GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Elmley Castle Walks

7 miles (11.2 km)

This little village is generally agreed to be one of the prettiest in Worcestershire. With delightul little cottages, a village pond and an old church dating from the 12th century, it's a typical picture postcard English village.
This circular walk from Elmley takes you to Bredon Hill and the Banbury Stone Tower. The walk starts in the village and follows footpaths south east to join with the Wychavon Way. This long distance trail will take you south west past the deer park and the site of the old castle after which the village is named. Continue past Fillder's Knap and you can pick up bridleways leading towards Bredon Hill. The hill summit stands at a height of 299m (981ft), providing wonderful views over the Cotswold Hills. It's also a historically significant area with the Iron Age Hill Fort of Kemerton Camp and a small stone tower known as Parsons Folly or Banbury Stone Tower.
The route rounds the hill, passing the neighbouring village of Overbury before descending past Comberton Wood and Windmill Hill to Elmley.

Elmley Castle OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Elmley Castle Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Back in the village head to Queen Elizabeth Inn for some post walk refreshments. 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.

The hills, farmland and woods are ideal for dog walking. The Queen Elizabeth Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Just a few miles north west you will find the worthy market town of Pershore. Here you can try the Pershore Walk and visit another local historical highlight at Pershore Abbey. The route also visits the peaceful woodland at Tiddesley Wood.
Also nearby is the impressive mansion and grounds at Croome Court and the lovely Evesham Country Park.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cotswolds Walks and Worcestershire Walks pages.

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Photos

Elmley Castle - geograph.org.uk - 852017

The picturesque main street in the centre of the village of Elmley Castle, the building on the left is the Queen's Head which is currently closed and for sale.

Site of Elmley Castle - geograph.org.uk - 759488

Site of Elmley Castle. The village takes its name from a castle which once stood on high ground above the present village. Viewed here from the northern slopes of Bredon Hill all that remains are earthworks which are clearly visible here. The castle was built by Robert le Despenser in the late 11th century and was for a time the principal seat of the Beauchamps. By the late 15th century the castle had been demolished.

Pond at Elmley Castle - geograph.org.uk - 850258

Pond at Elmley Castle. A pair of Canada geese and three goslings on a pond near the village church.

Elmley Castle Church - geograph.org.uk - 728618

Elmley Castle church is dedicated to St Mary. Parts of the nave with herring-bone masonry probably date from around 1100. The tower is later, dating from the 13th century. Inside the church there are monuments to the Savage family and also the First Earl of Coventry from Croome Court. The memorial was intended for Croome church but due to a family dispute it ended up in Elmley Castle church.

Bredon Hill - geograph.org.uk - 52743

Slopes of Bredon Hill in the evening light, St Catherine's Farm can been seen on the hillside.

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

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

The 'Elizabeth Queen of England', Elmley Castle, Worcestershire - geograph.org.uk - 893810

The 'Elizabeth Queen of England inn. According to legend, the eponymous monarch either visited or stayed in the house on 20 August 1573.

Sundial, Elmley Castle - geograph.org.uk - 852021

Sundial, in the church

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