New Places – Aconbury Hill   14 comments


I’m always on the look out for new places for a walk especially in weather where a day in the mountains is less appealing. I use the OS Mapping software on my various devices and noticed that they can mark a range of hill lists on the map. Mostly the usual Scottish ones, Munros and  Corbetts, but they also mark Marylins, the Relative hills of Britain. As they have strict criteria of 150 feet of ascent regardless of other factors they are both numerous and in many places pretty obscure. Looking at my maps I have several local ones I’ve never done, mostly smaller wooded hills. This seems a perfect excuse to for some new walks and avoid the wild winter weather. As most of these local ones are forested I was hoping my first couple of forays would deliver some autumnal colour.


First on the list was Aconbury Hill, just outside Hereford and a mere 15 minute drive away. The hill was littered with paths and we parked up and set off into the very damp woods after a few heavy squalls of rain hoping not to get too wet.


The colours in the trees was wonderful and its a really pleasant walk up to the top of the hill, an old iron age hill fort






There are a myriad of paths around the earthworks on the top and we wandered a bit aimlessly as my OS maps seemed to struggle with the GPS signal.





Finding a view from the top was a bit of challenge due to all the trees but we did find a spot with a view over Hereford.


We forged a route down to head back to the car as we had only intended to be out for an hour or so. Showers looked like they were in the ascendency when we left home and we didn’t want to push our luck. When we emerged into the fields the weather looked ok so we decided to extend the walk.


I’m always reticent to go walking across the fields in Herefordshire. Paths are generally not well walked and you often end up semi-lost with poor signage and overgrown or blocked routes. However the succession of paths we followed were no problem if a little muddy and slick.



We dropped down to Aconbury Court and the back up through Wallbrook Wood to Merrivale Farm. This storm cloud was impressive and luckily didn’t dump a heavy shower on us.



Glorious sunlight in the green lane past the farm.


The community of Little Birch and Kings Thorn is spread over a wide area. A collection green lanes, field paths and cottages that was a delight to pick our way through.


There was plenty of late afternoon sunlight to dress the autumn leaves with bright colours.



I liked these three perfectly spaced trees along the field boundary


Smoke rising from cosy cottages




From a morning of heavy showers and low expectations sprang a really stunning and enjoyable walk full of interest and charm.


The first foray into the world of Marylins had been a resounding success.


I’ve lived in the area for 15 years now – almost exactly 15 years in fact. In all that time I’ve never given Aconbury Hill a second thought. We walked five miles in the end and were out most of the afternoon. One of the delights of the UK is that hidden gems and rewarding walks seem to be endless.


14 responses to “New Places – Aconbury Hill

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  1. I know what you mean about muddy fields, Andy! Looked very pleasant, though.


  2. Gorgeous set of photos – the autumn colours, the dramatic skies, terrific. Very English somehow. I have the ‘Relative Hills’ book – I’m pretty sure that I’ve done all of the ones around home, but you’ve prompted me to have another look.


    • Had low expectations for both the walk and weather but it really turned up trumps. Looking at the map I’m guessing you would have done most of your local ones (although there is one above the road from Greenodd to Broughton you may have missed. I have loads of new targets within an hours drive. Quite a few above the welsh valleys and out in Mid-wales and Shropshire.


  3. Wonderful you found a beautiful path close to home! Your countryside is lovely, as are the fall colors.


  4. Sensational autumn colours in gorgeous sunshine. What a marvellous walk. I totally agree with the dearth of walks at your doorstep so to speak in England. I wish ……..


    • People often comment how overcrowded the UK is when in truth there are loads of little corners like this tucked away. Always a risk of blocked paths and poor signage in lesser walked areas but this one worked out very well


  5. What a cracking area. You certainly took some superb photos of the autumn colours.


    Brenda-Dawn Linney
  6. As your photos show Andy often the Marilyns are really delightful, being lower down, visiting completely different regions of the country, and are usually lush, sheltered and packed with interesting ruins and wildlife. Easily the best set of hills I’ve done since doing my Munro round 30 years ago. Welcome to the best set of hills in the UK with the finest views. Climbed plenty of larger featureless lumps in the Highlands at all different heights but cant remember a single Marilyn I didn’t enjoy.


    • Yep, done my full share of featureless highland lumps. Some of these local one’s are pretty obscure that I would never have given a second thought to and I had two wonderful walks over this weekend. I still have plenty left in my locale as well although last weekend when the weather was so good I hit the mountains again. Posts coming over the weekend


  7. Looks like that was a very pleasant autumnal walk.


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