Malvern Hills Guidebooks and Maps
Below, RambleFest displays Malvern Hills guidebooks and maps, and provides the facility for buying them online.
The special quality of the Malvern Hills lies in its contrasts. The distinctive, narrow, north-south ridge, a mountain range in miniature, thrusts unexpectedly from the pastoral farmland patchwork of the Severn Vale. The highest point is Worcestershire Beacon (425m) and walkers along the ridge crest enjoy views as far as Wales and the Cotswolds.
The geological variety and centuries of traditional farming have given this AONB great ecological value. Herb-rich, unimproved pastures and native woodland support a wealth of habitats, species and wildlife. This is an area of pastoral farming, with dairying and stock-rearing, plus fruit growing, mixed crops and forestry. Large areas are grazed as ancient commons. Villages such as Malvern Wells have experienced considerable growth in their retired population and in workers commuting to Birmingham and Worcester. The towns of Great Malvern and Ledbury fringe this AONB.
Malvern Hills Guidebooks
We display rambling books first, some of which are no longer in print, but are available from third-parties via Amazon. We welcome suggestions for inclusion.
“The north-south hill range we call the Malvern Hills is unique in England, a sort of miniature mountain range of very ancient rocks that rises out of comparatively lowly territory on all sides. Seen from afar, especially from the north-west and the east, the hills look most impressive; distant views from the east reveal Great Malvern climbing the slopes of North Hill and Worcestershire Beacon like some hill town of northern India. The Malverns are a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and are cared for by the Malvern Hills Conservators, a body established in 1884 for this very purpose. The range extends about 8 miles (12.5 kms) from North Malvern southwards to Chase End Hill. Each of the ten routes in this book are graded from Easy to More Challenging with further details of distance, height ascended and the type of terrain covered, so assisting the reader to choose a suitable route. The walks vary from 2 to 6.25 miles and are designed to suit the needs of families, groups of friends or individuals looking for a gentle stroll or a longer walk. The ten walks are: On the banks of the Severn; A great medieval park; Heart of Elgar country; Storridge and the Suckley Hills; To Worcestershire Beacon; A circuit near Evendine; Over Herefordshire Beacon to Pink Cottage; Berrow Downs, the Obelisk and Shadybank Common; Colwall to Great Malvern; On foot to Chase End Hill. Halsgrove’s new-format guidebook, containing maps, photographs and useful information will ensure a great walking experience. Packed with colour, the book is an ideal reminder of a visit to the Malvern Hills.”
– A Boot Up the Malvern Hills, by Roger Redfern.
“Walk! Around The Malverns with Bob Greaves Experienced walking guide researcher and author Bob Greaves leads us on thirty walks of discovery in his home area. Ranging from gentle riverside strolls to a strenuous hike along the total length of the Malvern Hills (including all its summits), there are walks for all abilities. Roughly enclosed by the ancient towns of Worcester in the north of our area, Hereford in the west and Gloucester in the south, the area covered includes a wide variety of landscapes; even those who are familiar with the area should find a few pleasant surprises. Some routes exploring villages and areas of historic interest where Bob shares his extensive local knowledge to enhance your experience. The rivers play an important part in shaping the area and several walks include sections passing along their banks and to the settlements connected to them. And then there are, of course, The Malverns themselves; ancient, prominent hills from which magnificent views are to be had. As Bob says, My aim throughout is to inspire confidence. Each walk is fully described and includes regular timings, compass directions and GPS data ensuring that you ll stay on track. It’s easy to find the start of each walk as postcodes and OS references will get you to the spot and there are details of public transport options. Before you set out you will know the length of the route in both miles and kilometres, the time it took the author to complete the walk, difficulty level and heights climbed and descended. Most routes include a good local pub or cafe for on-route or end of route refreshments, almost all of which have been tested by the author. All the walks have been re-walked and researched within the last year so you can be sure all the details are up to date. Each detailed walk description is accompanied by licensed OS Explorer (1:25,000 scale) map sections overlaid with Bob’s route plus the waypoints he recorded at key decision points and places of interest. Colour photos capture key points along each route bringing the route alive as you read the description. Walk! Around The Malverns will enrich your visit to this beautiful region and we thoroughly recommend it as your companion as you walk around the region. The walking routes from Walk around the Malverns are available in Viewranger format for use on your 3G phone or tablet. Important Update: Changed start to Walk 24 download new page 106 for your book from the Discovery Walking Guides websites.”
– Walk! Around the Malverns
“The Malvern Hills have well over a hundred miles of paths on the hills and commons, and there is almost unlimited walking with real freedom to roam over many hectares of countryside. The hills are magnificent and the ridge walk is one of the finest in the country, with views east and west over large areas of rural England and into Wales. The 25 walks were selected to cover the entire range of hills and the adjacent commons; and, as the views looking at the hills can be as impressive as those looking from the hills, a few walks in the Ledbury area to the west and the Upton area and Old Hills to the east have been included.”
– Walks around the Malverns
Malvern Hills Maps
The Ordnance Survey `Explorer’ map is available in standard quality (shown), as well as the all-weather type.