Cleeve Common

Cleeve Common is the largest common in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with 455 hectares of biological and geological Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is also the highest point on the Cotswolds at 330m and is looked after by Cleeve Common Trust.

We absolutely loved visiting here with Bella as there were no pesky squirrels she could chase and just wide open spaces with stunning views. We can’t wait to visit again!

It is important to know before visiting that Cleeve Common, throughout most of the year it has livestock grazing on it – from April to late October, so please keep dogs on a lead during this time as there have been numerous sheep fatalities. Cleeve Common Trust keeps its website updated with the latest information on livestock in the fields, so you can double-check before you go.

There are a few car parks for the common, the main ones are West Down Car Park (nearest postcode GL54 5TL), Radiomasts Car Park (nearest postcode GL54 4EU) and Quarry Car Park (nearest postcode GL52 3PW). When we visited, we parked in West Down Car Park, from there, the walk to the main common area is through a long, fenced off, natural corridor and a lovely way of taking your time to reach the viewpoints. The other two car parks are busier, and the Radiomasts Car Park often has a coffee and cake van. There are also two laybys near the entrance on B4632.

It’s also important to note that there are dog bins near the Radiomasts Car Park, but none at all in West Down Car Park, so please do not leave your poo bags and take them home with you if you do not see a bin.

Pushchairs or wheelchair? Walks on Wheels have 2 walks detailed for accessibility.

We spent two hours walking around the common and could have easily spent an hour more, but if you’re pushed for time, you can park at one of the more central car parks and have a shorter walk if desired.

Address

Cleeve Common
Winchcombe
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL54 5AQ

Parking

There are a few car parks for the common, the main ones are West Down Car Park (nearest postcode GL54 5TL), Radiomasts Car Park (nearest postcode GL54 4EU) and Quarry Car Park (nearest postcode GL52 3PW). The Quarry Car Park and West Down Car Parks have very uneven terrain, so be careful when driving.

Paws for thought

Sheep and cows graze the land from April to late October, so please keep dogs on a lead during this time as there have been numerous sheep fatalities. Adders bask in warmer weather, so stick to the main paths. Dog bins are located next to Radiomasts Car Park.

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