Malvern Hills District Boundary Walking
The boundaries of the old (1974) and new(1998) Malvern Hills District Council which stretch from Worcester to Tarrington and from Tewkesbury to beyond Tenbury Wells have been divided into 30 circular walks of between 9.5 and 11 miles each. The aim was to complete 10 walks per year, normally on the first Saturday of each month, between February 2009 and November 2011. It was also hoped that a shortened version, ie of 6 to 7 miles, of each walk could be scheduled for the same date. Eventually most of the walks did have a shorter version except during the darker days of December and January. The last walk took place as planned, on the 5th November 2011 and was, like all the others, a great success.
A detailed map and a full description can be provided for each walk to anyone who wishes to attempt any of them. Please contact Mr Terry Arnold on Tel: 01684 575725
The first boundary walk was scheduled for 7th February 2009. Both the long and short version of the walk was completed successfully. Every month following on from that date until completion, the walks took place and were a great success.
To see a map of the combined old and new Malvern District Council boundaries, and the walks that were completed - click on -Boundary Walks Map
A Walk Around Our District.
The first boundary walk was in February 2009 (in the snow – see picture)
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and since then some 315 miles have been walked in 30 circular walks, each led by a different leader and with an average of 20 members.
Pictured are John, Sally, Lyn and Mike, who managed to complete all 30 long walks.
On Saturday 5th November 2011, 41 members of the Malvern Hills District Footpath Society walked the last of their Boundary Walks and celebrated with a tea, served by Ripple WI, in Ripple village hall.
On 22 of the walks, a shorter walk option of about 6 miles was also offered and this attracted an average of 9 further members. The walks stretched from Tewkesbury & Dymock in the south via Fownhope & Bodenham in the west - to Tenbury Wells, Mamble and Stourport in the north and on to Shrawley, Worcester & Kempsey in the east.
During the preparation in 2005/06 for the 30 boundary walks, some 360 obstructions of which 46 were major problems were reported to the Local Authorities. Only 11 of these 46 major obstructions remain and most of the less serious problems have also been cleared. Pictured is a new footbridge (it had simply been an impenetrable hedge and ditch before)
which was installed just in time for boundary walk number 3.
A loose leaf folder will be kept by the Society’s Mapping Section containing a full description and map of each long and short boundary walk so that members can complete any walks they missed or re-walk individual routes in the future.