GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

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 circular walk to the hill is to follow the Wychavon Way from the nearby village of Ashton Under Hill before visiting nearby Elmley Castle.

Bredon Hill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Bredon Hill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

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 ofPershore. 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.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

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.

The Banbury Stone, Bredon Hill - geograph.org.uk - 1336449

The Banbury Stone. The distinctive stone is located in a hollow below Parsons Folly near the summit of the hill. This stone is also known as the 'Elephant Stone' and seen here in evening sun the resemblence to an elephant is quite remarkable.

Toposcope on Bredon Hill - geograph.org.uk - 300626

A group of walker investigate the Toposcope on top of the hill. The toposcope plate is inscribed "THE RAMBLERS 1935 - 1995". In the distance is Parsons Folly. Lots of towns marked and the main hills etched on the disc are (clockwise from north with distances in miles) Meon Hill 14, Broadway Tower 10, Cleeve Hill 9, May Hill 21, Skirrid Fawr 42, Sugar Loaf 49, Brecknock Beacon 60, Midsummer Hill 12, Herefordshire Beacon 13, Worcestershire Beacon 12, Clee Hill 33, Clent Hill 25.

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