Malvern Hills Challenge 5 & 6 – Pinnacle and Jubilee Hills


I keep wondering if I have forgotten something important for Christmas as I seem to have lots of wonderful luxurious free time this week.  After surviving the annual brussel sprout scrum in the supermarket it struck me that there was a beautiful blue sky and the view of the hills from my kitchen window was very enticing.  Time to tick off another hill for my Malvern Hills Challenge and maybe work off the mince pies I have already consumed.


I’m not approaching the challenge with any sort of plan.  I just set off, park the car in one of the car parks and see where my feet take me.  Today, I dug out my new walking boots – well they were new some 4 years ago but today I actually wore them.  I parked up at Gardiner’s Quarry and followed the path upwards.  I quickly reached the first peak (top photo) and despite the wind blowing a gale and my fingers feeling like ice cubes I decided to see if I could cross off a second summit.


As you can see the second summit wasn’t too far so very doable. This is Pinnacle Hill which is 357m (1171ft) above sea level.  It was an easy walk, although I needed my beanie and  hood up because of the wind and cold – probably around 5C (41F)


There’s not much to tell you about Pinnacle Hill except there are two possible Bronze age burrows on the summit and breathtaking views in all directions across to the Bredons in East and the Black Hills of Wales to the West.


The summit you can see in the distance is the Beacon which I haven’t ticked off my list yet but it is the one hill that I have been up a number of times over the years.   The yellow sticks you can see to the left of the photo are an electric fence which is there to control the sheep.  The Malverns have been grazed by livestock, generally sheep and cattle, for centuries with the exception of when foot and mouth was prevalent.  This being the case walkers are used to having to negotiate gates and keeping their dogs on leads in prescribed areas.


So having done two summits, why not do another one and in my sights is the lowest of the three hills you can see above.  This is Jubilee Hill, beyond is Perseverance Hill and then the Beacon.  As you can see the Malverns benefit from well established paths so any one can easily access them.

Jubilee Hill was named in 2002 by the Malvern Conservators to mark the Queens Golden Jubilee, and the plaque was unveiled by the Duke of York. The hill is 327m (1073ft) above sea level.


Having reached the top of Jubilee Hill I pondered continuing to Perseverance Hill but decided that it was probably a little ambitious given this was the first real exercise I had done since October.  Hopefully sometime in the next week there will be another dry day and I can tick Perseverance off the list.

On my return home I consulted my map of the hills and was disappointed to discover that the first summit is not one of the named hills so instead of crossing 3 off the list, I have only crossed 2 off. In fact it is the only unnamed hill on the map below and I feel quite cheated! There are 16 named hills plus this one, so I have 10 to complete if I want to complete the challenge my son has made of go to the top of all the hills in a year.  The deadline is the 29th May 2016 and if I am really lucky he will take me to try to spot some glow worms that he knows the location of somewhere on the hills.

You can access my other reports here

1: Raggedstone Hill
2. North Hill
3. British Camp
4. Summer Hill




18 Comments Add yours

  1. Anna says:

    Well done you! It must have been exhilarating up on those glorious hills today.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Anna
      Yes I was rather pleased with myself, should try to do it more often

  2. Yvonne Ryan says:

    Hi Helen – You must be fitter than you thought!! They look like old volcanoes. Britain is such an old land five degrees and windy – sounds like Wellington! Have a nice family Christmas and enjoy those brussel sprouts. NOT a favourite veg here and whenever English friends dish them up they think them such a treat! I believe if you deconstruct them and cook in a little butter very nice. It’s salades and strawberries and raspberries for us in the Southern Hemisphere and hopefully hot and sunny. xx

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Yvonne
      I shall be stir frying the Brussels with bacon. I would prefer red cabbage but Brussels have been requested so I am obliging the requester.
      Have a lovely Christmas

  3. Cathy says:

    Oh well done Helen – upwards and onwards! Definitely better than sitting on a train for most of the day, as we were…😕

  4. Brian Skeys says:

    That’s Boxing Day sorted then!
    Happy Christmas Helen.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Brian
      Have you seen the forecast for Boxing Day?! I dont think any of us will be venturing out

  5. Love the name “Perseverance Hill”!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Rachel
      It may have been the name that put me off!

  6. We have never-ending rain in the forecast or I might be inspired to plan a hike too. The view from the top of the hills is remarkable with villages and the greater landscape spread out from the tip of your boots to the horizon. Was it clear enough for you to see Broadway Tower? When climbed to the top of the tower in September on a blustery blue-sky day, I remembered your goal to climb the Malverns and waved in your direction. Happy Christmas, Helen, and all the best to you and yours in 2016.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Marian
      I dont think I have ever been able to see Broadway Tower but thats probably because in the grand scheme of things it is quite small to spot.
      Happy Christmas to you and yours

  7. rusty duck says:

    Fabulous views from up there. Mike went to school somewhere near Malvern and it’s a place he always likes to see again. Perhaps that is why I get to go to the flower show without so much as a peep of protest!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Jessica
      I think it is a lovely part of the country and am so glad we moved here in 2000

  8. pianolearner says:

    we were there on Saturday. We ended up walking in the clouds. thankfully we were all waterproofed up. We got soaked.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi PL
      Yes Saturday would have been quite soggy. I just got lucky but then its only something like 8 mins drive for me so easy to grab a walk between showers

  9. Matt @ Garden59 says:

    I walked the dog on this stretch of the hills the other morning, it’s a lovely area. Well done on the latest step in your challenge!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Matt
      I dont know that stretch so it was good to walk somewhere new

  10. What a great hike – the photos are stunning. How lovely to escape the craziness on a beautiful day!

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