With stunning views, woodland, open spaces and a café, Crickley Hill is the perfect destination for those looking to spend time in nature.

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

Ensuring that wildlife thrives here takes careful management and it costs Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust £5,000 each week to run Crickley Hill.

Location

Near Birdlip
Gloucester
Gloucestershire
GL4 6SX
A static map of Crickley Hill

Know before you go

Size
32 hectares

Entry fee

Free

Parking information

Parking charges apply. Space for 70 cars.

Bicycle parking

Not currently, but cyclists are very welcome

Grazing animals

Belted Galloway cattle

Walking trails

There is a Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust walking trail.

Access

There are parking spaces for Blue Badge holders.

Dogs

Under effective control
We ask dog owners to note that this is access land and this means that dogs must be kept on short leads (2 metres or less) between 1st March and 31st July (as stated in the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000). This is important because during this tim

Facilities

Visitor centre
Toilets
Cafe/refreshments
Picnic area
Disabled toilet
Wifi

When to visit

Opening times

There is a gate at the entrance to Crickley Hill which is locked to cars outside of these times:
January Open from 6am till 6pm
February Open from 6am till 6pm
March Open from 6am until 7pm
April Open from 6am until 9.30pm
May Open from 6am until 9.30pm
June Open from 6am until 9.30pm
July Open from 6am until 9.30pm
August Open from 6am until 9.30pm
September Open from 6am until 9.30pm
October Open from 6am until 7pm
November Open from 6am till 6pm
December Open from 6am till 6pm

The cafe is open:
April to September 8am - 6pm
October to March 8am - 5pm


Best time to visit

All year

About the reserve

Wild flowers

Of note are yellow worts, carline thistles (an unusual plant that sparkles silver and gold in the sunshine), autumn gentians, clustered bellflowers, viper's-bugloss (this looks beautiful with its dark blue flowers but beware of its spiky, hairy stems). 

The orchids here include musk orchids and bee orchids (pictured right), as well as common spotted orchids (the most common of all UK orchids, with flowers ranging from white and pale pink through to purple, and the green leaves covered in purplish spots).

Butterflies

There are over 30 different species of butterflies recorded at Crickley Hill. In the spring and summer, look out for large skipper (pictured left) butterflies, and the beautiful chalk hill blue butterfly which feeds on knapweed and scabious and whose caterpillars need red ants to survive.

Birds

Among the birds seen and heard here are red kites, buzzards, kestrels, cuckoos, chiffchaffs, green woodpeckers and great spotted woodpeckers (listen as they drum at the trees to find insects and larvae).

 

Contact us

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01452 383333

Environmental designation

Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

How to get there:

Post code: GL4 8JY (post code will take you the Air Balloon roundabout)

Grid reference: SO 92927 16251

Crickley Hill is situated east of Gloucester close to the Air Balloon roundabout on the A417. At the Air Balloon Roundabout take the A436 north towards Stow-on-the-Wold, then immediately turn left towards Leckhampton. The entrance to Crickley Hill is 100m on the left after this turn. Cross the cattle grid and follow the entrance up the hill to the Pay and Display car park.

Driving South-West from Leckhampton on Leckhampton Hill road, drive past signs for the Star college, 0.6 miles further on, follow signs to 'Crickley Hill Country Park'.

If coming from Stow-on-the-Wold turn right just before the roundabout. The entrance to Crickley Hill is on the left.

Parking Capacity: 50

Parking charges: