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Saturday 26th May 2018
Walk No: C01

THERE'S BEEN A CANCELLATION - ONE PLACE AVAILABLE

Discovery Walk – Northern Hills, Dales and Trails

75 miles

Enjoy a special six day trail in wonderfully scenic border country of Herefordshire and South Shropshire as we take a route from Leintwardine, over the Shropshire hills and the Church Stretton area, to Clun and Knighton. Follow the Herefordshire Trail, Mortimer Trail, Shropshire Way and Offa’s Dyke Path to Ludlow, the Clee Hills, Wenlock Edge, Cardingmill Valley, the Long Mynd, Clun and Knighton. We’ll pass a panoply of historic houses, castles, hill forts and ancient monuments on a highly diverse and interesting trail with an abundance of sweeping long distance views.

Many ascents and descents: none are long or very arduous, but a fairly high level of fitness and stamina is required .

Day 1: Sat 26th May

Leintwardine to Ludlow: 11 miles; 1700 ft ascent

Initially on the Herefordshire trail, we walk below Downton Castle through a gorge noted for rare fauna and ancient woodland to reach Mortimer Forest. The trail continues through deep valleys and high vistas to the highly scenic Teme Valley as we approach Ludlow, ascending eventually along the Castle walls.

Day 2: Sun 27th May

Clee Hill village to Holdgate: 13 miles; 2150 ft ascent

Today we reach the top of all the Clee Hill range as we follow the Shropshire Way north, passing a mix of historic forts and cairns and latter day industrial relics, with outstanding views from Shropshire’s highest hills.

Day 3: Mon 28th May

Holdgate to Little Stretton 11 miles 1700 ft ascent

Following the Shropshire Way and the Jack Mytton trail we reach historic Wilderhope Manor and the prominent Silurian escarpment of Wenlock Edge. We continue on rich pasture before crossing Ragleth Hill.

REST DAY

Day 4: Wed 30th May

Little Stretton to Plowden: 11 miles; 1550 ft ascent

Heading north in secluded dales we reach historic Cardingmill Valley and ascend gently to the iconic Long Mynd Ridge. On a clear day we can see as far as Cader Idris in southern Snowdonia; the Malvern Hills; and, closer to hand, the sharp pinnacles of the Stiperstones. The 360deg views continue as we descend gently to the Onny river valley.

Day 5: Thurs 31st May

Plowden to Clun: 12 miles; 1700 ft ascent

Another loop on the Shropshire Way takes us to the Hopesay Hill AONB where we cross the intriguing Wild Eric’s Way. On scenic hills just north of the River Clun we walk via the massive ramparts of Bury ditches hill fort. Descending to Clun (one of AE Houseman’s ‘quietest places under the sun’), we reach its impressive Marcher castle.

Day 6: Fri 1st June

Clun to Knighton: 8 miles; 1800 ft ascent

A shorter, hilly final day mainly on the Offa’s Dyke path, passing some of its finest visible remains. We finish at the Offa's Dyke HQ in Knighton, before returning to Malvern to celebrate our achievement.

Booking is essential and is only taken for the entire walk, at a cost of £120 including transport and booking fee.

Our dedicated coach leaves Malvern Link Top free car park daily at 9.00 am prompt, returning to Malvern by approx 7.30 pm on Days 1-5 and 5 pm on Day 6

Please be aware that some coach journeys will be up to 1½ hrs.

There are occasional cafés and pubs on some stages, but please bring plenty of water and refreshments for the entire day. Boots and waterproofs are essential

The walk is classified as MODERATE, but the 6 days of continuous walking, with only one rest day, edges the classification towards HARD. It will require a fairly high level of fitness and stamina.

Start: 9.00 pm daily

Meet: Coach leaves Malvern Link Top free car park, Newtown Rd. daily at 9.00 am prompt,
Grid SO 774470
Post code WR14 1PD

Difficulty: Moderate

Walk Leader: Bob Baldwin (HR Holidays)

Cost: £120.00

Saturday 26th May 2018
Walk No: C02

The Best of the Three Choirs Way

35 miles over 3 days

The Three Choirs Way is a fascinating, varied, circular long distance route between the three cathedral cities & county towns of Worcester, Gloucester and Hereford. It cements the long historic association of the 3 respective cathedral choirs, celebrated annually with the Three Choirs Festival. As well as connecting the cathedrals, the waymarked path also links the two primary rivers of these three counties – the Severn which passes by the Cathedrals in Worcester and Gloucester and the Wye which passes by Hereford Cathedral.

And it is our good fortune that Three Choirs Way also passes by Malvern.ected three separate segments of approx. 11 – 12 miles each to give a flavour of the varied countryside along the Three Choirs Way. We walk by streams and rivers, through woods, up and over high hills, through orchards, vine and hop yards and, of course, some flat open countryside. We will enjoy some dramatic views and pass much of historical, nature and geological interest

Some of the paths are good, some may be slightly overgrown and possibly slippery. There will be many stiles and, inevitably, some relatively short uphill and downhill sections.

There will be occasional cafes and pubs en route, but please bring sufficient water and refreshments for the whole day

Boots and waterproofs are essential

Our coach leaves Malvern Link Top free car park at 9.30 am daily, and returns to Malvern at approx. 5.00 pm Days 1 & 3 and 6.00 pm on Day 2


Day 1: Sat 26th May: British Camp to Ashleworth 12 miles

From the prominent hill fort of British Camp we walk the highly scenic southern half of the Malvern Hills to Chase End Hill and then on to Kings Green. We continue south on gently undulating countryside into Gloucestershire through Corse and on to Ashleworth on the River Severn, 5 miles from Gloucester Cathedral

Day 2 Sunday 27th May: Hampton Bishop to Much Marcle 11 miles

Starting by the River Wye, 2 miles from Hereford Cathedral, we walk west to Mordiford, an area associated with Elgar, and then ascend to Haugh Wood. Passing through several nature reserves, we then reach the fascinating geology of the Woolhope Dome. We ascend to the dramatic and prominent Marcle ridge and continue over cider country to reach Much Marcle

Day 3 Monday 28th May: Knightwick to Much Cowarne 12 miles

Following a varied and highly scenic route we cross the River Teme, a main tributary of the Severn, at Knightwick and head for Suckley Green, where we enjoy a mix of orchards and hop yards before going up to Stanford Bishop. We continue on attractive and scenic undulating farmland as we approach Much Cowarne – 7 miles from the Cathedral.

Booking is essential, and is taken for the entire walk only, at a cost of £50 including transport and booking fee.

Start: 9.30 am daily

Meet: Our coach leaves Malvern Link Top free car park at 9.30 am daily
Grid SO 774470
Post code WR14 1PD
Returning to Malvern at approx 5.00pm days 1 & 3 and 6.00pm on day 2


Difficulty: Moderate

Walk Leader: Keith Collins (Powick Ramblers)

Cost: £50.00

Friday 01st Jun 2018
Walk No: C03

Geopark Way

39½ miles over 3 days

Last year we started walking the Geopark Way heading south to Malvern. This year we will start from the path’s end at Gloucester Cathedral and head north to Malvern.

Our journey meanders through the idyllic countryside of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Geology tells us that some of the rock we walk over is 700 million years old and the path we tread often feels like it has not changed in all those years. The trail offers varied walking: there are streams and valleys, trees and ancient woodland, hills and ridges with breath-taking views, meadow and pasture, all this between historic towns and villages.

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

Day 1, Friday 1st June

Gloucester Cathedral to Newent 13 miles

First we will have time to look at the splendid Gloucester Cathedral. Then a short walk to Thomas Telford’s bridge over the Severn; built in 1829, it is the largest single span masonry bridge in England. Here we board our bus again to take us to Minsterworth where we restart our walk to Newent. On the way we pass the geology reserve at Huntley and take in the views from May Hill (296m).

Day 2, Saturday 2nd June

Newent to Ledbury 15½ miles

We start by following the Hereford and Gloucester Canal and then through the country frequented by the Dymock Poets to Chase End and the Malvern Hills. We turn left at the Obelisk and head west, passing Eastnor Castle, to the historic market town of Ledbury.

Day 3, Sunday 3rd June

Ledbury to Great Malvern 11 miles

We can explore Ledbury before setting off through orchards, past Hope End, the home of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, to the top of Oyster Hill (211m). Down to Colwall Church before climbing to the Wyche and the old salt route. A final effort up to the Worcestershire Beacon (425m) and then descend to Malvern.

Bring food and drink for the whole days' walks

Booking is essential and is only taken for the entire walk, at a cost of £50 including transport and booking fee.

Our coach leaves Malvern Link Top free car park at 0930 daily, and returns to Malvern at approx. 6 pm, Days 1 and 2, and around 5 pm on Day 3, when we walk in to Malvern.

Start: 9.30 am daily

Meet: Malvern Link Top free car park
Grid reference: SO 774470
Post Code: WR14 1PD


Difficulty: Moderate

Walk Leader: Brian Pitts (Worcester Ramblers, LDWA)

Cost: £50.00

Saturday 26th May 2018
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.

It's a huge achievement and great accomplishment to complete this 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.

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 (TREKsmart Guided Walking)

Cost: £4.00

Sorry, walk is fully booked.

Monday 28th May 2018
Walk No: C05

Worcestershire Way in a Day

SORRY, THIS WALK IS FULLY BOOKED

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 Tourist Information Centre Malvern) 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 your 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 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.

Just 2 places still available

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 (Parking fee will apply)


Difficulty: Strenuous

Walk Leader: Mike Smart (TREKsmart Guided Walking)

Cost: £15.00

Sorry, walk is fully booked.

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