Stroud’s Five Valleys

Stroud and the Five Valleys are well known – but which are the five valleys?

P H Fisher in Notes and Recollections of Stroud (1871), says they are:

The vales of

  • Cuckold’s brook (Ruscombe brook joins the Frome at Dudbridge)
  • Painswick (Painswick Stream joins the Frome at Lodgemore)
  • Slad and Steanbridge (Slad Brook joins the Frome at Wallbridge)
  • Stroud and Chalford – River Frome
  • Rodborough, Woodchester and Nailsworth (Nailsworth Stream joins the Frome at Dudbridge)

These are separated by the hills of

  • Whiteshill; Wickeridge Hill; Stroud Hill; Rodborough Hill

The Frome rises at Climperwell, Brimsfield; after about 14 miles it reaches Stroud; then flows via the Vale of Stonehouse and after 8 miles it falls into the River Severn at Framilode