Cleeve Hill - County Top Walk

Monday 7th August 2006

A walk with some very different views that follows sections of the Cotswold Way and takes in the County Top of Gloucestershire. For most of the walk conditions were ideal for walking but in the last hour the heat started to build again as the cloud cover disappeared. The walk involved going through a considerable amount of farmland and two farms both of which looked as if they had been deserted for some time, as did many of the fields we walked through. Whilst we were grateful for the absence of farm dogs and cows it was a shame to see so much land being neglected.

Start: Lay-by on B4632 at Stockwell Common (SO 9860 2704)

Route: Lay-by on B4632 at Stockwell Common - Cleeve Common - Cleeve Cloud - Cleeve Hill (CT) - Wontley Farm - Belas Knap - Postlip Mill - Cleeve Common - Lay by at Stockwell Common

Distance: 8 miles     Ascent: 289 metres      Time Taken: 4 hrs 20 mins

Weather: Warm with a gentle breeze to start but getting hotter during the afternoon.

Pub Visited: The Teddington Hands Inn, Teddington    Ale Drunk: Jouster, Goffs Brewey

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Malvern Hills

From the lay-by we had a fine few of the Malvern Hills. With the exception of the first summit on the left we had walked
the whole of the ridge the previous day.

Cleeve Common summit

The summit of Cleeve Common was the first objective of the day.

Cleeve Common

We were following the Cotswold Way on this part of the walk and were being guided (by posts) around the golf course
that is located on Cleeve Common.

Cheltenham Racecourse

We had a great view of Cheltenham Racecourse as we approached Cleeve Cloud

Cleeve Cloud

The escarpment which is Cleeve Cloud.

Cleeve Hill trig

Cleeve Hill trig point, the County Top of Gloucestershire.

Cleeve Hill

A summit that is somewhat lacking in views.

Wontley Farm

The deserted Wontley Farm.

Belas Knap

Approaching the Neolithic long barrow of Belas Knap via one of several neglected fields that we walked through.

Belas Knap

The false North Entrance where we had our lunch in the sun.

The limited amount of information available at Belas Knap.

Sudeley Castle

A fine view of Sudeley Castle, the home of Catherine Parr after the death of Henry VIII.

Cleeve Common

As we climbed back onto Cleeve Common it was easy to see that this area used to be a quarry.


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