If you don’t already have one of these 100 dates scratch off lists you can get them on Amazon. They are great – lots of things we would never think of doing!
Today we scratched off – go for a hike and here is how it went!
Go for a hike
Although we like to think we are active people, in reality we are not active enough at all, so picking this as one of our first activities was a bit of a crazy idea.
Gaz chose a route around the Malvern Hills, it was our first time visiting them even though we have lived here for around 9 years now!
He used the Komoot app to find this route.
British Camp Car Park
We dropped the little ones to school and headed off to Malvern Hills. We parked at the British Camp Car Park near the Malvern Hills Hotel & Restaurant (Wynds Point, Jubilee Dr, Great Malvern, Upper Colwall, Malvern WR13 6DW)
The car park is £4.60 regardless of how long you stay but it can be used in any of the Malvern Hills Trust car parks throughout the purchase date.
They also offer residents of Malvern a reduced rate pass and an annual pass to those who want to use the car parks on a regular basis – Passes cost £39.00 (£15.00 for a second vehicle at the same household) and are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.
There are public toilets available located behind the snack kiosks / opposite the Malvern Hills hotel, be warned they are COLD but I was so grateful they had some nearby!
The views were beautiful from the top of the first hill, the clouds were also pretty crazy as you can see, no filter here!
We carried on up some steps and across the top of the next part ( I did try and work out the names of where we were but I have no clue to be honest so apologies if they aren’t right!)
I think this may have been Millennium Hill, but don’t take my word for it! It was pretty windy up here and taking a photo was difficult – but we had to prove we did it, or it didn’t happen right?
And yes I did just wear a T-shirt, in February at the top of the Malvern Hills I was so hot I couldn’t cope with my fleece on!
Gaz had a hoodie on, but he also only had shorts on, which he regretted when we got further along on our walk.
We then had our first downhill part of the walk down these beautiful steps with this view (and I do mean the view, nice as Gaz is to look at)
Again no filters on these photos the sky looked beautiful and blue
We then found this really cool little cave – I’m guessing this is Clutter Cave!
And I got Gaz to take a photo using some TikTok tips we saw the other day – not bad for him I will have him taking insta worthy photos in no time
We soon left the main path and our route took us into the more off the track areas and into these woods.
It got muddy pretty quick and we were soon regretting wearing our white mesh style running trainers.
It was really slippery and I don’t know how neither of us ended up in the mud, it was round about here Gaz started to regret the shorts as the brambles were out in force!
We could hear water walking down toward this spot, I’m not sure whether it feeds into it but as we were walking back up away from it the water was streaming down the pathways.
Walking back towards the car park it was getting muddier and muddier and then we got to the point where the path was completed flooded.
We had to navigate across the muddy path and then work our way through the trees to try and find where we could get back on the path
It was about 15 minutes of walking before we got to the end of the flooded section and it was still muddy for quite some way after.
We also came across this fallen tree, did we walk round it?
Of course we didn’t, we climbed through it.
I can confirm I am not as agile as I used to be.
Pretty sure I was dying by this point, more uphill before finally getting onto the final downhill part back to the car park
We finally made it back to the car park and it would be rude to not visit the pub across the road before we go home
I may have also had a gin and lemonade
For lunch I had the Chargrilled Chicken and bacon burger and Gaz had the Steak Baguette. The food was really good and didn’t take very long even though they were quite busy.
The pub is dog friendly and the staff were really friendly and chatty.
Here is my Strava map vs the actual map I can’t work out where exactly we walked but some clever person might be able too!
7.12km Walked (it should have been about another 1.5km but we took a wrong turn and managed to miss a bit beyond the quarry!)
We must have had around half hour of ‘not moving’ time as we were out for around 2.5 hours in total.
854 calories burnt, pretty sure I ate those in the pub but never mind it was good to get out and spend some childfree time together.
We had a really great morning and will be investing in some better shoes ASAP because running trainers just aren’t good enough for walking round here.
You can find out more about Malvern Hills Trust here. Thanks for reading and we will be getting through more of our 100 dates soon!
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