Visiting the Common
Welcome to Cleeve Common from the people who look after it! The wide open spaces and breathtaking views have attracted visitors for more than 200 years. The Common is open to the public for your enjoyment, but please remember that it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and an important part of our natural heritage.
Cleeve Common is privately owned land. It is managed by the Board of Conservators, which was given the authority to control what activities may take place and where under an Act of Parliament. Our policy is to permit as wide a range of peaceful activities as possible, as long as they do not degrade this important habitat, interfere with grazing stock, or spoil the enjoyment of other visitors. So when you visit, please observe the Cleeve Common Code.
Note that all activities on the Common are carried out at the participant’s own risk.
Cleeve Common Visitors' Guide
Here, you can download our Cleeve Common Visitor's Guide leaflet. Cleeve Common Board of Conservators would like to thank the Gloucestershire Branch of Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) for so kindly providing sponsorship towards the design and production costs of this leaflet. The leaflet, which includes a visitors' map, is in two parts: the outer leaflet and the inner leaflet.
Your Rights and Responsibilities
Public access to Cleeve Common is authorised under the Countryside and Rights Of Way 2000 Act (CROW). This right covers most recreational activities carried out on foot, including walking, sightseeing, bird watching, climbing and running, but there are some common sense restrictions in place which limit where people can walk or take a dog. The right of open access does not include camping, cycling, horse riding, driving a vehicle (except mobility scooters and buggies) or commercial activities.
For more information, see Natural England guidance on Visiting Open Access - Your rights and responsibilities
Activity on the Common is also regulated by the bylaws. They do not detract from your right of access under the CROW Act.