Marvelous Malvern’s to the rescue.
Nuneaton Mountaineering and Hill Walking Club’s planned camping trip to Wasdale in the Lake District had to be cancelled due to extremely wet and windy conditions in Cumbria, and was replaced by a day trip to the Malvern Hills. This proved to be a very good move, because as soon as the group arrived at the parking spot in Chase End Street the rain stopped, the sky cleared, giving us a dry if a bit breezy start to the walk.
The walk started at the south end of the Malvern’s and progressed north over Hangman’s Hill, British Camp and the Hereford Beacon (338m), crossing the A449 and continuing over Black Hill, (308m) Pinnacle Hill (345m) and Perseverance Hill (325m) to the Wyche cutting. For our return we took the lower path to the east of the hills to call in at the Holy Well before climbing back up to the ridge and retracing our steps back to the A449 at the car park for British Camp. From here we again took the lower path to the east to reach the quarry near The Gullet, up over Midsummer Hill with its remnants of Hill fort still in evidence and down to Holly bush. After crossing the road we returned to the car via Whiteleaved Oak.
The walk was 14 miles long with lots of ups and downs but we were extremely lucky with the weather, which was pleasantly warm and dry with the sun making an occasional appearance. We were all sad that we had not made the Lakes but we made the best of it with a great day walk which we all agreed was very enjoyable.