Things To Do

Walking on Malvern HillsWalking

The Malvern Hills and commons are very popular with walkers. The Malvern Hills Act 1884 gave the land under the jurisdiction of the Malvern Hills Conservators as open access on foot for all time. The only time the Hills were closed was in the foot and mouth outbreak in 2002. Because you can walk anywhere there are not the usual regiment of signs and waymarks. The Victorians gave us many of the constructed paths that make walking the Malvern Hills such a delight.

Nordic Walking is also becoming popualar on the Hills. This type of walking uses poles that are planted behind the body thereby providing an upper body workout as well as general exercise. The techinque must be learned correctly so please contact your local NWUK instructor.


Publications: Walks on the Northern Hills

External Websites:
Walking World
Country Walking
Malvern Hills AONB

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Dog Walking on Malvern HillsDog Walking

Man's best friend and can be a great companion on a walk but please bear in mind that the Hills and commons are grazed by stock. Stock watch will inform you of their whereabouts on the hills and they are always present on Castlemorton Common.Stockwatch can be seen each week in the Malvern Gazette or on the post it on the home page of this site. Aside from stock, nesting birds like skylarks get disturbed by loose dogs flushing them off their nests.

Dog fouling is prevalent around car parks. Please train your dog to go in the garden and leave the Hills cleaner.

Publications: Code of Conduct for dogs | Enjoying the Malverns with your Dog

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Raising money for charity is very popular, most weekends there is an event. As an organiser you will need to register.

Publications: Sponsored Walks Guidelines


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Horse Riding on the Malvern HillsHorse Riding

Historically horse riding has been granted as open access on the Hills and commons. Many of the hill paths are designated as bridleways. Walkers by far out number riders so be aware of loose dogs and families enjoying the same paths.

Publications: Enjoying the Hills on horseback

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Mountain Biking on the Malvern HillsMountain Biking

Under the Countryside Act 1968 bikes are allowed on Bridleways. An Ordnance Survey map will show bridleways, as a general rule all paths on the northern hills are bridleways a legacy from the donkey trips, most of the paths on the east side of the middle hills are bridleways except for the path above Jubilee Drive. This is kept free of horse riders and bikes to allow elderly people a quiet walk.

We would also ask you to keep off British Camp. Although the mounds may look a challenge, the Camp is in fact over 2000 years old and is a protected monument, mountain bikers going up and down the slopes are doing damage.




Publications: Cycling on the Malvern Hills - All the information you'll need to know where to ride and how to ride safely on the Malverns.
Enjoying the Hills by bike. We ask all cyclists to abide by this code of conduct when out on the Hills. This will ensure that you, and other visitors, can safely enjoy this shared landscape.

We've been working on a project to promote safe and responsible cycling on the Hills with local mountain bikers. You can read more about the plans for the project over the next few years here - Mountain Biking Plan. As we make progress, information will be posted on the latest news page of our website and on social media.

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Orienteering on the Malvern HillsOrienteering

Why not try orienteering. There are two clubs that use the Hills for this activity. For more details please visit Malvern and District Orienteers (MADO) or Harlequins Orienteering Club.



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Hang gliding on the Malvern HillsHang Gliding

This sport takes off from Pinnacle Hill above Gardiners. The Malvern Hang Gliding Club regulate this activity.

If you live in the Malvern area or frequently use the sites then you are encouraged to join the club to get the most of of flying in the area and enjoying the other Club activities and resources.







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Model Aircraft at Malvern HillsModel Aircraft

The Malvern Hills Soaring Club operate from Table Hill or North Hill anyone wishing to take part in model aircraft flying is asked to get in touch with the club.



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Fishing at Malvern HillsFishing

Commoners on Castlemorton Common have piscary rights. Fishing is regulated for the public and anglers are asked to follow the Fishing Regulations. Fishing is permitted at the Mill Pond, Castlemorton. The pond at Hollybed has restricted use for the residents of Castlemorton and Birtsmorton. Fishing does occur at the Moat pond.

The issues surrounding fishing include litter and discarded fishing tackle disturbance to birds.

Publications: Code of Conduct for Fishing




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Climbing at Malvern HillsClimbing

The geology of the Hills and quarries make much of the area unsuitable for climbing and of course climbers know this. Wilfred Noyces took part in the 1953 Everest Expedition and was a master at Malvern College. The most popular being Ivy Scar Rock . In addition, the wall at Tank Quarry is used by groups for abseiling. Local contacts with the Malvern Hills Outdoor Centre advise the Conservators on the use of these areas.

Every year people get stuck climbing the quarries, so if you are an experienced climber please let the office know where you are climbing to save unnecessary call outs.




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Sub Aqua DivingSub Aqua

Worcester Sub Aqua Club regulate diving at the Gullet Pool along with the Maldives. In addition they are helpful in clear up operations associated with the pool.



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Kite Flying on Malvern HillsKite Flying

Kite flying is a feature of enjoying the countryside and is usually undertaken singly.


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There are 3 football pitches. At Colwall Green there is a regular club playing during the winter. The pitch on Malvern Common and at Hollybed common are more suited to an occasional kick around.



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Trails on the Malvern HillsTrails

The Malvern Hills is a great place to explore, with the advantage of it being quite difficult to get loss because you can see the town of Malvern from most places up on the Hills. However, if you are new to the area and would prefer to have a trail to follow or you are interested in walks that have accompanying literature to inform as you walk, then there are many to choose from.

Two such walks can be found on the leaflet entitles ' Walks on the Northern Hills'. The trails can be accessed from Great Malvern, so why not take a walk then treat yourself to lunch or shopping within the picturesque Worcestershire town. These walks can be accesses from the North Quarry car park, the West of England car park, or the Earnslaw car parks.

The Malvern Hills AONB has designed 7 discovery walks which you may like to sample. There are many trails that include the Malvern Hills, surrounding fields and woodland as well as special interest walks. Why not try the trail taking in points of interest for the scientist or train enthusiast?

Publications: North Malvern Hills Walks

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Group Field StudiesField Studies

Schools in the area carry out field studies, particularly geography and geology. Also undergraduates undertake their dissertation on the Hills. The Malvern Outdoor Centre carries out a variety of outdoor pursuits as well as field studies. This increased understanding of the area by younger people is to be welcome as they will be the custodians of the countryside for the future. Very often the results of their studies are not made available to the organisation and therefore their contribution can be lost. 




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Group Field StudiesBird Watching

The Malvern Hills provide excellent opportunities for bird watching.  The variety of habitats to be found on and around the Hills attracts birds as diverse as Ravens, Linnets and Buzzards all the year round, Redstarts, Turtle Doves and Pied Flycatchers in summer and even Snow Buntings from time to time in winter.

About 70 local birdwatchers form the Malvern Hills Bird Group, which you are welcome to join.  The group members record their sightings at:

To join the group, email



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