Walk 1 Elmley Castle / Bredon Hill

Walk 1 To the top of Bredon Hill from Elmley Castle

Start Point: Elmley Castle
Type: Circular
Distance: 7kms – Some steep climbs

Start – Head in to the Village towards the Church and park on the main road

Walk to The Queens Public House and turn right along the side of pub . After the last house on the left (approx 200mtrs )there is a short-cut footpath across a field that cuts the corner off the 90° left hand bend. Proceed up Hill Lane towards Hill House Farm, passing many interesting properties as you go. You will eventually go up through a small wooded track and through a gate into an open field. After approx 15 mtrs the paths diverge at this point[1], take the right hand path, and follow the stony track straight ahead of you, winding up the hill until you reach a flat field in front of you, with a gate and track off to your left going on up the hill, take this left track. Follow the track which bears off to the left this is small steep section ,going through an open gate, until eventually you reach a wooded gate and grass bank junction at the entrance to a wooded area.[2]

Walk to Bredon Hill from Elmley

Elmley Walk

Go through the gate and walk up through the small woodland, going through a gate thats join a path. Crossing the path through a gate off to your left, continue climbing up the hill. After 50Mtrs you are at the summit. Carry on over, going through a hunting gate into a lovely grassy field, which heads down to Lalu Farm on your right. At the bottom of the field a five bar gate leads into Lalu farm courtyard, go through the courtyard and take an immediate left out through another 5 bar gate. [3] Turn hard right and follow a stony track towards the western end of the hill. Go through two gates which now lead you into a field, with raised grass covered earthworks and moats, keep heading west and you will reach the Tower, [4] which offers a lovely view on a clear day. The towers of the Severn Bridge to your left, Malvern hills ahead and heading towards Birmingham on your right. Off to the north of the tower is plate set in to a stone plinth giving you precise directions of what you might be able to see.

When you leave the tower, you keep the tower behind you and the stone wall on your left hand side, walk around the edge of the field, with views of  the villages of Eckington, Great & Little Comberton and Pershore Town. The Green Domed tower on Pershore Abbey is quite distinctive on your left. Pass through a 5 bar gate and continue along the ridge for about 100mtrs the path will split follow the path off to the left which will head down the hill and run along the top of a wooded area. This brings you to the cross roads of footpaths you used on the ascent. Go straight over and take the direct route back down the hill, as you descend you can view off to your right the location of where Elmley Castle once stood, as you descend you will once again meeting the more gentle path, just as you go on through the wooded , back to hill lane and return to the Queens Public House.