Hidden Cotswolds Pub Walk

From the Jolly Nice Cafe to The Green Dragon Inn Cockleford

You will be set up for the strenuous day ahead with a great breakfast made from local produce and some of the best tasting coffee for miles. Hitting the hills early on in this pub walk you will be rewarded with some great views, four excellent pubs and a good meal at your final destination – the Green Dragon Inn at Cockleford.

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At Glance
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12 miles


Time [approx]

7 Hours


Pub Count


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CBA Grade


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Total Ascent

1984 ft


Start Point

Jolly Nice Cafe

The Itinerary

No need to start early on this pub walk. The pubs in Bisley don’t open until midday. Start walking by 10:30 and you’ll arrive in Bisley in time for opening time and your first pint of the day.

Please note the timings below for this pub walk are a guide only, times will vary depending on your walking, eating and drinking speed

10:00 – 10:30: Jolly Nice Cafe


The Jolly Nice really is a very pleasant spot to start a significant day out walking in the Cotswolds. On paper a converted petrol station doesn’t sound that auspicious but it works…really well! Combining a Farm shop, butcher, deli and cafe with a couple of yurts and plenty of space to sit outside it is the perfect place to go over the logistics for the day prior to hitting the trail. The breakfast ciabattas are highly recommended by the Cotswold Beer Adventures



12:15 – 12:45: The Bear Inn &/or The Stirrup Cup - Bisley

The Bear - Bisley







The Bear Inn is a lovely atmospheric pub serving a comprehensive range of traditional ales, it’s a great example of what a traditional British village pub should be like. Bisley is lucky enough to have another good pub in the village. As you leave the village keep your eye out for the Stirrup Cup if you’ve made good time why not stop and chalk off another pleasant Cotswold pub.

Stirrup cup


Between Bisley and Miserden the route takes you across some beautiful open pasture and into hidden valleys. You will find numerous places to sit by the path, enjoy a packed lunch and take in your surroundings.

14:30 –15:00: The Carpenters Arms - Miserden







The Carpenters Arms is a traditional 17th-century Cotswold pub, set in this picturesque village.  It’s cosy in the winter with a five-foot inglenook open fireplace you can warm up by and plenty of seating outside in a pretty garden in the summer.  There is always a good selection of well kept real ales and an even wider range of ciders. The pub is located within the Miserden estate. The route takes you through this impressive parkland before dropping down into the Frome valley.

If you’re running late and arrive midafternoon and fancy tea and cake rather than beer why not order up an afternoon tea – £14.95 to share for two people add a 20cl bottle of Prosecco for £24.95

The Golden Heart Inn Nettleton Bottom[16:00- 16:30]

You’ll be grateful to arrive to the Golden Heart after the steady climb up the valley side from Brimpsfield. This pub takes it’s beer seriously and is commitment to providing well-kept real ales such as Brakspear Double Drop, Ringwood Fortyniner, Wychwood Hobgoblin, Otter Best Bitter and Jennings Cumberland alongside beer from local breweries such as Cotswold Lion. On leaving the pub you will need to cross the busy A417, you need your wits about you as it can be busy during peak rush hour times.

The Green Dragon Inn Cockleford [17:30]

The final leg of your pub walk takes you through a lovely wooded valley prior to emerging into Cockleford village with the Green Dragon in front of you. Cockleford is a small picturesque hamlet, The Green Dragon Inn dates back to the 17 century and  sits at the heart of it. It’s a great finishing pub to end a challenging day out. You’ll be greeted with open fireplaces, beamed ceilings and stone flagged floors the perfect environment to relax and enjoy some great food. The menu changes regularly, when we were last there we enjoyed an excellent Steak & Kidney Suet Pudding perfect comfort food to restore and nourish!

The Logistics:

The closest train station to the start of the walk is Kemble or Stroud only 10/15 minutes taxi ride from the Gateway Center. 

Local taxis from Kemble need booking in advance. We recommend P & A Travel
Email info@pandatravelcirencester.co.uk
Phone 01285 657 983
Mobile 07946 006 847

If you’re in a large party, organising a stag or corporate event or simply want local insight we can help to ensure you have a fantastic weekend or day out in the Cotswolds – Let us help you create your own true Cotswold Beer Adventure. Please contact us with your enquiry.


This is a selection of accommodation in the area. They are convenient for this particular pub walk and we like them! Those listed provided a range to suit most pockets but if you don’t find what you’re looking for have a look at the map below to find the best deals on accommodation in the area in the area.

Cockleford is equidistant from Cirencester and Cheltenham either have a selection of good hotels. Search using the booking.com website below for best prices


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