Thursday, 1 January 2009

The Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, UK

Submitted By: Methuselah
Location: The Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, UK (map)
Website: Wikipedia entry
Workouts: from workout diary

The Malvern hills is a spine of hills varying in height up to about 400m, which is reached by it's highest peak, the Worcestershire Beacon. The land around is almost entirely flat, so the range is particularly distinct when seen from afar.

It's a great location for hiking or fell running if you live in the Midlands in the UK and don't have time to travel to more mountainous regions. It's less than one hour to drive there from our base in Birmingham, so perfect for a Sunday morning outing.

From a fitness training perspective, it's an ideal playground - I like to start at one end of the spine and work my way along, which entails a variety of gradients, hill sizes and under-foot terrain. There are even some steps at the northern end, which can be ascended quickly if a sprint effect is what you are looking for.

Here is a photo taken by Lightning from the air, showing the full 'chain' of hills, which makes for a great 'out and back' run of about 3 hours.