WALK | Finding Perspective on Bredon Hill | Worcestershire
A Walk Up Bredon Hill From Overbury
Take a walk up Bredon Hill from Overbury in Worcestershire
Follow one of the routes which amble up as the sides of this famous hill
Be inspired like one of the lyrical masters of another time who saw inspiration and enthusiastic energy in the landscape of this limestone corner of Bredon Hill
"... the marvellous space and time of this open landscape up this wonderful hill..."
Bredon Hill doesn’t look much but its ever-present lozenge is a geographical marker in this corner of southwest Worcestershire. It doesn’t get as much noise as its neighbouring Malvern Hills but Bredon Hill lies with a ring of pretty villages at its base like Overbury and Elmley Castle and its tiptoes in the River Avon.
But Bredon Hill is just one of those lovely hills that must be climbed. With views on every side and access from many parts – up and over, or up and around. Choose your route and choose a path.
This walk builds from Overbury with its limestone cottages and Cotswold walls. Seemingly up and up again on gradually ascending paths and as you advance the neighbouring views which begin as gentle fields and sporadic trees transition to majestic ear-to-ear views across the river valley below you. This is where the time should be taken to dawdle and stand, to lean and peruse. For as the hill rises as do you until upon reaching the top where the ancient iron age hill fort can be seen and the more recent 18th century Parsons Folly tower.
Writers and painters, musicians and everybody-else have been inspired for this mere hillock on the landscape of mountains but in a way Bredon Hill is more approachable, friendlier and more inclined to socialised walking than other grander hills and peaks. But it still tops near 1000 feet.
As with all paths, you can go down the way you came down. Or indeed follow footpaths using a handy OS map or GPS device. Come down in Conderton. Follow it across the top. Or head back down to Overbury. All find a pleasant descent through hedge-lined tracks or grassy fields.
And whilst Housman or Masefield, Gurney or Vaughan-Williams might have had readier access to lyrics, similes, melodies or rhymes, we might just have our few words to say about this hill. Beautiful day.
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