Midsummer Hill

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Midsummer Hill
View N from western peak of Ragged Stone Hill - geograph.org.uk - 35228.jpg
Midsummer Hill from Ragged Stone Hill
Elevation 284 m (932 ft)
Location
Location Malvern Hills, England
OS grid SO760375
Topo map OS Landranger 150
Geology
Type Igneous, Metamorphic
Age of rock Pre-Cambrian
Climbing
Easiest route Hiking

Midsummer Hill is situated in the range of Malvern Hills that runs approximately 13 kilometres (8 mi) north-south along the Herefordshire-Worcestershire border. It lies to the south of Herefordshire Beacon with views to Eastnor Castle.[1] It has an elevation of 284 metres (932 ft).

It is the site of an Iron Age hill fort which spans Midsummer Hill and Hollybush Hill. The hillfort is protected as a Scheduled Ancient Monument and is owned by Natural England. It can be accessed via a footpath which leads south from the car park at British Camp on the A449 or a footpath which heads north from the car park in Hollybush on the A438.[2]

North gate, Midsummer Hill

Midsummer Hill Camp[edit]

The hillfort is very unusual in that the ramparts enclose two hills and the intervening valley. Bowden speculates that the spring within the valley "enhance[s] the position of the hillfort as a site of symbolic value".[3]

Pillow Mound, Hollybush Hill

The rampart and ditch were built around 390 BC and it is thought that the settlement was occupied by 1500 people until it was destroyed by fire in AD 48.[2]

Midsummer Hill in cultural life[edit]

In The Ley Hunter's Companion Paul Devereux theorised that a 10 mile alignment he called the "Malvern Ley" passed through St Ann's Well, the Wyche Cutting, a section of the Shire Ditch, Midsummer Hill, Whiteleaved Oak, Redmarley D'Abitot and Pauntley.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smart, Mike (2009). Malvern Hills. Frances Lincoln Ltd. p. 19. ISBN 0-7112-2915-5. 
  2. ^ a b Children, George; Nash, George (1994). Prehistoric Sites of Herefordshire. Logaston Press. ISBN 1-873827-09-1. 
  3. ^ Bowden, Mark; Field, David; Winton, Helen (2005). The Malvern Hills: an ancient landscape. English Heritage. ISBN 1-873592-82-5. 
  4. ^ Devereaux, Paul; Thomson, Ian (1979). The ley hunter's companion: aligned ancient sites : a new study with field guide and maps. Thames and Hudson. p. 154. ISBN 0-500-01208-3. 

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Coordinates: 52°02′07″N 2°21′02″W / 52.0353°N 2.3505°W / 52.0353; -2.3505