3 Apr 2013

Ruscombe Brook walk - part of Walking Festival

Lake along Ruscombe Brook
Before talking about the first Ruscombe Brook walk I wanted to mention the green spaces conference on April 15th with Stroud Festival of Nature - 15 places available for local community groups seeking to protect local green spaces. Full story is on Andy Read's blog here.

The Stroud Spring Walking Festival will see eight guided walks take place over nine days from April 13th. Each will start and finish at The Lake at The Lawn off Cainscross Road. A £120,000 Big Lottery restoration project was completed last June. The new Walking Festival is one of a series of events to celebrate the project and increase awareness of the site. See my film of The Lawns here.

On Sat 13th April at 1pm the first walk will be the opportunity for folk to be the first walkers to complete the new Cainscross Circular Walk. It is based on similar walks around Stroud and Whiteshill - the six mile route designed to follow the entire parish boundary as closely as possible. Two short walks explore the local history of Dudbridge and five local nature sites, whilst another follows the Ruscombe Brook from The Lawn to its source (see below). For the serious walker there is a 19-mile midweek marathon taking in seven valleys and six lakes. Beer lovers will enjoy An Ale Of A Walk on Friday 19th.

Thursday 18th April - The Ruscombe Brook to Doverow Hill - Start 10.30am at The Lawn.
The Lake at The Lawn is fed by the Ruscombe Brook. Few locals even know it exists. We follow this waterway as it enters the Canal to its very source high up in the Ruscombe Valley. We then pass through Standish Wood to Doverow Hill and back along the canal. Distance: 7 miles. Very steep in places.

All walks are free with no need to book. Download the programme here. More about the Festival at: http://stroudlandtrust.co.uk/

Programmes can also be collected from the Cainscross Parish Council Office, Westward Road; Stroud Town Council Office, London Road and Stroud Tourist Office in the Subscription Rooms.

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