Part of our Active Visits section, which also includes:
- Our most popular page: Malvern Hills Walks.
- Cycling around Malvern.
- Cider and Perry Trail.
- Outdoor links.
This page: Information and ideas for walks in the wider area around the Malverns.
Info on walks in Great Malvern and immediate area is on Walking the Malvern Hills.
One end of the Worcestershire Way is in Malvern (before 2004 it extended over the county boundary). The other end is in Bewdley 31 miles to the north, going via Knightwick (River Teme), Abberley Hills. There is an official Worcestershire Way Walkers’ Guide from Worcs County Council. Buy from Amazon.co.uk (but note its not a stock item). The waymark is a pear in green.
Wildlife and Landscape Trail is a 13km (8 mile) circular walk in the Suckley Hills area, taking in three nature reserves, The Knapp & Papermill, Ravenshill Wood and Crews Hill Wood. Leaflets may be available locally, or download from reserve info pages on the web. Probably best in spring or summer as can be very muddy. Worcestershire Wildlife Trust produced this with the help of Malvern Hills AONB.
Herefordshire Wildlife Trust has also produced a number of walking routes for its nature reserves and beyond. See their Wildlife Walks in Herefordshire page.
Herefordshire Council has produced various free leaflets as well as the Herefordshire Festival of Walking. Ones we have picked up (and for areas not far from Malvern) include Woolhope Dome, Mordiford Loop, Capler Loop.
The Herefordshire Trail is a long distance path using existing public rights of way to give a circular tour around the county and linking 5 market towns. Guide book listed below.
The Wye Valley Walk goes through Hereford, Mordiford and Ross on Wye.
Info on the Severn Way on the Long Distance Walkers Association website.
Walking Routes is a directory of sites with walking routes, maps, directions etc around the UK.
Pocket Pub Walks Herefordshire (spring 2007) Roy Woodcock. ISBN 1 85306 9817, £4-99. Order from publishers Countryside Books. A collection of fifteen circular walks each based on a local pub serving good food. Includes routes near Kington, Leominster, Ledbury, Hereford and Goodrich.
The Herefordshire Trail Hereford Group of Ramblers Association, second edition 2010. £7-50, ISBN 1 906494509. A well produced guide to a 150 miles circular walking trail visiting all of the market towns of the county, many villages and lots of wonderful countryside. Order from Herefordshire Trail.
Literary Strolls Around the Cotswolds and The Forest of Dean Sigma Leisure; ISBN: 185058687X.
100 Walks in Hereford and Worcester Crowood Press £7-99, ISBN 1852237856.
50 walks in Herefordshire and Worcestershire AA, £11-99.
Walk this Wye 75 page book with 12 walks from 2 – 10 miles easy to advanced and all accessible by public transport. £2 from Wye Valley AONB.
From the Wye to the Thames 14 countryside walks making use of train services on the Hereford-Worcester-Oxford line – out-of-print at Jan. 2014. From Thames to the Wye (pub. 2009) should still be available. Published by Cotswold Line Promotion Group.
Also see under Holidays below for commercially organised/arranged walks.
Guided Walking Tours of Hereford. City walks May to September.
Malvern Hills District Footpath Society (pic below)
was originally set up to keep local paths open, but puts on a wide variety of walks throughout the year, Saturdays and mid-week.
The ‘Mondays up the Malverns’ group took over from Mums up the Malverns. “The sling walks are led by Malvern Hills NCT volunteers on different routes across the Malvern Hills. We welcome both local mums and dads as well as families visiting on holiday, and you don’t need to be an NCT member to come along.” The group has a Facebook page – you just need to request to join.
Malvern University of the Third Age has several active walking groups, for the retired and semi-retired.
Forest of Dean Ramblers Association Site includes details of current programme, generally in and around the Forest. See national site (below) for walks directory for all groups.
Herefordshire Ramblers Association – taking in Hereford, Ross, Mortimer (Leominster) and Leadon Vale (Ledbury) groups.
Ramblers Association website has a Local Walks locator. Worcester, Leadon Vale, Gloucester, Mortimer and Forest of Dean groups are likely to have some in the area.
Check the Events Calendar for latest dates and details.
Malvern Walking Festival in spring (late May). There may be a booking fee per walk, plus some involve transport costs. Organisers include the Malvern Hills Trust. Phone Tourist Information on 01684 892289.
Herefordshire Festival of Walking An annual event taking place in June. Most walks need to be booked in advance.
Ross-on-Wye Walking Festival Late September.
Malvern Hills Walking Tours Facebook page – llama trekking too?!
Walk Herefordshire is based in Leominster but runs walking breaks around the county.