Rushock Hill

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Rushock Hill
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Summit: 1,230 feet SO289595
52°13’48"N, 3°2’30"W

Rushock Hill is a shallow hill which rises to the north-west of the village of Rushock in Herefordshire, and to the north of Kington. Below the southern slope runs the Hindwell Brook, which here for a short distance forms the border of Radnorshire, which latter county lies to the north and the west of Rushock Hill. The southern slope dropping to the brook is a steep, wooded escarpment, under the Knill Garraway Wood.

Rushock Hill is all of a piece with neighbouring Bradnor Hill (1,283 feet), the latter belonging to the National Trust.

A well-preserved section of Offa's Dyke crosses the hill, which some scholars claim is the southern end of the dyke.

The hill has extensive evidence of ridge and furrow ploughing which extends into a lot of surrounding woodland. Other features include the uncommon site of dry-stone walling (not a common local feature) and specimen trees and earthworks which suggest 18th century landscaping. Capability Brown is known to have visited Eywood House in the valley below in Titley and although thereis no evidence of any work being done by him, the substantial evidence of landscaping suggests that great wealth and imagination was used to greatly alter the hill and surrounding area.

Two long-distance walking routes cross the hill: the Offa's Dyke Path heading south to Kington and the Mortimer Trail from Titley also heading for Kington.