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W.A.S. Way - Walk Around Stroud

16 km / 10 miles

An 11-mile route following public footpaths around Stroud's town boundary. It means that Stroud now joins Cheltenham and Gloucester in having a way-marked, circular walk which completely encircles the town. Stickers on posts guide you along the route. It can be walked in either direction and started at any point. "There are several way-marked trails such as the Cotswold Way that pass close by, but until now Stroud hasn't had a route of its own," explained keen walker Debbie Hewitt, who created the route. "It offers fantastic views from each of the five valleys plus a stretch of canal. We hope this will be used by visitors and local residents as a way to visit many quiet, hidden corners of the town."

Four pubs and two cafes are close to the route, which also runs within 100 metres of the town centre where you can detour for a break. There are five sharp climbs so the route is only suitable for reasonably fit walkers. A leaflet with a route map can be downloaded from the link below. This was published in 2009 and is due to be updated.


Path Type
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Challenging; Canal; Downland/Wolds; Urban
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

External PDF
Walk Around Stroud (Stroud Town Council)


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Route Profile:

15.4 Km (9.6 miles)
498 m (1,634 ft) ascent
200 m (656 ft)  maximum height