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Saturday, 20 July 2019

Saturday Walk - The Malvern Hills from Great Malvern (Great Malvern Circular)

Length: 20.6 km (12.8 mi) [shorter and longer versions possible, see below]
Ascent/Descent:  1035m; Net Walking Time: ca. 6 ¾ hours
Toughness:  10 out of 10 

The walk starts at the train station at 10.10 for people already there, or at 11.05 for anyone travelling up from London on the day.
From the direction of Worcester take the 09.47 Great Malvern train from Worcester Shrub Hill (calls Foregate Street, Malvern Link), arrives Great Malvern 10.05.
Form the direction of Hereford take the 09.39 Birmingham New Street train (Ledbury 09.58, Colwall 10.05), arrives Great Malvern 10.10.
From London take the 08.22 Hereford train from Paddington (Slough 08.38, Reading 08.54), arrives Great Malvern 11.03. With a Network Railcard (valid to Worcester Stations), buy split tickets (unless you have secured a cheap Advance Ticket).

(Direct) Return trains: 17.45, 18.32, 20.53 (from 162 mins). There are also several indirect, and often cheaper options. Or stay in the area for Sunday’s walk. Convenient accommodation is available along the train line in Evesham, Pershore, Worcester, Great Malvern, Colwall, Ledbury and Hereford (only Worcester and Great Malvern are convenient though for the Sunday morning train).

“The Malvern Hills stand majestically above the Severn Plain in Worcestershire and the rolling wooded hills of Herefordshire, offering far reaching panoramic views across a variety of landscapes from a multitude of viewpoints. The area is famed for its steep dramatic hills rising out of flat vales and for the pure spring water that flows from them, but it also offers a rich cultural heritage of forts, castles and priories in a landscape of ancient woodland, rolling pastures and wild, open commons.
The circular route rises through the town past all important landmarks and ascends the famous 99 Steps to St. Ann’s Well, but then heads southerly, mostly through ancient woodlands along the foot of the hills, to lunch. It then rises up through the mid slopes of scrub, grass, rock and bracken, first to the Herefordshire Beacon and then returns along the top of the ridge via the Worcestershire Beacon to Great Malvern, with its grassy commons maintained by livestock grazing, in places with Bilberry and Common Heather.”

Walk Options:
Taxi from the station  to Wyche Cutting/The Wyche Inn or The Malvern Hills Hotel/British Camp (£7/£12 resp., taxis usually on stand, else try: 01684 578 749 or 07730 573 738).
Bus 44B to/from Wyche Cutting and British Camp (hourly, from near the station).
Bus 675 to/from Wyche Cutting (from outside The Mount Pleasant Hotel, 1.5 km into the walk).
Outward and return route are never far from each other (if mostly at much different height), therefore there are several ways to pick up the return route to Great Malvern earlier than described:
· at the Gold Mine stone dial (7.9 km/4.9 mi, 457m ascent, 3/10);
· at the Wyche Cutting/The Wyche Inn (9.1 km/5.6 mi, 519m ascent, 4/10);
· at The Malvern Hills Hotel (17.2 km/10.7 mi, 884m ascent, 9/10).

Finish at The Malvern Hills Hotel after going up to British Camp and take the 44B bus back (12.9 km/8.0 mi, 737m ascent, 7/10).
An Extension to the four northerly tops adds 2.0 km/1.2 mi and 111m ascent.

Elenvenses/Lunch/Tea en route/Tea in Great Malvern: Plentyful options. Check the webpage or the pdf for details.  
                                                                                   
For walk directions, map, height profile, photos and gpx/kml files  click here. T=swc.324

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