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posted by Meg Price alias meg price on Sunday 14th of November 2010 10:05:49 PM

Looking out over the hills of Herefordshire, stretching to Wales on the horizon. One of my favourite views from the Malvern Hills, I always have to stop when we're climbing the Worcestershire Beacon and take in the view. The Malvern Hills run in a line from north to south and the landscape on the east and west sides is quite different. The east side (the side I live on), is a huge flood plain... Everything is very, very flat!! I often forget I live on a flood plain, the hills are such an obvious landmark and draw the eye but the rest of the county has few hills to speak of. A few years ago,there was a massive flood, huge areas in Worcestershire and neighbouring counties were under water, it was quite a sight from the top of the hills! A sea with hedges and woods rising out of it - along with a few villages, which had obviously been strategically built on top of any slight rise in the land. The west side, the side Barney's looking out on here is much hillier! I sometimes think I ought to go and explore those hills but in a way, I think they seem more magical and enchanting when I can only see them from a distance. I call the hills Barney's looking out over here "storybook hills" because they remind me so much of the hills you see in children's storybook illustrations: small, rounded bumps, dotted with woods, fields and tiny villages. Actually, this area really has inspired storybooks... Malvern is where some of Tolkein's ideas for Lord of the Rings came from, as well as being the home of the famous lamp from the start of the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis (the lamps are still here in Malvern, in places)! I spent 10 years or so growing up in the north of England, where the landscape is much more rugged and impressive, with wild looking moorland, old grey stone walls and isolated farmhouses, a few blasted trees on the slopes and icy streams trickling through down to the valleys. I admired and in a way loved the dramatic scenery, (I especially liked the fact it was proper sheep and therefore sheepdog country - lots of sheepdog trials!). However, I've always felt more at home amongst the green of the midlands and south, the "tame wilderness" with big trees, small fields,ancient hedges, storybook hills, ha, and more sun! Reached Explore #171

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