Opening times for 2 December 2023
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Car park is open dawn until dusk.
Dogs must be on leads.
Undulating and uneven ground - steep in places. Poor mobile phone signal.
Paths leading up to the summit of May Hill are on moderate, and at times steep, slopes which are rough in places. They can also be muddy on small sections after wet weather.
May Hill is signposted off the A40 Gloucester-Ross-on-Wye road, 1 mile west of Huntley and 3 miles from J3 of the M50
Parking: Very small car park - maximum five cars
May Hill is crossed by a number of public footpaths. The Gloucestershire Way (100 mile long-distance route from Chepstow to Tewkesbury) and Wysis Way (55 mile route from Monmouth to Kemble) both run across May Hill's summit
Gloucester train station 10 miles. For further information about travelling to this site by public transport please visit the Cotswold AONB 'Explore the Cotswolds' website
For information about travelling to this site by public transport please visit the Cotswold AONB 'Explore the Cotswolds' website
Quiet, local roads lead to May Hill from the surrounding villages and towns. There are no specific cycle routes
May Hill is a one pawprint rated place. Discover views of the surrounding countryside and long walks for dogs and owners, no matter what the season. Find out more to help you enjoy your visit.
The summit and surrounding area of May Hill consists of a wide expanse of open grassland, bracken and gorse with boggy areas and pools. The hill is capped by a clump of pine trees (not NT), planted in 1887 to commemorate the golden jubilee of Queen Victoria. It is now the location of annual May Day celebrations.
May Hill Common covers 30 hectares of common land acquired by the National Trust in 1988. This attractive area of bracken and developing trees (mainly birch, oak and crab apple) is still grazed by the commoners' ponies, pigs and occasionally sheep. There are beautiful, panoramic views from the top of the hill encompassing the Malvern Hills, the Cotswold HIlls, the Severn Vale, the Forest of Dean, Herefordshire and the Black Mountains beyond.