Cleeve Hill – Winchcombe Circular Walk
Take a beautiful walk through the Cotswolds countryside on the Cleeve Hill – Winchcombe Circular trail. This scenic walk begins in the picturesque town of Winchcombe and takes you along the Cotswold Way National Trail into tranquil farmland. Follow the trail to discover an ancient burial monument and the panoramic views from the top of Cleeve Hill.
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Route Description for Cleeve Hill – Winchcombe Circular Walk
Halfway through the Cleeve Hill-Winchcombe Circular Walk, you’ll have to climb Cleeve Hill itself. The climb is steep enough that it can be quite difficult in wet conditions. Overall, the trail has some sections that can be very muddy, so boots are best! As you walk through the fields, you’re likely to come across sheep and other livestock, so dogs are welcomed if they are on a leash.
This beautiful hike goes through several different landscapes of the English countryside, you’ll love walking through the lush meadows, rolling hills, and quiet woodlands. The trail passes by an ancient burial monument, the Belas Knap Long Barrow. Take some time to climb the hill for a visit to this fascinating 3000-year-old structure. The climb up the highest hill in Gloucestershire will be worth the effort. The panoramic views of the Cotswolds hills and Winchcombe from the top of Cleeve Hill are superb.
Your walk begins on the Cotswold Way National Trail, which you can access from Vineyard St in Winchcombe. Follow the trail as it wanders south through the farms to the Belas Knap Long Barrow. Take some time to explore this ancient monument before continuing your walk west to Wotfield Farm.
From the farm, you’ll walk towards Cleeve Hill, which is a steep climb to its summit at 330 m. Cleeve Hill is the highest hill in Gloucestershire and provides a beautiful overview of the Cotswolds below. Enjoy a rest and the views from the top before you start the walk to Woodmancote. The trail follows some woodlands until you reach the golf course.
The River Isbourne will accompany you as you walk along its shores on the Isbourne Way as you walk back into Winchcombe.
The Belas Knap Long Barrow is an ancient burial monument that is over 3000 years old. This Neolithic site is a grassy hill with dry stone entrances and restored inner chambers that offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of the region.
Rising 330 m above the Cotswolds, Cleeve Hill is the highest point in Gloucestershire county. The climb to the top is worth the effort on a clear day, you’ll see well over the River Severn and into Wales.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to walk up Cleeve Hill?
It takes about 2 – 3 hours to walk up Cleeve Hill.
Is Cleeve Hill Steep?
Yes, the climb up Cleeve Hill is long and has a few very steep sections.
How far can you see from Cleeve Hill?
On a clear day, the view from Cleeve Hill stretches for 140.0 km. You could be able to see all the way to Winsford Hill in Somerset.
Consider a Walking Holiday in the Cotswolds
One of the best ways to experience this stunning Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is by booking a pre-planned adventure tour in the Cotswolds. Find the famous self-guided Cotswolds Way and other amazing guided and self-guided tours on 10Adventures Tours.
Insider Hints for Cleeve Hill – Winchcombe Circular Walk
- Visit Winchcombe for a stop at the pub in a charming Cotswolds town
- Sudeley Castle and gardens are nearby and worth a visit
- The climb up Cleeve Hill can be slippery in wet weather
- Don’t forget your wellies as sections of the walk can be very muddy
Getting to the Cleeve Hill – Winchcombe Circular Walk Trailhead
To get to the start of the Cleeve Hill-Winchcombe Circular Walk make your way to the Cotswolds town of Winchcombe. Turn on to Vineyard St from the B4632 (signed as Gloucester St in Town). Turn right onto the Cotswold Way National Trail to start your walk.
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