Itineraries from Stroud

The following is a suggested 2-day itinerary for a short break based in Stroud .  It is designed so that each day a different part of the Cotswolds can be explored using public transport - a combination of rail and bus - as well as on foot.

DAY 1: Finding the source of the Thames

  • Take the train from Stroud to Kemble
  • Head for the Thames Path National Trail (from station, follow road and after about 300 yards, turn right onto public footpath) and follow to find the source of the Thames
  • Either return by train or continue walking, picking up the Monarch's Way and on to Cirencester to take the 54 bus back to Stroud.

DAY 2: A walking tour of the historic market town of Cirencester

  • Take Cotswold Green bus service 54/54A to Cirencester
  • Download this 4km walking route and explore this traditional Cotswold 'wood' town and church on foot.
  • Return to Stroud via Sapperton, famous for its canal tunnel and connection with the Cotswolds Arts and Crafts Movement