Parts of the Churchdown Hill are managed by the Woodland Trust and the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and are open free to the public. Woodland Trust Information…
Walk on Churchdown Hill
My walk was a lazy one, I had a few hours to kill before my next computer repairs callout in Churchdown village, I got a lift to St Bartholomew’s Church. St Bartholomew’s Church is located on ancient Christian site near the peak.
My walks main aim was to learn to use my new camera, I like to do photo walks and purchased a new bridge camera and tripod for the purpose of documenting my walks.
1 After taking a few snaps of the church I headed east on a footpath down the hill into some woodland, not the direction I intended but looked good for potential photos.
2 After reaching a field I spotted a path heading back uphill, this eventually reached the road up to the church. I stopped in a horses field to take some panoramic photos overlooking the motorway, and a few of the horses.
3 I packed my tripod to head uphill again, ideally didn’t want to travel by road so the first opportunity I spotted a footpath heading uphill. This, fortunately, went straight back to the church.
4 After catching my breath (didn’t realise how smoking affects me uphill, must give up soon). I headed through the churchyard and walked anticlockwise around the church, wow what a nice viewpoint of the M5 valley, eventually reaching a gate to the footpath.
5 Footpath heading west was easy going for 1/2 mile, then comes the enjoyment of the very muddy path down through the woods. Luckily I only nearly slipped a few times but kept my trousers and coat clean.
6 I then reached a clearing overlooking north Gloucester with views from Robinswood hill to Churchdown village and may hill in the distance.
7 After taking a few photos I chose the path through the next woods heading towards Churchdown, very steep and slippery, (Note to self, next time make sure it been dry for a few days)
8 At the end of the wooded path, I reached a field and was overlooking Churchdown and the Gloucester-Cheltenham Railway line. A well-worn path was visible heading to the village, I followed where many had walked before and arrived at a small alley way on Pirton Lane right next to the 97 bus stop, I know where to start from next time, (Maybe start here, walk up the hill and down the other side ending in Hucclecote or Longlevens)
9 I headed up Pirton Lane towards Churchdown village passing St Andrews church then to the Bat & Ball pub for some liquid refreshment.