Walking

Walking is good for the environment and for people’s health.  It can substitute for car journeys,  connect people to public transport and reduce pollution. Chalford is a marvellous place to walk.  There is a web of small roads and footpaths around our neighbourhoods, all surrounded by magical valleys.

It would be great if everyone walked more, for pleasure, exercise and to get to the shops or doctors.  Our 2021 survey asked people what barriers they see to walking.  They replied: lack of signage; speed and amount of traffic; poor state of the pavements; mud!  

We can’t cure all these with a magic brush but we can make gradual improvements.   The Parish Council have done a great deal to make our local footpaths more accessible and safe, and if you have any concerns about a path, get in touch with them (christine@chalford-glos.gov.uk). We are working with the Parish Council to reduce speeds within the parish, ideally with a general 20mph limit.   We are also trialling our own maps to help give people confidence to venture further afield.  

We’d like to undertake other projects such as: guided educational or history walks, walking races or challenges, sponsored events, school walking buses, new paved paths and shortcuts, better lighting and signage.

We can’t do all this ourselves – it’s too big.   If you can help then contact us: info@chalcan.org

Footpath Maps

We are building a collection of footpath maps to help you explore the area, building on walks that Chalford Parish Council have compiled.    It’a a bit of a trial – please leave some feedback (info@chalcan.org.uk) and if they’re useful recommend them to others and we’ll do some more! Click on one of the areas below to find a map and description.

Before you go

  • Check the weather
  • Wear suitable clothes and footwear – beware mud!
  • Understand the countryside code
  • If you’re taking a dog make sure you keep it under control: farmers are understandably concerned about livestock (see Blue Cross advice) and please do pick up and take home their poo.  
  • Gear up for a great time then give us some feedback on the maps online or to info@chalcan.org.uk              

Click on a walk below to see the route (links to follow)

Parish Council Walks
List of walks
Map showing start locations
1. France Lynch And Middle Hill Allotments
2. A Short Walk Around And About Frith Wood
3. A Short Walk Around Old Bussage
4. A Walk In The Golden Valley 
5. Toadsmoor Lakes Walk 
6. Dimmel’s Dale And Rack Hill
7. France Lynch And Chalford Hill
8. France Lynch And Avenis Green 
9. Along Toadsmoor Valley And Brownshill
10. Blackness And Brownshill
11. France Lynch, Strawberry Banks, Dimmel’s Dale
Chalford Valley
Chalford Valley
Daneway, Siccaridge Woods And Oakridge
France Lynch, Strawberry Banks And Dimmelsdale
Wesley Farm And Cowcombe
Chalford Vale Heritage Trail (leaflet price £1 available
at Chalford Community Shop and Eastcombe Stores)
To/from Stroud:
One-Way Walks from Eastcombe / Bussage

Bussage – Stroud – Direct
Bussage – Stroud -Direct GPX
Bussage – Stroud – Via Lypiatt And The Heavens
Bussage – Stroud Via Canal
Eastcombe – Stroud

Toadsmoor Valley
Circular Walks on the Lypiatt Ridge above Stroud
 
 
Full Circuit Of The Toadsmoor Valley
Lypiatt Hill Circuit
Short Circuit Of The Toadsmoor Valley
 
 

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