The 18th annual Malvern Walking Festival will take place next year from Saturday 27 May to Sunday 4 June 2023.
All the walks take place in and around the Malvern Hills – officially designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) – and some a bit further afield in Worcestershire & Herefordshire.
The Walking Festival website opens for bookings on 1 January 2023 and there is plenty of choice for everyone. During the festival there will be over 70 walks available across the 9 days. There are multi-day walks, all day walks and shorter half day jaunts; many walks are themed covering heritage, local history, geology, water, farming & gardens plus a couple of walks dedicated to beer & breweries!
For the first time there will be a 3 day Cotswold railway walk, combining a train ride to the start and walk back to the station each day.
All walks are graded from ‘gentle’ to ‘strenuous’ so no-one need let themselves in for more (or less) than they can handle. The most strenuous walk will be the ‘popular’ 31 mile Worcestershire Way in a day!
Commenting on the programme, Festival Chairman Bob Baldwin said:
“As a result of the pandemic, many people were introduced to the joys of walking & rambling for the first time – and have kept it up. This year’s 2022 Festival was sold out with hundreds of our regular walkers being joined by many new participants. Next year will be our biggest ever since we started in 2005, making the Malvern Walking Festival one of the largest in southern England. I encourage people to get onto our website as soon as it opens in January and book a walk or two before we are sold out again. For a second year we are pleased to be supporting the Midlands Air Ambulance charity, although of course we sincerely hope we will have no need of their services during the Festival.”
Booking & further information is available on the Festival website, linked below, or the Malvern Tourist Information Centre.
Photo credit: Jan Sedlacek at Digitlight Photography