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Saturday 25th May 2019
Walk No: C01

THE TEN CASTLES TRAIL

ONLY TWO PLACES LEFT ON THIS SIX DAY TRAIL

Bob’s 10th Anniversary multi-day trail for the Malvern Walking Festival is a six day adventure on a unique walk of about 63 miles. Follow a trail from the heart of the Black Mountains, through to rural Herefordshire, enjoying sections of the Usk Valley trail, the Wye Valley walk, Offa’s Dyke trail and the Three Castles Walk (White, Grosmont and Skenfrith).

A high level of fitness is required, although the walk pace will be moderate, with frequent stops to enjoy the scenery and for refreshments.

We pass by or near the castles of Pengenfordd, Crickhowell, Abergavenny, White, Grosmont, Skenfrith, Tregate, Monmouth, Goodrich and Wilton(Ross) and there may be time for a short visit to some.

Walkers must be fully self sufficient with food and drink for the entire day. Plenty of water is essential. Walkers must bring their own medication and first aid materials. Boots and waterproofs are essential, as well as warm clothing to combat potentially cold and wet conditions.

Meet at 8.45 am daily at Malvern Link Top free car park for a prompt 9 am departure. For a map of the start point, click HERE for an aerial view, and then select "Show points on OpenStreetMap" or "Show points on OS Map"

Finish back in Malvern at approx 7.30 pm on Days 1-5 and approx 5 pm on Day 6.

Please be aware of the necessarily quite long coach journeys of typically 1 -1½ hrs and the late arrivals back in Malvern of usually around 7.30 pm

Booking is essential and only taken for the entire walk, at a cost of £120 including dedicated coach transport and booking/admin fees.

Day 1 Sat 25th May. Approx. 10 miles STRENUOUS

From near the ruined castle at Pengenfordd (Wales' highest castle), we descend to the Rhiangoll valley, then a very long steady uphill section takes us to 2050ft, to join the idyllic horseshoe route traversing the western edge of the Black Mountains. A lesser ascent reaches Pen Y Cerrig Calch at 2300 ft. We descend gradually and easily on excellent paths, to the well-known hill fort of Table Mountain and continue gently down to Crickhowell

Day 2 Sun 26th May. Approx. 11 miles STRENUOUS

From Crickhowell Castle, we enjoy a short section of the Usk valley walk. We then turn north to follow the very beautiful valley of the Grwyne Fawr through Llangenny. A wide track ascends steadily to Sugar Loaf, a prominent mountain at around 1900 ft., with outstanding 360 deg views. We descend steeply, then more gradually, on lovely open moorland to our destination at the castle in the heart of Abergavenny.

Day 3 Mon 27th May. Approx. 12 miles HARD

We pick up the famous Offa’s Dyke trail at Pandy, north east of Abergavenny for a highly scenic undulating walk with no major ascents. Continuing on farmland, we reach the immense, well preserved White Castle, with its massive six drum towers and drawbridge. We join the “Three Castles Walk”, and continue to the sleepy little village of Grosmont and its castle, the birthplace of Henry, Duke of Lancaster.

TUES 28th May. Rest day or join another MWF walk?

Day 4 Wednesday 29th May. Approx. 11 miles HARD

Continuing on a very scenic section of the Three Castles Way we walk towards the hamlet of Skenfrith, and inspect the castle built to defend the crossing of the River Monnow. An easy trail takes us along the river to the remains of the minor motte and bailey castle at Tregate farm. We eventually reach Rockfield, well known for its studios used by Queen for the recording of Bohemian Rapsody etc.

Day 5 Thurs 30th May. Approx. 11 miles HARD

We start at Monmouth Castle, birthplace of Henry V of Agincourt fame. After crossing the River Wye, we ascend fairly steeply to the Kymin, with its magnificent viewpoint beloved by Admiral Nelson. Now in the Forest of Dean, we continue through deeply wooded country, eventually descending to the River Wye. A riverside path takes us on to Symonds Yat and the high viewpoint of Yat Rock. Generally following the Wye upstream, we reach Cerne Bridge below the magnificent Goodrich Castle

Day 6 Fri 31st May. Approx. 7 miles HARD

A shorter walk to allow for time to celebrate our achievement at the Nags Head hostelry!

From Goodrich castle, we walk down to Cerne bridge. We take the Wye Valley trail, on a scenic, varied and hilly route quite high above the river. Eventually we reach a hill fort, and descend to the historic market town of Ross. We pass the mediaeval market house, to access a beautiful stretch of the Wye and continue to our destination of Wilton Castle on the outskirts of Ross.

Leader, Bob Baldwin

Co-leader, Lyndon Bracewell


Start: 9.00 am daily

Meet: Coach leaves Malvern Link Top free car park, Newtown Rd. daily at 8.45 am prompt,
Grid SO 774470
Post code WR14 1PD

Difficulty: Moderate

Walk Leader: Bob Baldwin

Cost: £120.00

Sorry, walk is fully booked.

Monday 27th May 2019
Walk No: C02

Wyche Way Section A, Broadway Tower to Great Malvern

36 miles over 3 Days

The 82 miles long Wyche Way links two iconic long distance national trails, the Cotswold Way and the Offa’s Dyke Trail. "Wyche Way" by Guy Vowles gives details and is currently being reprinted.

We have split the trail into two sections of three and four days. Section A is from Broadway Tower to Great Malvern, with dedicated coach transport daily from Malvern.

Experience some of the best walking in the Cotswolds, Bredon Hill, the Avon and Severn Valleys and the Malvern Hills, with hills, rivers, valleys, historic villages and diverse rural landscapes

The route is on good paths, but there are several stiles and some fairly long uphill and downhill sections.

There are some pub and café stop options en route and at the end of each day’s walk, but please bring a packed lunch and water

Classification: MODERATE to HARD

A reasonably high fitness level is required

DAY 1 Mon 27th May

Broadway Tower to Ashton under Hill

11 miles

From the impressive landmark of Broadway Tower, we follow the Cotswold ridge to the historic village of Snowshill. Continuing downhill to the west of the ridge, and with the Malvern Hills in sight, we explore idyllic Stanton village. We continue on easy rural paths over the Vale of Evesham to scenic Dumbleton village and on to our destination of Ashton under Hill

DAY 2 Tues 28th May

Ashton under Hill to Upton upon Severn

14 miles

We continue towards the Avon Valley and take a long steady ascent to the top of Bredon Hill, with its landmark tower and hill fort, enjoying spectacular 360 deg views. We descend to the attractive village of Eckington, experiencing some lovely riverside walking on the banks of the Avon. We pass some interesting small villages in quiet rural countryside, before crossing the River Severn and reaching our destination at historic Upton upon Severn

DAY 3 Wed 29th May

Upton upon Severn to Great Malvern.

11 miles

Aiming for the Malvern Hills, we reach Malvern Wells via farms and woods. Continuing steadily uphill, we arrive at the ancient salt way at the Wyche Cutting (the inspiration for the walk’s title!), and proceed on the main ridge to the highest point on our walk, the Worcestershire Beacon. After enjoying the spectacular views, including Broadway Tower (!), we descend to St Ann’s Well and continue to the car park, with an opportunity to celebrate our achievement at the local pub

NEW: bookings can now be taken for individual days at a cost of £20 a day (including transport and booking fee). You can book 1, 2, or all 3 days. On the booking form please specify which day you would like to book.

Our coach leaves Malvern Link Top free car park at 09.30 daily, returning to Malvern at around 18.00 on Days 1 and 2. Arrival time on Day 3 will be around 17.00 hrs. For a map of the start point, click HERE for an aerial view, and then select "Show points on OpenStreetMap" or "Show points on OS Map"

Start: 9.30 am

Meet: at Malvern Link Top free car park
Grid reference: SO 774470
Postcode: WR14 1PD

Difficulty: Hard

Walk Leader: Paul and Julie Wyatt

Cost: £60.00

Thursday 30th May 2019
Walk No: C03

Wyche Way Section B

46 miles over 4 days

The 82 miles long Wyche Way links two iconic long distance national trails, the Cotswold Way and the Offa’s Dyke Trail. "Wyche Way" by Guy Vowles gives details and is currently being reprinted.

We have split the trail into two sections of three and four days. Section B is from Kington eastwards to Great Malvern, with dedicated coach transport daily from Malvern

Experience some of the best walking in Herefordshire and into Worcestershire with hills, valleys and river to reach the Malvern Hills.

The route is generally on good paths, but there are many stiles and some fairly long uphill and downhill sections, specifically on Day 4

There are some pub and café stop options during and at the end of each day’s walk, but please bring a packed lunch and water

Classification MODERATE to HARD. A reasonably high fitness level is required

DAY 1 Thurs 30th May

Kington to Weobley 11 miles

We leave the border town of Kington and head to Almley village. We reach “The Leys”, an Elizabethan country house, and continue through delightful pastoral countryside to our destination at Weobley, where we admire several iconic “black and white” buildings typical of this part of rural Herefordshire.

DAY 2 Friday 31st May

Weobley to Bodenham 11 miles

We gradually climb to West Hope Common and enjoy distant views of the Black Mountains. Continuing along a delightful ridge, we reach the Queen Elizabeth Country Park and Arboretum. A further section of easy walking brings us to fine views of the Malvern Hills as we approach the large village of Bodenham.

DAY 3 Sat 1st June

Bodenham to Bishops Frome 12 miles

Another day of fairly easy walking through interesting, varied and scenic countryside. We reach a remote Roman road and continue through scenic woodlands to Little Cowarne village. We visit its interesting church and pass the intersection of the Wyche Way and the Three Choirs Way. We continue to the attractive village of Bishop’s Frome.

DAY 4 Sun 2nd June

Bishops Frome to Great Malvern....12 miles

Our final day contains several fairly steep ascents and descents, as we approach and cross the Malvern Hills. We soon reach and climb Fromes Hill, and enjoy spectacular views across rural Herefordshire. We continue below the west side of the main Malvern ridge to Mathon and its interesting church. After crossing into Worcestershire, near West Malvern, we climb North Hill to enjoy a vista of much of our trail. A short descent takes us to the car park and nearby pub, where we'll celebrate our achievement

NEW: bookings can now be taken for individual days at a cost of £20 a day (including transport and booking fee). You can book 1, 2, 3 or for all 4 days. On the booking form please specify which day you would like to book.

Our coach leaves Malvern Link Top free car park at 0930 daily, returning to Malvern at around 1800 on Days 1, 2 and 3. Arrival time on Day 4 will be around 1700 hrs. For a map of the start point, click HERE for an aerial view, and then select "Show points on OpenStreetMap" or "Show points on OS Map"

Start: 9.30 am

Meet: Malvern Link Top free car park
Grid Reference: SO 774470
Postcode WR14 1PD

Difficulty: Hard

Walk Leader: Keith Collins

Cost: £80.00

Saturday 25th May 2019
Walk No: C04

Malvern Hills END to END & BACK

A STRENUOUS HILLY 18 miles at a fairly quick pace …

This walk is for experienced, fit walkers.

The walk starts in Gt Malvern in Caffè Nero where you can have a coffee before the off.

We'll walk the whole range of the Malvern Hills and back again, taking in most of the tops. Very scenic with many points of interest en route, but with continuous steep ascents and descents, this walk is only suitable for very fit and experienced hill walkers.

It's a huge achievement and great accomplishment to complete the End to End & Back, and you will enjoy great camaraderie all day.

Taking 8-9 hours, with continuous steep ascents and descents, this walk is only suitable for very fit and experienced hill walkers.

There is an opportunity to buy snacks en route but we advise you to be self-sufficient: bring lots of food and drink.

There are public toilets en route.

Check the weather on days leading up to the walk: if hot you must bring hats, sun cream, lip balm; if wet you must bring waterproofs.

We finish 5.00-5.30 pm and ... slip into a pub to celebrate!

Certificates of achievement will be presented at the finish.

For a map of the start point, click HERE for an aerial view, and then select "Show points on OpenStreetMap" or "Show points on OS Map"

Start: Sign-in at 8.00am to START at 8.30am

Meet: Caffè Nero, Church St., Malvern; opposite Priory
Grid reference: SO 776459
Post Code: WR14 2AE
Parking: Pay + Display, Priory Road, opposite Malvern Splash Swimming Pool


Difficulty: Strenuous

Walk Leader: Mike Smart (hello@treksmart.net, Guided Walking)

Cost: £4.00

Monday 27th May 2019
Walk No: C05

Worcestershire Way in a Day

A STRENUOUS, LONG & HILLY 31 miles at a fairly quick pace … a walk for experienced, fit walkers.

We meet outside Great Malvern Post Office at 06.45 to catch the coach (which will leave prompt at 07.00, please be early).

The coach will take us to Bewdley where we start the walk at 08.00.

This 31 mile walk follows the Worcestershire Way (guide book available from Malvern Tourist Information Centre) from Bewdley along the undulating ridge back to Great Malvern where we finish at the Red Lion Pub (St Ann's Rd WR14 4RG) at 20.00-20.30 to celebrate our achievement!

The route is 31 miles long and is linear. It is hilly, VERY HARD and should not be taken on lightly. Having said this - it is a huge achievement and great accomplishment to complete it in one day, and you will enjoy great camaraderie all day.

Once we leave Bewdley it is 17 miles before you can buy any refreshments. We will stop at The Talbot Pub, Knightwick, for a well earned pint then go on to complete the walk. Be sure to take plenty of food and drink plus all the kit you would normally take for a long trek.

Check the weather on the days leading up to the walk: if hot you must bring hats, sun cream, lip balm; if wet you must bring waterproofs … or both.

Certificates of achievement will be presented at the finish.

Allow 14 hours

For a map of the start point, click HERE for an aerial view, and then select "Show points on OpenStreetMap" or "Show points on OS Map"

Start: 6.45 am

Meet: Meet: Great Malvern Post Office at 06.45 COACH LEAVES at 07.00 SHARP!
Grid reference for START: SO 776459
Post Code for START: WR14 3HJ (top of Church Street, Great Malvern)
Parking: Nearest long term: SPLASH Swimming Pool, Priory Road WR14 3DS (£4.20 parking fee)


Difficulty: Strenuous

Walk Leader: Mike Smart (hello@treksmart.net, Guided Walking)

Cost: £15.00

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