Bredon Hill

About the Area

Bredon Hill is a prominent hill (981ft above sea level) rising in the South-West corner of the Vale of Evesham and geographically part of the Cotswolds. It lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Hill is surrounded by many peaceful and attractive villages.

Bredon Hill is approximately 10 miles from Broadway and the summit of the Hill is in the parish of Kemerton. A.E. Houseman, the poet, summed up the whole area when he wrote in his book “The Shropshire Lad” – “In summertime on Bredon Hill. The bells they sound so clear. Round both the shires they ring them. In steeples far and near. A happy noise to hear…….” The Hill is covered in woods on its Eastern edge full of bluebells and wild garlic in the spring – a must for walkers.

The architecture changes in the villages around Bredon Hill to include timber framed houses and thatched cottages, many with delightful gardens. The villages in the area include Great Comberton, Little Comberton, Elmley Castle, Ashton under Hill, Beckford, Conderton, Overbury, Kemerton, Westmancote, Bredon and Bredon’s Norton.

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Distances based from Elmley Castle

M5 Motorway – 13 miles

Birmingham Airport – 59 miles

Pershore Railway Station – 6 miles
Evesham Railway Station – 6 miles

Ashton Under Hill

Ashton under Hill is located at the eastern end of the prominent Bredon Hill (1,000ft), and is a magnet for walkers and cyclists. The village with a population of 747 is eight miles from Broadway, six miles from Evesham, eight miles from Pershore and nine miles to Winchcombe.

A quintessential English village with black and white and Cotswold stone thatched cottages, red brick houses and farm buildings. The village is the birthplace of the famous farmer and author Fred Archer. In earlier times the village was celebrated for its orchards and market gardens.

The Norman Church of St. Barbara’s is central to the village. There is a cricket club and tennis courts. There are two schools, Ashton under Hill First School and the Bredon Hill Academy. The Star Inn is the local hostelry. The village has an annual fete and barn dance and an open garden scheme.

Walking up Bredon Hill to its western edge is a two-hour walk to Parsons Folly built on the remains of an Iron Age Fort.

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