Malvern and Wells

This blog really should have been here a while ago as it relates to a trip in late July.  However not long after the trip I decided to move the hosting of this blog to someone else and thought I’d leave new postings until the move was complete.

Malvern is a lovely town with some worthwhile architecture, shops, cafes and the like to spend time around.  Malvern Priory is a wonderful building   It is a Grade 1 listed building and dates originally from just after 1000 AD.  The area outside it is lit by gaslights as can be seen above and its outside walls alone were beautiful.  The postbox is one of only four in the country remaining dating from the 1860s.

The Malvern Hills are quite compact however they make for a good walk and give views well into England to the east and over the Brecon Beacons and Wales to the west.  I walked the ridge some years ago and, while time did not allow a repeat of that, it was good to get on to the top.  It was interesting to see the memorial erected for Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee in the year of the current monarch’s diamond jubilee.

Playing the blues at Upton on Severn

Heading away from Malvern and after talking to some people we had met in the area we decided to stop off at the Upton on Severn Blues Festival.  We only stayed a couple of hours but certainly plan to go back another year possible for the Blues Festival or the Folk one a little earlier in the year.  Great atmosphere, good performers and a free festival – what more could we ask for.  See here for details of the festival.

Well cathedral

We passed through parts of the Cotswold heading back towards the south west and stayed a couple of night in the cathedral city of Wells.  It really is a somewhat hidden gem.  I’ve been here a couple of times in the past and found it a charming relaxing place.  Staying for a couple of night allowed us to explore more.  The cathedral itself is beautiful.

Equally other parts of the city are well worth exploring.  The Bishops’ Palace is a lovely setting and Vicars’ Close has a wonderfully undisturbed feel of the past.  Dating back over 600 years it has a real feel of the past to it.  We plan to return to Wells for a few days when we can and explore the area rather better.