Walking

Walking trail

May Hill countryside walk, Gloucestershire

Walking trail

Enjoy an exhilarating walk over this prominent landmark. Starting on May Hill Common, the walk climbs to the clump of trees on the summit, before crossing an open expanse of grassland. You'll then return via the woodlands of the Huntley Estate.

May Hill, local landmark, Herefordshire

Map

Map route for May Hill countryside walk, Gloucestershire

Start:

May Hill Common, grid ref: SO690221

1

From the parking area, go past the metal gate and head straight up the fairly steep middle path to the top of May Hill Common.

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2

At the top, go through the kissing gate at the end of the wall (which marks the county boundary) and head across the grassland in the direction of the clump of pine trees.

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3

From the pine trees follow the main track to the southern end of the hill.

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4

Pass through the gate and continue down the track, crossing straight over the crossroads by a water tank in the field to your right.

5

After about 55yd (50m), turn left down the track and follow the public footpath waymarkers.

6

When you reach a small road, turn left along the forestry track and over a stile next to a metal gate. Continue along the track into the woodlands of the Huntley Estate.

7

At the next bend the public footpath leaves the main track. Follow the arrows until it re-joins the forestry track. You'll pass through an impressive plantation of coast redwood trees.

8

Just after the timber stacking area, turn sharp left, still following the public footpath. Continue along this footpath, ignoring the next two footpaths leading off to the right. In areas where there are scattered ponds and flushes, uncommon plants, including lesser skullcap, bog pimpernel and bog mosses flourish. Palmate newts and rare water beetles live here too and you may even spot dragonflies flitting over the water.

9

Go over the stile onto the common, continuing along the footpath. Head straight over the track and follow the path through the bracken. Eventually the path will join the road just below the parking area.

End:

May Hill Common, grid ref: SO690221

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May Hill countryside walk, Gloucestershire

Terrain

A circular walk with an initial steep climb. The ground through the woodland section can be muddy, especially after wet weather. There are two stiles.

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

May Hill countryside walk, Gloucestershire

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May Hill countryside walk, Gloucestershire

How to get here

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

Gloucester, 10 miles (16km).

By road

May Hill is signposted off A40 Gloucester to Ross-on-Wye road, 1 mile (1.6km) west of Huntley, 3 miles (5km) from J3 of M50. Follow road up hill past Yew Tree Inn, Clifford’s Mesne. Roadside parking ½ mile (0.8km) past cattle grid.

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 countryside walk, Gloucestershire

Facilities and access

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