Clent Hills

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The Clent Hills lie 15 km southwest of Birmingham city centre in Clent, Worcestershire, England. The closest towns are Stourbridge and Halesowen, both in the West Midlands conurbation. The Clent Hills range consists of, in order from highest to lowest: Adams Hill, Walton Hill, Wychbury Hill, and Calcot Hill. The range of hills continues eastwards to include Romsley Hill, Waseley Hills and the Lickey Hills.

Clent Hill is the most popular hillwalking hill in the range, although it is not often mentioned because the whole area is referred to as Clent Hills. The Clent Hills claimto have more visitors in a typical year than Worcester Cathedral.

History



Clent appears in the Domesday Book as "Klinter", and may be derived from the old Scandinavian word klint for a cliff. Once part of a Mercian forest, the hills contain the remains of a multi-vallate, Iron Age hillfort on Wychbury Hill. Local historians have claimed that there was a battle between ancient Britons and Romans fought on Clent Heath.J. Amphlett, History of Clent

The Clent Hills are graced with several classically-inspired architectural works from about the 1750s. Most of them are in the private grounds of Hagley Hall but most of them are visible from public areas. Lord Lyttelton of Hagley Hall constructed the Wychbury Obelisk on Wychbury Hill in 1758, which is visible for many miles, even from the Clee Hills. Lord Lyttelton also had constructed many other follies including a......
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