Great Malvern unveils UK’s first interactive walk

Malvern Town Walk

Great Malvern in Worcestershire is encouraging people to dump their cars and take in the historic town on foot before heading for the hills, thanks to its new, free  innovative town walk.

The first phase of Great Malvern: Route to The Hills – a self-guided, mile-long walk, which begins at the town’s historic Victorian station – officially goes live this month and brings to life Great Malvern’s past, through specially-commissioned artworks. These include interpretation panels, gas lamps, pavement studs and even a bench featuring the legs of Mr. Tumnus from C.S Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe. The walk will evolve as more elements are added on a rolling basis over the coming year.

Project Partner David Armitage of Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, said: “This is a really innovative way for people to appreciate our beautiful town and its fascinating history that spans centuries. We’re delighted to spearhead this interactive approach to discovery and underline the fact there’s more to Malvern than the hills.”

During the leisurely walk, people can learn about the Victorian Water Cure, which attracted the likes of Charles Dickens, Florence Nightingale, Charles Darwin and Lord Tennyson. A well offering free filtered spring water also features on the walk.

Scientific breakthroughs, Morgan Cars, Edward Elgar and theatrical firsts are also covered by the walk, as well as the chance to find out more about Great Malvern’s amazing buildings, now a conservation area.

Free guides are available for the walk along with a fantastic activity pack for children. Although steep in places, lots of resting places are provided offering great views. The walk also features flights of stairs, but there are ways around this for wheelchair and pushchair users. Find out more about this fun day out at http://www.routetothehills.co.uk