If you have ever walked up on the Leckhampton Hill area and looked out over the landscapes surrounding it you will have appreciated the vast landscapes and views that can be appreciated from this location. It is a place that attracts many people who have used Gloucester Estate Agents to find their perfect home in the area, to enjoy some evening and weekend walking. Gloucester Estate Agents TGRES can help you find the perfect property if you are looking to move into the Gloucester or wider areas.
Leckhampton Hill is located on the edge of Cheltenham with beautiful views of both Leckhampton and Charlton Kings and is a popular venue for walkers, cyclists, runners, dog owners and those who appreciate the beauty of our local landscapes. In order to ensure that public access to the hill remains in place it has been owned by the Cheltenham Borough Council since 1927. It has also been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the number of rare geological features as well as rare animals and plants that have been found on the Leckhampton hill.
The site itself covers an amazing 165 acres and you can spend hours on end exploring this vast area where you will hopefully come across some of the plant varieties that make this area a SSSI. The rocks that are found in the area consist of Jurassic limestone and this continue across the entire escarpment of the Cotswolds. In these rocks numerous fossils have been discovered which helps to give us an indication of the animal and plant life that was around during this time period.
Down on the grassland areas you can see the impact that centuries of animal grazing has had not only on the land formation but also on the plants that grow in that region. Wildflowers in particular grow on areas where cattle graze and plants such as Rock Rose and Wild Thyme can be seen in abundance in the grassland.
As the area has such a huge variety of habitats from the grassland areas through to the rocky quarry spaces there are a large number of different insects as well as other mammals and reptiles that can be seen in the Leckhampton area. There have been a total of 33 different butterfly species recorded as well as Wood MIce, Roe Deer and also Slow Worms and Common Lizards. These insects, small mammals and reptiles then in turn bring in birds to the area that include Buzzards, Kestrels and Sparrowhawks.