The Malvern Hills have been described as a “mountain range in miniature”, the eight mile ridge containing some of the oldest rocks in Britain, with the town of Great Malvern on the north eastern flank, the village of West Malvern looking west across Herefordshire towards Wales and Malvern Wells and Little Malvern nestled to the south east.
The twin peaks of the Worcestershire Beacon and Herefordshire Beacon to the north and south respectively were good enough for George Mallory to come and walk whilst preparing for his Everest expeditions.
The region was designated as an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” in 1959 and the Malvern Hills Conservators now manage the 4,500 acres of hills and surrounding common land keeping them accessible and well maintained.
Today, there are numerous walking and cycling trails taking in the views, wooded glades, village settlements and historical sites.
The Malvern Hills Walking Festival 2011 is a fabulous 9 days of 38 themed walks in Elgar Country from 28 May – 5 June 2011.
Walks are graded from easy, a gentle stroll, to strenuous which will be long and steep in places.
Saturday 28 May – a 5 mile “Family Walk”
– “Malvern Hills End to End” an 18 mile circular walk (experienced and Fit hill walkers only – not for softies!)
Sunday 29 May – “Teddy Bears Picnic” a 3 mile walk for children of all ages. Don’t forget your teddy bear!
Monday 30 May – a 5 mile “Nature Lovers Wildlife Walk”
Tuesday 31 May – “Malvern’s Water Cure and Famous Patients” a 3 mile easy amble
Thursday 2 June – “Hilly Walk” with views to the Black Mountains and Hay Bluff
All walks must be booked in advance via Malvern Tourist Information Centre (01684 892289) and further information can be found at www.malvern-hills.info
Stay at The Abbey during the Walking Festival, ideally situated in Great Malvern and within easy reach of starting points for the guided walks.