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South Malverns Loop

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South Malverns Loop
Author: DFO, Published: 21 Jul 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 South Malverns Loop Walking Guidestar1 South Malverns Loop Walking Guidestar1 South Malverns Loop Walking Guidestar1 South Malverns Loop Walking Guidestar0 South Malverns Loop Walking Guide
Worcestershire,
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
South Malverns Loop
Length: 11 miles,  Difficulty: boot South Malverns Loop Walking Guide boot South Malverns Loop Walking Guide boot South Malverns Loop Walking Guide
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An 11 mile circuit of the Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, starting at the Swinbrook Car Park and terminating at the highest point on the Malverns, the Worcestershire Beacon (1,395 ft). There are stunning views into Wales and across the Worcestershire plain. Refreshments are available along the route. There are some steep sections along the trail, and the higher ground can be very exposed to inclement weather.

The walk starts from the Swinbrook car park, Hollybush, at the southern end of the Malvern Range. There is a £3.50 parking charge for the whole day. Approximate post code is HR8 1EU. Co-ordinates 52.041039,-2.342443

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Walk Sections

Start to Midsummer Hill
Start to Midsummer Hill

Start point: 52.041 lat, -2.3421 long
End point: 52.0582 lat, -2.3518 long

Walk out of the car park via the main entrance and, after turning left for a few yards, turn right onto an ascending track. Follow this track as it climbs steadily, passing some houses on your right. After the houses take the left track at a fork and continue to climb. Under the cover of trees you will reach a stone block with the sign for Hangman's Hill. Take the steep (but short) path to your immediate right to emerge on the southernmost crest of Broad Down. Catch your breath, admire the views, and surprise yourself at how high you've climbed. Turn left and make your way across Broad Down (there are several small tracks that will allow this) to descend into a hollow where you will find an information platform and benches. Continue ahead and climb the path that zig-zags its way up the side of the hill. At the top there are views across into Wales and the Black Mountains and, below left, the buildings and grounds of Eastnor Castle.

Midsummer Hill to Malvern Hills Hotel
Midsummer Hill to Malvern Hills Hotel

Start point: 52.0582 lat, -2.3518 long
End point: 52.0617 lat, -2.3472 long

Continue up and over the grassy hill ahead of you, being watchful for rabbit holes hidden in the turf, and follow a well trodden path as it meanders up to the strangely sculpted summit of Midsummer Hill. The odd shape of this hill owes much to Iron Age fortifications (it is also know as the British Camp). Climb down the path on the other side of the hill, taking steps whenever you come across them, until you reach a wide tarmac path that leads you down into a car park. Cross the car park heading towards the Malvern Hills Hotel on the opposite side of the busy A449.

Malvern Hills Hotel to Upper Wyche
Malvern Hills Hotel to Upper Wyche

Start point: 52.0617 lat, -2.3472 long
End point: 52.0867 lat, -2.338 long

Cross this road with care and take the road to the left of the hotel. After passing some public conveniences on your left, cross the road and look for a steep dirt track on your right. Take this (mercifully) short track to emerge on a dirt track and some well placed benches. The trail you are now walking will lead you all the way to the terminus point of the route, on the summit of the Worcester Beacon. Walk along this easy to follow trail, keeping to the main ridge of the hills, with ever more impressive views of the Black Mountains of Wales to your left and the vale of Worcestershire to your right. This switchback trail, which becomes steep at times, takes you over Tinkers Hill, Black Hill south, Black Hill north, Pinnacle Hill, Jubilee Hill, Perseverance Hill and Summer Hill after which you follow the trail as it descends into the tiny village of Upper Wyche.

Upper Wyche to the Worcester Beacon
Upper Wyche to the Worcester Beacon

Start point: 52.0867 lat, -2.338 long
End point: 52.1051 lat, -2.3398 long

Descend some stone steps (more public conveniences just to your left) and with care, cross the road on the bend. Take the road on the right (Beacon Road) and follow it past a row of cottages as it climbs upwards into a car park. Continue across the car park and then a tarmac pedestrian path, climbing steadily all the time. The Worcestershire Beacon is the highest of the hills, standing at 1,395 feet above sea level, and this path takes you some way towards the top. The choice you have here is to continue along this tarmac path to eventually reach the summit of the beacon, or to take the steeper rough track to the right of the path, at an opportune moment. The rough track is more challenging but is a slightly shorter route to the top. Either route will eventually bring you out on top of the beacon, where there is a trig point and an information table. If you have the right weather, the views from here are simply breathtaking, allowing you sweeping vistas across into Wales, Shropshire, the Vale of Worcestershire, and the Cotswold Escarpment.

Worcester Beacon to Black Hill car park
Worcester Beacon to Black Hill car park

Start point: 52.1051 lat, -2.3398 long
End point: 52.0638 lat, -2.343 long

When you have had your fill of panoramic views take a small track to the left of the trail you have just climbed. This track will eventually lead you back onto the tarmac pedestrian path, which you then follow, retracing your footsteps, back down into the village of Upper Wyche. At the village, cross the road on the bend once more and continue past the public conveniences to walk along the B4232 (Jubilee Drive). Just after a small modern church on your left take a track that runs parallel to the road and follow this track for a couple of miles as it skirts the feet of the hills, keeping close to Jubilee Drive. The track takes you through pleasant woodland with some fine views to your right. Continue across a small parking area to pick up the trail at the other side and, whenever the trail divides, take the lower route so that eventually you will meet with the road once more. Walk along the road a short distance until you see the entrance to the Black Hill car park.

Black Hill car park to British Camp reservoir
Black Hill car park to British Camp reservoir

Start point: 52.0638 lat, -2.343 long
End point: 52.0579 lat, -2.3449 long

Walk up the entrance road to the car park, crossing it to ascend on the exit road. Before the main road is reached turn left along a small track that climbs slightly above the road. This track leads back to the Malvern Hills Hotel (there is also a snack bar here which is open most times of the year and sells refreshments at reasonable prices). Cross the busy A449 once more, and head across the large car park to a gate in the bottom right hand corner. Go through the gate and follow the pedestrian path beneath pleasant woodland until you reach the British Camp reservoir. Take the very steep descending path ahead of you, just past a house, and follow the path as it plunges down and around the reservoir.

British Camp reservoir to Swinbrook car park
British Camp reservoir to Swinbrook car park

Start point: 52.0579 lat, -2.3449 long
End point: 52.041 lat, -2.342 long

The path ends and a rough woodland track takes over. Continue to follow this trail as it curves, descending left and then leveling right, following the contours of a hill. Eventually you reach more open ground and the path divides, take the left hand option rather than continuing on into the forest. Cross a grassy area with farm buildings ahead of you and look for a large gap in a hedge to your right. Go through this gap and follow the wide vehicle track as it bends left and then strikes out across rough pasture. There are fine, open views on this stretch of the walk and some pleasant houses on your left. Behind you are the wooded slopes of the southern Malvern hills. It is also worth noting that there are often free-roaming cattle in this area. Continue along this open trail until you reach a road junction. Turn right along this quiet road and follow it for a mile (approx) before arriving back at the Swinbrook car park and the end of the route.

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1 responses to "South Malverns Loop"

Walking on the road and by the road was a bit hazardous with dogs but otherwise a lovely walk.

By sliveing on 2016-11-12 12:41:37

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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1162_2DFO1342864998 South Malverns Loop Walking Guide Image by: DFO
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The view west into Wales from Broad Down
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Walking the crest of the hills, a trail that has a number of steep sections.
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Leaving Swinbrook car park at the start of the walk
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Looking south from Broad Down having climbed Hangman's Hill
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The sculpted summit of Midsummer Hill, the site of an Iron Age fort known as the British Camp.
1162_3DFO1342865383 South Malverns Loop Walking Guide Image by: DFO
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Looking west from the Malvern Hills, across into Wales and the Black Mountains.
1162_4DFO1342865383 South Malverns Loop Walking Guide Image by: DFO
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
The Worcestershire Beacon in the middle distance. The highest point of the Malvern Hills.

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