GREAT MALVERNS AND THE WORCESTERSHIRE BEACON
This is a beautiful 5-mile ramble through woodland and valleys, with a particularly breathtaking panorama. Not to mention a refreshment stop at Bistro Scene - a popular teashop set in the delightful Malvern theatre complex.
A billy walk with magnificent views from the Malvern Hills. After an initial ascent to St Ann's Well the route takes you through the beautiful woodland as you go up to the Goldmine and onto the famous Shire Ditch.
If you are ready for a short rest you could indulge yourself in a cup of tea and a cake in the St Ann's Well Café. St Ann was well known in the Middle Ages as a patroness of wells and springs and is commemorated in the Priory church
From the Ditch there is a superb view all around and this reaches its best at the top of the Worcestershire Beacon where you can experience a breath taking panorama. There is a short but fairly steep descent towards the Dingle and this is followed by a long gentle descent around Table Hill for a fine view over West Malvern.
As you progress around the north of the hill the fine view extends to embrace North Malvern and then Great Malvern - a spectacular stretch of walking. You continue down through Green Valley and within sight of St Ann's Well again before you descend on final time to enjoy refreshments in the delightful Malvern theatre.
Bistro Scene is a popular teashop and restaurant set within the renovated Malvern Theatre complex, which is passed at the end of the splendid walk. It is open from 10am to 8pm during the week (from 11am to 6pm on Sundays) when you can enjoy a cuppa in most pleasant surroundings - on a sunny day the outside gardens are a delight. Bistro Scene offers a coffee shop menu during the day and is popular at lunchtime with local people who enjoy the quality home-made food. During show evenings, of course, the restaurant can become very busy. Telephone 01684 587751.
DISTANCE: 5 miles