Social Walk on Cleeve Hill 16th May 2019

Team : Jon Maisey (walk leader), Jann Padley, Alex Moule, Kev Stevens, Chloe Hitchings, Gareth Farrow & Jennie Lawrence (Photographer).

Cleeve Hill (also known as Cleeve Cloud) is the highest point both of the Cotswolds hill range and in the county of Gloucestershire, at 1,083 feet (330m). It is located on Cleeve Common a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) looked after by a small charity called Cleeve Common Trust. It has 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 an outcrop on the edge of the limestone escarpment & crossed by the Cotswold Way footpath. It has Castle Rock, one of the few rock faces in the area used by climbers. The routes are short, difficult for their grade and highly polished.

It was a fabulous warm sunny evening a little cooler on reaching the top where we met Chloe & Gareth, getting ready to do some climbing on Castle Rock. After walking the ridge we dropped down & explored the rock faces, finding cracks in the rock and small caves. Not sure if we found the largest, Issac’s cave, we think it was at the far edge but decided to keep it fo another day as the sun was setting & we needed to set up the BBQ. Gareth gave us an entertaining demo on how to balance on a skateboard & I’d forgotten about the ‘bring food for the BBQ’ but there was plenty to go round, even beer!

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