Bredon Hill’s Steep and Dangerous Path

On several occasions this year I’ve been up and down a short stretch of public footpath on Bredon Hill that some hikers would find to be very dangerous. Every other path on Bredon Hill is benign. The photo and map segment below show its location on the public footpath up from Great Comberton. Only the last 100 yards leading to the top of the hill is dangerous. It is very steep, has very poor footing in the dry and is even worse in the wet. The occasional handholds on the adjacent fence are very unreliable, sharp and barbed. Going down is particularly dangerous.

Before hiking this short path with a group, either up or down, be sure that everyone in your group is confident, competent and capable of making it. There’s every chance that, on being confronted with the prospect, one or more members will choose not to attempt it; in which case you’ll have revise your hike plan by splitting the group or by backtracking and taking a different route. The shortest alternative public footpath to this very steep and dangerous 100 yard slope is about 6 km or 4 miles! If you’re walking alone, be aware that if you fall and get stuck, you’ll be out of sight – and not many other walkers pass this way!

It’s far steeper than it looks …
Hopefully the OS won’t jump on me for using this map segment.

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