Minchinhampton in Gloucestershire, a medieval village for nature lovers

Today we explore a place with a long and strange name that you might have not ever heard of.

Minchinhampton was a prosperous wool town found in the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire, A small place which has dozens of ancient paths that converge here were used by pack horses who brought wool for sale from nearby farms. So perfect for those who want to spend a couple of days in a place less travelled and close to nature.

The village is small with approximately 2000 inhabitants, you will not take long much to visit it all. Minchinhampton is probably one of the oldest market towns in England. The community sits high on a ridge between two picturesque valleys, surrounded by dense woods that hide hundreds of breathtaking points of interest.

The covered market dates back to 1698 is surrounded by beautiful houses of the 1600 and 1700. The church spire, strangely truncated, was in danger of collapsing, so it was reduced in height in the 1563. The south transept is a triumph of the decorated style of the 1300, with a beautiful rose window.

A long narrow street lined with stone houses leads to a compact centre clustered around a pillared market house built in 1600 and donated to the city in 1919 from the Lord of the Manor.

The area it is good for walking and exploring, with the old stone quarries at Ball’s Green and the National Trust woods and prairies at Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons. Many come here in the spring to see butterflies, in fact there are also rare ones. Minchinhampton Common was granted to the people of the country in the 1500. The park is owned and operated by the National Trust since 1913.

How to get there: Without a car it is a challenge to get there, in fact the closest place, Lewiston Mill, connected by bus to Stroud is over 2 km away, which you will have to do on foot.

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