Start: Pedmore Lane, Pedmore
Finish: Pedmore Lane, Pedmore
Length: 4 km/ 2.5 miles
Weather: Sunny and warm
This was a quick, short walk completed on the morning of my mother's 80th birthday lunch. In short just the job to build up an apetite for the festivities that lay ahead!
From Pedmore Lane we walked up a narrow path, with a high hedge on your left and a fence on the right.
The view to Clent Hill from near to the monument.
Building of the obelisk started in 1747 and was commissioned by Sir Richard Lyttelton. It is a Grade II* listed building and is 84 feet (26 m) high. When I was growing up in the area, blocks from the top would often fall off and roll down the hill! What's more there was never a fence around it back then.
Who put Bella in the Wych Elm? That's a question I get asked a lot by my children. On 18 April 1943, four local boys poaching in nearby Hagley Woods discovered a skull in a hollowed-out tree trunk. The identity of the victim has remained a mystery since.
In 1944 the first graffito message related to the mystery appeared on a wall in Upper Dean Street, Birmingham, reading Who put Bella down the Wych Elm - Hagley Wood. The last known example was painted on 18 August 1999 on the 200-year-old Wychbury Monument.
Heading down the hill from the monument.
Wychbury Ring is an Iron Age hill fort located in the woods on top of the hill. It has two sets of ramparts and ditches. There are fortified entrances at the east and south west.
We used to come up here as kids on wide-games with the scouts... at night ... with just torches, which was great fun. The one wide game I particularly remember involved being split into two teams, having a piece of wool tied around your arm and trying to capture as many bits of wool from the other team. Whilst simultaneously trying to get your wool back to home, on the other side of the wood, with out it being captured by the other team.
Climbing up the steep ramparts.
Looking back towards Pedmore and Stourbridge.