@aboutglos thoroughly enjoyed a walk on Rodborough Common then beyond, there are many routes that people can walk mainly started from their designated car parks.
Rodborough Common is over 250 acres in size and is designated as biological and geological Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) under the EU Habitats Directive and has a diverse ecosystem.
Rodborough Common is owned and managed by the National Trust, It lies on Jurassic limestone and is on top of the Cotswold scarp. It is bounded on either side by the Nailsworth valley and the Frome valley and a great place for a walk.
Also known as Fort George, it was built in 1761 for a garrison, on an ancient site, the fort was extended in 1870, and is a Grade II listed building. The fort looks great but not open to visitors but was very nice to have a wander around the outside. The fort overlooks Stroud and the area has views over the Severn Valley to Wales.
The National Trust have a route map for what they call The fortification walk that takes you round this building as well as over limestone grassland with some interesting plants and flowers to see on the way. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/minchinhampton-and-rodborough-commons/trails/fort-ification-walk
There are a few pubs that serve beer and food for after or before a walk in the vicinity.
The Prince Albert
A Real Ale pub in the village with many options for beer drinkers including some locally brewed on tap. The pub has been listed in the good beer guide for over 10 years.
Prince Albert is a bit different in the way that it does pop up restaurants from local chefs, this keeps the menu very interesting. Delights from the Caribbean, Sri-Lankan, Japanese and even a pop-up plant-based night for vegans or vegetarians to enjoy. https://www.theprincealbertstroud.co.uk
Located at the top of the common The bear is a great place to stop for something to eat or drink when in the area. The bar is cosy with some armchairs and even a log fire. The Bear serves a variety of drinks including cask ale, a cup of tea or many other options. Food is varied from bar meals to something more refined. The bear has themed nights, for instance, Monday night is burger night with delights including lamb or venison burgers. More info…