Did you know that walking lifts the mood, boosts brain power, promotes sleep and helps you live longer? Well, it’s true, and we have the science to prove it! No wonder it’s often called the ‘miracle drug’ for good health, and no better place to put it to the test than the picture-perfect landscapes of Malvern and its naturally beautiful surroundings – all 228 square miles of them.
Here’s a selection of our favourite walking routes for Spring.
Jubilee Drive (3 miles)
As the sunshine yellow daffodils of early Spring begin to wane, the exquisite, nodding heads of the native English bluebell are waiting in the wings to steal the show, clinging to the slopes of the Malvern Hills to form a spectacular, heart-warming mass of azure in April and May. You can start out from Gardiners Quarry, Black Hill or British Camp or ascend to the ridge from Wyche Cutting, head South to Perseverance Hill, then Jubilee Hill, before dropping down right into coniferous woodland. Switch back twice and you’ll find yourself on the path running parallel to Jubilee Drive, overlooking a divine canvas of electric blue. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a Skylark.
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Martley Circular Walk (6 ¼ miles)
What could be more glorious than the scenic Teme Valley in Spring, with its panoramic views, traditional orchards, pastures and ancient woodland all vying for attention? This pretty walk starts from St. Peter’s Church and forms part of The Worcestershire Way, taking in Rodge Hill and opening out to the banks of the beautiful River Teme. You’ll pass through a Kissing Gate – more amorous-sounding than it is – and with the arrival of April, the confetti-white damson blossom comes into its own. Expect to stumble across several wild flowers such as wood anemones followed by speedwell, forget me nots, wild cherry and cow parsley. Download the Martley Circular Walk.
The Knapp and Paper Mill Reserve Circular Walk (8 miles)
The Malvern District boasts rolling hills, commons, meadows and one or two Nature Reserves. Resplendent in ancient, semi-natural woodland, native hedges and an abundance of wildlife, this route makes for a pretty Spring ramble. Starting from Alfrick Pound, it meanders alongside Leigh Brook through the Reserve, over Mousehole Bridge to Upper Tundridge, taking in Blackhouse Wood, Crews Hill and Ravenshill Wood. It’s a treat for the eyes and the nose, on account of the wild garlic which flourishes here, and there’s a good chance you’ll spot kingfishers, woodpeckers and the odd circling buzzard. Find out more about The Knapp & Paper Mill Reserve and Blackhouse Wood.
Malvern Hills Area of outstanding Natural Beauty Discovery Walk Malvern Wells (4 miles)
An ideal Spring walk commanding superb views of Malvern’s magnificent hills, but not too far off the beaten track. The tranquil haven of St. Wulstan’s Local Nature Reserve is your starting point, and the route takes you up Holywell Road, through the old Berington Quarry and along bridleways where you can take in wildflower meadows and spot yarrow, bugle, bluebells and scarlet pimpernel. Butterfly populations have declined in recent years, but you’ll be delighted to see the Common Blue, together with the charmingly-named Green Hairstreak, Silver-washed Fritillary and Brown Argus have all been recorded, as have kestrels, green-finches, tawny owls and glow-worms. Find out about the Malvern Hills AONB Discovery Walk.
Find out more about walking routes across The Malverns with our Walking Route Finder.