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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, panoramic views from the top of the hill encompassing the Malvern Hills, the Cotswold HIlls, the Severn Vale, the Forest of Dean, Herefordshire and the Black Mountains beyond.

Family walks © NTPL / John Millar

Family walks

Celebrate May Hill

2015 marks one hundred years since Edward Thomas was inspired to begin his poem 'Words' while sitting on May Hill. We're celebrating this beautiful, treasured landmark and the creations it has inspired over the years on Saturday 13 June, 10 - 4 at May Hill Village Hall. 

From the work of the famous Dymock Poets, to local art work, photography, writing, crafts, food and drink. It will be a family day out with the judging of our poetry competition, art displays, children's activities, stalls from local artists and businesses, guided walks up May Hill by our rangers and much more. 

For more information contact Jean Hume on 01452 814 213. 

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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