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Seven Springs to Birdlip

Wanderung · Cotswold
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  • Cotswold Way onto Hartley Hill
    Cotswold Way onto Hartley Hill
    Foto: Iain Grant, Macs Adventure
m 300 250 200 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Devil's Chimney Crickley Hill Leckhampton Hill Barrow Wake Crickley Hill Cafe

This is a classic Cotswold escarpment ridge walk, with panoramic views along the route into Birdlip.

Strecke 12,2 km
4:00 h
186 hm
132 hm
292 hm
210 hm

Leaving the busy roads of Seven Springs, you are soon in open countryside, ascending Hartley Hill and onto Leckhampton Hill with its panoramic views and interesting rock faces. The route then passes through the countryside and a short road section to climb Crickley Hill and finish in Birdlip.


The views on this section of the walk are genuinely spectacular. Extensive sections follow close to the edge of the Cotswold Escarpment, revealing interesting rock formations such as the Devil’s Chimney and unique meadow land habitats. Red Kites can be seen over Crickley Hill.

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Aktualisierung: 30.08.2022
Höchster Punkt
292 m
Tiefster Punkt
210 m
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Hungry Horse Pub & Restaurant
Crickley Hill Cafe
Air Balloon Pub
Barrow Wake
Clavell & Hind Brewery
The Royal George Birdlip



There are several sections of the walk today where you might encounter traffic but most minor roads are quiet.   However, care should also be taken crossing the main road at and at the start and the busy Birdlip roundabout. Also, there is only a narrow path up the main road into Birdlip at the end of the walk. There are a few climbs and descents which are not particularly steep but which might be tricky during or after wet weather. 

The Cotswold Way is well marked so navigation should be straightforward. Look out for the acorn signs which are the National Trail Markers.

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Points of Interest

Please see the interactive map for notable points of interest along the walk, including recommended pubs/restaurants and cafe stops.  Simply click the icons on the map for more information as you walk. 


Food and Drink

There are no general convenience stores in Seven Springs, as you are likely to be overnighting in Cheltenham or Charlton Kings (and transferring back to Seven Springs in the morning) be sure to buy some supplies the night before. There is however plenty of opportunities for refreshments on this walk. There are various pubs and cafes you pass next to the Way. 


Packed lunch today is not essential but recommended. There is a café on the way to Crickley Hill and toilets, a café and a visitors centre on Crickley Hill itself. There is also a pub (Air Balloon) on the busy roundabout near the end of the walk before Birdlip.

Post walk Drinks

The Royal George in Birdlip. There is also a craft beer brewery, a short walk away from the centre of Birdlip that is mainly open on weekends. It has a draught taproom and serves food outdoors. Check the point of interest on the app and call ahead to see if it's open when you arrive.


Public Transport

A taxi is probably a better/cheaper alternative than public transport.

There are various ways to get to Birdlip by bus from Seven Springs but it likely requires multiple connecting journeys (varies depending on the time of day and a google search is probably the best option to check this at the time you wish to make this journey). 

Please note that bus services may be affected by public bank holidays in the UK and in some cases may run a limited service or no service at all on weekends.


Recommended Local Taxi Services along the Cotswold Way

Northwick Private Hire (Chipping Campden Area): +44 (0) 1386 701 806

TDM Taxis (Broadway Area): +44 (0) 7919 160 630

Starline Taxi (Cheltenham/Charlton Kings Area): +44 (0) 1242 250 250

Galaxy Private Hire (Dursley/Painswick/Wotton-Under-Edge Area): +44 (0) 7796 545 261

V Cars (Alternative for Wotton-Under-Edge Area): +44 (0) 1793 701 701


Roundabout, Seven Springs (212 m)
OS Grid
SO 96822 17148
51.852915, -2.047531
51°51'10.5"N 2°02'51.1"W
30U 565600 5745108
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Cotswold Way signpost, on main road below Birdlip


*** To help you follow the route with confidence we have provided full written turn-by-turns to aid you on your walk from Seven Springs to Birdlip. We strongly suggest that you follow the GPS tracks in the Macs Adventure smartphone app to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem-free day.  The daily maps can also be printed from the web version of the app should you wish to take paper copies with you. ***


DISCLAIMER: Please note, the distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the direct routes at the time of our pathfinder walking them (this excludes walking to/from your accommodation to the start/end point, or for example coming off the path for lunch). There may be some slight discrepancies/small diversions that make the distances slightly out compared to your own mapping software (Strava/Garmin/Apple Watch).


0.00 km – At the Cotswold Way signpost on the A436, TURN RIGHT up the small tarmac road and go STRAIGHT ON, uphill for approx 0.5 km.

0.60 km – At a bend in the road GO STRAIGHT ON along the gravel track for approx 200 m then TURN LEFT onto the signposted footpath. GO STRAIGHT ON uphill following the wooden marker posts. There are good views on the right as you ascend Hartley Hill with Cleeve Hill and its masts clearly visible on a good day. Follow the edge of the steep escarpment on the prominent and well-marked path for approx 2 km. Note the numerous hollows where the ragstone has been excavated for dry stone walling.

2.50 km – At the wooden gate GO STRAIGHT ON, along the footpath through the trees. The wooden marker posts are soon visible. As you emerge onto Leckhampton Hill, GO STRAIGHT ON, past the triangulation pillar, the viewpoint and on to an information board.

3.20 km – At the information board BEAR LEFT along the signposted footpath, again following the edge of the steep slope. A short detour to the Devil’s Chimney is worth the effort and a good picnic spot. GO STRAIGHT ON towards the power lines.

3.90 km – Reaching a small tarmac road at the bottom of some steps, TURN LEFT uphill. GO STRAIGHT ON to the top of the hill.

4.10 km – At the crest of the hill BEAR RIGHT onto the signposted Cotswold Way path. GO STRAIGHT ON slightly downhill, under the power lines and down to a road.

5.30 km – At the tarmac road by the golf club, TURN RIGHT uphill to the crossroads. Cross with care and GO STRAIGHT ON along Greenway Lane.

6.70 km – By a wooden gate on the right just as the road starts to descend, TURN LEFT up the steps onto the footpath signposted to Crickley Hill. GO STRAIGHT ON through the woods following the steep edge of the escarpment for approx 1km.

7.50 km – At a wooden gate and information board, TURN RIGHT and GO STRAIGHT ON through the wood.

8.00 km – Just before a small road BEAR RIGHT through a stone wall and emerge onto the open hilltop. GO STRAIGHT ON to a wooden gate then BEAR LEFT across the tarmac road. Having crossed, immediately TURN RIGHT along the footpath to the Café and Visitor Centre at Crickley Hill.

8.30 km – At the wooden gate just past the Visitor Centre, GO STRAIGHT ON, past the viewpoint. Keeping the steep edge on the right, follow the wooden marker posts to the point of the escarpment and a wooden signpost. Panoramic views can be seen all along this section.

8.70 km – At the signpost, BEAR LEFT and follow the path beside the stone wall. GO STRAIGHT ON through the gate towards the masts and main road on the horizon. Follow the wooden marker posts for approx 1 km.

9.70 km – Arriving at the busy roundabout, cross with extreme care. GO STRAIGHT ON past the pub on the right along the tarmac footpath. Just past the bus shelter the footpath leaves the main road and emerges onto common land.

10.2 km – Just through a metal gate BEAR RIGHT onto the footpath and follow the wooden marker posts. GO STRAIGHT ON along the edge of the escarpment for approx 1 km. Panoramic views can be seen over Cheltenham and back to Crickley Hill.

11.3 km – Leaving the open hilltop, TURN RIGHT through a wooden gate and GO STRAIGHT ON through the wood to the point of the escarpment known as Birdlip Peak. A short detour will take you to the point.

11.5 km – At the signpost TURN LEFT signposted Cotswold Way and GO STRAIGHT ON through the woods to reach the main road.

12.2 km – Arriving at the road you have reached the end of your walk.


*** This is the end of our Seven Springs to Birdlip route***


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OS Grid
SO 96822 17148
51.852915, -2.047531
51°51'10.5"N 2°02'51.1"W
30U 565600 5745108
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DISCLAIMER: Please note, the distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the direct routes at the time of our pathfinder walking them (this excludes walking to/from your accommodation to the start/end point, or for example coming off the path for lunch). There may be some slight discrepancies/small diversions that make the distances slightly out compared to your own mapping software (Strava/Garmin/Apple Watch).


Good comfortable boots or walking shoes are recommended. The ground can be quite soft and the paths are well used by walkers and riders. Whilst the terrain is not particularly difficult it can be muddy with some waterlogged stretches after heavy rain. Walking poles are an option if preferred. The British weather is changeable so waterproofs should be carried just in case.

Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike/or if you have an older phone, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank as a backup.

There are some opportunities to buy food/water today but be sure to bring enough with you.

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4:00 h
186 hm
132 hm
Höchster Punkt
292 hm
Tiefster Punkt
210 hm
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