01694 723600 info@secrethillswalking.co.uk
We meet as strangers and depart as friends


Majestic Malvern Hills

Price
From£515
* Please select all required fields to proceed to the next step.

Proceed Booking

Save To Wish List

Adding item to wishlist requires an account

272

Why Book With Us?

  • Value for Money
  • Personal Service
  • Hand-picked Tours & Activities
  • No single supplement (UK only)
  • Flights from local airports (Europe only)

Make an Enquiry

Do not hesitate to contact us. We are an expert team and we are always happy to talk to you.

info@secrethillswalking.co.uk

01694 723600

You matter to us & we promise to provide you with a superb walking & social holiday, tailored specifically to your needs. We provide walking holidays for walkers & as walkers ourselves, we appreciate & understand the requirements of a walking holiday.

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.

  • Three days
  • Refund guarantee
  • Expert Tour Guides
  • Two Nights
  • Location: Malvern Hills
What you get on a Secret Hills Break
  • Hotel bed and breakfast– en suite two nights/ three nights if the holiday falls on a Bank Holiday – Spring Bank or August Bank Holiday
  • Dinner- three course.
  • Lunch- except first day
  • Sole Occupancy
  • Personal service
  • Expert guiding- friendly, local guides that know the area superbly well
  • Transport to walks start and finish as needed
  • Flexibility
  • No single supplement
  • A social, relaxed approach
  • Full joining details prior to your holiday
  • Our administration support from the point of booking to you joining the holiday

Hotel and Meals

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.

Meals

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.

Flexibility

We offer you the opportunity to stay additional nights, and many people extend their weekend as they wish. Just reserve what nights you need.

Great reasons to join us

There are other walking holiday companies that cover the  countryside but we believe we offer the best value for many reasons….

  • We specialise in organising guided walking holidays for singles and solo travellers
  • We are a small friendly company
  • We have a loyal customer base who return again and again (so we must be doing something right) – read our testimonials page on the website
  • We offer a lot of flexibility – you can stay extra nights which we are happy to organise for you. We are also very flexible on the walks we provide, adapting to suit walkers and weather conditions
  • Our walk leading is second to none. Unlike some other large Walking Companies, we use LOCAL leaders who live in the area and who love their surroundings. They have expert knowledge of everything you need to know to make an area come alive.
  • You are safe in our hands – our guides are experts, fully qualified in first aid. Also, because of their local knowledge of the hills, they can respond to any situation that might for example demand cutting short a route. They don’t need to consult maps – they know the hills intimately.
  • Our leaders are all easy-going, genuinely sociable people who want to ensure that you have the best time you can with the rest of the group. They make the weekend fun by engaging with all members of a group, and ensuring that everyone feels part of the group experience.
  • We give great value for money. Because we recognise that lots of walkers holiday on their own, we have negotiated no single supplement deals with all our hotels to ensure the best possible deal.
  • We always use good hotels.
  • We have smaller groups than some of the larger walking companies, because we believe the social experience is much better in a smaller group. People can talk to everyone, especially at dinner where you can all sit on one table in a small group. Our numbers vary from holiday to holiday but an average group size would be 8-12.

Directions

By train – Great Malvern is the nearest station, some 1 mile away. See www.nationalrail.co.uk

By car –  the post code for your Sat Nav is WR14 3ET 

Full detailed journey instruction will be sent with your Joining Details prior to the holiday.

Itinerary

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

 

Meet New Friends

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.

How to Book

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: info@secrethillswalking.co.uk) and we will assist you to complete your booking.

Payment

Please note we cannot take credit/debit card details over the phone. You may pay by the following methods when you book online…

  • Paypal – if you have a Paypal account, simply click on the link to the Paypal website.
  • Credit / Debit card – we use Paypal to host our credit/debit cards facility because it is a very secure system. So if you want to pay with a card, simply click on this option which will take you to our page on the PayPal website. Check in there as a “Guest” to enable your card payment. You do not need to have a Paypal account for this transaction.
  • We will also accept a Bank Transfer – you will find our account details on the booking form.
  • Finally, we will also accept a cheque payable to Secret Hills Walking Holidays and sent to: Secret Hills Walking Holidays, 35 Sandford Avenue, Church Stretton, Shropshire, SY6 6BH

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.

Grades and Difficulty

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.

Sample Walks

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.

Location

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

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.

 

Photos

Reviews

6 Reviews
Sort By:RatingDate

Madeleine Delucchi

Solo Traveller

Superior 4* hotel. Excellent food. pleasant room and the problem I had was swiftly dealt with. Excellent walks with good local knowledge from Mike. Mike was brilliant. Good range of walks and lunch stops.

September 22, 2021

Sylvia Cooper

Solo Traveller

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I really enjoyed the weekend at Great Malvern.  It’s a beautiful area and the walks were splendidly led by Mike.  Everything worked well, with a nice crowd, and with very good food at the hotel and out at lunch. Thank you for organising the break.

September 17, 2021

Simon Green

Solo Traveller

Thank you for a very enjoyable break. Hotel was very good, ideally situated, well kept with very helpful staff. Mike was an excellent walk leader and guide and was extremely knowledgeable about the areas where we walked. Holiday was very well organised and even though the pandemic disrupted the arrangements I was kept well informed about the options re rescheduling, etc.                                                                                                                                                                       

September 17, 2021

Nicola Howard

Solo Traveller

Everything about the experience was positive, total enjoyment. It’s the 4th Secret Hills holiday I’ve been on and will definitely do it again. Many thanks, especially for the time and trouble taken to organise my accommodation – 5 star service. Nicola Howard

September 17, 2021

Diane Livesey

Solo Traveller

Hotel very good. Very much enjoyed guided walking. Very well organised. All very good. Would recommend.

June 28, 2021
1