By car

Cleeve Common lies some 4 miles or 7km north east of Cheltenham in the County of Gloucestershire. Parking is available at five main locations (see map):

  • At the Golf Club entrance. Turn off the B4632 at the summit of Cleeve Hill, signposted to Cleeve Hill Golf Club.  Park in the Quarry Car Park (go over the cattle grid and bear left).  Grid reference SO989272, nearest postcodeGL52 3PWNote that this car park is locked at night, at 8 pm during British Summer Time and at 5 pm once the clocks go back.
  • On the B4632 at Stockwell Lane viewpoint, Cleeve Hill.
  • At the Radio Masts. Access from Cheltenham via Harp Hill and Aggs Hill, or from Whittington. Limited parking.  Grid reference SO994249.
  • At West Down, access from Brockhampton or Whittington.  Grid reference SP009239.

No motor vehicles are permitted on the Common itself.

By bus

Marchants Coaches services W1/W2 and 606/606S from Cheltenham or Winchcombe. Alight at the Rising Sun or Golf Course.  You can also catch a local bus to Prestbury and walk up Mill Lane, but this is about a mile of steep uphill climb.

On foot

The Cotswold Way National Trail from Chipping Campden to Bath takes in all of the escarpment of Cleeve Common. There is also a Cotswold Way circular walk, the Cleeve Hill Common Ring. The Winchcombe Way and Gustav Holst Way also cross the Common.  The Isbourne Way begins on Cleeve Common and follows the river to Evesham. 

Disabled access

Cotswold AONB include 2 panoramic routes starting at the Radio Masts in the publication Walks on Wheels. Wheelchair access is also possible at the Golf Club and West Down. Please note there are no surfaced paths on the Common.

By bike

Access for cycles is possible at the main entrance points. Bikers should keep to byways and other tracks across the Common.

By horse

Byways and bridleways skirt the edges of the Common (see map), but for full access a hacking licence is required. For more information, see the Things to do page.


Drinks and meals are available at the Golf Clubhouse and the Rising Sun Hotel (Cleeve Hill). Nearby settlements of Woodmancote, Bishops Cleeve, Winchcombe and Brockhampton offer excellent public houses and some shops.

Please note that there are no public conveniences on or next to the Common.