We're working on a series of self-guided walks on Cleeve Common for all ages and interests. The first of these is now available as a free download. Its a circular family walk of 2..3 miles / 3.6 km, suitable for children from Primary school age upwards and of course for adults too. Just click here for the guide or see the full range of downloadable walks.
Pete Lightfoot will be running the Brighton marathon on 15 April to raise funds for Cleeve Common Trust.
Pete has been a member of the Trust's board for over 20 years. He only took up long distance running last year, at the grand age of 65.
He has generously offered to raise funds for Cleeve Common Trust. Please sponsor him in this terrific effort through generous donations. Just click here to make your donation on-line.
All of your donation will go towards supporting the work of the Trust to conserve and improve the natural beauty of Cleeve Common for today's visitors and future generations. Thank you.
There’s another full year of events coming up on Cleeve Common, for both children and adults.
- In February, look out for the launch of our free downloadable Self-Guided Family Walk. This will give a route to follow and tell you about what to see on the way.
- Family Easter Trail: explore Cleeve Common and earn a treat! As a family, follow the clues on a circular walk of about 1 mile. Answer the questions as you go round and collect your prize. Good Friday, 30 March, starting 1-2pm or 2-3pm. Please note that booking is essential to ensure there are enough prizes.
- Summer events: watch for details of our Woodland Bushcraft day(1 June), a family event in Wardens’ Wood. For the grown-ups, there will be our annual Wildflower Foray (29 June). Then there are three Fridays of Summer Holiday Family Fun on 3, 17 and 31 August. The autumn brings a Geology Trail in September, a Family Halloween Event on 26 October and a Family Christmas Trail on 20 December to round off the year.
There will be a new temporary cattle paddock with electric fencing from 12 January, as shown in the map below. It joins up with West Down and the cattle will have access to the water trough. there You will still be able to go through the smaller bridle gate at the top of West Down, staying outside the cattle paddock. There will be a pedestrian route through the paddock, but if you have a dog with you, please keep it on the lead while inside the enclosure.
A snowy end to 2017, but all change to rain and wind for 2018. Please note that the Common is exceptionally wet, so well-used paths may be very muddy.
If you use a professional dog walker and know they walk your dog on Cleeve Common, please check that they have a commercial dog walking licence.
Licence holders have signed up to our Canine Codes, ensuring they are looking after dogs to a high welfare standard and are also exercising them here responsibly. Both aspects are vitally important to ensure that everyone can enjoy this beautiful conservation area together.
If you are a professional dog walker, please click here for details of the Cleeve Common licence.
The last of the sheep have finally been taken off the Common. There will now be no sheep there until late April next year.
The cattle are currently in the Padcombe valley (the far north east corner of the Common) for a short stay.
The vehicle gate at the Cleeve Hill Golf Club entrance is now locked at 5.00pm each day. Please ensure you have removed your car before this time.
The owner of the young dog that died from poisoning early last month has very kindly passed on the results of the toxicology report. This confirmed that the cause of death was mushroom poison.
We still have no firm evidence to link this poisoning to mushrooms on Cleeve Common, as the dog was walked over the hill and all the way down to Winchcombe. There are however many types of mushroom to be found around the Common, some of which may be poisonous. It's impossible to know where and when they will pop up, so please be vigilant when you're out with your dog.
From 1 September, we're changing our working name to Cleeve Common Trust, to highlight the charitable nature of our work for the benefit of the environment and the local community.
The old 'Cleeve Common Board of Conservators' was always a bit of a mouthful and sometimes left people thinking we were a political group! We hope our shorter, snappier title makes it clearer what we're about.
Our contact details are unchanged.
Licences to ride on Cleeve Common from now until the end of February 2018 are now available for just £15. Please note that all riders require a hacking licence, except for those using just the public bridleways. Application form.
We've just produced a highlights report for 2016-17. See some of the things we've achieved - and some we're still working on. The hard part isn't knowing what to include, it's knowing what to leave out!
For all the latest news of upcoming events and what's happening on the Common, as well as lots of lovely photos, follow our Facebook page. You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram - just click the buttons on the left of this page.
Want to know what the weather is like right now on Cleeve Common? Here's a great website that tells you exactly that, along with back data on temperature and rainfall. The weather station is on the radio masts , so you'll get a very good idea of what to expect when you are 'up on top'.
There have been several instances recently of people deliberately cutting the electric fencing round the cattle enclosure. This is illegal, it creates a risk to visitors if cattle escape and it causes a lot of work for our Rangers. Please help us overcome this by reporting any suspicious activity around the cattle paddock to our Rangers. Thank you.
From Sunday 26 March, the gate at the Golf Club entrance (leading to the Quarry car park) will be closed locked at 8.00 pm. This will be the closing time throughout the summer, until the clocks go back in October. Please ensure you move your car before closing time.
The Memorial Programme allows local residents to make a donation in memory of a loved one to fund the conservation of Cleeve Common. Donations for this purpose will help to maintain and enhance the Common’s natural beauty as a lasting and fitting tribute to the family members and friends who enjoyed visiting the Common for this very reason. Those making a donation will be able to place a plaque on the Memorial Wall surrounding the Cotswold's highest tree (photo).Read More