Abberley & Malvern Hills Geopark

Meandering its way for 109 miles through the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark from Bridgnorth to Gloucester, the Geopark Way passes through stunning countryside as it explores 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. Passing through an assortment of habitats there is a plethora of wildlife adding to the occasion. Quaint villages and towns dot the route bringing further elements of exploration and enchantment.

To the north of the Malvern Hills on the eastern edge of the Teme Valley lie the Abberley Hills, comprising Abberley Hill, 283 metres (928ft) high. Walsgrove Hill, Woodbury Hill, Rodge Hill, Pudford Hill, Penny Hill, Berrow Hill and Ankerdine Hill.

The hills were formed during the Silurian period (420 million years ago). At the top of Woodbury Hill is the hour-glass shaped Iron Age hillfort enclosing approximately 30 acres and in places the ramparts are up to 2.5m (8ft) high. From the ridge of the hills you have splendid views of Witley Court, the Malvern Hills and the mountains of Wales.

Nearby is the 161ft tall Abberley Clock Tower built during 1883/1884 which can be seen from reputedly 6 counties, (the tower is on private property and is not open to the public). Abberley Hall is Listed Grade II* and has been described by English Heritage as one of the finest remaining examples of a Victorian Country House - it is open for guided tours by appointment.

Two long distance paths - the Worcestershire Way and the Geopark Way – run through the area. The official visitor centre for the Geopark Way is located near the Wyche Cutting on the B4218 Malvern to Colwall road at Upper Colwall. The Malvern Hills GeoCentre provides information on the geology, archaeology and history of the Hills using modern touch screen computers and other interactive resources. The GeoCentre also houses Cafe H2O selling healthy lunches, snacks and beverages.

GeoFest each year provides an ideal opportunity to explore and enjoy the Geopark - see www.geopark.org.uk for details.

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