Monthly Archives: Apr 2021

Dads final trip to Malvern

In April 2016 dad, Ben and I took a trip to Malvern for a short break. Dad was born in Worcester on April 25th 1946 and spent his younger years with brother Colin, sister Pauline exploring and playing on the Malvern hills. They would travel there by train from Worcester to Malvern. He would have been around ten years old, Colin five and Pauline 15 years old.

Whilst on this trip dad wanted to walk up to the Worcester beacon (425 meters at the summit) and share stories of watching the steam trains on the railway lines below with Ben and I as well as show us the amazing views. Apparently there used to be a cafe at the summit here.

Whilst we were admiring the views dad told us that when his time was up we were to scatter his ashes on the Worcester beacon. Strict instructions were given that we had to walk all the way up and that we couldn’t use my idea of a remote controlled aeroplane with a drop hatch and let him go that way. He found that very funny.

So almost a year after he passed away (May 4th 2020) and with travel restrictions lifted we were able to meet Colin and Barb in the North Quarry car park for dads final ascent to the summit.

With dad safely secured in Colin’s back pack, Colin, Barb, Bev, Ben, Suzy and myself headed up. A very steep path up. This was not the path we had taken back in 2016, I bet dad was having a good chuckle watching us huff and puff.

Resting after the steepest part of the climb.

Our idea was to first revisit the beacon for dads last ever trip then find a suitable resting place.

Dad is in Colin’s back pack resting on the plinth
A tad windy Suzy??

The weather couldn’t have been better for us today. Bright blue skies, sun shining and wind on the Worcester side of the hills just were we wanted to place dad. (On one side of the hills is Herefordshire and the other Worcestershire, with dad being born in Worcester we felt it right he should on that side)

We walked down the hill a little and found a rocky outcrop with great views. This was to be the final test stop for dad. We scattered him on the ground and toasted his memory with mini cherry Bakewells (one of his favourite cakes) We admired the views and swapped stories and memories.

Our walk then took us to the Hereford side of the hills, out of the wind. The views all around today were spectacular.

We decided to take the longer, less steep path back to the car park which luck would have it took us through woods carpeted in Bluebells, dads favourite flowers.

After some more chatting at the van sitting in the sunshine we went our separate ways and started the short drive back to our home for the few days we were here.

However with tummies gurgling I took us on a small detour and we called in at the Butchers arms pub for an early dinner.

The garden had a variety of different pods to sit and eat and the menu had a great selection. It’s so nice to be able to sit in a pub garden again and see others out enjoying the sunshine and pub grub.

Goats cheese crepe with roast vegetables.

So here’s to you dad, your the best. Happy 75th birthday. Cheers to your next adventure x x

Royston William Eade 25th April 1946 – 4th May 2020

A tour of Ledbury

Ledbury is a market town and civil parish in the county of Herefordshire, England, lying east of Hereford, and west of the Malvern hills.

It has a significant number of timber framed structures, in particular along Church Lane and High Street. One of the most outstanding is the Market House, built in 1617, located in the town centre.

Market house, which currently has tables and chairs underneath for outside dining.

Why Ledbury? Well as you may know my dad passed away last year and his final wish was for his ashes to be scattered on the Malvern hills. So with restrictions lifted Ben, Bev and I were able to rent a converted barn in the village of Woolhope for a few days. The 3 bedroom barn is beautifully located in the peaceful countryside and the only sounds you can hear are the woodpeckers, various birds, chickens and at night the owls near by. Also at night the skies are so dark the star gazing is amazing. Another huge plus has been the warm bubberly hot tub in the garden facing the fields and forest.

Our first full day here we decided to explore the town of Ledbury just a short drive away. I’d been here many times before, but this time we did an adventure lab cache ( part of geocaching) that took us and taught us some of the history of the town.

After passing the market house we walked up the tiny Church Lane passing many old historical buildings of which id never visited before.

We can understand why this warning is needed for Ben lol
Church Lane.

At the end of the tiny lane stands the church of St. Michael and All Angels. A stunning church built around the 12th Century but a little unusual as the church tower is not actually attached to the main building. This was added around the 13th century with the upper stage and spire being added in 1733.

St Michael’s and All Angels.

From here we headed back into town to browse the shops and find somewhere for lunch. A quaint little fish and chip shop was recommended to us called Y-Pass located up a tiny alleyway. The menu had a wide selection and with our minds made up we took our lunch back to the van to enjoy.

The Barrett – Browning memorial clock tower, opened in 1896.

So with our tour of Ledbury complete we took a short drive to the base of the British camp in the Malvern hills.

British Camp is an Iron age hill fort located at the top of Herefordshire Beacon in the Malvern hills. The hill fort is protected as a Scheduled ancient memorial. The fort is thought to have been first constructed in the 2nd century BC. A Norman castle was built on the site.

The extensive earthworks remain clearly visible today and determine the shape of the hill.

The height of the summit of British Camp is 1,109 feet (338 m).

However this was not the intended summit for dad to be placed so we enjoyed what dad did here and that was to sit at the base and enjoy an ice cream in the sunshine from the little kiosk. Suzy was treated to a delicious doggy ice cream to which was the unusual flavour of cheese and sweet potato. I’ll stick to my pistachio and rum and raisin thanks Suzy x

So with the evening getting closer we headed back to our accommodation and as the sun was still lovely and warm we enjoyed a spot of sunbathing ( I know, it’s still only April!) and some hot tub time with Ben x x