Walk 5 Westmancote

Walk 5 To the top of Bredon Hill from Westmancote

Start Point Westmancote
Type Circular
Distance 7 Kms – Some moderate climbs

 

Drive carefully to the top of the village of Westmancote. After 1km the road forks, take the right fork for about 150mtrs there are 3-4 car parking spaces on the side of the road with a the ability to turn the car around.[1] if unlucky you may have to park further down in the village below the last row of houses.

The walk starts where the road becomes a track, climb up the hill for about 250 meters, at the barrier, take the left hand track and continue to climb.  After another 250mtrs go through a gate taking a sharp left then right turn.  Below you off to the left, 10m into the woods you can see the King and Queen Stones [2], these ancient standing stones boast healing powers if you pass between them. Continue your walk, up the hill, climbing steadily for approximately 500 mtrs pass through a gate and bear right into a field and follow a wall on your right for about 300mtrs . The exit from this field through a gate and after 200 mtrs turn right through a further gate, into a small beech hanger.  The views on a clear day of the Malvern hills on your left as you climb are worth a stop.

Follow the path and walk through the woods, exiting through a gate and through the next field again following the line of the wall until you reach another gate.  This brings you into the Tower enclosure, walk forward until you reach the Tower and the Banbury Stone or Elephant Stone, this is the furthest point of your walk.[3]The tower,called Parsons Folly (or the Banbury Stone Tower) was built in the mid-18th century for John Parsons, MP (1732–1805), squire of Kemerton Court and intended as a summer house, from which a more extensive view of the surrounding countryside could be seen.

Elephant Stone on Bredon Hill

Elephant Stone

Bredon Hill Walk from Westmancote

Westmancote Walk 5

Returning back to the edge of the enclosure, don,t pass through the gate but turn left and keeping the fence line on your right hand side, follow the edge of the field until you reach a gate, pass through this gate and carry on for about 240mtrs

Turn right and follow a bridal way downhill, passing through another gate. A path will join from the left, ignore this and continue for about 250mtrs until you reach a path joining you from the right.  Take this right hand path, going across the hill passing a large stone barn with a dovecote built into the eaves. [4} Stay on the track , bearing left and pass through a gate and continue along the path.  Reaching another gate pass through into pasture, keeping straight ahead, dipping slightly across the field, following an old hedge line.  Soon you will reach a stile into trees.  Keep following the track until you rejoin the track at the barrier point and descend back down to Westmancote.