Visiting Crickley Hill: what you need to know

Visitor walking on Crickley Hill

We're looking forward to welcoming you. Crickley Hill, the visitor car parks, cafe and toilets are open. In this article you'll find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit.

Arriving at Crickley Hill by car

There are two visitor car parks, both are owned and managed by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. Please park considerately and within the designated bays. There is also designated accessible parking available. If the car parks are full, please visit another time. To maintain access, do not park on the drive leading to the main car parks.

Car park charges

There are pay and display machines in both visitor car parks, operated by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. Car park charges apply to all visitors, including National Trust members and Blue Badge holders: £2 all day rate 

Payment can be made by cash, card (including contactless), phone, online or by downloading the RingGo app. 

Staying safe at Crickley Hill

To help keep everyone safe, look out for signs which will explain any changes to how you can access and enjoy different parts of the hill.

If you're showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don't visit.

What's open?

The hill, visitor car parks and toilets are open. The cafe is also open and is currently operating a takeaway service. The car parks, cafe and toilets are all operated by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. 

Although there is no designated route, there are several signed walking trails which you can follow.  

Bringing your dog

Dogs are welcome at Crickley Hill but be aware that March through to the end of July is a prime time for nature. We've set aside areas where dogs should be kept on a lead to protect wildlife from disturbance. Look out for the red paw print signs which mean dogs should be on a lead at all times. 

There are also areas where dogs can roam freely. These are marked with a green paw print.

Dispose of any waste in the bins provided.

Picnics and barbecues

Just a single spark from a barbecue can damage the landscape and harm wildlife. Help us keep Crickley Hill safe by not bringing a barbecue when you visit. Instead, switch your barbecue for a picnic. 

Resources are stretched so please take all litter home with you. 

Accessibility

Most of the walking trails are on natural surfaces, but there are steps, slopes and narrow paths in places. The paths can become muddy and slippery following heavy rain - sturdy footwear is essential.

There is a designated accessible route around the site which follows hard-standing paths. We are sorry but Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust is unable to offer their mobility scooter at this time. 

High winds or flooding

In extreme cases we might need to close for high winds or flooding. Please check the webpage before travelling.