The Festival has grown from four walks over a long weekend in October2005, to a nine-day event in May, { Saturday 23rd to Sunday 31st } offering some 55 walks.  During the 2019 festival more than 1,200 walks were booked by over 600 walkers, making it one of the largest festivals of its type in the country.

The choice of walks is wide, from short local strolls to long distance multi-day walks,  including morning, afternoon, evening and all day walks.  Many have specific themes :  History & Archaeology, Geology & Quarrying, Radar, Canals, Brewing & Cider, Nature & Gardens plus many others

Each walk is graded from Gentle to Strenuous, so no-one need let themselves in for more { or less} than they can handle. For the very fit there's the “Malvern Hills - End to End & back “ {18 miles}. Even better { or worse, depending on your point of view ! } is the 31-mile”Worcestershire Way in a Day”.  If that's too daunting, there's the option this year of walking the 31 miles over a 3 day period.

A feature of the Festival over the years has been a 6-day walk and 2020 is no exception.  The Festival area of Worcestershire is rich in the number of foundations established by the Benedictines, some of them dating back 1,200 years.   The 6-day walk of 57 miles gives an opportunity to learn about the key

roles of the Benedictine Monks in creating and running major seats of religion &  learning ; it starts from Mucknell Abbey, Stoulton and onto Abbeys at Pershore, Tewkesbury and Malvern finishing at Worcester Cathedral.  The walk has got strong support from church leaders, including the Bishop of Worcester, in pioneering an exciting new walking trail.

Commenting on the programme, Festival Chairman Bob Baldwin said “ We can only run the successful Malvern Walking Festival with the voluntary help of the many walk leaders who take part,  and the support of local businesses, including the Malvern Hills District Council.  Hopefully all our efforts will attract many new visitors to Malvern to sample our wonderful town and Hills and the AONB “

 On 1st January 2020 the Festival website { www.malvernwalking.uk } will open with details of all walks and booking.  Information also available on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram