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Wild and open landmark crowned with a distinctive row of pine trees

The summit and surrounding area of May Hill consists of a wide expanse of open grassland, bracken and gorse with boggy areas and pools. The hill is capped by a clump of pine trees (not NT), planted in 1887 to commemorate the golden jubilee of Queen Victoria. It is now the location of annual May Day celebrations.

May Hill Common covers 30 hectares of common land acquired by the National Trust in 1988. This attractive area of bracken and developing trees (mainly birch, oak and crab apple) is still grazed by the commoners' ponies, pigs and occasionally sheep. There are beautiful views to the north and west across Herefordshire.

Take a short walk to the summit

Enjoy this short, but exhilariting, 1 mile (1.6km) walk to the summit of May Hill where you'll be rewarded with extensive views.

A long walk via the woodlands

If you're up for a slightly longer walk then this 3 mile (5km) walk's for you. Starting at May Hill Common, you'll head up to the summit before returning via the woodlands of the Huntley Estate.

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