The Magical Malvern Walking Festival

We are delighted to announce that the incredibly popular Malvern Walking Festival is set to return this year! Enjoy 9 days of themed, guided walks around the Malvern hills, from 29th May – 6th June 2021. Their varied programme features a wide range of walks; from short to long; gentle to strenuous; taking place in the morning, afternoon, and evening time.

Walking has numerous health benefits, and we encourage all our guests to get out and explore the magical Malvern Hills during their stay with us. Here are just some of the health benefits of walking:

  • Increases cardiovascular and pulmonary health
  • Reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Helps to manage high blood pressure, high cholesterol, joint and muscular pain, and diabetes
  • Helps individuals to lose weight and increase their fitness
  • Increases muscle strength and overall stamina

This year’s event has been in high demand, with many of the walks now unfortunately sold out. However, the following walks still have spaces available – click here to book your slot.

Steady Strolls

Tuesday 1st June – Discover the sights below the Wyche on this picturesque 5-mile stroll. The route passes by the Chase pub then down into Colwall, before visiting the open cast workings and well at the lovely lime kilns. This wonderful walk contains virtually no hills and minimal road walking. Allow 2-3 hours for this steady morning stroll, beginning at the car park on Jubilee Drive in Wyche Cutting.

Tuesday 1st June – Enjoy a scenic walk and a sumptuous tea in Suckley on this 3 ½ mile walk. This gentle 2-hour ramble takes in the stunning Suckley Hills, as well as an afternoon tea break of finger sandwiches, scones and cakes at The Glasshouse (contribution of £17.50 required). Allow 3 ½ hours for this steady afternoon stroll, beginning at Holloways in Suckley.

Thursday 3rd June – Learn all about farming in the Teme Valley on this highly informative 3-mile stroll. Joined by a renowned local farmer, this walk features frequent stops as we discuss farming and its challenges. Navigate easy stiles and footpaths, with one, uphill section, on this attractive countryside walk in the Teme Valley. Allow 3 hours for this steady evening stroll, beginning at the Bear & Ragged Staff pub near Bransford.

Moderate Rambles

Saturday 29th May – Explore enchanting Eastnor and the hills above on this 7 ½ mile scenic ramble. This wonderful walk is based on the Herefordshire side of the Southern Malvern Hills, featuring the fascinating Eastnor Park and Eastnor Castle. The walk also covers the majestic Midsummer Hill and the historic obelisk, offering 360-degree views across a varied landscape. Allow 3 ½ hours for this moderate afternoon ramble, beginning at the Hollybush car park.

Sunday 30th May – Walk on and around the Northern Hills on this 5-mile hilly, varied route over the tops of the hills. Climb above a disused granite quarry to reach the North Hill, continuing to the Malvern Hills’ highest point: the Worcestershire Beacon. You will also be given the opportunity to learn all about the Malvern’s “water cure” heritage at the spectacular St. Ann’s Well. Allow 3 hours for this moderate afternoon ramble, beginning at the Clock Tower on North Malvern Road.

Sunday 6th June – Navigate the Malvern Water Trail on this 4 ½ mile walk with a knowledgeable local historian. Visit 10 fascinating water features, including the highest spring on the Malvern Hills; boasting panoramic views over the Malverns and Severn Valley. This walk features some steep inclines, uneven ground surfaces, and rocky ledges. Allow 3 ½ hours for this moderate afternoon ramble, beginning at the entrance to Rose Bank Gardens on the A449.

Hard Hikes

Sunday 30th May – Travel over the hills and far away on this long, demanding 10-mile walk. Visit many places of interest including the marvellous Mathon Estate, enchanting Elim Pentecostal College, and the historical grave of Peter Roget. Climb up four difficult uphill sections, with some easier walking via country lanes, fields, and woodland areas. Allow 5 hours for this hard morning hike, beginning at the Clock Tower on North Malvern Road.

Tuesday 1st June – Hike up hill tops on the edge during this challenging 9-mile walk. This classic hill-top route begins at North Malvern, travelling to the Worcestershire Beacon, before heading back down to British Camp; with far-reaching views to the easterly Cotswold Ridge and Bredon Hill, and the western Black Mountains and Sugar Loaf. Enjoy a quick refreshment stop at the cosy Sally’s Place café, before heading over to the historic Holy Well. Allow 5 hours for this hard morning hike, beginning at the Clock Tower on North Malvern Road.

Relax and Rejuvenate at Swallowfields Luxury Glamping Retreat

Swallowfields Luxury Glamping Retreat is situated in the spectacular South Worcestershire countryside, providing the perfect base to explore the magical Malvern Hills. Our luxury spa lodges contain everything you need for a truly relaxing retreat; at the end of a long day walking, why not recharge your batteries with one of our luxurious in-lodge spa treatments, or enjoy a long soak in your private hot tub? The possibilities are truly endless!

Our summer spaces are filling up fast, but we do have some availability towards the end of the season. Click here to book your enchanting escape in the Malvern Hills today.


    Malvern has long been associated with healthy living, ever since it originated as a spa town. Many benefits have been linked to its spring water, as well as people. Charles Darwin, Queen Victoria and Florence Nightingale are all said to have enjoyed its therapeutic qualities.

    It’s a legacy that’s lived right on to this day and one we wholeheartedly embrace. Not only are we fortunate to be nestled at the foot of the Malvern Hills, we live and breathe nature and its many benefits.

    There’s no pounding the treadmill at Swallowfields, just beautiful walks with wonderful vistas provided by nature. Come visit our retreat and enhance your wellbeing in the best way for you, from reading a book and taking naps in your own hammock to cooking on a campfire and enjoying spa treatments. Our world awaits you…

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    Nothing beats a great family break! When you laugh so much your sides hurt and enjoy yourself so much, you’re thinking, talking (and giggling) about it for many weeks to come.

    Swallowfields is geared up for families. You’ll find that all of our safari lodges, which easily sleep six people, are located on a child-friendly site. There are also plenty of things for the whole family to see and do too.

    Take a wander in our lovely wildflower meadow, toast marshmallows on the camp fire, explore the Malvern Hills and beyond and check out our Adventure Castle and Nature Hideout! You can even bring the dog too!

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    You just bring yourself, we’ll point you in the direction of the action! And there’s lots of it!

    Maybe you want to challenge yourself and try something different, like paddleboarding or kayaking, or perhaps you want to practice your favourite hobby, such as mountain biking or hiking?

    There are lots of things to do all around Swallowfields and, when you’re back at your lodge, there’s a relaxing hot tub waiting for you.

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    We’re animal-lovers here at Swallowfields and we understand that your dog is a big part of your family, so why leave them behind?

    They’ll be right at home in our pet-friendly safari lodges. There’s oodles of room for them, their bed, bowls and fave toy! All that we ask, is that you keep them on a lead when walking around on-site and don’t leave them unattended.

    For just £25 per dog, per stay*, you can make sure the entire family get their hands (and paws) on our wonderful glamping experience! Oh, and don’t forget to ask us about our complimentary doggie essentials pack too!

    * Maximum of two dogs per lodge

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