There will be eight Country Walks during 2020 taking place on a mixture of Saturdays and Thursdays during March to July, September and October and finally a Christmas/New Year walk on Monday 28th December.

The walks on Saturdays will start at 10am and all the Thursday walks will begin at 2pm. There will be a mix of demanding, moderate and relatively easy walks. Details of each walk will be given in the Society’s monthly email to members and on the website. For further information please contact Clive Rayment oncountrywalks@malverncivicsociety.org.uk

Booking a place on a walk

No booking is required, just turn up for a walk at the meeting point and time given on the website and in the Society’s monthly email of events. There is no charge. If you need any information about the walks, contact Clive Rayment on e-mail: countrywalks@malverncivicsociety.org.uk

This year’s walks

Apr
16
Thu
CANCELLED Country Walk : A History Walk in Malvern Wells and Little Malvern @ St Wulstan's Local Nature Reserve
Apr 16 @ 1:45 pm – 5:00 pm
THIS WALK HAS BEEN CANCELLED  due to the current situation – any queries to countrywalks@malverncivicsociety.org.uk We will meet in the car park of St. Wulstan’s Local Nature Reserve (Post Code WR14 4JA). From there we take paths out of the Reserve leading to Abbey School and Kings Road. We then head up Richmond Pitch to the A449 onto Hollywell Road and climb past an old quarry incline railway to reach Wynds Point. Past the Malvern Hills Hotel (toilet stop and snacks from The Kiosk available here) and then over the A449 to the car park. We will head down past the reservoir, past Tinkers Hill to join the lane that takes us to Little Malvern Court and Little Malvern Priory Church. We then cross the A4104, with care, to the car park, join a field path to Watery Lane and then into Chase Road and St Wulstan’s Drive. We walk down to the Reserve to get back to our starting point. The walk is approximately 5 miles long taking up to 3 hours. This is a walk not recommended for dogs. The walk is described as “moderate” with some steep and difficult sections but with plenty of interesting things to see. There are 5 stiles. Good, stout, walking boots are essential. The walk is being led by Peter Clement.
May
16
Sat
Country Walk : Along and Above the Glorious River Wye @ The Green Man Pub
May 16 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

We meet at the Greenman Pub in Fownhope to which we return for lunch after the walk (Post code HP1 4PE). The pub has an excellent lunch menu. From here we follow tracks and field paths to the cottage at, the now defunct, Mancell’s Ferry. We continue along an especially scenic stretch of river and ascend gradually to reach the Wye Valley Trail, with its outstanding views. From Caplers Camp iron age hill fort we descend to the river and loop back to Fownhope.

This walk is not recommended for dogs because of the livestock around and about.

The walk is roughly 5 miles, described as easy to moderate with some steep climbs and the estimated time needed to complete the walk is 3 hours. It is recommended that you bring a snack/drink for a mid-walk break. Strong walking boots are recommended.

The walk is being led by Bob Baldwin.

Jun
18
Thu
Country Walk : Glorious Wild Flowers at the Knapp & Papermill Nature Reserve @ The Knapp & Papermill Nature Reserve
Jun 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

We meet at the Reserve: Bridges Stone, Nr. Alfrick, Worcester. (Post Code WR6 5HR). We are being taken on a tour of the reserve and have chosen the month of June for this walk because we hope the wild flowers will be at their stunning best, particularly the wild orchids. This is a beautiful reserve consisting of old valley meadows, woodland and orchard. However, paths will be uneven and steep with steps in places which can be slippery and muddy when wet. We will be walking along the Leigh Brook. Apart from the main entrance, most access points have kissing gates so few if any stiles.

Dogs are permitted but must be kept on a lead.

There are toilets, a picnic area and a disabled toilet available.

If the weather is good, we suggest you bring a picnic tea for after the walk! Tea and coffee will be provided.

Allow up to 2 hours for a leisurely stroll around the reserve. Strong walking shoes, (boots if wet), are recommended.

This walk is being led by Brian Iles.

Jul
18
Sat
Country Walk : Historic Development of Upper Colwall and The Wyche @ Chase Inn
Jul 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

We meet in the car park opposite the Chase Inn in Upper Colwall (Post Code WR13 6DJ). To set us up for our walk we are being offered tea/coffee and slice of cake as well as the chance to study some historic photographs of the area. We will then begin our exploration of the local area by walking along Chase Road, Walwyn Road and Jubilee Drive to Gardeners Quarry and Perrycroft House.

We will. also be walking on footpaths that are likely to be muddy and slippery if it has been raining.

Maximum distance 4 miles taking up to 2 hours.

This walk will be led by Mary Clayburn.

Sep
17
Thu
Country Walk : A stroll around the quieter streets of Malvern @ Nags Head Pub
Sep 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

We meet opposite the Nags Head Pub with street parking available in Moorlands Road. This is a gentle stroll towards Great Malvern through Malvern’s quieter streets and then returning to Moorlands Road. Mainly pavement walking with some gentle slopes.

The walk will cover about 2 miles and will take about an hour. Walking boots or comfortable shoes are recommended.

No dogs please.

This walk will be led by Cheryl Robertson.

Oct
17
Sat
Country Walk : An Autumn Walk to Mathon and back across some beautiful and undulating countryside @ Malvern Hills Trust Car Park, Beacon Road
Oct 17 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

We meet at the Malvern Trust Car park on Beacon Road, Upper Colwall. (free to those holding parking permits otherwise a charge of £4.40). Some street parking available in the vicinity). The start and end of this walk is also on the route of the 675 bus (the Wyche Cutting. Stop) This is a hilly walk through a mixture of woodland and open countryside. There will also be some walking on roads and tracks. We should be able to take in some autumnal colours at this time of year.

The approximate distance of the walk is 6 miles so allow 2-3 hours.

The walk will be very muddy if it has been raining so stout walking boots are recommended.

No dogs please, as we will be walking through a number of fields with. sheep and cattle.

Lunch can be arranged at the Wyche Inn on our return

This walk will be led by Clive Rayment.

Dec
28
Mon
A Christmas/New Year Walk
Dec 28 @ 10:30 am

Vice-President and former Chairman Roger Sutton will lead a walk on Bredon Hill. Further details will be given on the Society’s monthly bulletin later in the year.