75. Cleeve Hill & Common

The panoramic view from the top of Cleeve Hill, the highest point of the Cotswolds.Cyclists having fun on Cleeve Hill. Picture © Cotswolds Conservation BoardAt 1,083 feet, Cleeve Hill and Common is the highest point of the Cotswolds and in the county of Gloucestershire.

The site, designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, lies at the top of the Cotswold scarp and is within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

It is important for its extensive area of limestone grassland, as well as its many geological and landscape features. It contains a wealth of archaeological interest, including three scheduled monuments.

Cleeve is Gloucestershire’s largest common, with an area of over 400 hectares (1,000 acres). It is a haven for plants, insects, reptiles, birds and mammals that thrive on the agriculturally unimproved limestone grassland, a habitat that has dwindled alarmingly in recent decades.

Cleeve Hill 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) and it is crossed by the Cotswold Way footpath.

The golf clubhouse at Cleeve Hill, where the sport has been played since 1891.On an exceptionally clear day the view extends an 90 miles to Winsford Hill on Exmoor, Somerset.

Cleeve Hill has been home to a heathland golf course since 1891, providing golfers with an idyllic, inspiring and refreshing place to play.

Cleeve Mount, which is situated close to the summit, is the highest residential house in Gloucestershire. After extensive renovation in 2002, the estate now benefits from panoramic views of Cheltenham, Bishop's Cleeve and Tewkesbury.

In 2012, Cleeve Hill and Common was voted one of the "Seven Wonders of the Cotswolds" following a public poll.

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