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Stroud - Painswick - Pitchcombe - Stroud Walk

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The walk starts from Stratford Park, on the outskirts of Stroud, which is well worth a visit in its own right. The 56-acre park contains within its grounds an arboretum, an ornamental lake with plenty of ducks and swans, the 'Museum in the Park', a Victorian bandstand, a miniature railway, a leisure centre with outdoor and indoor swimming-pools and a large children's play area.

After leaving the park the walk heads up the side of Painswick Valley, which is one of five valleys converging at Stroud. On reaching the small Cotswold town of Painswick, the walk follows the river which flows down the valley, eventually crossing it at a small waterfall, then heads back to Stroud along the other side of the valley via the ancient village of Pitchcombe. 

There are excellent views both up and down the valley throughout the walk, both of Stroud and the hills which enclose the town and of Painswick, known as 'Queen of the Cotswolds', dominated by its church with its high spire.

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