Things to see and do on the Clent Hills
Enjoy the great outdoors on the Clent Hills, a countryside haven in the heart of the busy Midlands. With three different hills to discover, explore miles of footpaths, bridleways and trails offering panoramic views over the Cotswolds, Shropshire Hills and Welsh borders.
Top things to see
With miles of footpaths, bridleways and panoramic views at Clent Hills, there's lots to see and do on your visit. Here are some highlights to look out.
The Four Stones
The Four Stones on the summit of Clent Hill may look ancient and mysterious, but they were actually created in the eighteenth century for Lord Lyttleton as a folly to be viewed by visitors from down in the valley.
It is thought that the clump of fir trees behind the Four Stones was most likely planted as part of Lord Lyttleton’s landscaping and building of follies in the area.
For a few weeks in May the Clent Hills are home to a dramatic display of bluebells. You can spot them throughout the woodland and a large display in bluebell valley.
On a clear day, you can see the Black Mountains from the Clent Hills. At the top of the 'easy access' path is a topograph with labels so you can identify the distant hills and landmarks.
If you're looking for wildlife or to do some bird-watching, head over to the much quieter Walton Hill. As this area is less busy you're more likely to see birds, stoats or deer. Please keep your dog under close control or on a lead to protect the local wildlife.
Getting active in the outdoors
Lace up your walking boots or jump onto your bike with an extensive network of 27 bridleways to explore across the Clent Hills. They can be tough climbs, but the rewarding views make it worth the exercise.
Follow in the footsteps of Edwardian day trippers at Adam's Hill or head off the beaten track to the peaceful Walton Hill. There are walks available for all abilities and time scales.
The bridleways crossing the Clent Hills provide a great challenge for off-road cyclists. Be aware that all routes can be very busy at times with horses and walkers, so a bell and polite call to other users is recommended.
Guided walking tours
Join us for a guided walking tour of the Clent Hills, led by one of our passionate volunteers or Rangers. You'll learn about the history and myths of Clent and discover what we're doing to look after the hills and the nature that calls them home. View upcoming dates and more information here.
Events at Clent Hills
Get closer to nature with activities at the hills. Get started with trail running at an introductory workshop or celebrate the seasons at one of our special events. See what events are happening on the hills here.
Geocaching at Clent Hills
Geocaching is a hi-tech treasure hunt and a great way to get the family out and exploring the countryside. It makes walks more exciting and is a big hit with older children – and grown-ups too.
Caches are small boxes that people have hidden all over the place, and there are lots to find at Clent Hills. You can use a GPS unit or download an app to help you navigate towards where the cache is hidden. Once you are within a few metres of the cache, you'll have to search for it; under piles of logs, nestled within tree roots, there are lots of good hiding spots.
Each cache contains a logbook so you can leave messages for others who come across it. The caches also contain lots of small trinkets, the kind of thing you might find in a Christmas cracker. Geocachers swap these, so if you want to take one from any caches that you find, come prepared with trinkets of your own to swap them with.
Family fun and ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’
There are lots of opportunities for family fun in the great outdoors on the Clent Hills. Here are our top things to do before you’re 11¾ on the hills. You can pick up a free '50 things to do before you're 11¾' leaflet from the trailer at Nimmings Wood car park to help guide your adventures.
No. 1 Get to know a tree
The Clent Hills might be known for their wide open views, but they're also home to lots of different trees. Can you find a beech, oak or scots pine? Search for clues in its roots, bark and branches to uncover its story.
No. 4 Build a den
Head into the natural play area and hunt out some materials to build a den. Read our top tips on building the best den ever here.
No. 7 Fly a kite
Wait for a windy day, then take your kite up to the top of Clent to catch the breeze. People have been flying kites on the hills for hundreds of years and you could join them.
No. 12 Have fun with sticks
There are plenty of trees on Clent, and that means lots of sticks. You could try making a trail with sticks for someone else to follow.
No. 28 Climb a huge hill
The Clent Hills have three different hills – Clent Hill, Walton Hill and Adams Hill, why not try to get to the top of each one?
No. 31 Make friends with a bug
Stop by the natural play area and have a look around for some bugs. Try looking under plants, lifting logs or having a dig in the woodchip on the floor. It’s the perfect habitat for creepy crawlies. Just remember to put them back somewhere safe.
No. 50 Take a friend on a nature adventure
Why not bring a friend to visit the Clent Hills and show them your favourite place to go and things to see?
Enjoy the great outdoors on the Clent Hills with miles of bridleway to explore. Find out about the best routes and keeping yourself safe while out walking and cycling on the Hills.
With large areas to let your dog off the lead, sticks to find and new smells to sniff, the Clent Hills are a great place for canine companions. Find out what facilities are available.