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Cleeve Hill, Cheltenham

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Cleeve Hill is the highest point both of the Cotswolds hill range and in the county of Gloucestershire, at 1083ft. It is located on Cleeve Common which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest looked after by a small charity called Cleeve Common Board of Conservators. It commands a clear view to the west, over Cheltenham and the racecourse, over the River Severn and into Wales; and to the north over Winchcombe. It is a conspicuous outcrop on the edge of the limestone escarpment, . It is crossed by the Cotswold Way footpath.With the hill's south slopes draining to the River Coln, Cleeve Hill is the highest point in the drainage basin of the River Thames.Summit and viewsThe summit, at 1083ft, is a nondescript point marked by a trig point on the relatively flat common south of the Hill. Because of this, it does not offer particularly wide-ranging views. To the North by north-west, another summit at 1033ft high boasts a toposcope and a trig-point, offering far wider views. On an exceptionally clear day (for example a sunny day following a day of rain in spring or early summer), the view extends an impressive 90mi to Winsford Hill on Exmoor, Somerset.
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  • August 16, 2017
    We did this recently as part of the Cotswold Way although have also walked up here on other occasions. It's easy to park just beyond the gold club. There are plenty of other free parking spots around ...  more »
  • July 9, 2017
    Quite a steep climb, but the view of Cheltenham and beyond is absolutely worth it, down below the race course.  more »
  • May 21, 2017
    Lots of walks and great views over 7 counties. The clamber up to the top is worth the effort, but if you don't want to do that there are still lots of other trails to follow.  more »

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