If your not familiar with the Malvern Hills, Chase End is the Southern most tip of the escarpment, the place furthest from the 'honey pot' of British Camp and Worcester Beacon, and is a beautiful quiet backwoods of a place. On an otherwise busy Saturday on the major hills, I pretty much had Hollybush Hill and environs to myself. I Even managed to find the fabled ancient oak tree mentioned here and on the Woodland Trust 'Ancient Tree Register' having passed nearby on several previous occasions unaware of it's presence.
It's girth of 7.7 meters could indicate it's nearly 800 years old, which is astounding.
The oak seems be a place of attraction for those of a 'new age' nature, but it's a pleasant and peaceful place nontheless, so I can understand the attraction. The best bit is it's completely hollow, so if your brave enough, you can climb down into the heart of the tree and sign the visitors book. I spent an hour or so just hanging and taking photo's
Had a great (if tiring) tramp about, and found some of the sweetest blackberry's I've ever tasted down a wonderful country lane with 'proper' wildflower hedges.
Anyhow, if your interested, here's a few photo's of the day.
|Atop Holly Bush Hill Looking SW|
|Gate House on the Bromsberrow Estate|
|If I did The Lottery, This Is The House I'd Like (If I Won Of Course)|
|A Well Stocked Hedgerow (with yummy blackberry's)|
|Ancient Oak, near White Leaved Oak|
|Some of the 'offerings'|
|View from tree to Eastnor Park Obelisk|
|Inside The Oak|
|View to the West|
|View up the outside|