Day 6: Hiking the Malverns
Yesterday took a lot out of all of us, but we had a *great* time in Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle!
Unfortunately, it really hit Sam (Julian and Jenny’s 2-year-old son) hard… he was really feeling puny.
So, we decided that today would be the day that Jenny and Sam stayed home to rest, while Julian took the four of us on a long hike up into the nearby Malvern Hills. This range of hills splits the two valleys of Herefordshire and Worcestershire and is supposed to provide some of the best unobstructed views of rolling English countryside! We’re all looking forward to this, so after a nice light lunch (ham sandwiches with Branson Pickle… yum!!!), we pack up water bottles, make sure we’re all dressed properly, grab the camera (duh!), and go!
As we drive up the slopes towards the start of the well-laid-out hiking point, we comment (again) on how fantastic the weather has been. Our car park location is at a spot at the Southern end of the Malverns chain. At the top is an old Roman fort location, where you can still see the earthen walls built up for defense. I’ll have a picture of that later.
So… we set out from British Camp!
Here’s the first (of many) shots of the Worcestershire valley on our climb (don’t worry… I’m not going to post them all here — go here, though, if you want to see more):
What is that off to the right of the hill?
There are people *parasailing* above the hills… apparently, they’re using the hills as their launching point and floating to the valley below. It is *quite* breezy today, which helps alot as there’s no other protection from the Sun!
… and a few more nice shots from the peaks:
… and some really nice wildflower shots:
There is a company that produces bottled water directly from these springs… we got it for free!!!
That night, we went grocery shopping (at Tesco’s)… we got lots of yummy stuff and called it a great (but very tiring!!) day.
More fun to come tomorrow!!!!