Visit part of the beautiful Cotswold countryside at Crickley Hill Country Park. Managed jointly by the National Trust and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, the park is a haven for nature and home to many birds, reptiles and mammals and is recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its wonderful variety of wildflowers. Rising above the city of Gloucester, Crickley Hill it also boasts breath-taking views over the Severn Vale, the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountain.
As well as surrounding yourself with nature you can step back in time whilst exploring the Iron Age Hill Fort, which is still visible today. Crickley Hill has unlocked the key to some of Gloucestershire’s history, with evidence of settlements dating back 5000 years. Hundreds of flint-headed arrows have also been discovered on the hill that helped provide evidence that the early Neolithic period wasn’t as peaceful as once thought.
Follow the orange arrows along the Family Trail which is suitable for all ages. The short walk of 0.7km takes in the views of the park and the Iron Age Hill Fort. For those looking for a challenge why not explore along the Cotswold Way or Gloucestershire Way both of which meet here. With other well-signed circular paths to choose from there is something for all the family.
Extend your stay and bring a picnic and take a seat at one of the many pretty picnic spots or take a visit to the café who serve a selection of local produce from breakfast and lunch to cakes and ice cream. Crickley Hill Café is open every day except Christmas Day. Opening times vary dependant on the time of year. To help protect the wildlife and their habitats BBQs are not permitted.
If you fancy a pub lunch or an evening meal after a day of exploring the Air Balloon and the Golden Heart Inn are both nearby.
Visiting with your dog
As a breeding ground to numerous species, dogs are welcomed but even the friendliest can scare animals from their nests so please have a lead to hand for your four legged friend. Keep an eye out for red paw prints on your visit which identify zones where wildlife is vulnerable so keep your dog on a lead when in these areas. Green paw prints signify zones where your dog can wander freely. The paw code applies to visits from 1 March to 31 July. (Check out more of our recommended Cheltenham dog walks).
National Trust, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, English Heritage.
Crickley Hill has a dedicated pay to stay car park. Parking charges apply 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Use GL4 8JY when using your sat-nav.
Up to 1 hour: £1
1 to 3 hours: £2
All day: £3
Payment can be made using cash, card, phone, online or by using the RingGo app.