Sir Edward Elgar was born in 1857 at Lower Broadheath in Worcestershire and lived in the county for fifty seven of his seventy six years, always inspired by the countryside around him which he explored on foot and by bicycle with friends and family. The Elgar Trail is an evocative trip through the landscape between Worcester and Malvern, the banks of the rivers Teme and Severn, the fields and orchards in between and the ever present slopes of the glorious Malvern Hills. This landscape inspired Elgar’s greatest works and never ceased to amaze him in its variety in all weathers and seasons; his musical creations survive as timeless reminders of the creative potential of natural beauty.
The area is full of memories of Elgar, from the statues in Malvern and Worcester commemorating him, to the names of roads and buildings, and many of the houses and buildings where he lived and worked are still very much present and can be seen and visited.
Elgar died in Worcester in 1934 and was buried at the foot of the Malvern Hills, in this ‘most English’ of landscapes, in the graveyard of St Wulstan’s Church in Malvern Wells, along with his wife Alice, and with their daughter Carice alongside them.
About The Elgar Trail
The Elgar Trail is a perfect short break for followers of Elgar and his music, and also for nature lovers and walkers otherwise. The landscape of the Malvern Hills, and the Severn and Teme rivers can be appreciated by all!
Distance: Lower Broadheath to Worcester (circular trail via Malvern) (approximately 30 miles) (48 km)
Duration: 5 nights with one day spent in Great Malvern. 3 walking days.
Price: From £415 per person.
Prices based on two people sharing one room.