For this walk we used: Pathfinder Guides – The Cotswolds (Published 2009) Walk 3: Minchinhampton Common. Distance: 4.5 miles.
Minchinhampton Common is owned by the National Trust, and is one of the largest areas of open common land in the Cotswolds. Located south east of Stroud, Gloucestershire, this is flat, easy walking with wonderful views across the valleys.
We parked in the free parking area near Minchinhampton church, but the walk starts in the market square, where narrow streets lead to an attractive 17th-century market house. There are interesting shops, cafes and pubs here, and although we didn’t stop for anything to eat or drink it is definitely on the to do list for the shorter winter days.
Although the common is criss-crossed by roads, there is plenty of space so you still feel as though you are in the countryside and walkers can wander freely. It is also a golf course though, so watch out for flying golf balls!
The last section of the walk takes you away from Minchinhampton Common and along peaceful narrow lanes with lovely views over the Frome valley to Besbury Common. We would never have known about this beautiful section of the walk without the guide book. A few Autumn leaves still hung on the trees and glistened like gold in the sunshine. Two Jays swooped down from the gnarled branch of an ancient Oak tree, while Robins played in the hedgerows.
Overall this is a great half day walk, and could be combined with lunch in Minchinhampton or Nailsworth.
Our Rating: 4/5