Gloucestershire Stone Stiles Project
Can you help with our Gloucestershire Stone Stiles Project?
There is no definitive list of stone stiles in Gloucestershire and most are unprotected. We need your help in producing a record of them.
For centuries stone stiles have allowed pedestrian access across the countryside and as such indicated ancient pathways which predate land enclosure. Now they are rapidly disappearing.
There are 3 main types of stile; The Step (pictured below), The Slit (pictured above) and the Slab. Their whereabouts are important historical landmarks, and can point to where farmsteads, barns, and villages, long since vanished, existed.
Before they are lost Peter Wilson, volunteer and member of CPRE, is seeking to create a record of all surviving Gloucestershire stone stiles.
Our goal is to record every remaining stone stile in Gloucestershire before they are lost forever.
Please help us to establish this important historical record of our Gloucestershire countryside.
How can you help?
If you are out walking and you spot a stone stile, or if you know of an existing stile already, please photograph it and complete a stile recording form detailing the location.
Email your completed forms to Peter at Peter.Wilson@woodchestervalleyvillage.co.uk