Maps of Start Points
For the first time this year we've 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!
The 2019 brochure is printed and can be found at various outlets both in Malvern and further afield. If you don't come across one, you can download the 2019 programme using this link:
Click here to download
We've had reports that the Brochure is difficult to print. The problem seems to arise when it downloads into the Browser rather than direct into Adobe or other readers. If you have a problem, try a right click and "Open with ..."
ROBIN ELT SHOES
Robin Elt has a wide range of footwear at shops in Abergavenny, Great Malvern, Hereford, Leominster, Ludlow, Pershore and Worcester.
The range includes all types or footwear, including high quality walking shoes and boots.
SPECIAL OFFER during the Festival: 15% off Meindl walking shoes and boots. When paying, simply present the Robin Elt advertisement either from the brochure or print off page 2 from the "2019 Brochure" in the News items .
If you’re interested in camping or caravanning, we’ve had an offer from a local company to buy equipment at a discount. OLPRO (Outdoor Leisure Products, in case you’re wondering) is a family run business founded in 2011 and based in Little Witley. It offers quality camping and caravanning gear, designed for the Great British outdoors. If you enter malvernw at the check-out at www.olproshop.com you’ll receive a 10% discount. Everything is delivered free.
The 2019 Festival
The 2019 walking festival.
There's a mix of multi-day walks, all-day walks and morning, afternoon, and evening walks. Their length ranges from gentle strolls of 2 or 3 miles to long, challenging walks, but there are many walks of 5 to 8 miles and several over 10 miles to choose from. A rich variety of themes and places of interest is covered and all the walks are led by enthusiastic local experts, keen to share their knowledge with the group.
The walks are organized in five categories, from Leisurely / Gentle to Strenuous.
The website opened on 1st January 2019 with full details of all walks; brochures will be available at Tourist Information Centres and at other outlets in the Malvern area. As usual the website has the facility to make bookings. Alternatively bookings can be made through the Tourist Information Centre in Malvern.
If accommodation is needed, the TIC has lists of all types of places to stay, www.visitthemalverns.org
For a wide choice of excellent B&Bs, visit Malvern’s B&B Consortium at www.malvernbbc.co.uk
Summary of 2019 Walks
The whole programme on a single page (just).
Click to download here
ROBIN ELT SHOES
Wide range of footwear at shops in Abergavenny, Great Malvern,
Hereford, Leominster, Ludlow, Pershore and Worcester
Special offer during the Festival: 15% off Meindl walking shoes and boots. Simply present the Robin Elt advertisement from the brochure when paying.
MALVERN HILLS HOTEL
Food, drink and boutique hotel rooms
THE GLASSHOUSE CAFÉ, HOLLOWAYS, LOWER COURT, SUCKLEY
British Camp pit stop!
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 open its doors on January 1st to the 2019 programme of walks. It features
- 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 25th May 2019 and end on Sunday 2nd June.
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.
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 20-25) 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.
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 9th to Sunday 17th March 2019
Spring Walking Weekend - 12th - 14th April 2019
Kington Walking Festival - 19th - 22nd September 2019
Talgarth Walking Festival
3rd - 6th May 2019.
Llangollen Walking Festival
Saturday 4th – 6th May 2019
Bishop’s Castle Walking Festival
Wednesday 15th – Sunday 19th May
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May
Our Facebook page, has been active before and after the 2018 Festival and is busy talking about the 2019 Festival. If you're on Facebook, take a look. If you like it, please share with friends, relations, acquaintances, anyone really.