We have been closely following government advice on Coronavirus, and it is becoming increasingly apparent that it would be unwise for us to continue with this year’s Malvern Walking Festival.
It is therefore with huge regret that in the interest of all our walkers, the decision has been taken to cancel the 2020 Festival.
Those of you who have already booked will receive emails over the next week or so about refunding your booking fees.
To those of you who haven’t booked we apologise for the period of uncertainty.
To everyone we extend an invitation to take part in next year’s Festival. Broadly the programme will be the same as this year: it was proving popular, with bookings running ahead of last year, itself a record.
As usual we’ll publicise the 2021 Festival with a mix of emails, brochures, Facebook and via the website.
Summary of 2020 Walks Programme
A summary of all the walks on a single page (just)
Click HERE for a pdf
Other Walking Festivals
Other Walking Festivals take place throughout the year. Here's a list of some of them together with contact details.
Crickhowell Walking Festival
Saturday 7th to Sunday 15th March 2020
Chepstow Walking Festival
Wednesday 15th April – Sunday 19th April 2020
Spring Walking Weekend - Friday 24th to 26th April 2020
Talgarth Walking Festival
Thursday 7th - Sunday 10th May 2020.
Llangollen Walking Festival
Friday 8th – Sunday 10th May 2020
Bishop’s Castle Walking Festival
Thursday 14th – Sunday 17th May 2020
Friday 15th – Sunday 17th May 2020
Kington Walks Festival
Friday 17th – Sunday 20th September 2020
Ross Walking Festival
Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th October 2020
How to find your walk
EITHER: click on "WALKS" to look at all walks except the Challenge trails and hikes.
To look at the 5 Challenge walks, hover over "WALKS" and select "CHALLENGE" from the drop-down list.
OR: to save trawling through all of our 50+ walks to find the walk or walks that suit you, hover over "WALKS" and select "SEARCH". You can then use the "Search Walks" box to define the Length, Difficulty and Dates you would prefer. The result will be a shortlist, from which you can make your booking, or, we hope, bookings!
You can make multiple bookings on the one form.
The 2020 Brochure will be available from early January. For an idea of what the programme might include, the 2019 brochure is still available here:
Click here to download
ROBIN ELT SHOES
Wide range of footwear at shops in Abergavenny, Great Malvern,
Hereford, Leominster, Ludlow, Pershore and Worcester
MALVERN HILLS HOTEL
Food, drink and boutique hotel rooms
THE GLASSHOUSE CAFÉ, HOLLOWAYS, LOWER COURT, SUCKLEY
British Camp pit stop!
THE HOP SHED
The brewery on a hop farm
MALVERN HILLS TRUST
Protecting and managing Malvern's Hills and Commons
Business, website and IT support
MALVERN HILLS DISTRICT COUNCIL
Welcome to our website.
The website will re-open its doors on January 1st to the 2020 programme of walks. It will feature
the full list of walks, anything from an evening stroll to a 65-mile hike over 6 days;
a search option, letting you search by length of walk, difficulty of walk and date;
a booking facility, complete with email confirmation of your booking;
the ability to contact us with questions, suggestions or comments;
links to local information, including accommodation; and
PDFs of our brochure and of a summary on one page of all our walks.
The Festival will start on Saturday 23rd May 2020 and end on Sunday 31st May.
There is a non-refundable fee of £4 per walk per person. Where transport is provided (multi-day and certain other walks) the cost is included in the fee and noted in the description of the walk.
If the booking includes transport we will try to re-sell your place on the walk if notified at least 3 weeks before the walk. We cannot guarantee that it can be re-sold.
Bookings for the multi-day walks can only be taken for the complete walk.
We will confirm bookings via email, giving you options for payment. Fees are payable on receipt of our confirmation of your booking.
You can make multiple bookings on the same form.
If you are booking a walk or walks for more than one person, please use the comments box below to tell us their names and where possible their email addresses, in case we need to contact them.
Be aware that the postcodes provided will take you to the general area, and not normally exactly to the meeting point. The OS map grid reference provided is more definitive.
Finishing times given are approximate, depending as they do on the size and speed of the group, the number of stiles, weather, etc.
Walk numbers: when bookings for a walk reach reach a maximum (usually 15 - 25) we will show the walk as fully booked. If you'd like to be added to a waiting list, please make a booking: you will receive confirmation that you have been added to the waiting list for that walk.
Footwear and clothing should be suitable for the prevailing weather and the type of walk. Walking boots and waterproofs (worn or carried) are normally advisable.
Exceptional weather: walk leaders will be at the start point whatever the conditions. Decisions will then be made whether to re-route the walk or to cancel should walkers’ safety be in any doubt.
Refreshments: please take drink and a light snack if you wish, or more substantial refreshments where requested. Check the walk description regarding tea shops etc. en route and the pub lunch option at the end of the walk
Dogs: we are very sorry, but dogs are not allowed on any walk unless stated otherwise.
Leisurely / Gentle: suitable for all levels of fitness; gentle pace; few or no stiles.
Easy: suitable for most levels of fitness; ; some stiles; some ascents/descents.
Moderate: some steep and/or difficult sections; a quantity of stiles.
Hard: long, and steep in places; a good level of fitness is needed Strenuous: very long, with steep sections; a high level of fitness is needed.
You will asked when making your booking to confirm that you are fit to undertake your walk. Please bear in mind the grading of the walk and your level of fitness. Dropping out of a walk is rarely possible and you should be able to complete the walk without holding your fellow walkers up.
Maps of Start Points
For the first time in 2019 we included a link at the end of the walk descriptions to a map with the walk's start point. Clicking on the link opens a new tab in your browser giving an aerial map with the start point marked on it. At the bottom of the page you can select "Show points on OpenStreetMap" or "Show points on OS Map" to give different maps.
We hope that it works, and that it is useful - let us know!