This walk takes in the majority of the ridge of the Malverns, from Swinyards Hill to the Worcestershire Beacon and back. It is aimed at those attending Richard's Worcestershire weekend away, but those not attending are welcome to attend too.
This is a circular walk
This walk starts at the Swinesherd pay and display car park, Castlemorton Common and heads up to the ridge of the Malverns via The Gullet quarry. It reaches the ridge at Swinyards Hill and follows it north to the Worcestershire Beacon (the highest point in Worcestershire and on The Malvern Hills), taking in Hangman's Hill, Broad Down, Millennium Hill, the Herefordshire Beacon (British Camp), Black Hill, Pinnacle Hill, Jubilee Hill, Perseverance Hill, Summer Hill and the Worcestershire Beacon. It then returns along a similar route, but to the side of the ridge, offering a different perspective. In good weather the walk provides stunning views of The Malvern Hills and the surrounding countryside.
NOTE: The walk is not as long as some, but it does contain a significant amount of ascent which should be borne in mind when considering the walk difficulty.
NOTE: The starting point can prove difficult to find! For those coming from Worcester, I would suggest taking the A449 towards Malvern and turning left at the Powick roundabout following the B4424 through Callow End and on towards Rhydd. At Rhydd turn right onto the B4211 towards Malvern then, almost immediately, left towards Hanley Swan. Carry on at the cross roads at Hanley Swan and keep going until you merge with the B4208 heading towards Welland. Go through Welland and follow the B4208 until it starts to bend left, at which point you turn right onto Castlemorton Common (if you pass the Plume of Feathers you've gone too far). Follow the road across the common and you should eventually find the car park on your left.
Google Maps directions.