Overbury - Bredon Hill - Ashton under Hill

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This linear walk begins and ends in two charming villages connected by a bus route. Each has an old church well worth visiting and easily included in time available between buses. Early in the walk you pass through Overbury Park, where trees grow to their full potential unhindered by neighbours, with wildflowers and a wide variety of birds too. In the woods at the top of the park there is an under-planting of wildflowers depending on the season. The fields beyond have beetle banks to encourage wildlife and at the top of Bredon Hill is an open-access area in which is a two-ditch Iron Age fort and a stone tower commanding wonderful views which include the Severn Valley, the big curves of the River Avon, the Cotswolds with Cleeve Hill dominant, the Malvern Hills and the Welsh borders. The walk continues above the northern scarp slope, looking out over the Vale of Evesham where the Avon bends round in big curves. From below the Wychavon Way comes up to join your path along the crest and you stay with this long-distance path as you wind down through fields of sheep and hawthorn hedges to Ashton under Hill, which has one of only two churches in England dedicated to St Barbara.

England - Central England - Worcestershire - Countryside

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Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Pub, Public Transport, Wildlife, Woodland
11/09/2016 - Michael Corfield

We did this walk on a lovely sunny day in September and thoroughly enjoyed it. Parking in Overbury was not a problem, the route is well marked with footpath signs and is easy going with long gentle ascent and descent. Great views throughout - the top by the tower is a great spot for a picnic. On getting to the "end" of the walk at Ashton under Hill, we stopped for a drink at the Star Inn, then retraced through the churchyard and turned left. With a GPS containing OS map it was straightforward and very pleasant to walk back to the start point, making a final walk length of 8 miles.

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