Walkers have a right of access across all land under the care of the Malvern Hills Trust which means that you can explore the Hills and Commons.  We ask that visitors keep to established paths wherever possible in order to minimise disturbance to wildlife or grazing animals.

Please take notice of signage and access restrictions that are put in place for your safety or to protect some of the sensitive wildlife and heritage areas on the Hills.

Walking with dogs

We're happy to welcome responsible dog owners to the Hills and Commons.  To keep you, your dog and the wildlife of the area safe, please follow our dog walking code of conduct.

  • Please keep your dog under close control at all times
  • Take extra care when near livestock.  Livestock worrying, including chasing, is a crime.  When pregnant, sheep may also abort if frightened
  • Please ensure your dog is wormed as parasites can pass from dogs to livestock and people
  • Please take heed of ground-nesting bird signs where birds are known to be nesting and keep yourself and your dog on the path in these areas.
  • Please clean up after your dog and take your dog's waste home, or put it in a dog poo bin.

Take a look at our Stockwatch to find out where the temporary electric-fenced livestock enclosures can be found.

If you lose your dog or see a stray dog please call the Malvern Hills District Council Dog Warden on 01905 822799 (office hours) or 01562 733175 (out of hours).

If you see a dog worrying livestock please call 01684 892002 or 101, the non-emergency police number.

Finding a route

There are hundreds of paths that criss-cross the Hills and you can start many of them either at one of our car parks or any one of the many key access points such as Happy Valley.  For more detailed routes and trails, check out the Tourist Information Centre in Malvern which has lots of useful information about sightseeing and maps of the area.

You can also use the Malvern Hills District Walking App to help you find your way (coming soon).

Visit the Malverns

Malvern Hills District Walking App

Easier Access

The main ridgeline and the slopes of the Malvern Hills are steep but there are options if you're looking for a gentler walk or access for families or for wheelchair users.

Easier Access options

Planning a sponsored walk or event

If you're looking to run a sponsored walk or event on the Hills please make an application so we can provide permission for your event.  We've also produced some guidelines to help you plan your event.

The Hills and Commons are a popular place for walks, runs and other outdoor events so we need to make sure that the event fits in with other activities on the Hills and that all the arrangements are in place for your event to run smoothly.

Events that we've given permission for will appear on our events listing pages.

Take a look at our event guidelines (PDF)

Fill in a sponsored walk / event application form (Word doc.)

View our events listing