Crickley Hill Country Park
A short circular walk around Crickley Hill country park near Birdlip in Gloucestershire. The park is set in 143 acres of countryside within the Cotswolds AONB and includes Limestone Grassland, Beech Woodlands and panoramic views of this beautiful area. The park also overlooks the Severn Vale, with fabulous views of the Cotswolds Hills, the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains beyond.
The walk begins at the Crickley Hill car park and follows footpaths to Shurdington Hill, passing the site of an ancient Roman Villa, before returning to the car park via Dryhill farm.
PostcodeGL4 8JY - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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The Air Balloon is located close to the hill in a convenient spot. It is housed in an attractive Cotswold stone building, dating from the 18th century. Outside there's a nice beer garden to relax in on warmer days. There's a good menu and a decent selection of ales too. You can find it at postcode GL4 8JY right next to the park.
Also worth consideration is the Golden Heart Inn. This historic inn dates from the 16th century and includes an attractive interior with a cosy log fire. Outside there's a delightful patio area with views overlooking the valley. You can find it at Nettleton Bottom, Birdlip with a postcode of GL4 8LA for your sat navs.
The hill and surrounding woods are ideal for a dog walk. The Air Balloon and Golden Heart pubs mentioned above are also dog friendly. The latter will provide treats on the bar for your furry friend too.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
About a mile north east of the park you'll find the noteworthy Leckhampton Hill. Here you can visit the Devil’s Chimney, an iconic Cotswold landmark. The unusual limestone rock formation stands above a disused quarry in Leckhampton. There's more great views and photo opportunities here making it a worthy addition to your outing.
Just to the south of the park you can visit the little village of Birdlip and try the circular Birdlip Walk. This will take you to the nearby Witcombe Reservoirs, the interesting Great Witcombe Roman Villa and then up to the fine viewpoint at Barrow Wake.
For more walks in the area see the Cotswolds Walks page.