The Hills

The Malvern hills stretch for nine miles and form a natural border between Worcestershire and Herefordshire.
Worcester Beacon is the highest point and British Camp is the famous Iron age fort.
J.R.R. Tolkien drew inspiration from the Malvern Hills for his books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Standing at the top of the Malvern hills you can see the inspiration for ‘Middle earth’ in the English countryside to the East, ‘The Shire’ to the west and ‘Mordor’ in the distant black mountains.
Collect your picnic from reception to keep you going all day!

Walking the hills

Step out of our front door and you are on the Malvern Hills.

Walking maps are available from reception.

Worcester Beacon is a four-mile, moderate-hard walk, north over the hills.

It is the highest point and from here you can enjoy a panorama of English country side taking in the Severn valley, the Cotswolds, the Welsh Black Mountains, parts of thirteen counties, the Bristol Channel, and the cathedrals of Worcester, Gloucester and Hereford.

Combine history & walking

British Camp is a three-mile walk, moderate-hard walk, south over the hills

It is an Iron Age hill fort constructed in 2nd century BC where once there was a Norman castle. It is protected as a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Today you can see a number of generally round hut platforms and extensive earthworks (mounds and barrows of earth) that have been compared to a giant wedding cake.

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Malvern Wells
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