Walking around the Malvern area

Information and ideas for walk in the wider area around. This page has been split off from our most popular page Malvern Hills Walks, January 2017.

  • Leaflets – printed, online,
  • Guide books
  • Led walks – groups, festivals, Nordic walking
  • Walking holidays

Walk Leaflets

Info on walks in Great Malvern and immediate area is on Walking the Malvern Hills.

Worcs Way pearOne 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 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.

Dymock Poets Paths – a couple of leaflets at 50p produced by Windcross Public Paths Group. (See Around the Area for Dymock background.) Check out Events listings for Daffodils weekend walks.

The Severn Way Walking Experience website (currently, May 2012, ‘down for maintenance’) has a few walks from the printed guide produced by the Environment Agency, following the Severn from source to sea (in sections), and also a pubs and attractions finder for along the route.

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.

The Wye Valley Walk goes through Hereford, Mordiford and Ross on Wye.

Online

Walking Routes is a directory of sites with walking routes, maps, directions etc around the UK.

CountryWalks for walking routes connected with the government’s Countryside Stewardship scheme.

Guide Books

Pocket Pub Walks Herefordshire (spring 2007) Roy Woodcock. ISBN 1 85306 9817, £4-99. Buy from Amazon.co.uk, or 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 or Amazon.

Literary Strolls - click to buy Literary Strolls Around the Cotswolds and The Forest of Dean Sigma Leisure; ISBN: 185058687X. Buy from Amazon.co.uk.

100 Walks in Hereford and Worcester Crowood Press £7.99, ISBN 1852237856.

Discover the Wye Valley on Foot and by Bus Published annually (Easter), includes bus timetables. 50p incl p&p (cheques to Herefordshire Council) from Wye Valley AONB Office, Hadnock Road, Monmouth, Monmouthshire, NP25 3NG.

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.

Led Walks

See under Holidays below if you want some assistance in organising a walk.

Guided Walking Tours of Hereford. City walks May to September.

Groups

Malvern Hills District Footpath Society (pic below)

MHDFS walking towards Nottingham Hill

was originally set up to keep local paths open, but puts on a wide variety of walks throughout the year, Saturdays and mid-week.

A Mondays up the Malverns group (replacing Mums up the Malverns?) has been launched by Malvern Hills NCT, Aug. 2016. “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.

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.

Tewkesbury Walking Club.

Worcester Rambling Club.

Herefordshire Ramblers Association – taking in Hereford, Ross, Mortimer (Leominster) and Leadon Vale (Ledbury) groups.

Mainly (but not exclusively) for those in their 20s, 30s and 40s: the very active and large West Midlands Walking Group, also the Gloucestershire Walking Group of Ramblers.

Also see Worcsestershire Walking Groups list from Walking in England.

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.

Festivals

Malvern Walking Festival in spring. 2017: 27th May to 4th June. There may be a booking fee per walk, plus some involve transport costs. Organisers include the Malvern Hills Conservators. Tourist Information: 01684 892289.

Herefordshire Festival of Walking An annual event taking place in June – check our Events Calendar. Most need to be booked in advance.

Ross-on-Wye Walking Festival In 2015, weekend of 25th to 27th September.

Bishop’s Castle Walking Festival, moved to May in 2015: 1st to 25th. A bit further afield in south Shropshire.

Nordic Walking

Kdence Nordic Walking Developing a variety of walking options, such as free taster sessions, a four week Learn to Nordic Walk course and guided walks in and around Ledbury, Eastnor, Wellington Heath, Colwall, Malvern Hills and the surrounding villages. Contact Kate on 07977 593211 or kdawe@gmx.co.uk

Holidays

Black Pear Walking Tours ‘self-guided walking holidays in and around the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire and Herefordshire’. Facebook page.

Malvern Hills Walking Tours Facebook page – llama trekking too?!

Walk Herefordshire is based in Leominster but runs walking breaks around the county.

There are some more walking holidays listed on the Further afield page which might stray into Malvern territory too.

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