Geocaches - 2
Walk from - Julie Royle's Worcestershire Walks
Pub and Pint - Thwaites Lancaster Bomber at the Bell, Eckington
Some argue that the best walking in Worcestershire is found on the Malvern Hills. They are wrong. The finest walking is on Bredon Hill, where the views are even finer - mainly because the Malvern Hills are in them.
And its not as steep. Which is another bonus.
I start my ascent from a Eckington - a previously unvisited Worcestershire village. I like it already as google maps revealed it has two pubs. One of which, the Bell, I make my starting point.
Or should I say finishing point.
Head off through the Churchyard and pick up countryside for one of my favourite types of path - a clear avenue through a wheat field.
|Eyes on the Prize - Bredon Hill Ahead|
This route takes me through a deer park and past Wollas Farm, gently gaining height and taking advantage of a strategically placed bench to take photos.
|Half Way Point of the Ascent|
|My Favourite View in Worcestershire|
A walk across the ramparts to find the "mountaineer's path" for my way down off the hill.
I'm not sure the picture does justice to the steepness.
|Steep Way Down|
I can only warn them of what they are up against but they seem game enough.
Onwards I go, passing through Great Comberton and picking up a delightful path (part of the Shakespeare's Way) that takes me down to the River Avon.
Nafford Weir, another unvisited place, offers the chance to get across the Avon and the 2nd cache of the day.
|Nafford Weir on the River Avon|
|Dodging a Soaking|
Eckington Bridge, a listed "ancient monument", is used to cross back over the Avon and then some road walking back into the village.
|Eckington Bridge c1720|
I had no intention of doing either until I read the sign.
|Quite pleased with my parking there|
Bredon Hill remains my favourite place to walk in Worcestershire and once again, I have found a new route up it.