Merbach Hill

Overview
A spectacularly positioned Common extending to 66 hectares, rising to 318 m altitude (trig point at SO 304447) and situated up above the Wye valley, with glorious views to Hay Bluff and the Black Mountains to the south, the Welsh Hills to the west, Clee Hill to the north and the Malvern Hills to the east. The Common is mostly rough gorse, fern, scrub and grassland, and is a little haven for butterflies.

Directions, parking, access times and other facilities
Map reference: SO 310440
Sat Nav/Post Code: HR3 6DA

Vehicular access: From B4352 at Bredwardine take the turn up Pentre Lane (or from B4348 at Dorstone take the turn up Dorstone Hill) and follow signs along minor roads for Arthur’s Stone (monument). Parking on roadside verge 1.3 km north-west of the monument near a right-hand corner (SO 310440).

Access by foot: Public access along Herefordshire Trail (from parking point) or along the Wye Valley Walk between Bredwardine and Hay-on-Wye.

Other facilities: Refreshments and toilets are available at:
The Red Lion Hotel, Bredwardine: http://www.redlion-hotel.com/
The Pandy Inn, Dorstone: http://www.thepandyinn.co.uk/

Maps:
Ordnance Survey Explorer 201 & Landranger 149
OS Map View (1:25,000)

What to see:
Resident Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Linnet, Yellowhammer, Bullfinch, Marsh Tit, Raven, Buzzard and increasingly Red Kite soaring overhead.
Winter Redwing, Fieldfare and Mistle Thrush feeding on rowan and hawthorn trees.
Summer Redstart and Tree Pipit, also Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Garden Warbler and hirundines. Sparrowhawk and Goshawk (occasionally).
Spring/autumn Wheatear is a regular spring and autumn passage species.
Resources:
http://www.bredwardine-brobury.org.uk/pages/localprojects.htm – Local information including the Merbach Common Project.
http://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MjNfNDc4Ng== – A circular walk taking in Arthur Stone and Merbach Hill with spectacular views of the Hereford stretch of the River Wye as it snakes across the flood-plain.
http://wyewalker.com/e2-merbach-hill/ – A walk over Merbach Hill Common following the Herefordshire Trail and Wye Valley Walk.
Nearby sites:
Winforton, River Wye; Letton Lakes, The Sturts HWT, Kinnersley, Hergest Ridge, Bradnor Hill NT, Olchon Valley.