Colwall and Cake - West Midlands Day Walk
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Join TJ for a leisurely Saturday walk on the Malvern Hills to let the wind blow away some of the cobwebs this winter.
Starting at Colwall Station we start with a gentle climb through the village of Evendine before tackling the short but steep ascent to Pinnacle Hill.
After an early lunch stop we will continue along the spine of the hills - the once fortified border between Worcestershire and Herefordshire - taking in the beautiful panoramic views from the summit of the Worcestershire Beacon. On a clear day you can apparently see 13 counties and even on a grim day in February you're guaranteed to see 2!
We return to Upper Wyche for a warming cuppa and some cake in the cafe-cum-geology information centre then walk the last stretch back to the pub and station.
What to bring
Wrap up warm and bring a windproof, waterproof jacket. Although the paths on the hills themselves are well-trodden and maintained, we'll be walking through a fair bit of mud so you'll need boots and gaiters if you own them.
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking, trainers are OK if the ground is dry and there’s little chance of rain
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Food & drink
You'll need a light lunch and something to drink. A tea stop is included.