Supermarkets and Shopping:
The nearest supermarkets are Sainsburys and Aldi on the outskirts of Stroud (1.5 miles by car or 20-minute walk along a cycle track). Alternatively, head to central Stroud (2.5 miles) where there is a Waitrose, Tesco and Lidl, or to Nailsworth (2.5 miles) where there is a Morrisons, Co-op Food, Tesco Express and several independent food shops, including Hobbs House Bakery and Country Quality Meats.
Every Saturday morning there is the award-winning Farmers’ Market in Stroud, where vendors sell all kinds of delicious, locally grown and prepared food. A walk or cycle in is recommended, alternatively park at Stroud’s multistorey car park (GL5 2AJ).
Eating and Drinking Out:
- The Old Fleece, North Woodchester: 10-minute walk
- The Royal Oak (drinks only): 10-minute walk
- The Bell, Selsley (1 mile)
There are many walks from the cottage, including easy access to a well-maintained cycle track, which pedestrians may use, this goes north to Stroud and south to Nailsworth. It is also a 10-minute walk to The Old Fleece and The Royal Oak inns. To reach the cycle track and The Old Fleece, head down the gravel drive (with the lake and boat house directly to your left-hand side and a field with pigs to your right-hand side). Follow the trail as it bears right, passing a waterfall and ornate garden, and down the hill to a wooden five-bar gate. Pass through the gate (please make sure it is shut behind you) Running left-to-right immediately in front of you is the cycle track. Turn left to go to Stroud and right to go to Nailsworth. To reach The Old Fleece cross over the cycle track and continue to another wooden gate. Go through the footpath gate to the right-hand side. Ahead is the A46. Turn right and follow the paved footpath to The Old Fleece. To walk to The Royal Oak, follow the entrance drive and then Church Lane to the T-junction. Turn right up the hill and then immediately left. You will see the pub ahead of you.
An OS map of footpaths in the local area is provided at the cottage.
Bike hire is available from nearby ‘The Bike Works’. Head north or south on your bike along the cycle track to Stroud or Nailsworth. If you head towards Stroud, you can then connect with the Thames and Severn Canal towpath. Or head offroad all the way up to Rodborough Common and reward yourself with a Winstone’s ice cream at their parlour on the Common.
Nearby Places to Visit:
- Stroud and the Farmers’ Market - Saturday morning (2.8 miles)
- Nailsworth (2.5 miles)
- Tetbury antique shops and cafes (9 miles)
- Train – Stroud Railway Station (1.8 miles) has a regular service into London Paddington (1.5 hr)
- Taxis - A & A Taxis and Apollo Taxis
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