|The pretty hillside town of Stroud|
Like Stroud, the town we tripped out to (in a manner of speaking) yesterday, courtesy of our Granny Passes. Google 'where do the hippies live today' and Stroud comes up not far behind Glastonbury and Totness. There's a sizeable Green Party representation on the local council and the town even boasts an Organic Hairdresser whatever that means.
|Alternative enough even to claim an organic hairdresser|
It's a pretty little town, set on a steep hill on the edge of the Cotswolds and over the years its slightly off the beaten track location and fine surroundings have attracted artists, writers and crafts people of all types – there's even a 'Made in Stroud' shop.
|Beside the restored canal lock is the Trust's Visitor Centre and a cafe|
After enjoying the town and an organic burger and sausage roll at a market stall we wandered down to the Stroudwater Canal where the Cotswolds Canal Trust has a lockside Visitor Centre and there's a nice little cafe too. Which meant we could enjoy some scrumptious cake and a drink as our 'pudding' before walking a few more miles of the canal towpath.
|An impressive example of what's been achieved is this canal diversion|
|Work nears an end on one of the final locks being restored on this section|
|A glimpse of the future, the canal heads into the glorious Golden Valley|
|Augustus Gloop, the Trust's dredger at work near Brimscombe|
|This car park was once a huge expanse of water holding up to 100 barges|
|Now there is just a sign on a dreary sixties office block|