Ideally, I like being dropped at the southern end and making my way across to the clock tower at the foot of North Hill. My personal best for that was an hour twenty. But now, I have to take the family into account, so I tend to meet them in Malvern town.
Even that though, takes a bit of logistical arranging, and I have to leave them to find something to do in the interim. So it's nice to be able to include them if possible, such at starting at the clock tower, and all climbing to the Beacon and back (me carrying Will, as it's good exercise).
Today I tried something different.
From Malvern town, up past St Anne's Well, to the main path leading to the Beacon, is steep. VERY steep. I estimate it ranges between a 1/8 and a 1/4 gradient. It also starts with a killer set of steps, almost designed to knock the wind out of you right at the beginning. Today I got dropped off at the base of the steps, marched up the steps, then ran all of the way to the clock tower to catch up with Esta and the boys. From there we could all enjoy a hill walk together, with me already getting my workout out of the way.
Happy family all round.