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The Malvern Hills have been described as a mountain range in miniature – with stunning views in all directions across the surrounding countryside. Our solos guided walking holiday takes in the eight mile long Malverns ridge which contains some of the oldest rocks in Britain. Their craggy outline is reminiscent of the uplands further west into Wales.
If you want a company that specialises in guided walking for solos and singles – look no further! That is our unique speciality. We have an extra speciality in that we also organise guided walking holidays for specific groups.
We stay for two nights in the Abbey Hotel in Great Malvern. 7-miles Accommodation is single en suite rooms – no sharing. The hotel has a bar, and lounge You can see the hotel accommodation by visiting the hotel’s web site. The hotel is close to the priory and is just two minutes away from Great Malvern centre.
Evening dinner – is three course at the hotels dining room. We have lunch at one of the area’s lovely country pubs. An example of a menu is shown here. Walking starts at 9.30 am, and we generally finish for that welcome cuppa at 4.30 pm. This will give you plenty of time to get ready for dinner. Dress code is smart casual.
We offer you the opportunity to stay additional nights, and many people extend their weekend as they wish. Just reserve what nights you need.
There are other walking holiday companies that cover the countryside but we believe we offer the best value for many reasons….
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The weekend holiday starts on Friday afternoon from the hotel at 2.30pm. We then walk all day Saturday and Sunday.
All full day walks start at 9.30 am, and we generally finish for that welcome cuppa at 4.30 pm. This will give you plenty of time to get ready for dinner. Your walks leaders will make this weekend break relaxing and the wonderful walking will stimulate your enthusiasm for the wide outdoors.
Its all about meeting new friends. Each holiday is designed to be a friendly, relaxed and stress free occasion. Talking is as important as walking on Secrethills Walking Holidays. We don’t go in for discos, we may use an event that is taking place in the area we are in to boost the weekends activities – but its good, old fashioned chat that makes our short breaks successful.
“Make new friends that turn into old friends” – that’s our motto.
You might be surprised by what fun you’ll have with people who are older or younger than you during a holiday with us, and that’s exactly the sort of atmosphere we encourage; people find it very rewarding. It doesn’t matter what your reasons for traveling with us are, we’ve had people who are single, divorced or widowed, people who have partners that are unable to travel, and people who can’t holiday with their friends anymore as they’ve all got married themselves. There are people who want to make friends, see sights, and experience something completely new. Whatever your reason, we’ll welcome you with open arms and our friendly hosts will help you to get the most out of your holiday.
Don’t worry if this is the first time you have ventured to join a group holiday – its always a bit daunting – but we will look after you and ensure that you get used to being amongst friends again. Trust us to to get you back into the swing of things.
Oh – by the way – its not a dating agency – over the years we have had people meet and fall in love – but that’s just chance. Our aim is that you make like minded friends – just relax and enjoy.
Just arrive and enjoy.
To reserve a place on any of our holidays, please follow these simple instructions.
Reserve online – once you have chosen your holiday, click on Proceed Booking and complete the online form. If you have difficulty reserving online, please contact us (tel: 01694 723600, email: firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will assist you to complete your booking.
Please note we cannot take credit/debit card details over the phone. You may pay by the following methods when you book online…
Please note than an initial deposit is required with each booking regardless of which payment method you choose. Your booking will be accepted when your payment (deposit or full balance) is received. Note – if you are reserving a holiday within a month of the start date then the full amount is due immediately and no deposit should be paid.
It is important that you read the terms and conditions before you sign the booking form.
Note – if you are reserving a holiday within a month of the start date then the full amount is due immediately and no deposit should be paid.
We walk at a steady pace, we don’t rush. We want you to enjoy our lovely scenery – these hills are a walkers paradise with good paths and an ever changing landscape. The walking is moderate with one or two sharp ascents and descents, taken at your own pace,
There are hills to ascend – we go up to a maximum of 350 metres over two miles of walking, but the climbing is gradual and we won’t rush. What’s the point of huffing and puffing, being exhausted then not being able to enjoy this fabulous land. Descending is not precarious, and is gentle in relationship to many walking areas.
The Malvern Hills are a land of ever changing vistas – on any walk we get four or five different landscapes to enjoy. Walking boots or shoes are obligatory, and many walkers find a walking pole useful, especially on the downhills. You will also need wet weather gear—generally we have a mild climate, lovely springs and autumns, and winter walking too is outstanding in theses secret hills.
Although our leaders are well trained and experienced in dealing with different capabilities of our walking clients, if they have any concerns about any clients ability or suitability to undertake safely any walking activity we plan or they feel that participation of an individual may affect the groups safety and cohesion, then they have full permission to exclude that client from an activity.
They will try at all times to provide an alternative suggested activity, though this may involve the client in additional local cost.
We rarely have to enforce this above recommendation, but it is a sensible and necessary protection for the individual client, the group and the leaders.
We walk along the Malvern Hills ridgeline taking in North Hill and its surrounds, the Worcestershire Beacon, The Herefordshire Beacon, the Roman Camp and both sides of the ridge line.
Welcome to the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The area is famed for its dramatic hills and for the pure spring water that flows from them, but it offers so much more besides. A rich cultural heritage of forts, castles and priories stands proudly from this landscape of ancient woodland, rolling pastures and wild, open commons. The geology of the AONB is varied and fascinating and the area is home to a diversity of locally and nationally important wildlife.
Great Malvern is largely Victorian but its roots go back much further. Iron and Bronze Age forts and tracks ran along the hills and Great Malvern was only a collection of small cottages until the Middle Ages. The oldest parts of the town can be seen around the Priory Church which was founded in 1085 when Benedictine monks settled here and built a Priory, which was a daughter house to Westminster Abbey.
Great Malvern originated as a spa village with therapeutic qualities attributed to its springs. It was the Georgian fancy of taking the waters and later the Victorian popularity of the water cure that transformed Malvern into a Water Cure town. Doctors Gully and Wilson brought hydrotherapy – the water cure – from Austria and built the first water cure house in 1845. The growing influx of visitors necessitated accommodation, information and social recreation to rival such centres as Bath and Cheltenham. Although you can no longer take the water cure in Malvern, many of the impressive buildings are still in use as public buildings.
The popularity of Great Malvern continued to grow even when the water cure had declined. George Bernard Shaw and Edward Elgar brought Great Malvern into the 20th Century with their music and theatre festivals held in the Winter Gardens. Today there is a new theatre complex in the old Winter Gardens; the old Iron Age tracks leading to St. Ann’s well and onto the hills are still walked by visitors; and cars as well as people now traverse Belle Vue Terrace. The delight of Great Malvern today is still its unspoilt beauty, with a glimpse of past Victoriana including our many still-working gas lamps, stunning views of the Severn Valley and exciting music and theatre.
Excellent organising of holiday. Very easy reservation. Guided walking was wonderful. Thanks for everything!
I really enjoyed this weekend.
Mike (walk leader) and The Abbey Hotel were excellent.
Good walks, good company, nice hot baths, big tasty portions of food and comfortable bed. What’s not to like? Will be keeping my eye on the website!
Very much enjoyed guided walking. Mike (walk leader) was very knowledgeable with lots of local info and stories.
Hotel fine. Food was good and room was roomy and comfortable. Staff (particularly the waiter both evenings) were very friendly.
Very well organised. There was nothing more needed. Thank you.
Mike was a very good walk guide just the right amount of info. Organisation of holiday – 5 star.
I really enjoyed the weekend, would love to have stayed longer. Thanks to all involved.
Guided walking – yes, loved it. Mike (walk leader) was great company, very knowledgeable and kept us well informed about the walks.