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Bredon Hill

5 miles (7.5 km)

Climb to the 299m (981ft) summit of this hill in the Cotswolds and enjoy fine views over the surrounding countryside. The walk starts from the Worcestershire village of Overbury and climbs to Bredon Hill on good footpaths, passing woodland and streams on the way. At the summit you will find the Iron Age Hill Fort of Kemerton Camp and a small stone tower known as Parsons Folly or Banbury Stone Tower. There's also Romanearthworks and several ancient standing stones.
The hill is also a nature reserve so there is a wide variety of flora and fauna to look out for. This includes wild thyme, common rock rose, pyramidal orchid and dwarf thistle. These attract butterflies such as marbled white, brown argus and dingy skipper.
Bredonhill is mentioned in a poem ofA. E. Housman's anthologyA Shropshire Lad: 'In summertime on Bredon, The bells they sound so clear, Round both the shires they ring them, In steeples far and near, A happy noise to hear.'
The whole of this circular walk is more suited for walkers as it uses some public footpaths but much of it uses bridleways which cyclists can also use.
The Wychavon Way long distance footpath passes close to the hill so you could pick this up to extend your walking. An alternative route to the hill would be to follow the Wychavon Way from the nearby village of Ashton under Hill. You could also climb to the hill from the village of Elmley Castle. Country lanes and footpaths will take you past Comberton Wood and Castle Hill to Bredon Hill.

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Photos

Parson's Folly on Bredon Hill - geograph.org.uk - 301495

Parson's Folly on Bredon Hill. Built so that the top of the tower was to be exactly 1,000 feet above "sea level". As can be seen the tower is used as a communications building. A satellite dish adorns the north face and a second is planned.

Holcomb Nap, Bredon Hill - geograph.org.uk - 759543

Holcomb Nap, Bredon Hill. Holcomb Nap viewed from the Wychavon Way above Ashton-under-Hill. The trig point can be seen in the middle of a field in front of the wood.

Bridleway on Bredon Hill - geograph.org.uk - 524994

Bridleway on Bredon Hill. This bridleway forms path of the Wychavon Way, a 40 miles LDP from Holt Fleet near Ombersley to Winchcombe.

Track up Bredon Hill - geograph.org.uk - 301079

Track up Bredon Hill. Gentle climb up from where the road from Westmancote turns into a farm track. The wide flat area ahead showed no signs of occupation. It may be natural.

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GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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