The Malvern Hills are famous for spring water but fewer people may realise the role that the Hills and surrounding areas have played in the cultural heritage of the nation. The AONB is also valued and visited because of its landscape, wildlife and built heritage. The guides in this section are themed around different elements of the area’s heritage and allow you to explore these in more detail.
Churches are amongst the most distinctive and historically important buildings found in the area whilst churchyards can be ‘Living Sanctuaries’ for local wildlife. This leaflet 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.
Many people of a literary tendency have had an affinity with the Malvern area. William Langland started it in the 14th Century with his dream of Piers Ploughman. CS Lewis imagined the tree-girt gas lamps of the hills as a quirky metaphor for the ‘Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’. These stories are told in ‘A Literary Trail of the Malverns’ and show how the landscape underpinned the imaginative wanderings of these, and many more, literary minds. Groups can book a guided tour by phoning Mary Constable on 01684 572437.
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. These guides take you to the key springs, spouts and wells of the Malvern Hills and provide information about their interesting historic past.
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.