GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

May Hill

1 miles (2 km)

Climb this hill on the Gloucestershire/Herefordshire border for wonderful views over the two counties, the Forest of Dean and the River Severn. On a clear day you can also see the Cotswolds and the Black Mountains in Wales.
The walk starts from the May Hill Common car park about a mile north of the hill. You then climb to the 1000ft (305m) summit where you will find a distinctive row of Corsican pine trees planted to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887. The summit is also covered in interesting flora such as acid grassland, heather and bluebells in the spring. Look out for wildlife including ponies and meadow pipits on the way.
You can return the same way or venture into the adjacent Newent Woods and visit Glasshouse Hill and Castle Hill Wood to extend your walk. The Gloucestershire Way and the Wysis Way both pass the hill so you could also pick up these long distance walking trails.
An alternative route to the hill would be to follow the Wysis Way from nearby Mitcheldean.


GL18 1JS - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

May Hill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

May Hill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The Penny Farthing Inn is a great choice for some post walk refreshments. The 17th Century pub & restaurant boasts many original features, including exposed beams and brick work with a central bar-servery. There is also a large beer garden and play area with views across to the Black Mountains and in the other direction towards the Malvern Hills. It's located a few miles west of the hill at Aston Crews with a postcode of HR9 7LW for your sat navs.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Newent Walk visits the hill from the nearby town. On the way it also passes Newent Woods and the noteworthy International Birds of Prey Centre in Boulsdon. The centre is one of the main attractions in the area and is notable as the oldest dedicated birds of prey centre in the world. It's located just a couple of miles north of the hill and well worth a visit. The town centre of Newent is also worthy of exploration and includes the 17th century half timbered Market Hall and a number of listed 13th century buildings.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Gloucestershire Walks and the Herefordshire Walks pages.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


On the top of May Hill - - 1076989

On the top of May Hill. This is the north west corner of the hill looking toward Ross on Wye.

Across the fields to May Hill - - 1456106

Across the fields to the hill. Only the top of the dome and its trees are in view from this angle on the path from the Old Chapel in Bury Lane. The crops are, from bottom to top, clover ley, barley, grass pasture, wheat and then much further away is the hill itself.

View to May Hill and Goat Hill - - 653599

View to May Hill and Goat Hill. Looking north-eastwards from the lane near Clungunford.

The footpath to May Hill - - 1072731

The footpath to May Hill. Rising gently toward the summit.

May Hill Common 1 - - 1280491

May Hill Common. A free-ranging horse in the sunshine of the first morning in May 2009.

Celebration at the summit of May Hill - - 1621778

Celebration at the summit of May Hill. A local group of walkers decided to have a Christmas picnic at the top of May Hill, come rain or shine. Freezing fog was the weather feature of the day at the summit (296m). The landmark clump of trees was planted to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria.

Fine view of May Hill - - 906969

Fine view of May Hill. Looking south-south-east from Perrystone Hill

View to Lea and May Hill - - 883598

View to Lea and May Hill. Looking east from the Lea Bailey road. The small housing development in the centre is on the site of the Old Mitcheldean Road Railway Station on the Ross-on-Wye to Gloucester line.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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