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Leckhampton Hill
 

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 why.

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.



Friends of Leckhampton Hill and Charlton Kings Common
The Treasurer
Anne North
c/o Shakelton
Daisy Bank Road
Cheltenham
GL53 9QQ

Email
anorth@leckhampton.
fsnet.co.uk


Website
www.leckhamptonhill.
homestead.com

THINGS TO DO, PLACES TO SEE

LECKHAMPTON HILL

With its breath-taking views over Cheltenham, Leckhampton Hill is popular with local residents. Whether you are a keen walker or just like to enjoy the view, Leckhampton hill offers you a great opportunity to relax.

DEVIL'S CHIMNEY

A popular landmark of Leckhampton Hill, Devil's Chimney has stirred many fiery discussions about its origin. Whether it's just a quarrymen's joke or it has risen from hell, it's a good destination for a Sunday walk.

COTSWOLD WAY

The Cotswolds is the largest of the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty The Cotswold Way, which passes through Leckhampton Hill, is an attractive trail that offers beautiful rural surroundings.

PAWS IN THE PARK

Since 2004 Paws in the Park traditionally offer a great family day out for local residents. Every August in Burrows Playing Field you can watch dogs of all breeds competing for various prizes.

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

The oldest church in Leckhampton dates back to the 14th century. With its slender steeple, it stands in the heart of the old Leckhampton village. Memorial to Edward Wilson can be found in the grounds.

LECKHAMPTON COURT

Leckhampton Court is one of the oldest country houses in Gloucestershire. It was build in the early 14th century by John Giffard. Today Leckhampton Court serves as a Sue Ryder Care Centre.

BATH ROAD SHOPPING

Bath Road offers numerous independent shops - boutiques, gift shops and many other specialist shops. With its countless cafes, restaurants and takeaways it is at the heart of the community.

CHELTENHAM COLLEGE

This world famous Victorian public school still ranks among the best in the country. It's magnificent 19th century buildings featured in Lindsay Anderson's film If.

 

 

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