Edge

A small village on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the Severn valley with magnificent views from the Scotsquar common. Orchids and other wildflowers abound. The Edgemoor pub does good food and has wonderful views over the Painswick valley.


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Slad

A pretty village made famous by "Cider with Rosie" written by Laurie Lee.

" The Woolpack " The pub he used to frequent is still there and does good food.

Sheepscombe

A small village with a nice pub called the Butchers Arms that does good food.

Painswick Beacon

Lovely views from the topograph at the top of the Beacon with its Iron age fort, 18 hole golf course and Golf club.

Haresfield Beacon

On a clear day you can see the Severn Bridge and the Welsh mountains and all the Severn valley below you.The site of an early Iron age fort. Larks above if you are lucky.

Stroud

Close by (3 miles) is the town of Stroud. It has  lots of interesting shops and restaurants.  Home to the award winning Stroud farmers market held every Saturday 9 a.m. until 2p.m.

www.fresh-n-local.co.uk

It has a plethora of nice old buildings that house interesting shops and cafes. Also some good pubs and restaurants with good food.There are many artists that live in Stroud and the surrounding hills and valleys. A contempory arts festival with a full and exciting programme is held yearly in June. The Site Festival presents the work of over 460 artists in 78 sites across the Stroud Valleys (including Painswick).

www.sitefestival.org.uk

Cheltenham

Regency Cheltenham with its wonderful shops along the Promenade and famous racecourse, home to "The Gold Cup" race held in March each year is about 9/10 miles along A46.
The Pump Rooms, where high society came to take the waters are open for visitors.Cheltenham is famous for it's Literary Festival when famous authors come and speak in the Town hall and other venues.
The Everyman Theatre has a very good and varied programme.

Gloucester

Gloucester  about 5/6 miles away, has a beautiful Cathedral well worth a wander round. It was where some of Harry Potter was filmed. Gloucester has a long history going back to the Romans and beyond.

There are the Waterways Museum and Gloucestershire Regiments Museums at the Victorian Docks. The Beatrix Potter attraction shop "The house of the Tailor of Gloucester" is in College Court near the Cathedral.

Cirencester

An old market town dating back to the Romans with its own small amphitheatre. Nice shops and pubs and restaurants. Lovely to potter around.