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Bredon Hill & Elmley castle walk.

Distance: 10.5
Difficulty : Moderate to Hard (lots of hills)
Pathways: Good footpaths
OS maps : OL45


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Another walk just inside the Cotswolds starting from the small village of Elmley Castle in the county of Worcestershire. The walk was around and to the summit of Bredon Hill and for views turned out to be one of the best walks we have done. You will see rolling countryside and also views for miles covering the Malvern Hills, the Forrest of Dean, Skirrid Fawr in the Brecon beacons, and overlooking Birmingham, way out in the distance. This was a walk that was published by the AA and I marked it as hard due to the Elevation gain getting up Bredon Hill. We started the walk from a little car park we found in Elmley Castle, which is at the bottom of castle hill. We headed west following the contours of the hill until we reached the village of Great Comberton with small little streets and lovely stone buildings, to the west of the village you will find the river Avon. After a gradual climb you will pass the 17th Century Woollas Hall and the surrounding outbuildings & Cottages that surround the Grand house dated 1611, we can’t find much information about it however I think its been done up as individual apartments.

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Banbury Tower
Banbury Stone Tower.

The summit of the walk stands at 299 meters and offered some of the best view we have had on a walk, the large folly was built in the mid-18th century for John Parsons, MP (1732–1805), squire of
Kemerton Court and intended as a summer house. At the summit of the hill, there are the remains of earthworks from an Iron Age hill fort known as Kemerton Camp, which is believed to have been abandoned in the 1st century A.D. after a considerable battle. Also take a look at the massive Banbury Stone that lays within the earthworks, there are loads of old tales and mystic folklore surrounding this rock . Another pair of stones below the summit are known as the King and Queen Stones. Local legend tells that if you pass between them you will be cured of illness, this is twaddle as my knee is still hurting, so there you go !!.

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Castle Hill

You soon walk around the earthwork of castle Hill - the following from Wikipedia . The ruins of this important Norman and medieval castle are located on the flanks of Bredon Hill, 1 km to the south of the village to which it gives its name. The castle is supposed to have been built for Robert 'le Despenser' d'Abetot,[1] Steward to William Rufus in the years following the death of William the Conqueror. Robert died childless (c 1098) and his sole heir was his brother Urse d'Abetot. Elmley Castle descended through those heirs to the powerful Beauchamp family with the marriage of Urse's daughter Emmeline d'Abetot, to Walter de Beauchamp, later called Walter of Elmley Castle. It remained the Beauchamp demense until William de Beauchamp inherited the earldom and castle of Warwick from his maternal uncle, William Maudit, 8th Earl of Warwick, in 1268.
A great 10.5 mile hard walk this one and you will find no better walk for views along the route. If you talking your dog then keep them on a lead due to the large amount of Sheep along the route. Steep climbs along the pathways but they are all on good footpaths.


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