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Shilling Guide Trip

Darren Howard

During the building of my Pembleton I had lot's of help from comments on the forum and especially local builder / owners Dave Parr and Mick Thompson, who would often call round with advice and guidance. As things were coming together in finishing my build, Mick suggested that we could do with a reason that would get us out driving. As luck would have it around that time there was a TV show that had an item about the Shilling Guide series from the 1960's. I thought that we could use the old road guides as routes for day trips, I found a copy of No 16: Hereford and Radnorshire and suggested the idea on the forum. Duncan Grimmond has got a copy for the Yorkshire area, hopefully others can turn up the guides for their areas so we can all share in the fun through the ePAG with their trip reports.

Shilling Guide Trip 1 Report

Worcester - Malvern - Whych Cutting - British Camp - Ledbury - Much Marcle

OS 1:50 000 maps
  • No 149 Hereford and Leominster
  • No 150 Worcester and The Malverns
Time: 3 hours Route Card from M5 J7
Location Grid Reference Road Notes
M5 J7 878, 523 A44 To Worcester City Centre, at the ring road go over the Bridge past Worcester Cricket Club
St Johns 843, 546 A449 Turn off A44 onto A449 to Malvern.
Great Malvern 775, 452 B4218 Turn off the A449 onto B4218, direction Colwall
Wyche Cutting 769, 438 B4232 Drive along the Malvern Hills towards British Camp.
British Camp 762, 404 A449 See guide for comments.
Ledbury 711, 376 A449 Go around the ring road, follow signs for Ross.
Much Marcle 658, 328 B4024 See guide for comments.
Ledbury 713, 377 B4216 See guide for comments.
Return back to Worcester by return route or bypass the city centre by A4440 for a quicker route

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Sunday 21st September 2008 A warm and sunny day, which was such a rarity for the wettest summer on record, but the weather report, was set fair and I called Mick and Dave to see if they were free for an afternoon drive out. Dave made a few calls and I posted an item on the forum to let everyone we could know our plans. The 'intrepid duo' me and my co-builder, ready for our first Pembleton outing:

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We were visiting set out to visit some of the places listed in the Shilling guide. We met at my home near Worcester and set off to arrive at British Camp between 3 - 3.30 pm. The picture above is heading towards Worcester city.

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The obligatory traffic around Worcester did not let us down but at least there was the photo opportunity The Malvern hills are in the distance as we passed through Malvern Link

The drive from Wyche Cutting along the Western side of the Malvern hills was a fantastic road which had great views of Hereford on such a clear day, which we all enjoyed so much driving along that we didn't get any pictures. When we got to British Camp we met up with Mike Fellows. The four Pembletons caused a real stir with many comments and people taking pictures of us. We had a drink from the café and then set off to Much Marcle following Mike via Ledbury. The picture below is us leaving the carpark.

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The Shilling guide has this entry for British Camp:

"Here, on the county border, the Malvern Hills reach 1.114 ft above sea level, and there is an extensive ancient British Camp covering 44 acres. The citadel, about 50 yards in circumference, consists of a thick stone wall covered with earth and defended by a ditch."

When we pulled off the A449 at Much Marcle we got out the guide and another photo opportunity, then set off to see the church which has the most fantastic yew tree that is so big it has a seat inside it's trunk. The guide states:

"Peaceful village near Gloucestershire border, with a 13th - 15th cent. Church rich in interesting monuments, and two fine old houses: Helens, a manorial house began in 1292 and with a dovecot dated 1641 and Homme House, shown by appointment only."
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After walking around the church and finding the tree above, we had a chat and decided that we would start our return journey back to Worcester.

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We took a slightly different route so we passed through Ledbury rather than just around it. Ledbury appears in the guide, stating:

"Ledbury. Old Town on the western slopes of the Malvern hills. The 17th cent. Market house is still supported by its original oak posts. Beside it a narrow lane bordered with timbered buildings leads to the large church with its detached tower and tall spire. Ledbury is the birthplace of John Maesfield; Elizabeth Barrett Browning's father is buried in the church."

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Our return was along the more direct A449 straight to Worcester where we all split of on our separate ways home. The total trip was about 3 hours and covered some truly beautiful Worcestershire and Herefordshire countryside. I hope to meet up again soon for our next trip, maybe to Hereford - wherever we go we will let you know.

Regards Darren Howard

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