GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Cleeve Hill Circular Walk

5 miles (8 km)

Climb to the highest point in the Cotswolds on this splendid circular walk. The walk makes use of the Cotswold Way so is well defined and way-marked. It begins at the car park at the southern end of Cleeve Common before crossing the common and climbing up to the peak of Cleeve Hill which stands at 1,083ft (330m). From here there are marvellous views: to the west, overCheltenham and theracecourse, over theRiver Severnand intoWales, and to the north overWinchcombe.
You can extend the walk by heading to the eastern side of the hill where you will find Belas Knap. The neolithic,chambered long barrow is a scheduled ancient monument in the care ofEnglish Heritage. The fascinating site dates from 3000BC and features a false entrance and independently accessible side chambers. The Cotswold Way can be followed to the site from Cleeve Hill.
You could also start the walk from nearby Winchcombe and follow the Cotswold Way to the hill. The Winchcombe Way runs through the town and the area surrounding Cleeve Hill.

Postcode

GL52 3PW - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Cleeve Hill Circular OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Cleeve Hill Circular Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The Rising Sun Hotel is a great place for some post walk refreshments. The pub is wonderfully positioned on the hill with a fine beer garden with views over five different counties of England. It's the perfect place to relax and enjoy a meal on a fine day. You can find it just west of the hill summit at a postcode of GL52 3PX for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The hill and surrounding woods make for an excellent dog walk for fit dogs. The Rising Sun mentioned above is also dog friendly and will provide dog bowls too.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

There's another car park closer to the hill if you'd like a shorter, more direct path to the summit. You can find it just off the B4632 about a quarter of a mile north east of the hill. Postcode for your sat navs is GL52 3PW. From there you have a choice of footpaths heading south to take you up to the viewpoint.
After climbing the hill you could head into the nearby village of Bishop's Cleeve. It's a nice place to stroll around with a real olde England feel to it. There's dozens of listed buildings with thatched, half-timbered houses dating back to the12th centuryand13th century.
Cottages in Bishop's Cleeve - geograph.org.uk - 1009389 Cleeve Hall, Bishop's Cleeve - geograph.org.uk - 1009313
Pictured above, some of the fine buildings you can see in the village of Bishop's Cleeve which sits at the foot of the hill.
Also of interest is the historic Sudeley Castle. It's located only a few miles due east of Cleeve Hill and another worthy addition to your outing. There's lots of footpaths to follow around the 1,200 acre estate with some stunning gardens to see on the way.
To visit the hill from the nearby town of Winchcombe you could try the circular Winchcombe to Cleeve Hill Walk. The route visits Belas Knap and the River Isbourne as well as the hill summit.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

The Three Sisters, Cleeve Cloud - geograph.org.uk - 526506

The Three Sisters, Cleeve Cloud. The Three Sisters are three trees on the edge of the escarpment of Cleeve Hill, the third tree has been replaced by a young tree.

View from Cleeve Hill - geograph.org.uk - 299073

View to the north-west from Cleeve Hill, the much developed Bishop's Cleeve village can be seen at the foot of Cleeve Bill. On the horizon at the Malvern Hills.

Cleeve Common - geograph.org.uk - 2739658

Cleeve Common. The common is a significant site for itsbiology and geology. It is located Jurassiclimestoneson the top of the Cotswold scarp. As you make your way across the site look out for rare orchids such as thebee orchid, thefrog orchidand themusk orchid.Butterflies such as thedark green fritillary,graylingandmarsh fritillary can also be seen in the warmer months.

Cleeve Cloud Trig Point - geograph.org.uk - 38058

Cleeve Cloud Trig Point. On a clear day the view extends an impressive 90 miles toWinsfordHillonExmoor,Somerset.

View towards Winchcombe from Cleeve Hill - geograph.org.uk - 296074

View towards Winchcombe from Cleeve Hill. The town of Winchcombe can be seen in the valley bottom on the left and to the centre Sudeley Castle is just visible.

View of the Malvern Hills from Cleeve Hill - geograph.org.uk - 93050

View of the Malvern Hills from Cleeve Hill. Looking WNW across the Severn Plain to the Malvern Hills on the horizon.

Cleeve Hill - geograph.org.uk - 755398

Walkers make their way along part of the Cotswold Way on the hill. The path is leading down to The Washpool at Watery Bottom where there are some dogs having a splash. There's clear water from the spring which you can follow up the valley here. It's a pleasant little spot on the hill for a picnic and stroll. The medieval Postlip Hall and the River Isbourne can be found just to the north east of the pool.

Grassland, Cleeve Hill - geograph.org.uk - 567787

Grassland, Cleeve Hill. A surviving remnant of open unenclosed grassland on the Cotswolds. Cars parked along a byway while their occupants are orienteering on the complicated quarried terrain of the hill.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Cleeve Hill Circular.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Cleeve Hill Circular.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)