Herefordshire Beacon

Colwall, Malvern, Here & Worc


NGRef: SO764400
OSMap: LR150
Sitetype: IAf

Iron-Age Hillfort

A large contour fort, with superb views over a wide area. The fort was occupied in two phases:

  1. The first hillfort enclosed the very top of the hill. Defenses consisted of a single bank and ditch, with a counterscarp and entrance on the north-east; there was another gateway on the south-west. This phase was built in the 3rd century BC and enclosed 8 acres (3.2ha).
  2. Some time during the 1st century BC the entire ridge was defended by a single rampart and ditch with a continuous counterscarp enclosing 32 acres (13ha). This huge fort was accessed by four entrances on the north-east and south-east and also to the east and west.

Many hut-circles are visible inside the defences of the fort.