Cleeve Hill

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Cleeve Hill is the highest point in Gloucestershire and The Cotswolds at 330m above sea level. A slightly lower summit (317m) is located to the north and offers a better view of the surrounding countryside and this walk takes in both tops.

It starts off on the edge of Southam and follows a well-defined track up to an Iron Age hill-fort which sits on the edge of Cleeve Hill between the two summits. A large section of the bank and ditch remain and are worth exploration. The first summit is the higher and it is surrounded by beautiful green countryside which is a joy to walk across. The one-mile walk north to the second summit offers splendid views of this part of the Cotswolds before the main viewpoint is reached. The view from the northern summit of Cleeve Hill stretches for miles beyond the county. The Malvern Hills are clearly seen on the horizon as well as more distant hills beyond Herefordshire.

The return leg of the walk takes you down past a section of Cotswold Edge. This is one of the rare areas where naked rock can be seen and is often used by climbers. The views from here down to Cheltenham are just as dramatic, with a full view of the racecourse.

England - South West England - Gloucestershire - Cotswolds

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Ancient Monument, Birds, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Wildlife, Woodland
04/10/2014 - Rosalind Wilson

Wonderful first part. Great views. Instruction 3, never did find the Winchcombe Way so many paths even the compass did not help. However, despite ending much too far east, having hit the Cotswold way, all was well. Had great day out. Os map essential!

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