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A good base for a trip to the Cotswolds is Kings Stanley not far from Stroud. It is right on the Cotswold Way for those that enjoy a long distance path, walking into Stroud is also easy either along the canal towpath or up the hill to Selsey Common which gives great views over the town and surrounding countryside.
|On Selsey Common overlooking the church and Stroud.|
Following the Cotswold Way, you can either head towards Bath or Chipping Camden, Kings Stanley being just about in the middle of the route. Beautiful countryside views, pretty villages, woods and picnics are the order of the day.
Cheltenham isn't far away.
|Wishing Fish Clock by Kit Williams|
The Cotswold Way runs along the Cotswold Edge, which extends for over 50 miles along the limestone escarpment, and once you reach Leckhampton Hill offers some wonderful views over Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewksbury in the Severn Valley and even to the Malvern Hills in the distance as well. The view of the Devil's Chimney rock formation below unfolds as you walk through an old stone quarry.
It is so flat down there where all the big towns lie, it just makes you wonder what would happen if the sea level rose.
We'll stop off at Gloucester to have a look at the Cathedral while we're here.
With the Cotswold Way being 102 miles long, there's plenty more to explore.