At the foot of the hotel grounds, you’ll find a tranquil stretch of water known as the Stroudwater Navigation, which links Stroud to the Severn Estuary via a secluded 8 mile passage. Following an act of Parliament in 1759, the Stroudwater was constructed over a period of 20 years, opening 12 years before the Thames & Severn Cancal in 1779.
The canals and towpaths are a special feature of the Stroud Valleys. Visitors walking or cycling any stretch of the towpath between Eastington and Sapperton, a distance of 12 miles, will experience peace and quiet away from busy roads. While the canal banks have become a bonafide nature reserve where you will see ducks, moorhen and dragonflies as well as the occasional flash of a kingfisher or an early morning deer, alongside hints of the region’s industrial heritage in evidence in the form of the Cotswold stone textile mills en route.
For those wishing to take to the high seas, we offer a number of Boat Trips along the canals, both self-hire and in partnership with Glevum Boat Hire.
For further information, please call 01453 794950.