The CWA Trustees are delighted to report that HF Holidays have agreed to fully fund a major accessibility project on Leckhampton Hill. To quote from HF’s response to the CWA’s application to its Pathway Fund:
‘Were particularly encouraged by the opportunity that this project allows us to support our strategic goal of driving sustainability and that this project will allow walkers, families and disabled users to have access coupled with the opportunity to recover damage to the SSSI area of the Leckhampton Hill escarpment area of outstanding natural beauty’.
The background is that, on the Cotswold Way on Leckhampton Hill (SO 9523 1850), there’s a gate with extremely rough stony ground either side. The west side is barely passable by a disabled outdoor mobility scooter or pushchair. The east side is NOT passable at all. A flat area to the side of the path is being used to bypass the gate, but is damaging the SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) in the process.
The completed project will allow ALL users (walkers, families and disabled users) to have access to the majority of the Leckhampton Hill escarpment. Essentially it will involve re-ramping, smoothing and grading a 2-3 metre wide path on both sides of the gates. The work will involve some 150 tonnes of limestone dust and Cotswold stone and is expected to cost £7,500. It’s hoped to start the work in September, which will in accordance with Cheltenham Borough Council and Gloucestershire Public Rights of Way Office specifications.
The HF Pathways Fund has, for many years, provided assisted holidays to those who could not otherwise afford one. In addition, since 1998, the fund has helped to protect and improve the countryside where HF Holidays’ guests walk. This is achieved through generous donations from HF Holidays’ members and guests. HF Holidays offers guided walking holidays along the Cotswold Way from Harrington House at Bourton on the Water.
Here is a Mark Richards’ pen & ink drawing of the Devil’s Chimney that’s one of Leckhampton Hill’s outstanding features.