Malverns End to End

Guided walk in aid of Rafiki Thabo Foundation

Fancy putting your walking boots to the test, while enjoying spectacular views and historical exploration? Join us on this fully guided walk exploring the Malverns Ridge from end to end!

The Malvern Hills, located in the south of Worcestershire, includes parts of three counties and the ridge walk is the finest you will find, stretching across Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire with 15 distinct summits commanding glorious rural views and you will visit every one of them on this walk! One of the smaller Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Malvern Hills comprise approximately 105 sq.km and extends some 20 km in length and about 9km at its widest point.

Our Malvern End to End hike will test you as you take on 29.3km in one day: we are walking end to end of the Malverns Ridge and back again to the start – imagine the satisfaction after achieving that!

Date: 18th May 2024 – sign up by 20th April!

Price: £20 to register + a pledge to raise a minimum £250 sponsorship*

Start/Finish:  North Quarry Car Park at on North Hill 

* there is also an option to donate £250 (or more!) for those who’d prefer to do that than ask for sponsorship!

 

Just imagine…

A whole day where all you do is enjoy incredible views, nature, fresh air and time to leave the normal routine behind. The only thing you need to think about is putting one foot in front of the other, enjoying great conversation with old and new friends. Bliss right?

Ok so it will be a little bit tough as well, as with the considerable altitude ascended (a total of 1,956m) since we are visiting every summit on the outward journey and by-passing all but Worcestershire Beacon on the return leg (unless you really want to test yourself and do the whole thing again in reverse!) We will walk for around 12 hours, for this reason our event company Sky Blue Adventures have rated this challenge hard, but if you are moderately fit and enjoy longer walks, you will be fine!

The Malvern Hills collectively consist of North Hill, Sugarloaf Hill, Worcestershire Beacon, Summer Hill, Perseverance Hill, Jubilee Hill, Pinnacle Hill, Black Hill, Herefordshire Beacon, Broad Down, Hangman’s Hill, Swinyard Hill, Midsummer Hill, Raggedstone Hill and Chase End Hill.

Once the hills reach their zenith at the top of the Worcestershire Beacon at 1,394ft (425 m), the views are particularly astounding. To the southwest, the gentle hills of the Cotswolds roll into the distance, whilst to the west the hills of Herefordshire are backed by distant Welsh mountains. Adorning the summit is a toposcope, which allows you to match the landmarks to their names, as well as a memorial to Queen Victoria and the obligatory trig-pillar. Walks in the Malvern Hills are not just about summits and views however, there is also a great deal of historic interest. To the south of the ridge rise Herefordshire Beacon and Midsummer Hill, both the former sites of Iron Age forts, and there is so much more!

Why not make a weekend of it, there are so many lovely towns where charming cafes, tearooms and pubs await with friendly hospitality. This we will leave you to organise yourself though.

Up for it? Then what are you waiting for?

Sign up now for £20

To cover the cost of your challenge and to raise funds for our work, we ask that you pledge to raise a minimum of £250. With this you will be paying for half a year at secondary school for one disadvantaged child in Kenya, Uganda or Lesotho who would otherwise not be able to afford their school fees. We know that some people are not comfortable asking others to sponsor them so we are also giving the option to donate at least £250.

We will help you every step of the way with resources and fundraising tips. Here is a link to our our fundraising pack to get you started, it includes a host of fundraising ideas as well as how to set yourself up with a Just Giving page.

It takes so little to transform a life – have a look at the difference the money you raise will make:

Sign up now for £20

Some things to note:

Sky Blue Adventures are leading this challenge for Rafiki Thabo Foundation, and the event will go ahead subject to a minimum of 3 people signing up. In the highly unlikely event we do not get three participants we will inform anyone who has signed up we will attempt to arrange the event to take place at a later date.

Who can take part…

Anyone over the age of 14 (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult).

You will require a reasonable level of fitness and no serious health conditions to take part in this challenge. Subject to numbers you will be grouped into a team according to your ability.

Timings

We will meet the Sky Blue Adventures team at North Quarry Car Park at 07:45 and start our Malverns End to End walk at 08:00. Depending on ability and preference of the group the full walk takes around 10 to 12 hours, with a return to the North Quarry Car Park by 18:00 to 20:00.

Where to meet

Start/Finish: North Quarry Car Park

Parking Directions –  North Quarry Car Park

Parking Address: 32 N Malvern Rd, Malvern WR14 4LT

 

What is included

  • Highly experienced Walk Leaders (fully qualified and first aid trained)
  • Maximum Walk Leader/client ratio of 1 leader / 10 clients
  • Safety equipment (carried by your Walk Leaders)
  • £5m Public Liability Insurance
  • £5m Professional Indemnity Insurance

What is not included

  • Travel costs to start/finish location
  • Any transport if required to return a participant to the start point
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • All food, snacks and drink including water

 

Kit List

  • Rucksack – about 35 litres
  • Boots (with ankle support and soles which will grip on rock, grass and mud)
  • Waterproof jacket (with hood)
  • Waterproof over trousers
  • General trekking trousers (not jeans or cotton material)
  • Fleece top
  • Spare layer e.g. fleece top
  • Torch (preferably a head torch)
  • Food & Drink
  • First Aid Kit (small)
  • Mobile phone
  • Sunhat
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses

 

On behalf of Sky Blue Adventures:

Participation Statement & Safety Policy

We ask anyone booking one of our courses to ensure they have read, understood and agreed to both our Safety Policy and Participation Statement detailed below.

Sky Blue Adventure Safety Policy

Part of our mission is to help educate our clients to the risks involved and make them aware of the processes we use to manage risk. However, it is also important to understand that we can’t remove all risk to clients, instructors or people around us.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) identity four ways to demonstrate the competence of leaders. They should hold the relevant national qualification (NGB), hold an equivalent qualification, have received appropriate in-house training or be competent through experience. When Sky Blue Adventure employs freelance staff we ensure that activities are run by holders of appropriate NGB awards.

We hold Public Liability Insurance and freelance instructors either hold individual Public Liability Insurance or, in some situations, are covered under our policy. Clients are recommended to take out personal accident and cancellation insurance.

We ask clients (or parents/guardians booking for under 18’s) to carefully consider whether the activities suit their needs, expectations and capabilities. It is also essential that participants actions conform to any safety guidance and that any distress caused during or resulting from the activity is drawn to the attention of the activity leader.

Sly Blue Adventure Participation Statement

When activities becomes predictable and absolutely safe, they cease to be as exciting. They also cease, by definition, to be an adventure. Adventures have an uncertain outcome and will carry risks.

Going into mountain areas is hazardous, and, when adventurous activities are added, the hazards are inevitably increased. This implies a potential risk of injury or, in extreme circumstances, loss of life. Anyone considering taking part in a course or expedition needs to consider this very seriously and to both take responsibility for their participation and acknowledge and accept these risks.

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) acts on behalf of walkers, climbers and mountaineers in the UK and offers the following participation statement that we ask you to agree to:

“The BMC recognises that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.”

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