Walking the Malverns

 

Walking on the Malvern Hills

The Malvern Hills and surrounding countryside has something to offer everyone, when it comes to walking, from challenging slopes, to gentle paths, designed with the disabled in mind. There are stunning views to be had, across the Severn Valley to the east, and to Wales, and the Black mountains in the west. For those who prefer to stroll on the flat, there are walks along the River Severn, or in the meadows to the west of the hills.

The Malverns are beautiful all year round, snow-capped in the winter, scattered with wild daffodils and bluebells in the spring, lush with grasses wild flowers in the summer, and full of colour on the wooded slopes in the autumn. Ravens breed in the area and can be seen flying and tumbling over the hills.

Getting Here

By Rail

There are 3 railway stations - Great Malvern and Malvern Link on the east side of the hills, and Colwall to the west. All three stations are within walking distance of the hills. All three are served by trains from Worcester, Birmingham and beyond, Hereford, London, Weymouth and the west.

To plan your rail journey click here:-

National Rail Journey Planner

By Road

The Malverns are within 15-20 minutes drive from both the M5 and M50.

 


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 Where do I start from ?         

From the town
You can reach the hills from Great Malvern town by heading up Church Street (the high street)
to the top, turning right onto Belle Vue Terrace,  and then left onto St Anne's Road. St Anne's Road heads straight up the hill, and then veers sharp left. Do not follow the road to the left, but carry straight on up Happy Valley. This will take you up to the north end of the Malvern Hills

From the western side
Heading over the Wyche Cutting and along Jubilee Drive you will find places to park to access the hills. At the Southern end of Jubilee Drive, where it meets the A449, you will find a large car park, and paths up to the British Camp.

Equipment

Normal walking boots or stout walking shoes, and a wind/waterproof coat are the only essentials. You will see a lot of walking poles on the hills and these are great if you need that extra push, or are concerned about your balance.
Remember it can be much colder and windier on top of the hills than it is at the bottom.
Rain and snow can arrive suddenly, so make sure you have enough warm/waterproof clothing.

Refreshments

Malvern boasts a number of cafes and restaurants. Only two are on the hill-walking route - the St Anne's Well Cafe, on the eastern slopes above the town, reached via St Anne's Road and Happy Valley, and "The Kettle Sings" on the western slopes above Colwall (http://www.thekettlesings.co.uk/).