The Minchinhampton Commons are a large area of open grassland with spectacular views over the Stroud and Nailsworth valleys. The area is owned by National Trust and is an important archaeological landscape, with prehistoric field systems, burial mounds and the remains of a defensive earthwork, known as The Bulwarks. In the summer the Commons are grazed by local commoners' cattle. The area covers 635 acres and is renowned for its colourful array of wild flowers and butterflies.
The local road network is superb, so one can visit all of The Cotswolds as well as Bath, Bristol, Cheltenham, Cirencester and Oxford easily. Alternatively, there is a vast patchwork quilt of lanes, in all directions, enabling people to explore far and wide – and escape the tourist hot-spots.
This is also a great area for cycling and walking, and Tony and Biddy have a thorough working knowledge of all the hills and pot-holes in the locality! They can help you decide on good rides and walks, as well as supply you with appropriate guides.