Shurdington - Crickley Hill - Little Shurdington

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Crickley Hill, a conspicuous promontory on the Cotswold Escarpment, has been a favoured site for settlement since prehistoric times. Owned now by the National Trust, it is an excellent viewpoint and a place full of interest for nature lovers and geologists. In this walk, we climb from the floor of the Severn Valley to the top of Shurdington Hill, then follow the scarp edge along to Crickley. This is a good spot for a picnic and there are several waymarked trails for exploring the hill and its history. Our return route descends the end of the promontory and then follows quiet field-paths back through the village of Little Shurdington.

England - South West England - Gloucestershire - Cotswolds

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Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, National Trust, Nature Trail, Pub, Public Transport, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
08/01/2015 - Chris Coombs

My wife and I walked this trail yesterday and, despite high winds and slate skies, every step was a joy. The initial relatively steep ascent to the top of Shurdington Hill rewarded us with some breathtaking panoramic views over Gloucester and the Severn Valley before the trail led us over green hills, through pretty woodland and out onto a stunning viewing platform which was the real highlight of our walk. The kindly soul who went to the trouble of photographing each waypoint made the trail far simpler to follow than most we have hiked. As relatively inexperienced hikers, not once did we have to consult a map or take out a compass due to the commendably clear directions. Whoever is responsible for these deserves a great deal of credit and praise. Thanks to such clear, useful and interesting instructions, we finished this relatively short walk in high spirits and delighted with the experience. A gentle warning to those walking in the wetter and rainier months: our walk was very treacherous at times on the steeper parts. The first hill at Shurdington, shortly after you set off from Church Lane, was slick with slippery mud on parts of the ascent, as was the steep descent past Crickley Hill after the viewing point. On our walk, the conditions meant each step had to be considered carefully in places so please bare this in mind if you're setting off after there has been rainfall. It is also worth noting this also applies to the field-approach to Greenfield Farm where, understandably, cattle and tractor movements had made the field exceptionally boggy so expect to be ankle-deep in mud!

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