July 14, 2004

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)

Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service. Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.

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.

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  1. Steven Carpenter

    Apparently the 'deliberate error' rumour is widely believed to be true – this was apparently how OS caught the AA plagiarising their maps in 2001 – they settled out of court for over £20M!

    18 Jul 2004, 22:10

  2. ben

    i live on bredan hill and it is a sweet riding place me and my freinds have found so many tracks you bomb it down they ROCK :)

    27 Jul 2006, 08:27

  3. Ian Banks

    I went down the bredon hill runs today and they are amazing! , Compared it to my weekend run in windermere – long old Incline though – Phew!

    06 Oct 2007, 18:59


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