Leckhampton Hill lies within the Cotswolds
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The hill surpasses the southern
part of Cheltenham and it provides stunning views for the town's residents
and visitors. The hill, the summit of which is 925 feet above the sea level, has therefore become a cherished landscape feature
and recreational area.
|View from Leckhampton Hill
There are 99 hectares of limestone grassland
high on the Cotswold escarpment with wonderful views. It is a site of Iron
Age hill fort and long barrow and famous for its old limestone quarries. Old
tramway lines criss-cross the hill from the days of limestone quarrying and the
remains of kilns and quarries are still very much in evidence. It is a site
with a great deal of cultural and historical significance as much of the stone
removed from the quarry on the Hill was used for buildings in Cheltenham.
One particularly enigmatic feature on the hill is the
Devil's Chimney, a substantial pillar of stone left standing next
to one of the upper inclines, nothing is known as to who left it there or
Areas on Leckhampton Hill have been designated as Sites of
Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the biological interest of the unimproved
calcareous grassland and it is important from a geological perspective.