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Herefordshire Beacon, Great Malvern

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The Herefordshire Beacon is one of the hills of the Malvern Hills. The name Malvern of the nearby town is probably derived from the Welsh moel fryn or "bare hill".It is high, although the Victorian era inscription at the foot of the hill puts its height at. It is surrounded by a British Iron Age hill fort earthwork known as British Camp.The boundary between Herefordshire and Worcestershire is about east of the summit. It is called the Shire Ditch and it is thought to have been built over a law. It was built in two phases and the Citadel on top is known to be medieval, as a castle or a hunting lodge but it was only occupied for a very short amount of time so it is thought to be symbolic. It was thought to be originally built as a ritual site but it also had something to do with the salt industry at the time.
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  • Probably one of the more visited spots on this range of popular hills. I would think a lot of people venture here as part of a walk to see the adjacent British Camp. Either way the walk up, most do it...  more »
  • Convenient car park, good walk as far or as short as you want, a slightly still walk but not too difficult for most people  more »
  • Plenty of parking available on a pay and display basis. There's a lovely little cafe and a hotel across the road from the car park. Weather was cloudy so we didn't get treated to the available views, ...  more »

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