For those who are interested in the cultural and built heritage of the Malvern Hills, we have developed a range of guides to explore, taking you across this nationally important landscape.
Visitor Map and Guide
This OS map based guide, has 77 places to go in the Malvern Hills AONB is available in paper or to download. If you have an attraction in the Malvern Hills AONB that you think should be in this guide, please do contact us.
Exploring Churches and Churchyards around the Malvern Hills AONB
Churches are amongst the most distinctive and historically important buildings found in the area whilst churchyards can be ‘Living Sanctuaries’ for local wildlife. This guide provides an introduction to the rich natural and cultural heritage of churches and churchyards throughout the AONB. It also helps to tell a story of the people who lived in the area, from medieval times to the present day. The leaflet was produced by Caring for God’s Acre, a small independent charity, with the support of the Malvern Hills AONB Partnership.
A Literary Trail around the Malverns
Avid readers and poetry lovers will be keen to take a guided tour of the area. Through the Literary Trail of the Malverns, the many stories are told of how the landscape of this area inspired famous references such as the distinctive lampposts in CS Lewis’ Narnia Tales through to Elizabeth Barrett Browning poetry and William Wordsworth’s work.
Springs and Spouts of the Malvern Hills
Malvern Hills water is famous for containing ‘just nothing at all’, a phrase coined due to the purity of the water, which results from the geology of the hills themselves. In the Victorian era claims, were made that the water had medicinal benefits and the idea of the ‘water cure’ was born. Many travelled great distances to benefit from its great powers and both Charles Darwin and Charles Dickens and their wives are said to have ‘taken the water’ here.
These guides take you to the key springs, spouts and wells of the Malvern Hills and provide information about their interesting historic past.
Worcestershire Wildlife Trust Wildlife Landscape Trail
This trail guide is designed to take the visitor on a journey of discovery through three Nature Reserves in the northern part of the AONB: the Knapp and Papermill, Ravenshill and Crews Hill Woodland Reserve. These reserves contain a great diversity of habitats including woodlands, traditional orchards, farmland and pasture which in turn supports a variety of species. A number of trails within these Reserves are suitable for wheel chair users and pushchairs.