Surrounded by hills, and sitting on the Cotswold Way in the south Cotswolds, the market town of Dursley offers lovely walks with breathtaking views and is a great base for walkers. Dursley has Walkers are Welcome status and hosts its own Walking Festival every October. The Lantern Way is a new 14-mile circular walk taking in Dursley and the villages of Coaley and Uley.
The countryside around Dursley provides plenty of scenic walks including the footpaths over Stinchcombe Hill, Cam Peak and Cam Long Down, with extensive panoramic views over the River Severn and beyond. The golf course on Stinchcombe Hill has been described as one of the most scenic in Europe.
The town itself is located in a wooded valley under the Cotswold escarpment. At the heart of Dursley is the delightful 18th century market house, which is also the Town Hall. A variety of small shops, cafes and pubs in Dursley includes the award-winning Old Spot pub, and a bustling farmer’s market on the second Saturday of every month.
Originally renowned for it woollen cloth, and later its world famous Lister-Petter engines, Dursley is fast becoming a centre for the arts. Exhibitions and workshops take place at Kingshill House. The nationally acclaimed Prema Arts Centre is in nearby Uley and has a lovely cafe.
Other things to do in Dursley include a visit to nearby Uley Bury is one of the finest examples of a promontory fort in Britain. Close by is Hetty Pegler’s Tump, a communal burial mound dating back to the Neolithic period. Twinberrow Woods is home to the Dursley Sculpture & Play Trail, featuring unique works by local groups and artists.
Cam & Dursley railway station has excellent rail links with Bristol and Gloucester and a connecting bus service to Dursley centre. Accommodation in Dursley ranges from B&Bs to pubs and hotels.