The Thatch Inn is located in The Cotswolds – an area of outstanding natural beauty.
The Cotswolds area is one of England’s favourite destinations; famous for hundreds of honey-colour limestone villages in a beautiful rural setting and all easily reachable from The Thatch Inn using a variety of picturesque routes through many beautiful villages, such as Painswick, Cranham and Birdlip, through to Cheltenham Spa where you can pick up the A40.
In springtime, the Cotswolds offer fantastic walking and cycling, beautiful gardens, bustling farmers’ markets and a delightful cafe culture.
Whilst the Cotswolds are on our doorstep, there are many other attractions within easy reach. We have listed a small selection below, but would be happy to share our local knowledge and recommendations during your stay.
Gloucester Cathedral City
There is so much to do in beautiful, historic Gloucestershire that there is almost too much to mention. The Thatch Inn is just 3 ½ miles from the centre of Gloucester, which has had such historic significance throughout the ages. The volunteers at Gloucester Civic Trust have an extraordinary amount of local historic information and they are more than willing to impart their extensive knowledge as part of a range of tours.
At its heart in the beautiful setting of College Green, stands Gloucester cathedral with its magnificent Norman fan-vaulted cloisters and great east window. A walk down narrow cobbled streets and past ancient buildings leads into the main pedestrianised shopping area. From there it is just a short stroll to the dramatic waterfront of the Victorian Docks with its impressive converted warehouses. There are several pleasure boats to take you on a journey through the past when Gloucester was a thriving commercial port.
The Severn Bore is one of Britain’s few truly spectacular natural phenomena. It is a large surge wave that can be seen in the estuary of the River Severn, where the tidal range is the 2nd highest in the world, being as much as 50 feet (approx. 15.4m). The Severn Bore can be viewed from Stonebench which is within easy walking distance at just 2½ miles from The Thatch Inn. The official website, www.severn-bore.co.uk, provides all the information you need to plan your visit.
Stroud and the Five Valleys
Just 10 miles away, the centre of Stroud is a bustling town, particularly on Saturday mornings when the award winning Stroud Farmers Market takes place. Many of the suppliers to The Thatch Inn are present at this market including Plenty Pies, Frocester Fayre and Godsells Cheese.
Spend the morning at the market, purchase ingredients for a lovely picnic and plan a walk along one of the many well worn paths including Laurie Lee’s Slad Valley. Perhaps pop along to the former 17th century wool merchant’s mansion in Stroud’s Stratford Park for free entry into the Museum in the Park. Visit Woodchester Mansion, an unfinished masterpiece of Victorian architecture, when one day in 1868 after 16 years of building the workers stopped and walked out, never to return.
Severn Vale Corridor
Follow King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s route from 1534 as they made their way down to Bristol to inspect the Royal Fleet and stop off at some of the interesting places along the way including:
- Slimbridge WWT Wetland Centre – www.wwt.org.uk/slimbridge– 11 ½ miles
- Berkeley Castle – www.berkeley-castle.com& Dr Jenners Museum – 13 ½ miles
- The Purton Hulks – www.friendsofpurton.org– 14 miles
Walking & Cycling
There are plenty of lovely walks in and around Quedgeley including approx 3 miles along the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal Towpath, and the various woods and nature reserves under the protection of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust all within 2 miles of The Thatch Inn. In addition there are countless beautiful walks through the stunning Cotswold countryside, at Westonbirt – the National Arboretum, and in the Royal Forest of Dean.
Gloucestershire with its winding lanes and quiet open roads is popular with cycling enthusiasts who like to take in the views. The National Cycle Network has issued a series of maps to assist cyclists with identifying cycling county lanes and traffic-free family routes. Just ask a member of staff for information.
And there is nothing we like more than offering refreshments to weary visitors after a long day walking or cycling. The Thatch Inn is the perfect place for a well-earned real ale and bite to eat.
Cheltenham racecourse hosts the best jumping action in the world. Set amongst 350 acres in the lee of the Cotswold Hills and is a 30 minute drive from The Thatch. If you have booked a day at the Races you can book a room with us and benefit from parking and transport links to Cheltenham. One of the biggest dates in the diary locally is The Festival in March, this is a popular date for bookings so be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.