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Today I bagged another of the Malvern Hills – Chase End Hill at the southern end of the Malvern Hills.  This is the very last hill in the chain and reaches a mere 624ft (191m) but I think this walk was my favourite to date. We started our walk in Whiteleaf Oak which is a small sprawling hamlet.  I wouldn’t have known where to park or where to start the walk from by… Read More

Today is our Queen’s 90th birthday, Happy Birthday Ma’am, and as part of the celebration there have been beacons lit across the country including on Worcestershire Beacon in the Malvern Hills which I live on the lower slopes of. The lighting of beacons, although historic, seems to have risen in popularity since the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.  Malvern went the old-fashioned approach then with a large bonfire which was quite wonderful…. Read More

Finally a weekend when a walk on the hills first thing was a real possibility and strangely after temperatures all week of -5-2C this morning the temperature was 12C, how very strange.  Since my last walk I have wanted to tick Perseverance Hill off my list as I was annoyed that I hadn’t pushed myself that little bit more last time.  So back to the Quarry car park and arriving at 8:45… Read More

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… Read More

To say I am euphoric, ecstatic and triumphant right now would be an understatement.  Last week I introduced you to the challenge my eldest son set me to climb to the top of each of the hills/peaks which make up the Malvern Hills.   Today I decided to cross North Hill off the list.  As its name indicates it is at the north end of the range, the opposite end to the… Read More

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge theme is ‘Warmth‘. Looking through old photographs I came across these taken of the Jubilee Beacon on top of the Malvern Hills on the 4th June 2012.  It was indeed a very warm experience.

So the snow has arrived.  It started about 6:00am just as we were beginning to think the forecasters had been over-cautious.  Heavy snow persistently falling so that now some 4 hours later we have around 2 inches of snow laying in the garden.  I love snow if I don’t have to get anywhere in it.  I love the way it seems to erase all the details leaving an almost blank canvas in… Read More

….said one of my work colleagues last week.  This was during a heated debate in the office about another work colleague (not me) who had left early afternoon to travel home in Malvern due to the snow.  I work in Worcester no more than 10 miles from Malvern but sometimes we seem to be in different climates.  This is due to the Malvern Hills which form a backdrop to the town of… Read More