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Painswick Hill



Visited on a glorious warm Spring day (15.3.2009). Approached from the NE along the Cotswold Way from Cranham Corner. This is a great hillfort, although it has a golf-course right in the middle of it. The setting is terrific, as the ground slopes away in every direction from the hillfort, especially sharply to the north and west. It was very busy there today, with golfers, walkers, cyclists and family parties enjoying the weather. Views are terrific, right across the whole of West Gloucestershire, to the south Haresfield Camp, the Severn Estuary to the SW, May Hill and Hay Bluff, to the NE the Malverns, then over the Vale of Gloucester with the cathedral and Churchdown Hill, around to the north and NE the hillfort topped Bredon Hill, Nottingham Hill and Cleeve Hill. The fort is very accessible, with nearby parking.

The fort is approximately 8 acres in area, and is trully, and impressively, multi-vallate. On the north side the rampart is low as the natural scarp provides its own defence. On the south is a series of three banks enclosing deep ditches, the highest and most imposing bank being the top one - you really wouldn't want to be the attacker here!

From here it's a pleasant stroll along the Cotswold Way (easy walking) down into the lovely village of Painswick, where there are several nice pubs and a few shops.

The photos of the banks and ditches are dedicated to Rhiannon (yes, it's another ditch).
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
15th March 2009ce
Edited 15th March 2009ce

Comments (2)

They are lovely ditches.

It's been very good ditch visiting weather.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
16th March 2009ce
Glad you like them (all my own work, you know).

thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
16th March 2009ce
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