Easier Access

The steep slopes of the Malvern Hills can look a little daunting so if you're looking for something a little flatter and easier we've got some other options for you.

Take a look at the information below and use the interactive map below to help plan your route.

Cycling and horse riding is not permitted on the three paths described below to allow families with small children or walkers who may be a little unsteady on their feet to confidently explore the Hills.

Black Hill easier access path
Black Hill easier access trail

Black Hill Easier Access Trail

Starting at Black Hill car park, this 200 metre trail rises gently up towards the ridgeline of the Malvern Hills.  A short off-trail section takes you onto the top with spectacular views over Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

The path is surfaced and there are benches along the route for you to stop and appreciate the outdoors.

If you wish to extend your walk, you can take advantage of the surfaced trail which continues to travel northwards and wraps around the western slopes of Pinnacle Hill for another 500 metres.

Facilities at the nearby British Camp car park include disabled toilets, a pub / restaurant and a refreshment kiosk.

Find a car park on the Malvern Hills

Earnslaw Easier Access Trail

This recently resurfaced track winds through woodland on the lower slopes of Summer Hill.

Starting at Earnslaw Quarry car park this 250 metre trail ends at the abandoned Earnslaw Quarry Lake and a grassy area perfect for picnics.

The nearest accessible toilets are at British Camp car park where there are also refreshments available.

Find a car park on the Malvern Hills

Link Common

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Jubilee Drive path

From the Wyche Cutting to Gardener's Quarry car park this path snakes along above the main B4232 road.  Offering fantastic views across Herefordshire and beyond, this 1.5km trail takes in open hillside and woodlands habitats.

The surface of the trail is rough and narrow in places and not suitable for those using a wheelchair but the gradient of the path is gentle, making it popular with walkers not wanting to tackle the steeper slopes.

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Other areas

On land under the care of the Trust there is a right of access for walkers which means that you can explore many more places than just the main Hills on foot.

These areas are often less steep and more accessible and include:

  • Link Common
  • Malvern Common
  • Castlemorton Common
  • Hollybed Common
  • Woodford's Meadow

Tramper Routes

With a large number of paths on the Hills and Commons there is something for everyone, including Trampers - a type of off-road mobility scooter.

The Disabled Ramblers have kindly put together a map (right) of the accessible routes on the Hills for visitors using a Tramper.  Each section of path is graded for its difficulty.  If you need more information about access for Trampers, please contact the Disabled Ramblers for more information.

chairman@disabledramblers.co.uk or go to Disabled Ramblers (external link)

The Disabled Ramblers regularly visit the Malvern Hills and Commons and the group make the most of the rugged terrain and steep slopes.  A representative also sits on our Recreation Advisory Panel and helps us plan path repairs to improve access on the Hills.

If you don't have your own mobility scooter, two Trampers are available for hire from Cafe H2O near to the Wyche Cutting.  Training is given on how to use the Tramper and visitors are able to ride up to the top of the Worcestershire Beacon, the highest point on the Malvern Hills.

Cafe H2O (external link)

Other projects

We've been working together with local groups and partners to improve disabled access on the Hills and Commons.

Malvern Rotary Club worked with us and Land Rover Experience Eastnor to offer trips for the disabled up to the top of the Worcestershire Beacon.  A small number of trips are made each year.

Malvern Rotary Club (external link)