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Meandering on The Malvern Hills

Sunday 3rd - Wednesday 13th September 2017

Rally Report - Meandering in the Malvern Hills

This was a last minute dot com rally for us. Our house purchase fell through which made it possible for us to attend. We were lucky to be squeezed in.

We stayed at Blackmore Camping and Caravanning site at Hanley Swan, near Worcester. Our Rally Leaders were Jo and Sandy and Deputy Leaders were Ron and Heather.

There were 15 units, though this went down to 13 when to two couples had to leave early due to prior commitments.

The welcome meal was held at the Malvern Hills Hotel.

We did 7 walks in all and had 2 rest days. We had a REALLY friendly coach driver who looked after us very well.

The highlight walks for me were North Hill and Worcester Beacon and Midsummer Hill and British Camp. Bit of a climb, but the views were breathtaking.

The weather was very showery, though our Team Leaders managed to 'time it' so that we seemed to have somewhere to shelter during the very heavy showers. (how did they do that)?

We enjoyed lots of 'Happy Hours', one included local cheese tasting.

We drew up partners for Boules, but only four couples managed to play, as 'rain stopped play'. We were successful in playing Mexican Trains as we could play that indoors in a Social room at the campsite. I thought I was doing quite well for a beginner, though when the prizes were handed out we were informed that the rules had changed and it was the person with the most points and not the least. Very devious!

There was also a 'Guess which Elvis Song' competition, where we were given an Elvis song title to draw, and for other people to guess. Some were easier than others. There was a tie break, 5 people managed to get them all right, so a name was picked out of a hat and Christine and Gordon were the lucky winners.

A mobile fish and chip van arrived at the campsite on Friday night which in a former life had been a horse box. Most of us were pleased to have a night off from cooking. The men were duly sent off clutching some cash to form an orderly queue, while the ladies chatted and sipped wine. We all ate together in the social/meeting room.

On the first of our free days we all did different things. We decided to get the local bus to Worcester, we visited the Cathedral, which contains the tomb of King John in its chancel. The Cathedral has a memorial, Prince Arthur’s Chantry, to the young prince Arthur Tudor, who is buried here. He died at the age of 15 after only five months of marriage to Catherine of Aragon.

We also had time to visit Greyfriars House and Gardens which is a timbered medieval house in the heart of Worcester built in 1480. (Making use of our NT cards before they expire at the end of September).

On our second rest day we visited Elgar's birthplace 'The Firs', which only opened to the public on 1st September 2017 after being closed for 12 months. The National Trust has taken on responsibility for sharing this very special place and its stories from the long line of prior custodians. There is a new tea room, and exhibition space within the site’s visitor centre.

The final dinner was held at Corse Lawn, where we enjoyed three courses with coffee. Speeches were made and prizes handed out.

Sincere thanks go to Jo and Sandy and Ron and Heather for a very enjoyable walking rally.

Lesley Roebuck