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Grasslands | Slad and Stroud Valleys

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The Cotswolds are the largest of Britain's 36 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Crammed with gentle valleys, pretty villages and undulating hills, they're a tourist hotspot during the summer months, not least of all because of the rolling grasslands around Stroud and Slad.

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Our summer farmlands and grasslands simply come alive at this time of year with wild flowers and animals.

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Grassland activities

  • Why not try your hand at nature activities in summer meadows including flower spotting and Badger watching.

Slad and Stroud Valleys - Visitor Guide


Slad and Stroud Valleys, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire.


Slad - GL6 7 and Stroud - GL5 4.


Cotswolds Tourism - 01684 295027
Stroud Tourism - 01453 760960


Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (and Badger evenings) - 01452 383333


Stroud Tourism -


Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust -

Location map :

Multimap of Slad


Multimap of Stroud

Grid reference:Grid reference: SO875078
Key attractions:

Butterfly spotting, Badger watching, and birds.

Essential kit:Butterfly identification guide. Walking shoes. Binoculars for birds.
Nature watching:

Butterfly watching - rare species. Adonis Blue butterflies can be found on Rodborough and Minchinhampton Common which are both Natural Trust land. The best time to see them is May-August.

There are Badger evenings all year round in the Slad Valley via the Gloucestershire Badger Group.


Birds - the best places to watch Kestrels hunting are limestone ridges and valleys.


Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust runs walks and events.

Access:Varies depending on location, terrain and nature of outdoor events - contact Wildlife Trust for more information.
Getting there:

The Slad Valley is located around Slad close to Stroud in the south western Cotswolds.


Stroud is situated 10 miles south west of Cheltenham and eight miles south of Gloucester.

Opening times:Badger Watching - all year round (book early).

Badger evenings in the Slad Valley - small fee which goes towards paying for the food and helping the Gloucestershire Badger Group. Adults £6; Children £4.


Minchinhampton Common - free.

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