Crickley Hill - About

About Crickley Hill

GWT coronavirus update: during this difficult time, we know how important it is to get outdoors for fresh air, exercise and to immerse yourself in nature. 

Please visit with sensitivity and care, and adhere to current government guidelines around social distancing. Wildlife on nature reserves has taken advantage of a quieter time in the countryside to go about their business. In some cases this is happening in unusual places; close to visitor pathways and entrances, so we ask visitors to bear this in mind when visiting GWT sites.

The cafe is now open from 9am-5pm daily, including the weekends. We are serving ice creams, cakes and hot pastries throughout the day as well as a new lunch menu between 11am-3pm. We are serving take-away style from the hatch only to ensure customer and staff safety, and all disposables are fully recyclable and compostable! 

The toilets and visitor hub are also open during cafe hours.

Crickley Hill's opening hours are 9:00 - 21:00 and visitors will still need to pay to park. Remember you can also pay via phone, website or the RinGo app before or after your stay to minimise contact and queuing at the payment machines. Full details are advertised in the car parks.

Crickley Hill, which is jointly managed by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and the National Trust, is rich in wildlife and archaeology. Perched high above the city of Gloucester and the Severn Plain, the views are tremendous. 

Easily accessible from the A417 and complimented by toilets, a café, and lots of great picnic spots, Crickey Hill is the perfect spot for a few hours or a full day of exploration. 

(c) The Wildlife Trusts

About Crickley Hill

Wildlife

More than 1,300 species have been recorded at Crickley Hill, from rare birds, butterflies and wildflowers to reptiles and toadstools. It has gained national recognition for its wildlife and has the status as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its splendid diversity of wildflowers.

Archaeology

As well as being nationally important for wildlife, Crickley Hill has played a notable role in the history of the area. There is evidence of settlements dating back 5000 years and that people lived here at various times until about 500AD. The remains of an Iron Age hill fort, still visible today, are a designated Scheduled Monument

The views

Crickley Hill overlooks the Severn Vale, with magnificent views towards Robinswood Hill and May Hill, and the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains beyond. 

Working in the partnership

The Crickley Hill Country Park was established in 1979 with assistance from the Countryside Commission. Since then, visitors have been enabled easy access to limestone grassland, beech woodlands, an archaeological site, and panoramic views.  

Today, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and the National Trust share joint ownership of the land at Crickley Hill. We work together as custodians of this delicate, much-loved and well-used site; protecting and enhancing Crickley Hill’s special wildlife and archaeology for the enjoyment and benefit of current and future generations. 

A417 Road Improvement Scheme

Crickley Hill is set within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding National Beauty and, together with Barrow Wake, is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. It's nationally important, thanks to its Iron-Age hill fort (a Scheduled Ancient Monument), ‘time capsule’ archaeology, limestone grassland, ancient woodland and diverse wildlife. For all these reasons, we welcome Highways England’s ambition to develop an effective ‘landscape led’ road scheme that reflects the sensitive environment of this special place. 

At present the road divides Crickley Hill from Barrow Wake, Kilkenny and other Local Wildlife Sites along the Cotswold escarpment.  We believe Highways England’s proposal to improve this section of the road presents an opportunity to reconnect a disjointed landscape - improving habitats for nature and bringing benefits for people who wish to explore Crickley Hill and the wider landscape. 

However, the preferred route announced by Highways England doesn’t yet provide enough protection for Crickley Hill and the surrounding countryside and we are concerned that it will inflict additional harm.