ONE of the most historic sites on the Malvern Hills is undergoing repair work to undo damage caused by visitors and water erosion.

The work is being carried out at British Camp, the 2,000-year-old Iron Age hill fort, by Malvern Hills Trust.

The aim of the work is to block and stabilise a large scar on the upper slopes of the hill fort and to stop further erosion of the distinctive banks and ditches.

Over time, damage by feet and bike wheels has resulted in a deep gulley which has been eroding away the structure of the ancient monument.

Water run-off from the top of the hill down the gulley has further increased the size of the scar, causing serious damage to the distinctive shape of the hill.

As one of the best preserved hill forts in England and a popular spot for visitors, British Camp is designated as a Scheduled Monument which gives it national protection.

Both Natural England and Historic England have been involved in the planning of the work to this sensitive archaeology.

A trust spokesman said: “We’re doing the hard practical work, but you can help us by: keeping out of the fenced area where the delicate repairs are taking place; planning your cycle route to avoid the monument and to follow bridleways and permissive cycle paths.”

Cycling is not permitted on British Camp but there are bridleways and permissive cycle paths nearby.

A map of the permitted paths is on display at the car park below British Camp.

Details of cycling routes around the hills are also available at local bike shops and Tourist Information Centres.