Malvern Civic Society

Country Walks

There will be six Country Walks during 2021 taking place on the dates shown below, including a Post-Christmas walk. There will be a mix of demanding, moderate and relatively easy walks. There is no charge for participating in our walks and details of each walk will be given in the Society’s regular e-mail and on this site. For further information please contact Clive Rayment on countrywalks@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

Jun
19
Sat
Country Walk : A Family Walk to Visit the Glorious Wild Flowers at the Knapp & Papermill Nature Reserve @ Knapp & Papermill Nature Reserve
Jun 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
We meet at the Reserve; Bridges Stone, Nr. Alfrick, Worcester. (Post Code WR6 5HR). Parking is very limited at the reserve but we have permission to use a nearby field for parking. 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. Subject to the prevailing Covid19 restrictions, there are toilets, a picnic area and a disabled toilet available. Allow up to 2 hours for a leisurely stroll around the reserve. Strong walking shoes, (boots if wet), are recommended. This would make a good family walk. We will be led by Brian Iles and the walk is rated as relatively easy.
Jul
17
Sat
Country Walk : Historic Development of Upper Colwall and the Wyche @ Car Park, opposite Chase Inn
Jul 17 @ 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. so stout walking boots are recommended.

Dogs will need to be kept on a lead.

Maximum distance 4 miles taking up to 2 hours.

Subject to any Covid19 restrictions lunch maybe available at The Chase Inn (WR13 6DJ) Tel: 01684 540276. Phone beforehand to check.

This walk will be led by Mary Clayburn and is rated as moderate.

Aug
19
Thu
Country Walk : A History Walk in Malvern Wells and Little Malvern @ St. Wulstan's Nature Reserve
Aug 19 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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.

Dogs are not permitted.

The walk is rated 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.

Sep
18
Sat
Country Walk : Heritage Open Day Walk
Sep 18 @ 10:00 am

Planning for this walk is still being undertaken. Details will be released as soon as possible

Oct
16
Sat
Country Walk : “Around Stephen Ballard” @ Downs School
Oct 16 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

We will meet up at the end of Brockhill Road by the Downs School (Post Code WR13 6EY). From the school we will make our way through the Purlieu, past some notable sites and onto the Wyche Free Church, walking above Jubilee Drive, to the Chase Inn for lunch (subject to any prevailing Covid19 restrictions) Telephone 01684 540276 for details. Downhill through “tree heaven” and the smoke vents from the railway tunnel to Stephen Ballard’s house and then back to the garden at the Downs school. Lunch will be taken mid walk.
Dogs would need to be on leads.
There are four stiles and some steep paths where a stick would be handy. Stout boots will be essential as we will be walking mainly on footpaths.
The walk is approximately 4 miles and with a stop for lunch, will take about 3 hours and is rated as moderate.
The walk is being led by Diana and Dick Stockford.

Dec
30
Thu
Country Walk : A Post-Christmas Country Walk
Dec 30 @ 10:00 am

Planning for this walk is still being undertaken.  Details will be released as soon as possible.