The Elgar Trail starts at Elgar’s birthplace, Lower Broadheath where the Elgar Birthplace Museum is situated.
Arrive at Lower Broadheath and overnight.
LOWER BROADHEATH to the MALVERN HILLS (8.5 miles) (14 km)
The first day’s walking leads towards the Malvern Hills over gently undulating countryside and Elgar’s beloved River Teme. From the river, the walk reaches the surrounds of Elgar’s country home in Birchwood where he scored the Dream of Gerontius and composed Caractacus. The walk continues towards the Malvern Hills which were a constant inspiration to Elgar as he walked or cycled around the hills.
Day 2 and 3
GREAT MALVERN and the Elgar sights
Nights 2 and 3 are spent in Malvern, where you can choose a guided tour of sights associated with Elgar, including his past homes, his grave, and those of his wife and daughter, at St Wulstan’s in Malvern Wells. Great Malvern is a beautiful and a historical town, with many places of interest to visit including the ancient Malvern Priory, the Malvern Theatres where, together with George Bernard Shaw, Elgar was involved in establishing the first Malvern Festival in 1929.
GREAT MALVERN to UPTON-upon-SEVERN (10.6 miles) 17 km
Begin the day with a walk up onto the hills from the town, taking in views across to Herefordshire and Wales to the west and the Severn valley to the east from the Worcestershire Beacon, the highest point of the hills at 425 metres. From here it is possible to see a total of nine counties on a clear day. The hills are accessible and unspoilt and provide many hours of gentle strolling or more arduous hiking if the steeper paths are pursued. The day progresses with a walk down towards the River Severn and the town of Upton-upon-Severn where Elgar often cycled, passing through hamlets and villages, including Hanley Swan and Hanley Castle. This will include a visit to Lovell’s vineyard with its Elgar themed wines and beautiful grounds.
UPTON-on-SEVERN to WORCESTER (11.3 miles)
From Upton it is a gentle riverside stroll by the banks of the River Severn, towards the historic city of Worcester with its magnificent cathedral. The city of Worcester, and in particular Worcester Cathedral remained a central focus throughout Elgar’s life. It was here, in 1884, that he played under Dvorak and a window depicting the ‘Dream of Gerontius’ was unveiled in 1935. Other sites of interest to Elgar enthusiasts include the Elgar Statue opposite the Cathedral, the beautiful Guildhall where Elgar received the freedom of the City of Worcester in 1905, and where a painting of the composer by Philip Burne-Jones and a bronze bust by Donald Gilbert can be seen. St George’s Roman Catholic Church in Sansome Place is also well worth a visit – where Elgar became organist in 1885, succeeding his father.
Depart after breakfast