Great Malvern’s Route to the Hills trail recognised by prestigious awards

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Route to the Hills

A much-loved walking trail which takes in Great Malvern’s rich history has been celebrated at the Heritage UK Awards 2019.

The Great Malvern: Route to the Hills project was highly commended for the ‘Must Visit’ category at the event on 25 March. The popular heritage trail was also shortlisted for the ‘Contribution to Heritage’ and ‘Best Family Day Out’ categories.

The prestigious awards recognise places contributing to the world of heritage and are open to all historical houses, heritage gardens, museums, archaeological sites and more. The judging panel was made up of leading figures and experts on UK Heritage.

The Heritage Lottery Funded project was officially launched last year and encapsulates Great Malvern’s rich history through a series of wall and floor plaques, bespoke benches, signs and art installations.

Starting at Great Malvern Railway Station, the route tells stories of the town’s past including its unique geology, medieval beginnings, Victorian water cure developments, musical, literary and visual arts and world-changing scientific and technological innovations.

Malvern Hills District Council worked with 45 local partners to deliver the project and 503 days of volunteer time was contributed towards research, talks, tours, activities and social media.

More than 2,000 children and adults- ranging from six months to 93 years old- took part in activities and events in the community leading up to the launch.

To celebrate the success of the Route To The Hills Heritage Trail, Malvern Hills District Council are working in partnership with GWR. Keep your eyes peeled for stunning railway poster in key railway stations along the Cotswolds Line as well as Oxford, Didcot Parkway Gloucester and Cheltenham. If you see a poster and it’s safe to do so, please take a photo and share it via social media using #VisitTheMalverns.

Find out more about the Route To The Hills Heritage Trail.