The Malvern Hills AONB is an incredible hidden gem in the UK that's home to some truly spectacular landscapes. While it's only an hour by car from the picturesque Cotswolds villages, it doesn't get that many visitors - allowing you to enjoy some fantastic natural sceneries in peace and quiet. This truly makes it one of the most underrated weekend getaways from London.
The hills are taken care of by the Malvern Hills Trust, whose aim is to preserve the beautiful nature and environment of the area. The walking trails are therefore very clean and well-retained. So, without further ado - let's dive into the beautiful forest paths and hilltops of the Malverns!
There's a reason the Malvern Hills have been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. These hills are home to some truly remarkable landscapes. From their summits, you can get a spectacular panorama of the Severn Valley, the Bristol Channel, the Three Counties, and the gorgeous surrounding countryside. The views all along the walking trails are absolutely stunning.
Moreover, with the exception of a few popular sections, you'll find these forest paths mostly devoid of people. It's truly an amazing place to get away from the busy city life and enjoy some fresh air and nature - which for a large part, you'll have almost all to yourself.
There are plenty of things to do in Malvern and around the area aside from walking the Malvern Hills. Here are some of the best attractions to see nearby and other activities to keep you busy.
EXPLORE EASTNOR CASTLE. Situated in the foothills of the Malverns, this fairytale castle is surrounded by a beautiful lake and is home to some splendid interior decor. You can also visit the adventure playground on its premises - it's the perfect place for kids and even has a treetop walkway!
TAKE A WALK IN UPTON UPON SEVERN. This charming and vibrant country town is just a 15-minute drive from the Malvern Hills and is home to a flourishing marina surrounded by a variety of restaurants, cafes, and boutique stores.
CYCLE IN THE MALVERNS. There are a number of scenic mountain bike trails in the Malvern Hills, and cycling is a great way to explore some of the best hidden gems in the area. From short 1-hour routes to more challenging 4-hour routes, there is something here for bikers of all levels.
VISIT THE PICTURESQUE COTSWOLDS VILLAGES. You can easily pair a visit to the Malvern Hills with a staycation in the Cotswolds, which is just an hour away by car. There are tons of picturesque Cotswolds villages to explore; some of the best ones are Bourton-on-the-Water, Chipping Campden, and Bibury.