The Malverns -
Around 40 members gathered for a trip to the Malverns bright and early on a Saturday morning. Unfortunately, the bus turned up on time but then broke down, so we had almost 2 hours to wait in Ilkeston before we set off to the Worcestershire/Herefordshire border.
Two separate walks had been planned, though the longer walk had to be cut short due to the delays. The short walk went up to the Herefordshire Beacon and around the nearby reservoir, while the longer walk went north along the ridge to the Worcestershire Beacon before dropping down into Great Malvern.
Despite the delays, it was an excellent day, and the scenery is pretty stunning! Photographs by Sara Ashmead, Jenny Throup, and Robert Mee.
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The group split pretty much in half, and this is a photo of those on the “short walk”, led by Joyce Mold, having reached a vantage point in Herefordshire.
The long walk group (well, after the delays it was only about 1 mile further) set
off north along the ridge -
Looks pretty daunting!
Sometimes the leader fails to lead from the front!
Robert allegedly sorting his map out, but really taking a 2 minute rest before finishing the rest of the climb. There’s worse to come!
Lunch on top of the ridge, with spectacular views on both sides. Although the day was hot, the breeze up here was such that fleeces were needed by most while we sat.
At times there was a choice of routes -
I wonder who will get to Scotland first?
That’s the Worcestershire Beacon ahead. And though the photo was taken from high on the ridge, before we attempt the path to the Beacon we have to go down into the valley where the houses are.