How to find Box – by Road and Rail

From the South

 

Turn off the M4 motorway at junction 18, and take the A46 north towards Stroud and Nailsworth. Continue along the A46 and after about 18 miles drop down the long, winding hill into the centre of Nailsworth, over the pedestrian crossing. At the mini-roundabout in the centre of the town (by the clock tower) turn right. After 100 yards you will pass a supermarket on your right and immediately cross a cattle-grid. Continue to follow the main road for another 100 yards as it swings sharp right, up the hill known as “The W” for reasons which will soon be very apparent.

 

Continue up the steep hill and round several very sharp bends for approximately half a mile until the road begins to straighten out and level off. At this point there will be a turning to the right that leads to the centre of Box. Don’t worry if you miss the first one, as there is another in about 100 yards and yet another after after a further 150 yards.

 

From the North and West

 

Approach Stroud from the north using either the A46 (from Gloucester or Cheltenham) or from the west by turning off the M5 at junction 13. In either case head for Stroud. Follow the A46 as it leaves Stroud and heads south (signposted for Nailsworth and Bath). Continue heading south along the A46 for 6 miles until you reach the mini-roundabout in the centre of Nailsworth. At the mini-roundabout (by the clock tower) turn left. After 100 yards you will pass a supermarket on your right and immediately cross a cattle-grid. Continue to follow the main road for another 100 yards as it swings sharp right, up the hill known as “The W” for reasons which will soon be very apparent.

 

Continue up the steep hill and round several very sharp bends for approximately half a mile until the road begins to straighten out and level off. At this point there will be a turning to the right that leads to the centre of Box. Don’t worry if you miss the first one, as there is another in about 100 yards and yet another after a further 150 yards.

From the East

 

Leave Cirencester on the A419 towards Stroud. Continue along the A419 and after about seven miles note the filling station on your left, followed by the White Horse public house. After a further half mile note Aston Down Airfield on your left hand side. Just past the airfield, with a large lay-by on your right and before you start to descend a steep hill, take the left turn towards Minchinhampton. Continue along this main road for 3 miles, over the cattle grid, past Minchinhampton (do not turn left into the centre of Minchinhampton) and start to cross Minchinhampton Common and the golf course. Note several warnings about cows painted on the road. In the middle of the common you will see a finger-post marking a tricky junction of 6 roads, called “Tom Long’s Post”. At this cross-roads turn 90° left towards Box (do not turn left again towards Minchinhampton) and continue for half a mile until the Halfway Inn is on your left hand side. As you approach the junction outside the Halfway Inn, take the second left (keeping the Halfway Inn on your left) down a steep hill into the village of Box.

 

Note that these routes, particularly “The W” and the narrow roads into the village, are not suitable for large vehicles such as caravans, coaches, removal lorries or large horse boxes. You are strongly recommended to contact a resident before you enter Box with a large vehicle for the first time.

 

By Rail or Coach

 

The nearest railway station is Stroud (five miles), which has direct services to London (Paddington), Gloucester and Cheltenham Spa.

 

Regular coach services, also from Stroud, connect to Cirencester, Gloucester and Cheltenham and to the national network of coach services.