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Winter Walks, The Malverns
This is the fifth in a series of walks undertaken by Bob Hockenhull from BBC Midlands Today.
Bob's last walk saw him return to Worcestershire, courtesy of enthusiastic rambler Tom Fisher. Tom moved from London to the Bromyard area last year and he loves the countryside around his new home.
His favourite walk is around North Hill on the Malvern Hills. And what particularly impresses Tom is that you seem to be able to reach great heights without making too much effort. Particularly handy on a winter's day when darkness is never far around the corner
His route starts in West Malvern at Croft Bank where the footpath around North Hill is clearly marked. Pretty soon there are fantastic views looking right out over Herefordshire, particularly scenic if the sun manages to break through the clouds.
The hills of Herefordshire are in marked contrast to the views around the corner when the walker gets the chance to look east over Worcestershire. The route of the River Severn can clearly be made out and you get brilliant views of Great Malvern down below.
As a prominent member of the Ramblers Association, Tom is involved with a campaign to get people more interested in staying healthy by taking exercise. He says the route around North Hill should provide the perfect inspiration for anyone from the beginner to the seasoned walker.
As you descend back down the hill back to the start look out for the Malvern water spring. Although it says the advice is to boil the water before drinking it. So perhaps it's better to head for one of the nearby pubs for that well deserved thirst quencher.
last updated: 05/01/2009 at 12:37
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