Cleeve Hill, Gloucestershire
|Elevation||1,083 ft (330 m)|
|Prominence||794 ft (242 m)|
|Parent peak||The Wrekin|
|Listing||Marilyn, County Top|
|Topo map||OS Landranger 163 OS Explorer 179|
|Age of rock||Jurassic|
Cleeve Hill (also known as Cleeve Cloud) is the highest point both of the Cotswolds hill range and of the county of Gloucestershire, at 1,083 feet (330 m). It is located on Cleeve Common which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) looked after by a small charity called Cleeve Common Trust (formally 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, (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.
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.
- Broadway Tower - at the second highest point of the Cotswolds
- Beautiful Britain: Heart of England. AA Publishing. 1988. p. 24. ISBN 0861457234.
Cleeve Cloud (1083ft) the highest point in the Cotswolds
- "Cleeve Hill Golf Club". Cleeve Hill Golf Club. Archived from the original on 26 November 2018. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
- "SSSI citation for Cleeve Common" (PDF). Natural England. Archived (PDF) from the original on 25 August 2020. Retrieved 25 August 2020.