Hardwicke is a village to the south of Gloucester near to M5 Junction 12. Easily accessible are Quedgeley, Waterwells and Kingsway, all enhance options for local services.
The most historical part of the village is on Green Lane, where there are older and thatched cottages and the Norman church.
Hardwicke has a village green and pond on Green Lane near to the Millennium memorial. The village has some old historical cottages but grew in the ’70s and ’80s with many new houses.
The village has 1 pub The Pilot Inn on the canal which is a great place to visit their beer garden in the summer. They serve food in the bar, restaurant or outside and have an interesting menu. The pub is also pet-friendly and welcomes well-behaved dogs.
Shops & Services
There are 2 shops, the little Tesco and Westbourne news, both are pretty convenient. In nearby Quedgeley there are a few supermarkets including a big Tescos.
Deliveroo currently doesn’t cover the village, but Just Eat do. There is a Chinese and chippy on the site of the old Morning Star pub.
Places to Stay
Holiday Inn Express
At Waterwells Business park is the Holiday Inn Express hotel. This is the closest hotel to the village. The hotel is located just opposite the Bumble Bee public house and near to the park and ride into the city. It has rooms in many configurations including larger family rooms or twin room which are ideal for work colleagues to share. The hotel has a bar which serves a limited menu, including pizza and other snacks. Breakfast here is a buffet style with many options including Danish pastries, fried breakfast, cereal, yoghurts and toast. More info…
Walking in Hardwicke
The River Severn is not far to walk to either, cutting through the fields from the section of the canal between Sellars Bridge and Elmore Lane. Alternatively, you could walk down the lanes to reach the river.
Another pleasant route is from the pond on Green Lane, then down pound lane. You then follow the Glevum way trail to the church and back. This takes in lots of quiet farmland with opportunities to see wildlife including game birds.
The pond is on the junction of Pound Lane and Sticky lane next to Hardwicke Parochial School and the playing field. The pond is a magnet for local wildlife and is a place to sit on the bench and watch the world and the wildlife go by. Wildlife at the pond include;
- The pond often has a pair of nesting mallards and moorhens.
- Many wild birds visit the pond
- Newts have been spotted swimming in the pond
- Frogs and toads are prevalent in the pond, and in spring you can see frog spawn and tadpoles.
- There are many trees to enhance the habitat, including oak trees and a magnificent willow.