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 = Ozle or Ozel Brook = Woosley’s Brook = Ruscombe Brook, which  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