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Saturday 27th May 2017
Walk No: MWF 01

2017 DISCOVERY TRAIL

The Wye Valley Walk

SORRY, THIS WALK IS NOW FULLY BOOKED

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE PUT ON THE WAITING LIST, PLEASE COMPLETE THE BOOKING FORM.

YOU WILL BE EMAILED IF A PLACE BECOMES AVAILABLE.

ALTERNATIVELY, YOU MIGHT LIKE TO LOOK AT ONE, OR BOTH, OF OUR 3-DAY WALKS: THE GEOPARK WAY OR THE WYCHE WAY

Enjoy six days on one of Britain's iconic long distance trails as we track the River Wye and its surrounding hills from Monmouth to Builth Wells, approximately 75 miles over the 6 days, with dedicated transport daily from Malvern.

Dappled wooded glades, eye-stretching views, ancient ruins, towering cliffs, gentle river meadows and sweeping views, in a combination of the dramatic and peaceful, make this possibly the best long river walk in the UK. It's a perfect mix of river and hill walking, with much of historical interest en route.

Most sections are on reasonably good paths, but there are some steep ups and downs, with narrow and slippery areas.

Classification ... HARD - a high level of walking fitness and stamina is essential.

Day 1, Sat 27th May: Monmouth to Goodrich; 13 miles, 500ft ascent.

Day 2, Sun 28th May: Goodrich to How Capel; 13 miles, 2,200ft ascent.

Day 3, Mon 29th May: How Capel to Byford; 13 miles, 700ft ascent.

REST Day

Day 4, Wed 31st May: Byford to Hay on Wye; 13 miles, 800ft ascent.

Day 5, Thurs 1st June: Hay on Wye to Erwood; 14 miles, 400 ft ascent.

Day 6, Fri 2nd June: Erwood to Builth Wells; 8 miles, 1,500 ft ascent.

Booking is essential, and can only be taken for the entire walk, at a cost of £120 comprising transport and booking fee.

Our dedicated coach leaves Malvern Link Top free car park (SO 774470, WR14 1PD) returning to Malvern by approx. 7.30 pm on Days 1-5, and around 5pm on Day 6.

Some long coach journeys of up to 1½ hrs.

There are occasional cafes and pubs on some stages, but please bring refreshments and plenty of water for the entire day.

Waterproofs are essential

Start: 9.00

Length: 15+ / Challenge

Meet: Malvern Link Top free car park
Grid reference: SO 774470
Post Code: WR14 1PD
Departure and return by coach each day. ETA Malvern 1900 hrs daily; 1700 hrs on last day.

Difficulty: Hard

Walk Leader: Bob Baldwin and Lyndon Bracewell (HF Holidays)

Saturday 27th May 2017
Walk No: MWF 02

Malvern Hills END to END & BACK

18 miles

The walk starts in Gt Malvern in Caffè Nero for a coffee before the off. Then walk the whole range of the Malvern Hills and back again, taking in all the tops. Very scenic with many points of interest en route.

At 18 miles and taking 8 hours, with continuous steep ascents and descents, this walk is only suitable for very fit and experienced hill walkers. There is an opportunity to buy snacks en route but we advise you to be self-sufficient: bring lots of food and drink.

There are public toilets en route.

Check the weather on days leading up to the walk: if hot you must bring hats; if wet you must bring waterproofs.

Start: 8.00 am

Length: 15+ / Challenge

Meet: Caffè Nero, Church St., Malvern; opposite Priory
Grid reference: SO 776459
Post Code: WR14 2AE
Parking: Pay + Display, Priory Road, opposite Malvern Splash

Difficulty: Strenuous

Walk Leader: Mike Smart (www.TREKsmart.net)

Monday 29th May 2017
Walk No: MWF 11

Fast Track Challenge from Hereford to Malvern!

25 miles

A VERY STRENUOUS, hilly, 25-mile walk at a fairly quick pace, with many stiles. Requires high levels of fitness and stamina throughout a long day. Walkers must be really confident of their capability as long-distance walkers.

The walk crosses open farming country interspersed with interesting villages and great scenery. It includes parts of the Three Choirs Way (which links Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester Cathedrals) and the Herefordshire Way.

Bring lots of food and drink. There will be an opportunity to buy snacks en route but you must be self sufficient. There are public toilets on route.

Cost £15, including transport and booking fee.

Check the weather forecast: if hot you must bring hats and sun cream; if wet you must bring waterproofs.

After 10 hours of walking, visit a Pub in Malvern to celebrate your achievement!

Start: 7.00 am Coach leaves at 7.15am prompt

Length: 15+ / Challenge

Meet: Great Malvern Post Office
Grid reference: SO 776459
Post Code: WR14 3HJ (top of Church Street, Great Malvern)
Parking: Several local parking options. Nearest long term : SPLASH Swimming Pool, Priory Road WR14 3DS (Parking fee will apply)


Difficulty: Strenuous

Walk Leader: Mike Smart (www.TREKsmart.net)

Tuesday 30th May 2017
Walk No: MWF 17

Wyche Way

36 miles over 3 days

The newly opened 80 mile Wyche Way links two iconic long distance trails: The Cotswold Way and the Offa's Dyke Path. We take the last three stages in reverse, as we walk from Broadway to Malvern, with a dedicated daily coach collection from, and return to Malvern.

Experience some of the best walking in the Cotswolds, on Bredon Hill and the Malvern Hills, together with rivers, valleys, historic villages and diverse rural landscapes.

Bookings can only be taken for the entire walk, at a cost of £50 including transport and booking fee.

Day 1, Tuesday 30th May

Broadway Tower to Ashton under Hill 11 miles

From the impressive landmark of Broadway Tower, we continue to the lovely Cotswold villages of Snowshill and Stanton. We walk on flat and easy paths over the Vale of Evesham, to picturesque Dumbleton and our destination, Ashton under Hill.

Day 2, Wednesday 31st May

Ashton under Hill to Upton upon Severn 14 miles

We continue towards the Avon and make the long, steady ascent to the top of Bredon Hill, enjoying spectacular views from Bredon Tower. We drop down to the attractive village of Eckington, enjoy glorious walking around the Avon and pass through several interesting villages. Finally we cross the River Severn to finish at the picturesque and historic town of Upton upon Severn.

Day 3, Thursday 1st June

Upton upon Severn to Great Malvern 11 miles

Now close to the wonderful Malvern Hills, we walk via the village of Malvern Wells through woodland, climbing along the hillside to the Wyche cutting. We enjoy an optional pub lunch close to the route of the ancient Salt Way from Droitwich, before the steady climb to the Worcestershire Beacon. After enjoying spectacular long distance views, we descend to Great Malvern to complete our journey and to celebrate.

On all three days of the walk there will be pub stops for lunch or a drink, but walkers must bring food and drink for the whole day's walk.

Classification...MODERATE, but bear in mind the distances covered; a reasonable level of fitness and stamina is required. The route is on mainly good paths, but there are many stiles and some fairly long uphill and downhill sections.

Start: 9.30 am

Length: 15+ / Challenge

Meet: Our dedicated coach leaves Malvern Link Top free car park at 0930 daily, returning to Malvern at approx 6 pm, apart from Day 3 when we expect to walk into Malvern around 5 pm
Grid reference: SO 774470,
Post Code: WR14 1PD


Difficulty: Moderate

Walk Leader: Roy Emes, Guy Vowles

Friday 02nd Jun 2017
Walk No: MWF 30

Geopark Way

34 miles over 3 days

The Geopark Way winds its way for 109 miles from Bridgnorth to Gloucester, passing through stunning countryside as it reflects 700 million years of geological history. The trail offers varied walking alongside rivers, through forests, along ridges and across valley floors, all with majestic views to match.

We start our walk at Stourport-on-Severn and in three stages make our way back to Malvern.

The route is on mainly good paths, but there are many stiles and some fairly long uphill and downhill sections. There may be time for refreshment at the end of each day's walk but walkers must bring food and drink for the whole day.

Classification:..MODERATE, but bear in mind the distances covered; a reasonable level of fitness and stamina is required.

Day 1, Friday 2nd June

Stourport-on-Severn to Abberley 10 miles

We soon reach Redstone Rock where there are caves that were inhabited right up into the 20th century. In Roman times the Severn here was wide and could be forded. We follow the Severn and then Dick Brook before climbing to end the day at Abberley.

Day 2, Saturday 3rd June

Abberley to Knightwick 12 miles

From Abberley, with its views of the clock tower, we join the Worcestershire Way, which we follow with lots of views from its high vantage points. We drop down to the River Teme near Martley before climbing again over Ankerdine Hill to Knightwick.

Day 3, Sunday 4th June

Upton upon Severn to Great Malvern 12 miles

From Knightwick we go through the pretty village of Alfrick and the nature reserve at Knapp and Papermill. The countryside here is particularly delightful and it's not surprising that when Elgar was living at nearby Birchwood it inspired him to compose Caractacus, The Dream of Gerontius and the Enigma Variations.

The route is on mainly good paths, but there are many stiles and some fairly long uphill and downhill sections. There may be time for refreshment at the end of each day's walk but walkers must bring food and drink for the whole day.

Booking is essential and taken for the entire walk only, at a cost of £50 including transport and booking fee.



Start: 9.30 am

Length: 15+ / Challenge

Meet: Our coach leaves Malvern Link Top free car park at 0930 daily, and returns to Malvern at approx. 6 pm on Days 1 and 2 On Day 3 we walk back into Malvern, arriving at about 5 pm
Grid ref: SO 774470
Post Code: WR14 1PD

Difficulty: Moderate

Walk Leader: Brian Pitts (LDWA)