Snowdon Prep: Cleeve Hill Circular, Gloucestershire

If you’re a follower of my blog, you’ll know that my two friends – Jodie and Nikki – and I meet up regularly for cake dates and catch ups. Every time we do, we talk about getting fitter but never actually do anything about it. Until now… We’ve decided to hike up Mount Snowdon next year! And we’ve made it our mission to get ready for it by doing a series of hill climbs and long walks; starting with the Cleeve Hill Circular in Gloucestershire!

I have climbed Mount Snowdon before, but felt unfit and it was difficult, albeit not impossible. This time though, I want to be fitter and the girls did too. Cleeve Hill, near Cheltenham, seemed like a good a place as any to start.

Following the National Trail’s Cleeve Hill Circular route, we set off on the 6 mile trek from the Golf Club.

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Autumn was definitely starting to show more and more, with lots of oranges and yellows dappling the hedgerows.

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Whilst walking past a wall with the eerie door (pictured above), we stumbled across a natural spring and a well that housed it. Finding random things like this always makes a walk more interesting!

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After crossing fields and meeting the most inquisitve cow, we came to a cute bridge over a stream. This was then followed by a beautiful trek through the woods.

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Unbeknownst to us, this then led to a series of steep very steep inclines snaking through more woodland. Nikki – a woman on a mission – powered up the slopes, whereas Jodie and I took the more cautious slow route. But we made it to the top in one piece. I also don’t think any of us had been so pleased to see a flat field!!

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We then rambled over to Cleeve Common, which overlooked Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds in all it’s glory.

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In all fairness to us, we did pretty well; although we all agreed we may need to do a few more preparation walks!

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We reached the cars feeling proud and happily worked out, so headed back to mine for a girly night and well-deserved Sangria.

All in all it was great day and first walk for us. Bring on the next one!

P I N  F O R  L A T E R . . .

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