WALKERS from across Worcestershire will lace up their boots and scale the Malvern Hills this weekend to raise cash for Help for Heroes with the Malvern Hills Challenge.
More than 150 people have signed up for the event on Saturday (September 15).
Set in the beautiful Malvern Hills, with their spectacular views and historic landmarks, the route takes in the very best of the area combining some tough gradients and relaxing flats with picturesque woods and open grazing, all on clearly marked tracks and lanes.
The challenge is not a race but a trial of stamina, and caters for all abilities and ages. Both long and short walks kick off at the registration point at Priory Park behind the Theatre, which is close to the centre of town.
Entrants will receive goodie bags and exclusive challenge T-shirts. Special event coaches will take those entered for the long walk and short walk to their starting points.
The 15km Long Walk Challenge takes about six hours and starts in the enchanting Bromsberrow Estate, with its extensive 18th-century parkland and ornamental woodland and continues north to Whiteleaved Oak.
Hollybush on the Eastnor Estate is an ideal place to take a breather before the haul up Monument Hill. The hillfort at British Camp provides a focus for the next stage with a warm welcome to be found at the Malvern Hills Hotel.
The 7km Short Walk is a two-and-a-half hour effort and joins the Long Walk as the coaches drop off entrants at the Malvern Hills Hotel. All set off to the Wyche via Pinnacle and Jubilee Hills.
The Wyche provides a welcome break, with the Wyche Inn just a few metres off the route, before heading up to the Worcestershire Beacon and its stunning panorama.
Then the route goes down past the pretty St Ann’s Well to the finish back in Priory Park.
Visit www.malvernhillschallenge.org for more details.