee and after you have finished your meal you can head across the road to the church where he is buried. They do excellent food and also have an outdoor area for warmer days. You can find the historic inn on the Slad Road at a postcode of GL6 7QA for your sat navs. The pub is also dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

The Woolpack, Slad, Gloucestershire - geograph.org.uk - 487493

The Woolpack, Slad. A fine place to visit after your walk

Steanbridge Mill Pond in Slad - geograph.org.uk - 759425

Steanbridge Mill Pond. This is the millpond mentioned in 'Cider with Rosie' by Laurie Lee.

Cider with Rosie - geograph.org.uk - 24766

This rather overgrown cider press is just off the B4070, where the path leads up to Wickridge Hill. It's only a quarter of a mile from Slad

Quarry near Worgan's Wood - geograph.org.uk - 962366

Quarry near Worgan's Wood. These tumbled stones are what remains of one of the many disused quarries that dot the Cotswolds. All that honey-coloured masonry has to come from somewhere.

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GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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