Our Christmas Day traditionally starts with a ramble on the Malvern Hills. With floodwater only 500 yards from our house and more rain promised, it looked like being a wet day. We were blessed, however, with burst of sunshine breaking through the the mist shrouding Tolkien’s ‘Misty Mountains.
Our route today started at Gardener’s Quarry, just above The Kettle Sings Cafe. After a fairly steep climb to the ridge we headed south marvelling at the changed landscape below in the Severn Plain. Normally it is hard to spot the River Severn but today an enormous area of the flood plain is covered in water.
Thanks to work done by the Malvern Hills Conservators, it is now possible to ramble by Tramper as far as Holybush some 6 miles away. However, today we rambled as far as Black Hill car park before returning to the van for our traditional Christmas Day lunch – Bacon Butties!
Hope you all had a great Christmas and wishing you a very Happy New Year from John & Liz