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Arlingham

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Arlingham is in the Stroud District of Gloucestershire, it lies at the western end of the horseshoe loop of the River Severn, known as the "Horseshoe Bend", looking across the water to Newnham on Severn and the Forest of Dean and is the perfect place to view the Severn Bore.[1]

Access to Arlingham is across Fretherne bridge over the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal or Sandfield Bridge at Saul Junction. Having the canal on one side and the River Severn on three sides of the parish and a single lane connecting it to the villages to the East, it has developed a distinct identity. Its rural character is still maintained, having some ten working farms with dairy and beef herds and arable land.

Its unique location and stunning scenery make it popular with walkers and cyclists. The area has many public footpaths, including a section of the Severn Way.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Leave the M5 at Junction 13 towards the A38. At the next roundabout, turn left and after a mile turn right on the B4071 and follow the signs to Arlingham passing the Bell Inn in Frampton-on-Severn on your left. Cross the canal bridge and immediately take the unclassified road to Arlingham on your left for 3 miles until you come to the Red Lion pub on the Cross, which is the centre of the village.

Motorways Junction 13 M5 - 7 miles Junction 11A M5 - 10 miles M4 - 20 miles

By train[edit]

Trains to Worcester,Cheltenham, Gloucester, Stroud, Swindon and London call at Stonehouse railway station [2]and trains to Bristol, Bath and Westbury and Gloucester stop at Cam and Dursley railway station[3].

Stations

Cam and Dursley - 9 miles Bristol Parkway - 30 miles Bristol Temple Meads - 33 miles

Get around[edit]

Walking, Cycling and Running

  • The area is ideal for walkers.
  • There are also a number of longer walking/running routes provided by Arlingham Runners and the Severn Way.
  • The area is also very popular with cyclists being close to the 'National Cycle Network route' 41.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Arlingham is in a Conservation Area. It is steeped in history and has a large number of beautiful, historic buildings many of them listed, The Church of St Mary the Virgin dates from the mid-14th century, and is an example of the Decorated Gothic style of architecture. It is made of local blue lias stone, with the tower is built of squared oolite Cotswold stone, and has been little altered. It still has some of the original stained glass windows. These are of the highest quality and are some of the oldest stained glass windows in Gloucestershire.
  • Severn Bore - [4] is one of the most spectacular natural events in the United Kingdom. It is a large surge wave. The estuary of the River Severn has the 2nd highest tidal range in the world. Spring Tide waves attains a height of up to 25 ft (7.5 m) and a speed of 13-15 knots (24-27 km/h). The wave is often ridden by surfers and people in kayaks. For tide times, see the website. Best vantage point is at the end of Passage Road, by the Old Passage.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • In Passage Road you will find St Augustine's Farm,[5] a family run, working farm which is open to the public and for educational visits. The farm has been in the same family for 6 generations - over 200 years. There is a collection of country bygones in one of the former cowsheds, many items originated on the farm but others have been collected from around Gloucestershire. There are over 50 organic acres to run about in and explore and a host of animals to see, many of which can be fed and petted. There are also tractor rides, an adventure playground and a toddler area. It has a huge, barn where traditional games such as table tennis and skittles can be played. It has a picnic area and a Café. In addition, St. Augustine has one of the very few working camera obscuras in the South West.[6] On a good day. visitors can see images from across the river into the Forest of Dean, up to Mayhill and beyond! In the summer professional touring theatre groups perform in the farm's open air amphitheatre.


  • The popular Farms for City Children at Wick Court [7] offers urban children from all over the country a unique opportunity to live and work together for a week at a time, as well as day trips for local school children, on a real farm in the heart of the countyside. It also hosts local events, such as outdoor theatre.

Drink and Eat[edit]

  • At the heart of the village, on the cross, is the Red Lion, a large, attractive public house, partly dating from the 16th century. On June 5, 2013 the pub was bought by the villagers. The great food, great drink, coupled with a great atmosphere, led to it being voted Rural Pub of the Year. The pub serves locally sourced fresh food and a traditional Sunday lunch, along with a good selection of fine wines and real ales. It also holds regular events such as Folk and Quiz nights [8]
  • At the end of Passage Road is an award winning seafood restaurant, The Old Passage, [9] which is on the banks of the River Severn, overlooking the river and on it's far bank, the small town of Newnham-on-Severn,[10], and the hills of the ancient Forest of Dean and May Hill[11]. For centuries this was the site of the ford across the River Severn[12], and is an ideal spot to view the beginnings of the Severn bore.[13] In the spring the Passage holds bore breakfasts and bore dinners so that customers can eat and drink and watch the bore in comfort. [14]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Bed & Breakfast accommodation is available at The Old Passage [15].
  • Holiday cottages can be found Lower Milton End Farm Barns. [16] and West End Farm in Church Road, Arlingham also has a holiday cottage,‘The Tallet'. [17].
  • A campsite and be found at West End Farm. [18] and a caravan site at Passage Farm, Passage Road, Arlingham; [19]and, between them, they can accommodate tents, caravans and motorhomes.

Get Out[edit]

  • Frampton on Severn (3.5 miles). It is pretty village with many picturesque cottages. Its Green is said to be the longest village green in England, and is about 22 acres in size. In the summer Cricket is played on The Green outside The Bell Inn, one of the two Pubs on The Green, the other being The Three Horseshoes at the opposite end of The Green.
  • Saul Junction (4.5 miles) has a lovely canal side location and a café. Boat rides are available in the summer at weekends.
  • Stonehouse[20][8.5 miles) is a small town with a railway station, post office, banks and shops.
  • Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust . Slimbridge has 2000 acres of reserve and is home to a large number of species of waterfowl, including ducks, swans, geese and flamingos amongst others. You can buy food to feed the birds, There are guided tours and activities canoe and tractor rides. It has an adventure playground, a "Welly World" for children, a restaurant and gift shop.
  • Cattle Country Adventure Park[21] at Berkeley (9 miles). Cattle Country has a whole range of things to do and many animals to see. There are two huge barns, housing giant slides and loads of soft play equipment. Outdoor activities include Britain’s biggest jumping pillow, the climbing net, a huge adventure castle, trampolines, ride on mini tractors, a willow maze, mini golf and a boating lake to name just a few. The mini train takes visitors through the Cattle Country to the Animal Encounters area where children can get up close to the many animals including Gloucester Old Spot pigs. A walk around Cattle Country takes you past American bison, cattle, red deer and wallabies. Tractor and trailer rides in spring and summer take you right up close to the herd of America bison. There is a café and a gift shop, During certain times of the year there are falconry displays, archery, Punch & Judy, magic shows, animal feeding and handling sessions and tractor rides.
  • Berkeley Castle(9 miles) [22] - A beautifully preserved 12th Century castle still in private hands though open to the public.
  • the Edward Jenner Museum [23], Berkeley - dedicated to the life and work of Edward Jenner who developed the smallpox inoculation.
  • Selsey Common{10 miles} Breathtaking, panoramic views and woodland walks.
  • Stroud(11.5 miles), Stroud is at the heart of the Five Valleys and the rolling Cotswolds. A small town with a shopping centre, much of which is pedestrianised, it has a cinema, a bowling alley. Stratford Park Leisure Centre offers a fantastic range of indoor and outdoor facilities, including a swimming pool.
  • Dursley[11.5 miles) is a small, market town with a pedestrianised shopping centre.[24] Within the town is The Pulse Swimming Pool, Gym, Sports and leisure centre.[25] On Stinchombe Hill, above Dursley, is Stinchcombe Hill Golf Course.[[26]] with breath-taking views over Dursley and the Severn Valley, welcome visitors on weekdays. There are no set tee times, although from time to time the tees are reserved for specific events Visitors are welcome to visit the clubhouse before or after golf.
  • Gloucester [27] {14 miles} and has a magnificent Cathedral, historic docks, museums, theatre, cinema and swimming pool as well as a large selection of Shops, restaurants an cafes.
  • Gloucester Ski & Snowboard Centre - [28](14 miles) Ski all year round on the outskirts of Gloucester with beautiful views across towards The Cotswolds. You can learn to Ski or Snowboard or simply have fun tubing. It has the longest dry slope in England and Wales and a coffee shop.
  • Minchinhampton][29] is a picturesque hilltop town, on the edge of Minchinhampton Common. The Common offers many lovely walks[[30]] over 451 acres of grassland, managed by the National Trust, with and spectacular, panoronmic views over Nailsworth and the Frome valley. Also on the Common is Minchinhampton Golf Club[[31]] which offers two golf courses, three if you include Avening! Each site has its own Clubhouses offering a warm welcome to visitors and excellent catering. At the New Course there are practice facilities including a driving range, short game area, practice putting green and state of the art teaching and performance centres.
  • Prinknash Abbey - [32] (17 miles) A well preserved monastery situated along the A46 towards Stroud with a shop selling local crafts and a cafe
  • The Bird Park, Prinknash - [33] See deers, goats and a huge bird collection in magnificent grounds. It has a café.
  • Milbury Heath, just outside Thornbury is a small hamlet with a Garden Centre[34] and is home of Jungle Chums[35] Here you will find a fun, safe, jungle themed, soft play environment where  children can play, jump and climb. It has designated self contained toddler area for the under 2's. There is a café serving a range of hot and cold food and drinks where parent can sit and still have full view of their children - and they don't charge for adults!
  • Cheltenham (21 miles) Cheltenham is home to the renowned Cheltenham Festival, 4 days of horse jump racing culminating in the Gold Cup, held annually in March at Cheltenham Racecourse. It's also known for Regency buildings, including the Pittville Pump Room, a remnant of Cheltenham’s past as a spa town. There's fine art at The Wilson museum, and the Victorian Everyman Theatre has an ornate auditorium, as well as a selection of shops, restaurants and cafes
  • The Cotswolds: [36] Arlingham is on the very edge of the magnificent Cotswolds, which covers an area of almost 800 square miles, and runs through five counties (Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire).




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