Other activities

There's more than just walking, cycling and horse riding on the Malvern Hills and Commons.  Visitors come to take part in a range of activities from fishing to photography.


Fishing is permitted on many of the ponds, lakes and riversides under the care of the Trust.

We've recently updated our fishing code which provides information for anglers to help protect the local wildlife and the landscape. We will also be introducing permits for fishing on the River Severn at Clevelode from June.  Both the fishing code and the application form for a fishing permit for the River Severn at Clevelode can be downloaded below.

Fishing Code (PDF)

Fishing permit application form - River Severn, Clevelode (Word doc.)

Hang gliding and paragliding

You may see hang gliders and paragliders soaring above the Malvern Hills landscape on a fine day.  We work in partnership with the Malvern Hang Gliding Club to keep pilots and other visitors safe and happy on the Hills.  Read our policy below for more information on flying from the Malverns. 

Hang gliding and paragliding policy and information (PDF)


Paragliders and hang gliders should contact the local club before flying on the Malverns and are required to be CP rated and have 15 hours experience to fly on the Malverns.

Malvern Hang Gliding Club (external link)

Model aeroplanes and drones

Model aeroplanes and drones require permission to be flown on land under the care of the Trust.  We've put together a policy for drones and model aircraft with more information on the types of flight we can provide permission for.  If you're flying a drone with a camera for filming or photography purposes, please complete an application form.

Drone and model aeroplane policy (PDF)

Drone application form (Word doc.)

Take a look at our byelaws (PDF)

Sports clubs and activities

Planning an sporting event or activity on the Hills or Commons?  Please read our event guidelines and send us a completed application form so we can look to provide you with the right permissions.  All events will be listed on our events pages.

Please be aware that organisers of public events and activities on land under the care of the Trust must provide evidence of their Public Liability Insurance cover (minimum £5 million).

Events Guidelines (PDF)

Events Application form (Word doc.)
Event application form (PDF)

Events listing

Photography and filming

If you're looking to the Hills for a stunning backdrop to your advertisement, film or commercial photography contract, please fill in our application form below and get in touch to arrange permissions for your project.

Please be aware that drone flying is only permitted with prior written agreement from the Trust.

Commercial photography and filming application form (Word doc.)

Drone Policy (PDF)

Trail Hunting

We have updated our hunting policy as part of our review of visitor activities and events on the Hills and Commons.  Our previous Hunting policy was approved in 1985 and predated the 2004 hunting act.

Our new policy aims to help protect the species and habitats under our care as well as providing clear and open access information for visitors to the Hills and Commons.

Trail hunting is permitted in some areas at certain times of the year subject to an application by the hunt organiser to the Malvern Hills Trust. 

Each activity application (as is the case with all types of event on our land) is reviewed by Trust staff and an assessment of the impacts of the activity on the landscape, wildlife, habitats, archaeology, geology and other visitors is made. If the activity does not contravene the byelaws, is in line with the policy, and its impacts are low, permission for the event will be granted.

See the Trail Hunting Policy (PDF) 



The Malvern Hills hold many opportunities for rock climbing both on natural rock exposures, such as Ivy Scar Rock, and on rock faces resulting from past quarrying activity; Westminster Arms Quarry.

Find out more about the 11 permitted climbing locations and best practice on the Malvern Hills using the link to the document below.

Climbing information and policy (PDF)