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WALKING THE MALVERN HILLS

from £464
Walk the undulating Malvern Hills and you’re exploring geological history. These ancient landscapes beckon you on to uncover how their scenic splendour was created. 
  • Product Code 77805
  • Holiday Type Continuous Route Holidays, Special Selection Hotels
  • Grade Grade 5
  • Holiday Duration 5 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays - The Malvern Hills

Walk the undulating Malvern Hills and you’re exploring geological history. These ancient landscapes beckon you on to uncover how their scenic splendour was created.

The Geopark Way meanders for 109 miles from Bridgnorth to Gloucester through landscapes 700 million years in the making. We walk south, covering around 40 miles of the trail in four ten-mile sections of spectacular countryside through the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark from Knightwick to Bromsberrow. We encounter sites of geological importance that illustrate the forces that have shaped our world.

The rocks on the Malvern Hills are aged between the Silurian and Precambrian periods. The hills themselves rise from the Severn Valley plain and were formed during the Silurian period (420 million years ago).The Precambrian granite rocks are the oldest to be found in England. Towards the end of our route in the Leadon Valley, solid rock disappears from view; the huge glaciers melting at the end of the Ice Age released immense volumes of water which softened the lines of the landscape.

The trail offers varied walking alongside rivers, through forests, along ridges and across valley floors with impressive views along the way. Passing through an assortment of habitats you may encounter a wide variety of wildlife. Quaint villages and towns along the route add further interest. These holidays are not intended as a geological field course, but an opportunity to explore the landscape with good walks visiting interesting sites.


Holiday Highlights

HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Walking the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Ledbury with its distinctive timber framed houses
  • The Attractive former spa town of Malvern
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Five nights half board accommodation
      All transport necessary to and from the walks
      Services of a dedicated tour leader
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 5

  1. Day 1

    Independent travel to The Abbey Hotel in Great Malvern. Check in at the hotel is from 3pm. Meet the tour leader and your walking companions at approximately 7pm in the hotel bar area. Dinner at the hotel.

  2. Day 2

    Four days' guided walking around the Malvern Hills. Dinner each evening is in the hotel restaurant. We will travel to Knightwick by coach and from there we complete an 11 mile walk through beautiful undulating countryside back to Great Malvern and our hotel. The walk has numerous stiles but there are no long, steep climbs. As we approach the Malvern Hills from the north we pass through the village of Alfrick and can visit the 13th Century church there (where Lewis Carrol occasionally preached). We regularly gain different and interesting sights of the hills as they get nearer and should arrive back at the hotel by 4.30pm.

  3. Day 3

    Today we walk up onto the hills via St Ann’s Well, a popular meeting place since the construction of the building here in 1813. We climb onto the Worcestershire Beacon (1394 feet) and then walk along the ridge before crossing the Wyche Cutting, a pass through the hills which was once part of an Iron Age salt route. We continue to the foot of British Camp, an Iron Age hillfort whose summit is 1109 feet. A climb to the summit is optional before we return to Great Malvern via St Wulstan’s Church, where Sir Edward Elgar and his wife are buried, and then the eastern slopes of the hills stopping to visit Holy Well. We should return to the hotel by 4pm.

  4. Day 4

    We travel by coach to the Wyche Cutting. We then walk along the western slopes of the hills to the village of Colwall. We’ll visit its church and, hopefully, the 16th Century ale house built in its grounds. From there we walk via Hope End (where Elizabeth Barrett Browning grew up) and Wellington Heath to the market town of Ledbury. We should arrive in Ledbury by 3.30pm. Its main attractions are to be found in the much-photographed Church Lane.

  5. Day 5

    We travel by coach to Ledbury. From there we walk via the village of Eastnor to the summit of Midsummer Hill (932 feet and the second Iron Age hillfort on the Malverns). We walk around the slopes of Ragged Stone Hill to the hamlet of White Leaved Oak (stopping to view the oak after which the hamlet is named). From there we walk through meadows under the eastern slopes of the hills to the hamlet of Birtsmorton where a coach will collect us from The Farmer’s Arms PH. The pub is mainly 16th Century but parts of it date from the 1480s and it lies on what used to be an old drovers’ route between London and Wales. This is a walk has three relatively gentle climbs. Alternatively we will continue to Bromsberrow.

  6. Day 6

    Independent departure from The Abbey Hotel after breakfast. Check out is by 11am.

Travel Details

Transport to and from the trailheads, if necessary, is included.

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The Abbey Hotel, Great Malvern

The four-star Abbey Hotel in Great Malvern lies in the heart of traditional English countryside, at the foot of the ancient Malvern Hills, making it an excellent base for our explorations along the Geopark Way. Unique rooms with high-speed Wi-Fi have everything you need to unwind, including coffee and tea-making facilities, satellite TV channels and room service. Enjoy seasonal British and Mediterranean cuisine in the refurbished Priory View restaurant, with views over the Vale of Evesham, or take a drink at the bar. As part of half board, breakfasts and dinners are included but picnic lunches are unfortunately not, however there are shops nearby where you can purchase picnic supplies. Guests also have access to the local leisure centre, a two minute walk away, with a swimming pool, gym, sauna and steam room.


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