A short walk from Cleeve Hill follows the edge of the Cotswolds down to Prestbury Hill Nature Reserve. A gradual descent leads through the classic Cotswold countryside to the small town of Charlton Kings.
The walk starts from the summit of Cleeve Hill and follows the western edge of the Cotswold escarpment high above Cheltenham. From here the path passes through a nature reserve, woodland and agricultural land on its way to Charlton Kings and the end of this section.
Cleeve Hill is the highest point on the whole of the Cotswold Way, and panoramic views extend over Cheltenham and the surrounding area. The Prestbury Hill Nature Reserve is a site of special scientific interest, particularly for its butterflies and rare plants.
Rest stopsThe London Inn
When walking off the summit of Cleeve Hill and along the edge of the escarpment take care, especially in strong winds or poor visibility. This section is fairly straightforward with no particular hazards.
The Cotswold Way is well marked so navigation should be easy. Look out for the acorn signs which are the National Trail markers.
Tips and hints
Points of Interest
Please see the interactive map for notable points of interest along the walk, including recommended pubs/restaurants and tearoom stops. Simply click the icons on the map for more information as you walk.
Food and Drink
There are no facilities at the summit of Cleeve Hill or anywhere else on this short section until you arrive at Charlton Kings. Therefore you will need to carry everything you need for today’s walk.
Packed lunch is essential for this section as there are no towns or villages to stop in.
Post walk Drinks
The Royal is a good option if you are heading into Charlton Kings.
The W Bus towards Cheltenham goes from Cleeve Hill to Cheltenham, you can then catch a connecting bus to the suburbs of Charlton Kings on the B Service. Bus timetables change year on year and can be seasonal. Be sure to check https://www.stagecoachbus.com/plan-a-journey (the local operator who runs this service) for up-to-date timetables.
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.
There are also useful websites to find when the next bus is due at www.traveline.info or simply have a quick google search.
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
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 also be carried just in case.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.
This walk is isolated with few opportunities to buy food or water so be sure to bring enough with you.
Weather at the route's trailhead
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