Walking

Walkers have a right of access across all land under the care of the Malvern Hills Trust which means that you can explore the Hills and Commons.  We ask that visitors keep to established paths wherever possible in order to minimise disturbance to wildlife or grazing animals.

Please take notice of signage and access restrictions that are put in place for your safety or to protect some of the sensitive wildlife and heritage areas on the Hills.

New map and guide

We're pleased to announce the launch of a new, free, walking and cycling map and guide for the Malvern Hills and Commons.

The footpaths and bridleways that cross this iconic landscape are clearly shown to help walkers and cyclists plan their route and find their way.

Advice about enjoying this shared landscape in a responsible way is also provided on side one.  Please help us to care for the precious heritage and sensitive wildlife of the Hills and Commons, and fellow visitors too.

The map and guide is available from our offices, local Tourist Information Centres, cafes, bike shops, and other visitor attractions.

Copies of the map and guide can also be downloaded below - please note that these files are large due to the detailed mapping within the guide. 

Map and Guide, side one - Northern and Central Hills (PDF, 9.7mb)

Map and Guide, side two - Southern Hills and Castlemorton Common (PDF, 4.5mb)

 

Walking with dogs

We're happy to welcome responsible dog owners to the Hills and Commons.  To keep you, your dog and the wildlife of the area safe, please follow our dog walking code of conduct.

  • Please keep your dog under close control at all times
  • Take extra care when near livestock.  Livestock worrying, including chasing, is a crime.  When pregnant, sheep may also abort if frightened
  • Please ensure your dog is wormed as parasites can pass from dogs to livestock and people
  • Please take heed of ground-nesting bird signs where birds are known to be nesting and keep yourself and your dog on the path in these areas.
  • Please clean up after your dog and take your dog's waste home, or put it in a dog poo bin.

Take a look at our Stockwatch to find out where the temporary electric-fenced livestock enclosures can be found.

If you lose your dog or see a stray dog please call the Malvern Hills District Council Dog Warden on 01905 822799 (office hours) or 01562 733175 (out of hours).

If you see a dog worrying livestock please call 01684 892002 or 101, the non-emergency police number.


Easier Access

The main ridgeline and the slopes of the Malvern Hills are steep but there are options if you're looking for a gentler walk or access for families or for wheelchair users.

Easier Access options


Planning a sponsored walk or event

If you're looking to run a sponsored walk or event on the Hills please make an application so we can provide permission for your event.  We've also produced some guidelines to help you plan your event.

The Hills and Commons are a popular place for walks, runs and other outdoor events so we need to make sure that the event fits in with other activities on the Hills and that all the arrangements are in place for your event to run smoothly.

Events that we've given permission for will appear on our events listing pages.

Take a look at our event guidelines (PDF)

Fill in a sponsored walk / event application form (Word doc.)

View our events listing

Further information

Find out further information about walks in and around the Malvern Hills using the links below.

For attractions in the local area, check out the Malvern Tourist Information Centre website - Visit the Malverns

You can also use the Malvern Hills District Walking App to help you find your way - Malvern Hills District Walking App

Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - the Malvern Hills and Commons are within the Malvern Hills AONB.  A number of walks around the AONB can be found here - Exploring the AONB

Worcestershire County Council are responsible for the Public Rights of Way in Worcestershire.  They also have a series of walks, including long distance trails that are available on their website - Countryside Service