The mountains in this westerly part of Worcestershire – or hills, as the English call them – are crisscrossed by a network of paths, and it is a fine place to walk if you wish to be alone with your thoughts. Thus, well-known artists such as the composer Elgar and the authors CS Lewis and Tolkien have left their footprints here. And I could imagine that the environment has been extremely inspiring up here where the air is clean and clear, and the nature is so beautiful.
On the east side of the Malvern Hills you will find St Ann’s Well. Here you can rest your legs and have a coffee, but in the past it was one of the places you went to get the famous “water cure”. Visitors were offered hot and cold baths and the treatments were so popular that it brought prosperity to the town at the foot of the hills.
In total there are 130 known wells and fountains in Malvern and the surrounding area, and the water is so fine, that it until recently was bottled and sold in supermarkets. You can still taste it – for free – by visiting one of the many wells. One of them is in the centre of Great Malvern.
At the cemetery in Malvern you can find the grave of Charles Darwin’s daughter. Darwin took his beloved daughter Anne to the wells in hope that the healing water could cure her illness. But it could not, unfortunately, and with a heavy heart he had to bury Anne here under one of the big trees.
Photos : © Mia Folkmann