THE MALVERN Walking Festival is set to return for its 17th annual time next year from May 28 to June 5, writes Shnae Harrison.
The routes are selected to showcase the area’s natural beauty which will then expand into Worcestershire and Herefordshire.
The festival website will start bookings on January 1 with over 70 routes available to walk across the nine days.
The walks may vary by being multi-day walks, all day walks and shorter half-day jaunts which will all feature different themes with heritage, music, farming, art and even walks devoted to beer and breweries.
Each walk will be categorised as being more ‘gentle’ or more ‘strenuous’ for participants to decide the perfect trial for them.
The more challenging walks on offer are the 19-mile Malvern Hills end-to-end and back and the 31-mile Worcester Way in a day, for those who are up for the challenge.
Festival Chairman Bob Baldwin said: “This year’s 2021 Festival was sold out with hundreds of our regular walkers being joined by many new participants.
“Next year will be our biggest ever since we started in 2005, making the Malvern Walking Festival one of the largest in southern England.”
For more information or booking visit www.malvernwalking.uk or the Malvern Tourist Information Centre.