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Name:Shobdon Hill
Hill number:2859
Height:326m / 1070ft
RHB Section:38B: West Gloucestershire, Hereford & Worcester
County/UA:Herefordshire (CoU)
Catchment:Wye
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (300-399m), Clem
(Ma,Hu,Tu,3,Cm)
Grid ref:SO 38195 64086
Summit feature:ground by oak tree
Drop:172m
Col:154m  SO375625  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 137 148 149
(1:25k) 201N
Observations:about 15m South of track
Survey:Abney level
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 252 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Walked from Wapley Hill, via Byton. from top, descended to Uphampton, where K picked me up.IanHHill18/03/2020
Walked from Wapley Hill along the Mortimer Trail. This route is NOT recommended. Overgrown unmaintained National Route! Awful. Brambles and nettles along the whole route. Disgraceful really for an area that is trying to encourage walking tourism! Solo. Visited trig too.Dangerous Dave16/09/2019
Mortimer Trail from Wapley Hill overgrown with bracken nettles and bramblesTeasyChris13/09/2019
Walked up from FC station.Wheeler22/07/2019
With Chris and Ian. From the South.gettingonabit29/05/2019
From Byton, up past the church then onto path. You don't need to cross the field, esp. if thick and wet grass as the road/track goes round to side. Up through the trees then a tricky narrow path traverse along steeply sided slope. Potential to have plenty nettles later in summer. Joined track to high point the short excursion into the vegetation for summit. Trig seen but not visited over the grass field, Lower field is cultivated.N.Morters03/05/2019
P outside works in Byton - walked along Mortimer Trail - quite pleasant apart from noise from works.ger16/04/2019
From Byton, parking at farm. Track clear to follow but not great with some sliding down the hillside involved. Tried and failed to find a alternative path back further down the wooded hillside.squeegs17/02/2019
By Mortimer Trail from Wapley Hillprwild17/02/2019
From the church you can pick up the Mortimer Way by heading up the lane. Follow the sign to Ludlow. Not overgrown in mid December. High point didn't seem to be far off the track.Herbert Anchovy19/12/2018
Easy parking in Byton by enormous farm - can see why Mortimer trail would be overgrown in summer-just slippy today and ended up on my knees on sloping path across face of hillMark Sims05/11/2018
Parked in the roadside church car park in Byton (alt 161m), assumed that there would be no services at 6am on a Wednesday morning. Very easy walk along the Mortimer trail until level with the summit. In summer the final 26m are a challenge through bracken, gorse and brambles. 4.4km return 80 minutes.moorsman08/08/2018
Walked from Wapley Hill through Byton village. Lovely views to the west towards Wales. Summit not obvious, in amongst the bluebells and trees a few yards from the main track. 191m ascentRoguePulsar11/05/2018
2/11M parked near the furnishers good tracks to the top.robertphillips20/10/2017
From Byton Church. I visited the church so that I could count as a patron and use the car park. The Mortimer way is, indeed, overgrown, but fortunately the vegetables were dying off and it wasn't too bad. Dying vegetables were also useful for accessing the summit. I walked back more easily along the field headland, hopped a barbed wire fence and then rejoined the path.Gill12/10/2017
From Byton on the Mortimer Trail. Early evening sunshine. Path rather overgrown in places.Winterfloodian05/10/2017
With K. Did it an apparently easier way to most commenters. Parked at junction near 'the furnishers' to south where there is lots of space. Took footpath following field boundary around forestry commission research station. Then went directly up the hill on permissive path, which is initially metalled. No access problems, either human or natural.Ashley11/09/2017
Parked in farm at Byton and up by church. This approach is quite appalling in summer with the Mortimer Trail being heavily overgrown and on the descent I lost it completely and thrashed through briar and 7 foot high bracken. Best avoid this !NormanW17/06/2017
From Byton. Contrary to earlier posts there are now two clearly visible Patrons Only notices in the church CP. Nearest safe parking I could find was at 368643. Mortimer Way markers are less visible and there is a diversion over a dangerous stile at the top of steep steps. And a notice claiming the Explorer Map route is not a footpath or bridleway. Evidently they expect horses to go up the steps. There are several new developments in the village, interesting..Topographer5709/04/2017
5 of 5 Marilyns from KingtonSteveG24/03/2017
Walk up from Byton via trig point and back on Mortimer trail. Trail was quite muddy and eroded clinging to the side of the slope!twg2714/02/2017
With TJB from Byton Church (Church is worth a visit). Path traverses scarp slope. Enjoyable.trimarc223/01/2017
From Byton church taking Mortimer Trail. GPS needed for summit and found trig in hedge on descent.SS02/01/2017
Enjoyed it so much the first time bought Mrs D and jake for them to enjoy the easy stroll up. Found trig this time and nipped over to touch it. Sad. Company: Mrs D and Jake the Black Lab.iandesbottes19/10/2016
Parked near Uphampton Farm then pleasant walk to summit. Circled around and back to car. Nice view to next marilyn Wapley. Company: Soloiandesbottes13/10/2016
From Byton Church. Overgrown path on the way up and found a better more direct route down through the pasture above the church. Met Mike and Lucky Dog.jenx05/10/2016
Parked below church track (no services) and took the trail as last time. Even more overgrown this time. Met Mike Knipe and Lucky the dog near top, walked back down with this bagger. Took continuation track down into fields below the edge, through an old gate in the hedgerow, and then on meeting a farmtrack continued heading under the scarp line to a col where the Church and Byton could be seen. Used another field track to take us down to the church and track to car. Much easier if FP-less route and one to consider if doing this hill againnordicstar05/10/2016
Two Marilyn loop: Wapley Hill car park - Wapley Hill - Mortimer Trail - Shobdon Hill - Belgate Farm - Byton Hand - Wapley Hill car park. Summit a short distance off forest track among bracken but reasonably accessible.davidpettit8429/08/2016
Wapley Hill and Shobdon Hill as a single walk from the picnic/parking area at SO358621. Route and write-up at: http://gayleybird.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/wapley-hill-and-shobdon-hill.htmlGayle27/06/2016
From forestry commision compound. Straightforward tracks of mud and tarmac. Typical plantation views.. no summit to speak of. With Laura wstig_nest10/01/2016
One of several SOTA activations in Welsh Borders.G4OOE03/01/2016
SOTAmike.hartley18/10/2015
With Val. Parked at Byton and followed the Mortimer trail to near the summit. Highest point in dense bracken and some brambles but was found fairly easily.Weather warm with some sun. First of 3 Marilyns today.mike.hoult03/08/2015
On Wapley Hill CP- Wapley Hill- Mortimer Way- Shabden Hill- The Furnishers- Park Barn- Wapley Hill CP, 4h walk. Just some of the excellent country on the Mortimer Way, which also crosses the Ma High Vinalls. The way back via Park Barn worked very well, in fact these paths were clear while parts of the section on the Mortimer Way were already (early May) becoming overgrown. Windy, showers threatening but very nice on these hills just over 1000ft.pwheeler05/05/2015
With Martin Scoular on a misty morning, from outside the large farm in Byton. Footpath from the road appeared blocked, but it's an easy walk up the road to Park Wood, with directions signing us through a field of lambs rather than on what appeared to be a public road! (2/5)Phreerunner17/03/2015
Parked in FC car park at GR 359622. Followed marked trail to summit of Wapley Hill then descended on paths, sometimes the Mortimer Trail, to Shobden Hill. Descended on the Mortimer Trail then on road back to car park. With SH and Pat.wombourne31/01/2015
From Wapley Hill, with Wombourne.steve hudson31/01/2015
KeithByTheC25/01/2015
6/8 Nice little climb along Mortimer trail, as previous climbers have noted trig pillar in field is at lower heightFergalh06/01/2015
Parked at the church and took the path higher up the lane which crosses a field to avoid the house which appears to dislike walkers. A muddy 1 hour 10 minutes return with GB.bolton24/11/2014
Parked by the church entrance at Byton –Up track, taking the sign-posted diversion that starts at metal gate about 80m before cottage & cuts across corner of field– Continued up track & at finger post turned left ‘To Ludlow’ – Followed the Mortimer Trail before turning right off the track to the summit. (PM)gerrybowes24/11/2014
2/4GmacT11/07/2014
Parked at Byton next to the farm where the road is very wide. (parking in front of the church isn't welcomed!). The church has a Norman Font and tympanum which is in very good condition, so I suspect it's been touched up by the Victorians. Followed the Mortimer trail to the summit tree. The locals don't like you using the lane as you leave the village and you have walk through a field only to join on the other side. After the summit we continued on to a track that went directly down hill (SSE) to the edge of the forest. Then went west on the right of way to the friendly village of Byton. Lots of Lambs.mindlessflogger14/04/2014
W Jenx. Parked at Byton, room for one car. Have to skirt lane up to hill as landowner doesn't want walkers. Distinct track at first, then from finger post go 'to Ludlow' and follow footpath to woods. Its Shropshire way but not clear. GR finds highest point up forest track, trig is hiding in a hedgerow you can bag on way back.nordicstar15/11/2013
We visited Shobdon Hill after doing Wapley Hill first by following the Mortimer Trail from one hill to the other. An easy path to follow for the most part, it gets a little flakey round Byton where it seems to have been diverted, with good signage travelling south to north, but not in the opposite direction as we were! The hill summit has no marker and is a few metres off the path in fairly dense fern and bracken, but the top seemed fairly obvious. There is a Hotine trig approx 350m west, not the easiest to get to. After the trig, return to the forest carpark/picnic area where we had parked was via Hill Barn and Byton Hand with the final mile by road.jonglew14/07/2013
Parked on the grass verge by The Furnishers. Followed the footpath round the field past The Forestry Commission compound and then up the bridleway. Reasonably steep walk but very pleasant. Lacks good views at the top and summit by oak tree a few metres off the main path.hmt100025/05/2013
A short round of Wapley Hill and Shobdon Hill.rhalstead09/03/2013
An enjoyable walk up from Byton on the Mortimer Trail but unfortunately no view from amidst the trees at the top.Alex C05/10/2012
with Tony & Devon. From Wapley Hill then on to Mere Hill.Stuart Hyde08/09/2012
Walked from Mere Hill.JohnStoneham12/08/2012