Treasure finds, iron age forts, mysterious megaliths, holy wells and wonderful Walks – Bredon Hill has them all.
Located in the Vale of Evesham, Bredon Hill is not only beautiful but is steeped in thousands of years of history. At the summit of the hill is an Iron Age hillfort that dates back to well before the 1st century A.D. It appears that it was also the site of a great battle after which it was abandoned. In 2011 the largest hoard of roman silver coins ever found in Worcestershire was discovered near to the Hillfort. Other notable features include:
The earthworks of a once significant medieval castle. These are located next to The Dingle. Once the castle was abandoned, the stone was used to build Pershore Bridge leaving only earthen mounds to show that it ever existed.
At the summit of the hill is building known as called Parsons Folly or the Banbury Tower. It’s not very large and was built in the middle of the 18th Century as a summer house for John Parsons, the squire of Kemerton Court. The extra addition of the tower brings the height of the hill to exactly 1000ft.
There are twin megaliths from prehistoric times known as the King and Queen Stones and an unusual boulder formation known as Elephant Rock or the Banbury stone. There are a number of well-defined trails and on a clear day the views are excellent. The Elmley Castle picnic spot is particularly lovely for a bite to eat outdoors especially during the summer months It’s located just 0ff Kersoe Lane, Elmley Castle (WR10 3HS).
There are dedicated websites that offer detailed information about suggested walking routes. A couple of these are:
There are six villages surrounding Bredon Hill most of which have car parking either in designated areas or on the streets.
ADDRESS & CONTACT
Bredon’s Norton, Worcestershire, England – UK
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