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The Malverns – women only weekend away.

This was the fourth women only weekend, held this year in Great Malvern.

On this weekend we always seem to have a good balance of old friends, some of whom have supported this weekend from the start, and new members we haven't met before.

On Friday afternoon we assembled outside the railway station in Malvern for a heritage walk in and around Great Malvern for us to get acquainted with each other and to learn a bit about Great Malvern.

In this area there are some really large impressive buildings with lots of interesting history as well as some green spaces.

We wandered into Priory Park, visited Malvern Priory, walked past the museum and the statue of Edward Elgar, just one of the famous people involved in Malvern's past.

After sampling the sweet nectar of the Malvern waters we continued to Rose bank gardens where we viewed the 99 steps we would descend back to Malvern at the end of Saturdays walk.

We then decided to retire to the local café for coffee and cake.

Some of us met up that evening at the local Wetherspoon pub which was ideal with the menu suiting everyone's tastes.

The following day we started off from the Tourist Information centre up Happy Valley and onto North Hill, the start of the Malvern Hills.

Gales had been forecast, though luckily the rain didn't arrive too. It was windy, but when we stepped onto a ridge to walk towards the Worcestershire Beacon, the wind was blowing so much that we were like  frozen statues, afraid to move in any direction, in case we were blown over.

We managed to find a path just out of the wind whilst still having all the lovely views. and continued on the ups and downs that are the Malvern Hills.

We took a left turn and dropped down on an even lower path through a woodland full of bluebells and towards Earnslaw Quarry where we sat in peaceful conditions and ate our lunch.

We continued through some more woodland before ending up at St Anne's Well where there's a café and where we all had some well earned refreshments.

We then descended the 99 steps back to Malvern, wind blown and tired but all were back safe and sound.

That evening after a relaxing rest we met up at the Wetherspoon pub where they'd given us a table in a downstairs room all to ourselves.

We had a lovely evening, socialising and enjoying the good food.

On Sunday we had a short drive to British Camp where the walk would begin.

This walk consisted of two loops, coming back to the car park after the first, so that anyone who had to get away before the end of the walk could do so.

Again we climbed high up onto Herefordshire Beacon and had fabulous views in all directions.

We continued on the ups and downs and past a pink cottage towards a reservoir, eventually returning to the car park where we all had our packed lunches with refreshments available from the roadside café.

Some then had to leave but we were joined by two others who couldn't do the first part of the walk and continued on the second loop getting up high again and giving us 360 degree views.

We returned on a lower path where there was an abundance of bluebells.

After some well earned ice creams it was time to say our goodbyes.

The weather forecast beforehand had said that there was going to be rain on the Friday afternoon and for most of Saturday, but we didn't have one drop. I think I must have waved my magic once again, as we are normally very lucky and have dry weather for the weekends I arrange.

It was really great to meet old friends and make some new ones on this very lovely weekend.

I hadn't known much about Malvern before going to do a reccie but do feel I know a lot more about that beautiful area now.

22 women came to this event and I want to thank everyone for supporting it.

I look forward to the next one, which will be in Llangollen 17th to 19th April 2019.






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