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The Deer Walk

Eastnor Deer Park
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5.2 miles
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A beautiful scenic walk near Ledbury, with a couple of strenuous hills to challenge your fitness. Boots or wellies are recommended for the off-path sections.

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This walk starts in the Eastnor Deer Park, it's a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and home to a herd of red deer. Within the park you'll find the Somers Obelisk, a monument which can be seen for miles around. It's then on to Midsummer Hill which is situated in the Malvern Hills - it's a bit of a climb, but well worth the views. On your return, take in the magical view of Eastnor Castle, a 19th-century mock castle which was built between 1811-1820.

Total elevation gain: 332m

Route Guide

Starting at the car park opposite, Eastnor CE Primary School, follow the ridgeway path around, walking down the hill to a bridge passing undisturbed lakes on either side. It's then a long sloping hill stretch to the top of a hill where you will find Somer Obelisk and usually a lot of sheep! The obelisk is a monument to various distinguished members of the Somers Cocks family. Keep a good lookout for the red deer. 

Then it's a long downwards walk past Castle Copse Cottage and Brewer's Cottage, until you meet the end gate with another car park, this is not the end! Enter the second gate on the left to head up a steep green hill, through Hollybush Quarry, keep going until you reach the top viewpoint at Midsummer Hill. Loop round to reach the path you started on to head back to the starting point, passing the Somer Obelisk again and this time enjoying a lovely decline as you head to the lakes. Keep an eye open for Eastnor Castle on your left. Then tuck into a roast at The Feathers or The Farmers Arms.

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