This is a ten-mile Cotswold pub walk stopping in an eclectic range of pubs and hotels. This adventure can be embarked upon during the winter months if you get your timings right. Alternately start later in the day during the summer, take a more relaxed approach and take in two additional pubs in Avening
STARTING AT THE EXCELLENT TROUBLE HOUSE FOR BREAKFAST THIS ROUTE SKIRTS GATCOMBE PARK CLIMBING TO MINCHINHAMPTON COMMON AND FINISHING AT THE AWARD WINNING STROUD BREWERY TAP.
at a glance
Distance: 10 miles
Pub count: 7 including start point (potential for 9 in the summer)
Located on the A433 between Tetbury and Cirencester, the Trouble House Inn is a great place to set yourself up for the challenges of the day. Opening at 8:30 you can have a hearty breakfast and coffee and be walking by 09:00. The early start allows for maximum walking in daylight hours during the winter months. Pick up the footpath that leads north directly behind the Inn.
After approximately an hour and a half walking you'll drop down into Avening. A village blessed with two reasonable pubs - The Queen Matilda & The Bell Inn. When the Cotswold Beer Adventures last passed through we were too early for opening time. If you're doing this on a Saturday in the summer months and start later, you will be able to include these in you're itinerary! Head west through Avening turning left just outside the village following the path up the valley side. This climb rewards you with views over to the Gatcombe estate.
After another hour and a half follow a steep path to your right down the valley onto the B4104 where you will find the Weighbridge Inn famous for its 2in1 pies and great local ale. Opening at 12:00, if you get your timing right you should arrive to the sound of the front door unlocking! The Weighbridge Inn takes its beer seriously and has four cask beers on offer. Gloucester Old Spot is a favourite with others sourced from within a 50-mile radius which includes ale from the Uley Brewery, Great Western Brewery and the Prescott Brewery near Cheltenham. The Pub dated back to the 17th century and served the local woollen mills. In the winter you'll be welcomed by roaring log fires in both bars making it a hard place to leave! Cross the road and head up the road opposite the pub signposted to Minchinhampton until you find the path to your left.
After a continuous climb, you'll arrive at the village of Box on the edge of Minchinhampton Common. Continue West across the common where you'll see The Old Lodge Inn in the distance. Part of the Cotswold Food Club Group this Inn offers fantastic views across the common. You may find yourself rubbing shoulders with other walkers and golfers playing the course that lies across the common. Set off on the path that heads west behind the pub.
A stone's throw away from the Black Horse is the Amberley Inn Hotel with more stunning views across the Cotswolds countryside and onto the Severn Valley. The Inn was built in 1855 and retains a certain charm with original oak panelling, mullioned stone windows and a log fire in the public bar. It's a pleasant place to enjoy a choice of real ale all brewed locally.
Just on the West side of the common, you'll find the Black Horse a 400-year-old country pub perched on the edge of Minchinhampton Common. This pub, in the opinion of Cotswold Beer Adventures, has one of the most stunning views in the Cotswolds. Kick off your boots and enjoy a pint of something local and enjoy the view.
The penultimate stop of the day is the charming Bear Hotel, reminiscent of a 1920's Bavarian lodge now in the capable hands of the Cotswolds Inn and Hotel Group
Head to the Bear Bar where you'll find what you'd expect from a well-run country hotel bar - a good range of cask beers, warm, friendly atmosphere, cosy armchairs and a crackling log fire. If you need a brief 'beer break' then try their excellent hot chocolate, English tea or homemade cakes - washed down with a beer chaser of course! On leaving cross over the road at the front of the hotel, pick up the path and start your descent into the golden valley.
From the outside, The Stroud Brewery isn't a thing of beauty. Housed in a 1970's industrial unit on a rather run down small trading estate on the outskirts of Stroud, first appearances aren't promising. But, as they say, you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. Once inside you can see that someone with a good eye for hospitality aesthetics has had a hand in turning this inauspicious space into something rather special. Trestle tables, mismatched chairs and sofas, bunting strung from beams all come together to make this a place you want to return to again and again. The addition of the wood fired pizza oven serving a selection of simple but delicious pizzas makes this a magnet for families and real ale fans alike. Arriving early to the venue is key after a long day out to ensure you get a seat. This place is popular and gets busy once the pizza oven gets fired up.
Don't forget to get to the Stroud Brewery early if you are planning on eating and always check opening times of all the pubs on the walk. Most pubs now stay open all day during the weekend, but please check if you are doing this during the week to avoid disappointment
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The closest train station to the start of the Trouble House to The Stroud Brewery is Kemble, only 10 minutes taxi ride from the Trouble House. Stroud Station is approximately 20 minutes away
Local taxis from Kemble or Stroud need booking in advance. We recommend P & A Travel
Taxis for pick up from the Stroud Brewery will need booking in advance - Contact P & A Travel
Catered pack lunches can be organised for delivery at your arrival or walk starting point.
For those beer adventurers who are travelling fully laden we offer a baggage transfer service. To find out more about the cost for this service please contact us for a quote.
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Pub walk accommodation: The Trouble House to The Stroud Brewery
This is a selection of accommodation in the area. They are convenient for this particular pub walk and we like them! Those listed provide a range to suit most pockets but if you don't find what you're looking for follow the link below to search for accommodation in this area
Stroud is 5 minutes from The Stroud Brewery finish point and has a number of good accommodation options.
The Trouble House to The Stroud Brewery - Route GPX
You can navigate this pub walk using our .gpx file. It can be viewed on most smartphones using an appropriate ‘app’. We use OS Maps, It's accurate, easy to use and available on both Apple and Android
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If you'd prefer a traditional map rather than rely on technology visit the OS shop. Theyprovide Ordnance Survey maps for all parts of the UK including detailed maps of the Cotswolds. To find the right map for your Beer Adventure pub walk just search 'Cotswolds' below