Cleeve Hill - Nottingham Hill - Cleeve Hill

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At 335 metres above sea level, Cleeve Hill is the highest point in both the Cotswolds and Gloucestershire. There are spectacular views to the west and north, across to the Severn, Forest Of Dean, Malvern Hills, Black Mountains and even the hills of Shropshire on a clear day. A large, wide-open area of natural grassland sits on top of the hill, known as Cleeve Common, which restricts the views to the east.

The walk starts from the common, descends the hill and then climbs up its much less visited neighbour - Nottingham Hill, which is a spur off the main Cotswold Ridge and one of Gloucestershire's best-kept secrets. The slopes are covered with lumps and bumps from stone quarrying, some of which are ancient. At 280 metres above sea level, it is almost as high as Cleeve Hill and as you would expect, more spectacular views can be seen from here.

The walk continues back down to a pub-restaurant at the foot of Cleeve Hill, where you can stop for a well-deserved drink before the climb back up Cleeve Hill. The walk does not reach the very top of the hill, but if you are very keen and have the energy left, a short detour can be taken to get there.

England - South West England - Gloucestershire - Cotswolds

Features

Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, Woodland
09/08/2014 - Michael Corfield

A very easy to follow walk with some beautiful views. Suggested picnic spots are just before waypoint 14, or any of the section that skirts Nottingham Hill with great views. The Rising Sun was doing good business too - good beer and food. The garden benches also have fantastic views. The sculpture just before waypoint 9 was a nice surprise too !

03/06/2013 - Noel and Lesley Johnson

We walked this on Sunday 2nd June. The paths were nice and firm after dry weather. Superb views, really enjoyed it.

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