Climb to the 299 m (981 ft) 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 Roman earthworks 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.
Bredon hill is mentioned in a poem of A. E. Housman's anthology A 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.
Bredon Hill Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Bredon Hill Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Bredon Hill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Bredon Hill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Head into Elmley Castle and there's a historic pub to visit in the shape of the Queen Elizabeth Inn . It's a pub of some note, dating from the 16th century and named after the famous monarch who is reputed to have stayed there. According to local legend Elizabeth I was presented with a hat on her arrival in the village on the road from the nearby town of Pershore. It is thought the Queen and her entourage stayed for two nights as guests of William Savage. They have a lovely interior with timber beams, an original flagstone floor and a roaring log fire in the winter. Outside there's a patio and a small garden area for warmer days. They do high quality food and can be found at Main Street with a postcode of WR10 3HS for your sat navs.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The hill can also be reached from the north from the village of Elmley Castle. Country lanes and footpaths will take you past Comberton Wood and Castle Hill to Bredon Hill with more details on the Elmley Castle Walk page. The village itself is well worth a vist too. It's one of the prettiest in the county and includes delightul old cottages, a village pond and an historic church dating from the 12th century.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cotswolds Walks and Worcestershire Walks pages.