|Elevation||1,083 ft (330 m)|
|Prominence||794 ft (242 m)|
|Parent peak||The Wrekin|
|Listing||Marilyn, County Top|
OS Landranger 163OS Explorer 179
|Age of rock||Jurassic|
Cleeve Hill (also known as Cleeve Cloud) is the highest point both of the Cotswolds hill range and in the county of Gloucestershire, at 1,083 feet (330 m). 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, (sometimes called the "Cotswold Edge"). It is crossed by the Cotswold Way footpath.
Summit and views
The summit, at 1,083 ft (330 m), 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 1,033 ft (315 m) 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 90 miles (140 km) to Winsford Hill on Exmoor, Somerset.
Taking the road up from Aggs Hill you can expect to see three tall radio masts situated 430 yards from the highest point (1,083 ft) above sea level.
Hill fort and rock faces
The Hill bears one of the few rock faces in the area, Castle Rock, which is sound enough for rock-climbing. The routes are short, difficult for their grade and highly polished.
Golf course and Cleeve Common
Cleeve Common, which is sited on Cleeve Hill, is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest by Natural England and is recorded in the List of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in Gloucestershire.
Routes to the highest point
From the south, a road for car access ends very close to the summit trig point, which is a short walk from the parking area. This can be reached from Cheltenham via Ham Hill and Aggs Hill, or from the village of Whittington, Gloucestershire.
To the north and to reach the more favourable view point, a minor road leads off the B4632 to the golf course where there is free parking in a disused quarry. From this point, the viewpoint is roughly a half-mile ascent on foot.
There are numerous other ways to reach the hill, and there is a well-maintained network of paths and tracks crossing it in many directions. Ordnance Survey maps show all routes, paths and rights of way as well as the best viewpoints.
Cleeve Mount is the highest residential house in Gloucestershire, and is situated very close to the summit.
After extensive renovation in 2002 by Mr and Mrs Cooper, a local successful business couple, the estate now benefits from panoramic views of Cheltenham, Bishops Cleeve and Tewkesbury.
The property has a large Stable Block (With capacity for 8 Horses), a small cottage (Referred to as the "Bothy", originally built for the stable groom to stay in) and a large area of woodland below the main house.
- Broadway Tower - at the second highest point of the Cotswolds