Biking round Bredon Hill
18 miles of fun and entertainment. Surprisingly hilly – the top of Bredon is nearly 300 meters, and this route ascends it 3 times. Some of the descents are superb – the first drop down from Banbury Stone to Lower Westmancote, and the final, filling-loosening descent down Even Hill, in particular. Hardtail riders beware of the big (rideable, but exciting) drop-off on this one!
(Warning: The full-size map is 6 MB)
Sections of this route (or the whole thing, if you're fitter than me!) would make a nice walk, too. The earthworks (remains of an old hill-fort) on the very top are interesting, if you like that kind of thing. If you don't like that kind of thing, just try riding your bike down them instead :-)The OS map also features a confusing typo – at the top of the hill two spot heights are given on the same contour, one at 294 and one at 229 meters! (the second one should in fact be 292). Rumour has it that OS put little inaccuracies like this in to spot forgeries, but in fact I suspect that this one is a genuine mistake.