In two weeks Malvern will see many walkers descend on its streets for the annual Malvern Walking Festival. Starting on 27th May and featuring 9 days of themed walks on and around the Malvern Hills, it is a fantastic opportunity to get out and about in the sunshine, and experience some of the fantastic scenery the historic town has to offer. Spaces on the walks are filling up fast, with some of the most popular options already fully booked. We have listed our top picks of walks with space still available, so be sure to check these out:
Spring and Sprouts of the Middle Hills
This walk kicks off at 2pm on Saturday 27th May and is expected to take around 3 hours with moderate difficulty. It is sure to be worth the effort though as you will visit the many springs and wells of the Malvern Hills. The walk gives the opportunity to learn about the Middle Hills, between Wyche and Wynds Point. You will also visit the Evendine Spout which is a wonderful spring of drinkable water, the perfect place for topping up your water bottles!
Bromyard, Bringsty and the Great Beyond
For the more experience walker, this 10-15 mile hike on Tuesday 30th May is the perfect chance to explore the wonderful Bromyard Downs and enjoy the views of their famous orchids. You will then head to the Devil’s Punchbowl and other varied landscapes to Edvin Loach, featuring its famous bells. The return walk will take you through the wildest of Herefordshire’s commons, where you can appreciate stunning panoramic views from the Whitbourne Estate and Bringsty Common.
Great Malvern Local History Walk
This is an ideal walk for budding historians! It is expected to take 5 hours to cover 6-10 mile at an easy pace, and covers around 40 of Great Malvern’s most interesting pieces of history. Starting with the Victorian Cemetery on Wednesday 31st May, you will visit well known locations on route such as the railway station, Malvern College, Malvern common and Lower Wyche. Heading back down Abbey Road past the Abbey Hotel and taking in the stunning Priory Church and various other historical gems. At the end of the walk is a stop for a well earned drink at the historic Nags Head Pub.
Landscape appreciation in the northern Malvern Hills
This moderate walk gives you the opportunity to join a local geologist in an informative and fascinating walk on the northern end of the Malvern Hills. You will learn all about the close relationship between the stunning landscape and the underlying geology. It is expected to cover 0-3 miles and take approximately 3 hours on Thursday 1st June.
Whichever walk you choose to take part in, be sure to have a comfortable place to rest your feet when you return. The Abbey Hotel is the perfect place for a relaxing post-walk meal, or book in to one of the 103 luxurious bedrooms, many of which feature stunning views of the Malvern Hills or the Vale of Evesham. To book a room or a table in the restaurant, call us on 01684 879193 or email [email protected].
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