Little Trees Hill
|Little Trees Hill|
Little Trees Hill
|Elevation||74 m (243 ft)|
|Prominence||12 m (39 ft)|
|Parent peak||Wandlebury Hill|
|Location||Gog Magog Hills, England|
|Topo map||OS Landranger 154|
Little Trees Hill is one of the highest points of the Gog Magog Hills, a ridge of low chalk hills extending for several miles to the south-east of Cambridge in England. Unusually for a Cambridgeshire hill, its summit is reachable on foot, thanks to permissive open access . A footpath runs from the Magog Down car park on Haverhill Road, Stapleford, across the managed meadow called North Down, to the top. The highest inches are behind a fence in a wood, but most visitors will be content to survey the view from the seats by the fence.
The panorama westward is stunning; looking northwest there is no higher ground for 50 miles until you reach the Lincolnshire Wolds (but you'd be lucky to see that far!) The city of Cambridge is seen in all its glory, with Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Catholic Church prominent. The Madingley Hills can be seen over the other side of the Cam valley and Castle Hill in Cambridge is prominent. To the southwest, Rowley's Hill and the obelisk on St Margaret's Mount can be seen through binoculars.
The hill is within the 163.5 acres (66.2 ha) privately owned site called Magog Down, which is owned and managed by The Magog Trust. Many pleasant circular walks can be made within the site, of varying lengths according to your inclination. The hill itself can be reached by those less fit thanks to the "easy access" circular path which loops around the North Down on a gentle ascent. The site as a whole is very popular with dog walkers and with sledges on the rare occasions when the hill is covered with snow - January 2013 was one example with the next snow not appearing until December 2017.
The other summit in the range is Wandlebury Hill about 500 metres to the north east and to which this hill is connected by a low ridge.