Have you heard of the hidden gem in the heart of the Cotswolds??
Sssshhhhh…. It’s situated on Cleeve Common; a designated site of Special Scientific Interest… need a clue? You don’t have to be a member to enjoy this gem and it boasts a fabulous café with fantastic views across the common and down into Cheltenham town…any ideas??
It’s Cleeve Hill Golf Club!
And we’re delighted to welcome the café operation to our ever-growing Group! Launching this week we will be serving Takeaway hot food, cakes, ice cream, hot & cold drinks daily from 8 am – late
Open to the general public and the Cleeve Hill Golf Club members, the Café is situated on Cleeve Hill located on Cheltenham’s North-Eastern edge, on the way to Winchcombe, affording breath-taking views of Cheltenham, which is just 4 miles away. At just over 1000ft above sea level, it’s the perfect spot to survey the valley stretching out below with a delicious Latte and slice of home-baked cake.
Cleeve Common is mostly an area of limestone grassland, achieving a nationally designated site of importance and also an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) status. It is also the largest unenclosed “Wold” on the Cotswold escarpment, with over 400 hectares of open space, including The Cotswold Way National Trail, while its breath-taking views extend to the Malvern Hills and, on a clear day, to the Black Mountains of Wales. The Cotswold Way also passes this way.
The golf course is open to all and offers a rugged and blustery course – a challenge for locals and visitors alike – while the hill offers brilliant, open spaces for dog walking. Away from roads there is also a short (if slightly steep) walk to the Trig Point which marks the highest point of the Cotswold Hills.
Local farmers help to maintain the condition of the common with traditional flock grazing, which contributes to maintaining the diversity of this wildflower-rich grassland, many of which wildflower species are critically endangered nationally. The landscape is not without human history either; near to the summit is Belas Knap a Neolithic long barrow, as well as an Iron Age hill fort on the Western Scarp.
With Easter weekend ahead and the new rule of six, what better way to enjoy a four-day break with family and friends than walking along the escarpment of the largest common in CAONB with the promise of a hot drink and treat to enjoy at the end?