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Malverns End to End   12 comments

While we sit through a seemingly endless series of storms and heavy rain let’s remind ourselves that we had a small taste of spring a couple weeks back. Temperatures in the high teens and beyond and blue skies.


The Malverns were a go-to spot for walks (albeit short ones) when I was a kid but we limited ourselves to a small section in the middle. I’ve always had a hankering to walk them end to end and finally an opportunity presented itself.


The Funsters were watching a play in Malvern so I jumped at the chance to be dropped off at one end and then be collected at the other. I was dutifully left by the road at the base of Chase End Hill and began my challenge.


A glorious day, warm enough to walk in shorts and short sleeves. No real distant views due to the blue haze that cloaked the horizon but a wonderful day to be out with a long walk planned.


What the Malverns lack in altitude they more than make up for with descent and re-ascent, about a dozen as I recall, most of them steep.


Next on the list was Ragged Stone Hill. Just a handful of people but as good a view point as anywhere else in the range.


Looking north towards my next summit.


The obelisk on the unnamed hill just off the main ridge.


Onwards, downwards and steeply upwards to Midsummer Hill. Time for a break and a look at the next series of bumps and dips.


I wandered out to the obelisk to take a look.


Through some muddy forest and on to the next rise, Swinyard Hill.


And then Hangmans Hill.


And finally to Herefordshire Beacon, also known as British Camp.


Looking over British Camp Reservoir and the Vale of Evesham.


Time for a longer rest, a cuppa and a piece of cake while looking at the seemingly endless roll of Malvern summits.


Refreshed I pushed on along the hardest section due to its constant ups and downs over a list of summits, Black, Pinnacle, Jubilee and Perseverance Hills.


The blue skies were replaced with grey overcast ones and the wind picked up making it suddenly feel like February which of course it was.


Last but far from least is the highest point, Worcestershire Beacon. Even though I’ve walked in the Malverns many times, I don’t think I’ve ever been up here and therefore another new summit and Marilyn to add to my collection.


It was getting late and the texts from the Funsters started to arrive telling me they were done and ready to pick me up. Hurrying on was not a problem as I it was getting pretty cold by now.


Over the final three summits at the north end of the ridge (Sugar Loaf Hill, Table Hill and the predictably named North Hill) and down to meet the family.


And I’d made it. It felt like the hike was longer than the 11 miles my maps software told me (probably as I’d walked with only a couple of stops for about 5 hours). My legs did feel every bit of the 3500 feet of ascent. Not bad for a ridge that never goes above 500m. Cracking day.

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