Being based in Cheltenham I am so lucky to explore and hike around. Cotswold area is very scenic countryside and it’s neighbouring county’s too. This time I’m exploring a small part of the great Malvern Hills following the Malvern Hill Circular Route.
I was so excited for my 30 minutes drive to the meeting point to join the local walking group. As I was approaching the carpark near the Gullet Quarry, the mighty Malvern Hills has greeted me by the distance.
A very pleasant morning for a walk, the sun was just peaking out from the clouds. The breeze was so refreshing. I quickly put on my hiking boots and grabbed my day backpack, I’m ready for a ramble!
As I spotted the walking leader, we had a quick briefing for our route. Soon we were walking towards the Gullet Quarry. A natural pool set in a fold in steep side of the Malvern Hills with azure waters that offers a mesmerising reflections of the hills! (It used to be popular for wild swimming but now a days it’s been forbidden due to deaths of swimmers occurred in the area). It’s been surrounded with notice boards along the bared wire fence.
Passing the quarry we headed towards slightly steep hill following the Hangman’s Hill route. As we reached the peak, we were eventually greeted by the vast expanse overlooking of a grasslands with a 360 degrees views of wonderful Worcestershire and Gloucestershire from afar. What a breath taking views!
Then we continue our walk headed towards Herefordshire Beacon. The uninterrupted fantastic views continued, until we reached and passed through a woodland headed to a carpark opposite a hotel.
We took our break and stopped by at a small café shop next to the Malvern Hotel. Most of the group has ordered tea and cake, but I opted for an Ice cream! Yes it’s my reward for the day, who could refuse a caramel toffee and butter pecan flavour!
Just after my ice cream indulgence! It’s time to go back to the trek. We opted for the lower route towards the British camp, passing through the woodland and a slightly steep hill climbed. We were once again following and trekking the undulating terrain of the great Malvern Hills, towards the common car park.
There are few carparks around the Malvern Hills, we opted for the Castlemorton Common Car Park its near the Gullet Quarry.
Proper walking shoes/ footwear is recommended. Bring enough drinks and snack or even a picnic to enjoy at the top of the hill while enjoying the magnificent views.
Make sure to bring a map, especially when not in a walking group.