May Hill views

Walking trail

Straddling the boundary between Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, May Hill is one of the area's best known landmarks.

Enjoy spectacular views over the Severn Plain and towards Wales

With its distinctive cap of pine trees, the hill is visible for miles in all directions, and the views that can be seen from the hill are breathtaking. This is an exhilarating walk that will clear the lungs.Type of walk: 'Beautiful Views'; Grade of walk: Trainer (all rounder).

It can be bleak on the summit


Map route for May Hill views walk


Car park, grid ref: SO691223


From the parking area, enjoy the views across the rolling Herefordshire countryside. From Ross-on-Wye and Wales to your left, the Shropshire Hills in the far distance and on to the Malvern Hills on your right. Pass the gate onto the common and take the track to the left.

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The Malvern Hills can be seen in the distance, marking the county boundary between Herefordshire and Worcestershire, with the Midlands beyond. Continue up the track.

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The wall runs along the boundary between Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. Go through the kissing gate and continue on towards the clump of pine trees. The land here is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of its acidic grasslands and heathland habitats. The bluebells are spectacular in spring.

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From here, the River Severn can be seen snaking to the south, flanked by the Cotswold Hills on the east and the Forest of Dean on the west. Continue along to the seat on the western side of the trees.


On a clear day the Welsh hills are clearly visible beyond the forest of Dean: the Brecon Beacons in the south, the distinctive Sugar Loaf mountain and Skirrid, on to Hay Bluff, the northern most point of the Black Mountains. Leave the clump of trees and head north along the grassy track back to the left-hand side of the county boundary wall.


Go through the kissing gate. Carry on straight ahead down the steep slope and you'll see the parking area ahead of you. It's often quoted that anywhere between 8 and 12 counties can be seen from May Hill. How many did you see?

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Car park, grid ref: SO691223

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May Hill views


This circular walk takes you up to the summit of May Hill. The first half of the walk is uphill, but the tracks are good, and follow a gentle to moderate slope. There's a steeper section on the return route.

Dogs are welcome but please keep an eye on them as the hill is grazed by livestock.

May Hill views

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May Hill views

How to get here

May Hill, on Gloucestershire/Herefordshire border, GL18 1JS
By train

Gloucester, 10 miles (16km).

By road

From Newent (B4215 ) and Huntley (A40) approach via Clifford’s Mesne village. Head up the hill past the Yew Tree Inn and continue over the cattle grid onto the common. Parking area 110yd (100m) on right.

By foot

The Gloucestershire Way and Wysis Way run across May Hill’s summit.

By bus

Stagecoach 24 and 33, Gloucester bus station (close to the train station) to Ross-on-Wye, alight Huntley. Then a 1.5 mile (2.4km) walk to join the walk at point 5 on the map.

By bicycle

Quiet, local roads lead to May Hill from the surrounding villages and towns.

May Hill views

Facilities and access

  • Dogs are welcome, but please ensure that they are kept under close control near livestock