I can provide walks in and around the Malverns and similarly in Ledbury. The walks are in general based upon those described in the Pictorial Guide series. As with the books each walk is packed full of information about the great and the good underpinned by the wonderful scenery. From my experience of leading walks they tend to fit into three categories:
Short. A couple of hours maximum. Typically these tend to be my summer evening walks.
Medium. A morning or an afternoon at any time of the year.
Long. Most of the day. Depart say 09.30 break for lunch and back by around 4pm.
I have led walks for Primary school children, International students and members of the University of the Third Age as well as the Women’s Institute and a well known holiday company providing adventure holidays. Because of the diversity of each group, the route, speed and distance covered will vary considerably.
Here are some examples of the walks:
- The Alternative Town Centre Walk Malvern. Approximately half to two thirds of this walk can be covered in a couple of hours.
- Ledbury Town Centre Heritage Walk. Similarly around half to two thirds of this walk can be covered in a couple of hours.
- Great Malvern town centre to St Ann’s Well.
- Great Malvern Railway station to the ‘99 Steps’ and back through the town centre
- Ledbury to Eastnor Castle circular walk
- Around Ledbury Town: a brief history of transport in Ledbury
- British Camp car park to Elgar’s Grave and Little Malvern Priory circular walk
- Hollybush to Whiteleaved Oak and Raggedstone Hill circular walk
- The majority of the Beacon Race walk
- Malvern Link to North Hill returning by St Ann’s Well and Great Malvern
- West Malvern to Colwall returning via British Camp and the Worcestershire Beacon
With larger groups I often rope in a helper and therefore groups up to 25 folk is quite possible. With younger groups the expectation is that there are ‘responsible’ adults in attendance with a ratio of approximately 1:10 or less if very young. It is important to assume that the English weather can be downright horrible even in summer and therefore protection from the rain and wind is advisable as well as strong and suitable footwear. Finding a source of fresh drinking water on the hills is never much of a problem, however bringing along a small container of water and some light snacks is recommended.
I have public liability insurance and a UK Athletic Licence as a Leader in Running Fitness, however I do not provide first aid treatment.
In general work on a basis of £25-30 per hour depending on location and time of year. Therefore for a group of 10 on a short walk each member would be looking at paying just £5 for a stimulating physical and intellectual experience.
What some past groups have said:
“Thank you very much for our walk on Saurday. Everyone that came really enjoyed themselves, and we all learnt something new! Even though a lot of us have lived here for most of our lives!”
“Carl took two groups of our children on a beautiful guided walk along the edge of the Malverns. The route he chose was carefully planned with safety in mind, and offered spectacular views of the Worcestershire countryside as well as many sites of interest. He entertained and informed all of our children from year 3 up to year 6 with his excellent knowledge of the geology of the hills and local history.”