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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
Independent travel to The Abbey Hotel in Great Malvern. Check in at the hotel is from 3pm. Meet your tour leader and your walking companions at approximately 7pm in the hotel bar area. Dinner each evening is in the hotel restaurant.
Meandering its way through the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark, the Geopark Way is a spectacular 109 mile, long distance footpath, situated between Bridgnorth and Gloucester. It runs through stunning countryside and landscapes dating back to over 700 million years. Because of this you can expect to see impressive and varied rock formations, which illustrate some of the most significant geological events to shape our planet.
We will enjoy a series of walks heading south. Over our four days we will take on four sections of the Geopark Way, walking approximately 10 miles a day. We will be walking the route from Knightwick to Bromsberrow. The trail will offer varied walking alongside rivers, through forests, along ridges and across valley floors, with remarkable views along the way. We will roam through quaint and undisturbed villages and towns, just as interesting as the rock displays, adding further interest to our rambles.
Please note that this holiday is not intended as a geological field course, but more an opportunity to explore the landscape by combining good walks with visiting interesting sites.
Knightwick to Malvern. From Knightwick in the Teme Valley we walk across the Suckley Hills towards the Malvern Hills. The hills offer some excellent wildlife spotting opportunities and plenty of interest for the amateur geologist. 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 before arriving back at the hotel.
About 11½ miles, approx 300m of ascent.
The Malvern Hills. The classic walk of the holiday, we will walk along the ridge of the hills over some of the oldest rocks in Britain enjoying superb views over the Severn Valley and surrounding countryside.
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.
About 10 miles, approx 500m of ascent.
Malvern to Ledbury. South from the Malvern ridge we stroll through the ridges and vales of a quintessentially English landscape. For the geologically minded, underfoot we have Silurian limestones and shales, for the hedonistic, rural Britain at its best.
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 view the exterior of 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 - St Michaels Church which dates from the Norman period, The Grammar School - Was town’s school from late 15th Century through to 1830s and now houses the Ledbury Heritage Centre which explains the story of the town’s past (free entry), Butcher Row House - This house formerly stood in High Street but was moved in 1830. It now houses a small museum displaying aspects of Victorian life (free entry), The Prince of Wales PH which dates from 16th Century, 16th Century Painted Room - Paintings were discovered in one of the oldest timber-framed buildings in the town and The Market House - This house, erected on wooden stilts, was built in 1655. The ground floor is still used as an open market.
About 11 miles, approx 300m of ascent.
Ledbury to Bromsberrow. 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 on the slopes of the Chase End Hill then through the meadows and parkland of Bromsberrow Place, continue on the Geopark Way to the Parish Church where we will be collected by coach and return to our hotel.
Independent departure from The Abbey Hotel after breakfast. Check out is by 11am.
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