GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Selsley Common

2 miles (3 km)

This large open area near Stroud has miles of footpaths and wonderful panoramic views over the Cotswolds. It covers 97 acres and consists of wide open grassland with a variety of rare flora and fauna. Look out for wildflowers and orchids including the Green-winged Orchidand Fragrant Orchid. Butterflies such as Small Blue,Graylingandthe Duke of Burgundy Fritillary fly around the flowers in the summer months.
The common is in an elevated position above Stroud so there are far ranging views to enjoy. On a clear day you can see the Malvern Hills, the Welsh Hills and the River Severn. The area is very popular with walkers, paragliders and hang gliders.
This circular walk starts from the car park at the southern end of the common but you could also follow the the Cotswold Way from Stroud. You can follow the trail from the town centre along the Stroudwater Canal before turning south near Ebley, towards the common. The Cotswold Way runs across the common so if you would like to extend your walk you could follow this trail west into Pen Hill Wood and Stanley Wood.
Also nearby is the delightful Rodborough Common and Woodchester Park which has similar trails and viewpoints.
The common is located just to the west of Woodchester so you could also start your walk from here.


GL5 5FY - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Selsley Common OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Selsley Common Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


After your exercise head to the Bell Inn in Selsley for some post walk refreshments. It's a pub of some note dating from the16th Century and also grade two listed. The pub can now boast listings in The Good Food Guide, and The Good Pub Guide as well as 2AA rosettes for their food. In the summer months you can sit outside and enjoy fine views of the surrounding countryside. In the winter there's roaring log burners to warm you up after your chilly walk!

Dog Walking

The common is very popular with dog walkers and the Bell Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Cows on Selsley Common - - 192472

Cows on Selsley Common. With so much land to roam on, these cows have chosen to find pasture perilously close to the B4066. Cattle grids placed a strategic locations prevent the cattle from straying from the commonland.

Selsley Common just before sunset - - 371950

Selsley Common just before sunset

Selsley Common - - 361592

View from a high point on the common

Selsley Common and Hill - - 433973

Looking towards Selsley Common and Selsley Hill from the western edge of Rodborough Common

Selsley Common looking to Rodborough, Stroud - - 1640195

Looking across to the parish of Rodborough on the edge of Stroud in Gloucestershire

Pen Hill from Selsley Common at sundown - - 546647

Pen Hill from Selsley Common at sundown. Lovely misty view of Pen Hill woods with the Severn Valley beyond.


GPS Files

GPX File

Selsley Common.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Selsley Common.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)