Walking the Malvern Hills is as rewarding for the casual dogwalker as it is for the serious fell walker.  The footpaths are accessible from the outlying towns, villages and carparks; whilst pubs, hotels and other amenities are all within striking distance. On the hills, the views are stunning and the fresh air invigorating.  Come mid-week out-of-season, and you can even have peaks to yourself.  Details of walks through Great Malvern to the hills and also convenient cafes and pubs near the hill walks on the can be seen here.

Apart from walking the eight or so miles of the undulating spine of the Malvern Hills, you can also divert along numerous footpaths and bridleways to explore old quarries, patches of woodland, neighbouring countryside and villages.  In fact there are over 100 miles of paths to explore. 

The Malvern Hills Conservators have published some guidelines for organisers of sponsored walks, a popular activity on the hills. They have also published a useful guide to walking on the northern section of the hills. Another useful website describes walks around the Malvern Hills and Cotswolds.

There is also an annual walking event, The Malvern Walking Festival.  See this recent news report for more details.

Walking the Malverns

There are numerous books available to make your walks around the Malverns more enjoyable, but why not try this recently published guide along with a detailed Ordinance Survey map of the area:

With an introduction about the landscape that makes up the Hills, the majority of the book is page after page of beautiful images taken through the seasons. In particular, Mike has highlighted the flora and fauna of the countryside against the backdrop of stunning vistas from various vantage points. This book would make a great souvenir for visitors to the Malverns as well as a useful reference for those that live in the area.

For walkers and cyclists enjoying the hills, we also recommend this OS Explorer Map, showing detailed public footpaths, rights of way, and points of interest.

Maps of Malvern area

Books - hill walking