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Great Malvern: Route to the Hills

Come and explore our town and take the Route to the Hills trail. Connecting the town with the hills, it takes in beautiful parks, amazing views, ancient buildings and fascinating history.

Find out about the hardships of the Victorian water cure, the life and inspiration of Edward Elgar, secret Second World War research projects, medieval monks and a royal donkey!

The route begins at Great Malvern railway station. From there it’s a steep but short walk towards the town centre and the hills. You’ll find plenty to explore (and lots of benches and cafes) along the way. Look out for new artworks, information panels, pavement studs and quirky benches.

Allow at least 45 minutes from start to finish – and don’t forget to pick up your free guide book from Malvern Tourist Information Centre or Malvern Museum of Local History.

Come for the day and see what you’ll discover.

Here’s a taster of what you’ll see…

Great Malvern: Route to the Hills – there’s so much more to discover
Monks & misericords – Malvern’s medieval roots
Springs & wells – Malvern develops into a Victorian spa resort
Words & music – Malvern inspires writers, musicians and artists
Stone & water – the geology and landscape of the hills
Radar & Morgan cars – Malvern contributes to the world of science & technology

Route to the Hills Audio Guide

Download our audio guide to talk you through the first part of Route To The Hills from Great Malvern Station to Priory Park

Family Guide Book

Great Malvern – An unusually excellent guide for curious explorers can be purchased at Malvern Tourist Information Centre (where it is currently reduced from £3.99 to £2.00), Malvern Museum of Local History and Malvern Hills Trust. This fun-packed little book is perfect for 7-11 year olds – but is great for all the family!

Route to the Hills Learning Resource

A new educational website which has lots of suggested walks, activities and free resources on Malvern’s history and heritage.

Visit to explore and learn about Malvern’s past from the prehistory to current day.