To the West of the city of Worcester lie stunning landscapes demanding to be explored and fully appreciated from the air. Shelsley Walsh, famous home to the oldest form of vehicular competition, the Hill Climb, is also the home to the second of our two Worcestershire Virgin Hot Air balloon launch sites.
Located within the Hill Climb centre itself, this launch site is the ideal place from which to climb to view the wonderful scenery of the Malvern Hills. Nine miles in length, the hills form a striking hunchback landmark rising above the fairly flat Malvern Plain.
It is claimed that you can see 15 counties from the 1395-feet summit of Worcestershire Beacon, so it is not difficult to imagine the panoramic vista that may be enjoyed from the basket on your hot air balloon ride as you skirt these ancient undulations.
With dozens of attractive towns dotted about the countryside, there is much to admire in this beautiful area. You may find yourself drifting gently above Little Malvern with its fine priory church, Madresfield Court, a moated Elizabethan house in adorable parkland or Malvern, the famous spa town with its superb church.
Alternatively you might find yourself running parallel with the River Teme valley, an area of great beauty, interesting architecture and rural pursuits.
Your flight may even take you above the many orchards and woods around the historic border town of Ludlow, skirting the Malvern Hills, taking in the beautiful countryside of both Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
This really is a fairytale region with much to excite and inspire the balloon explorer, guaranteeing a memorable flight whichever direction the wind takes you.
Just up the road from our launch site is the newly renovated Courthouse Hotel – the perfect spot to grab a cuppa or even a quick breakfast or snack pre or post-flight. Click here for more information about this gorgeous hotel.
The post code for the meeting place is WR6 6RP.
From Great Witley, take the B4203 for Bromyard. Follow this road to Stanford Bridge and once over the bridge, take the 1st turn left (sign posted Shelsley Walsh). DO NOT turn off before this turning. Follow this road until you have gone just past the entrance for the Hill Climb. The field we normally use is directly opposite the Shelsley Walsh church by the post box.
Do not drive up to the church.