Leckhampton Hill and Charlton Kings Common


Leckhampton Hill and Charlton Kings Common lie within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The main aspect of the hill is clearly visible from many parts of Cheltenham. The hill has, therefore, become a cherished landscape feature and recreational area for many of the town's residents and visitors.

Leckhampton Hill and Charlton Kings Common lie to the south and south east of Cheltenham.

Parking is available at Daisybank Road off Leckhampton Road and at Hartley Lane near the hill top.

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 for its geological exposures.

Historical features on the hill include an Iron Age hillfort and long barrow. Old tramways criss-cross the hill from the days of limestone quarrying and the remains of kilns and quarries are still very much in evidence.

The hill supports a wealth of wildlife including small mammals, foxes, stoats, badgers, rabbits, reptiles, butterflies (species including the Duke of Burgundy, Dark Green Fritillary, and Pearl Bordered Fritillary) and extensive birdlife - Buzzards and Kestrels are regularly seen and a pair of red kites was reported Summer 2004 by a local paraglider.

The hill is also home to a great array of wild flowers including many varieties of orchid - among others, the Early Purple, Common Spotted, Musk, Butterfly, Fly and Bee orchids.

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