Guest Blog - Walking the Hills
This week we have a guest blog from Sarah, otherwise known as @walking_the_hills_ Sarah takes us to the highest point in Worcestershire and tells us why she loves walking – especially on the Malvern Hills!
My name is Sarah and I am often found wandering on the Malvern Hills, either on my own or with my two children. I began walking about two years ago and it is now a big part of my life!
The Malvern Hills gives so many glorious opportunities for a good walk, whether it’s just a quick mile loop or a full day – I always come back feeling revitalised and refreshed.
But why do I love walking? I love the fresh air, amazing views, being connected to nature and the freedom. So grab a backpack, water and a good pair of shoes and enjoy the hills. And, best of all, it is Free!
A favourite family walk of mine is to the Worcestershire Beacon which is the highest point in Worcestershire at 425 metres. The walk is just under 2 miles and starts from Upper Beacon Road Car Park (WR14 4EH), the cost to park is £4.50 per day.
Once parked, walk up towards the end of the car park and this will lead you onto the footpath, the path will bend to the left and you’ll have a steady incline which goes round Summer Hill. If you take a break on one on of the benches, take a look back and you will have a great view looking towards the Herefordshire Beacon.
Continue on the footpath keeping left as it bends round the next hill, which is the Beacon.
Along this footpath there are lots of opportunities to sit and take in the view, also a fantastic spot to watch a sunset!
Keep walking until you see a path which takes a sharp right. Turn right onto this path, which will take an incline and you will almost walk back on yourself.
This path leads to the Trig point and Toposcope, you are now at the highest point in Worcestershire! On a clear day you will be able to see some fabulous views of Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, the Cotswolds, the Welsh Mountains and the Severn Valley.
After taking in the view, keep on the hill with the Trip Point behind you. Continue on this path as you descend down the hill.
Continue on this footpath and it will take you back to the car park.
I hope you enjoy the Malvern Hills and fantastic views as much as I do.