Public Transport in the Malvern Hills AONB
A growth in car traffic is one of the main threats to the tranquillity of protected areas and the Malvern Hills AONB is no exception. High levels of car use can also be associated with public safety concerns, damage to wildlife and inconvenience for local people, as well as contributing to greenhouse gas omissions. The Malvern Hills AONB is well served by public transport and the AONB Partnership is keen to encourage its use and to reduce the impacts of the private car in this nationally important landscape.
Thanks to the Victorians the AONB is fortunate to have four train stations inside or very close to its boundary – Malvern Link, Great Malvern, Colwall and Ledbury. These train stations lie on the Cotswolds & Malverns Line which operates between Oxford and Hereford. Direct trains to the area are available from Birmingham and London and provide an easy and more sustainable way to reach the AONB from afar. Information on service times is available from National Rail.
A range of bus services criss-cross the AONB with some connecting to train stations in Malvern and Ledbury. FirstGroup provide a Summer Sunday and Holiday Monday service from Worcester to Ledbury stopping at British Camp in the heart of the Malvern Hills. National companies such as National Express Coaches provide bus transport to the Malvern Hills for the Big Chill Festival which takes place at Eastnor in August.
First Traveller provides timetables online
Local services are detailed on the Council websites for each County: Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire Other local bus service providers and their timetables can be found at www.timetables.showbus.co.uk