Keep Fit in Stroud 2016

Get fit, stay healthy, lose weight

Find out about exercise and dance classes, gyms, personal trainers, walking and other sports activities in Stroud, Gloucestershire

Fantastic opportunity to get out and about in Stroud and the surrounding area. Walks are varied in length and many have activities going on, too. A great way to meet people, have some fun and get active.

"Walking is the simplest and most human of things. It can be a light, refreshing experience, when we open our shoulders, breathe the air, and enjoy that 'wonderful to be alive' feeling. Or it can create the opportunity to delve deep into our inner lives. For 'thoughtful walking', there is no need to worry about the thinking - thoughts will arise quite naturally. The problem comes with coping with them, and coping too with all those feelings that erupt unbidden - the angers, insecurities and doubts; the distractions, pettinesses and uninvited memories."

Adam Ford, The Art of Mindful Walking: Meditations on the Path

Walks in Nailsworth

Short and long walks starting at the bus station in Nailsworth. Full details here.

Walks in Rodborough

Monthly walks between 3 and 5 miles through footpaths and quiet lanes, starting from the Community Hall, Butterrow West at 6pm. Last Friday in the month from April to September. Calendar and contact information here.

Wildlife Walks

Cotswold Canal Trust member Martin Wright is also a member of the RSPB. His bird spotting walks alongside the Stroudwater and Thames & Severn Canals in October, November and December 2013. More details here.

Walking the Land ArtWalks

These art-based walks take place on the first Friday of the month. Please check their website for more details. They also have some descriptions of walks on this page.

Stroud Spring Walking Festival April 2014 TBC

This year there were eight guided walks from in April, starting and ending at the newly regenerated Lake at The Lawn. Walks will be available for all abilities and interests. More details for 2014 will be available here.

Nailsworth Walking Festival

The Third Nailsworth Walking Festival (set up by the Nailsworth Health Partnership) was held from 1st to 9th June 2013, with the boundary walk taking place on Sunday May 26th as part of the Nailsworth Festival. It was very successful and many people joined in the 24 different walks. More details of the next festival will follow here.

Stroud Walking Festival

The Stroud Walking Festival will be launched at this year’s Stroud Festival of Nature on Saturday 7 September at Stratford Park. Visit the Walking Festival marquee to find out about the walks and put your name down. More details will be available here.

Guided Health Walks

Locally run walks to help get you active and out and about aimed at those with health issues. There is an out of date list on this page - hopefully this will be updated soon.

Ideas for Walks

There are many beautiful walks in the Stroud area from easy to extremely challenging. These websites show routes and directions.

Strolling in the Stroud District Downloadable Walks Collection Covers all activity levels
John Harris' Walking in England Downloadable maps Collection of walks of all levels from different sources
AA Weaving Along the Stroud Valley 6 mile mid-level walk
Stroud Town Council WAS Way (Walk Around Stroud) Challenging 11 mile route
National Trail Cotswold Way 102 mile National Trail can be walked in sections
Long Distance Walkers Association Cotswold Village Trail Alternative to the Cotswold Way
Long Distance Walkers Association The Cotswold Canals Walk From Framilode to Lechlade
Escape to the Cotswolds Various types of walk Wheelchair walks, no stile miles right through to long distance trails