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Cotswold countryside within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

This beautiful Cotswold countryside, which we manage jointly with Gloucestershire County Council, boasts a wide variety of habitats and plants. The limestone grassland is extremely rich in plants, which in turn support a large variety of insects, especially butterflies.

Crickley Hill is a prominent spur of the Cotswold escarpment. It overlooks the Severn Vale, with magnificent views towards Robinswood Hill and May Hill, and the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountain beyond.

There's evidence of human activity on the hill going back to 4,000 BC. The area called the Scrubbs takes its name from the brushwood that existed before the planting of the present beech woodland in the 18th century. 

Mad about mountain-biking?

Off-road mountain biking

Off-road mountain biking

Check out the Mean and Dirty Off Road Challenge (MADORC) which will be held at the Ebworth Estate near Stroud on Sunday 13 September.

Either 50k or 100k options are open to everyone with a mountain bike and the desire to test themselves against a route through fantastic Cotswolds terrain.

Entries received before August 30 will receive a free post race meal and free T-shirt.

Children's races will also be held during the day.

Wild Woodchester 50 Things

Tick some 50 Things challenges off your list with the rangers at a Wild Woodchester activity day during the summer holidays. 

Every Friday in August the ranger team will be running events packed full of outdoor fun - from den building to mud kitchens. 

Make time for some adventures before school starts again. 

Sunhat or wellies?

Nearby walk

This walk gives you the chance to explore all the features that make the Cotswolds so special – valleys and views, limestone grassland, beech woodlands and two honey coloured villages.

Coming by car?

The visitor centre and the pay & display car park are owned and run by Gloucestershire Council.

Gates open from dawn til dusk. For exact opening times, please see the council website.