Malvern Hills, Worcestershire
'This landscape sparked the imaginations of composer Edward Elgar, became the fictional backdrop for The Archers and set J R R Tolkien's mind whirring,' explains Jo. 'At 425m, what the Malvern Hills lack in altitude, they certainly make up for in drama. After fuelling up in the teashops of Great Malvern, stride up the unexpectedly steep flank of the hills and pick up the path to the Worcestershire Beacon, where you can gaze out over 13 counties. In the summer, the sky is knotted with kites.'
Distance 8 miles