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Two Counties, one Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Malvern Hills (Worcestershire)
Member Name: Chocoholic1976
Malvern Hills (Worcestershire)
Advantages: Spectacular views
Disadvantages: Can be tiring on the legs
One thing about the Malvern Hills is that they are easy to spot due to their distinctive shape. If you happen to be in south Worcestershire and see an interestingly shaped ridge to the west it is not the Welsh mountains as my dad once thought but the beautiful Malvern Hills which mark the border with Herefordshire. At certain times of the year the sun can be seen setting behind them from the Worcester area and this can be a spectacular sight.
I am not a particularly enthusiastic walker nor am I overly fit. I suspect that someone who could tick one or both of those boxes would get more out of the hills than me although I still find that they make a pleasant afternoon out.
There are three walks which I have undertaken and would like to share my views about.
The highest point in the hills is Worcestershire Beacon which can be reached by walking up the hill from the town of Great Malvern. This walk can be tiring on the legs but does not require a superb level of fitness. St Anne's well (one of the sources of Malvern water) is situated near to this path in a building which also houses a café. I would recommend a couple of hours for this walk depending on fitness levels and how much scenery you wish to take in.
Another lovely spot is British camp which can be reached by a shorter albeit steep climb. A convenient car park and pub can be found at Wyche cutting near to the bottom of the path. Ice cream vans can often be found parked up too so plenty of opportunity for refreshments. It only takes a few minutes to reach the top of the hill from the car park but allow time to enjoy the views.
It is also possible to walk across the hills from Colwall on the west side to Great Malvern on the east. It is about ten years since I did this and while I do not recall the trip in detail I would recommend it (get hold of an OS map and plan your exact route). The climb up the hill from Colwall is fairly gentle (as hills go) and the steep bit above Great Malvern is downhill. You can then catch a train back to Colwall.
Whilst the Malvern hills are not mountains do bear in mind that it can be chilly on top due to the wind. Also it is not a bad idea to take a camera and pair of binoculars if planning to climb them as the views are spectacular and you can see for miles on a clear day. I have generally found paths to be of reasonable quality but would recommend sturdy footwear that doesn't pick up stones easily.
The Malvern Hills have been designated an area of outstanding natural beauty and it is easy to see why!
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