Geopark Way Circular Trails

The three trail routes were devised to incorporate a section of the Geopark Way long distance walking trail.

Mathon and Malvern Hills circular trail

‘Mathon and the Malvern Hills’ geology and landscape trail.

This 9-mile trail begins with a walk over the Precambrian rocks of the Malvern Hills before heading west down to West Malvern. From here the path continues westwards across ridge and vale topography created by the underlying Silurian rocks. Upon reaching Mathon the trail turns south-west, revealing evidence of the long-vanished River Mathon. The trail visits former hard rock aggregate quarries on the Malvern Hills and also on the hills around Mathon. These feature along, with disused sand and gravel workings in Mathon parish. Download trail guide here.

‘Alfrick and the Suckley Hills’ geology and landscape trail

This 5-mile trail begins on ground underlain by Triassic rocks before climbing Crews Hill onto the Silurian aged rocks of the Suckley Hills. The trail then traverses a variety of sedimentary rock types, all of Silurian age, on its way towards and through the Knapp and Papermill Nature Reserve. From the reserve the route recrosses Triassic rocks as it returns to Alfrick church. The trail visits the former aggregate sites on the Suckley Hills ridgeline and also explores evidence of the aggregate quarries in the Knapp and Papermill Nature Reserve. Download trail guide here.

Alfrick and Suckley Hills circular trail guide
Martley circular trail

‘Martley’ geology and landscape trail

This 6-mile walking trail takes you through the contrasting landscapes of the rural Worcestershire parish of Martley. The trail begins on ground underlain by Triassic sandstones before passing onto Silurian aged rocks in the hamlet of Kingswood. From here, the route traverses a variety of Silurian-aged rocks on its way up and over Pudford and Rodge Hills. Descending Rodge Hill and travelling east, the trail revisits Triassic rocks before encountering a ‘Fossil Hunt’ around Penny Hill. The final section of the trail follows a pleasant route back to St Peter’s church. In places, this route skirts around a line of former limestone aggregate quarries. Download trail guide here.

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