The Elgar Birthplace Museum has created two fascinating routes that take you around what is often referred to as 'Elgar Country'. The Elgar Walk and Elgar Drive both give a fascinating insight into the streets and countryside that Elgar knew so well.
"Whether the countryside makes the genius or however that may be, it is certain that no one was ever more imbued with the very spirit and essence of his own country than Elgar, it was in his very bones. Worcestershire was everything to him...From walking, driving and bicycling there was very little of the county he did not know, and his memory for every village however remote and every lane however twisty and bewildering was extraordinary."
Elgar's daughter, Carice Elgar Blake
The Elgar Route - A Walk around Elgar's Worcester
The Elgar Walk takes you on a gentle stroll through the streets of Worcester which Elgar knew from childhood. With brief stops to admire each of the significant landmarks, it should take you no more than two hours to complete the route. The approximate distance is little over one mile.
Although you can join and leave The Walk at any point, it is constructed to begin and end at the junction of College Street and College Precincts, adjoining the grounds of the Cathedral.
The Walk takes you past a number of houses in which Elgar lived and other places with particular Elgarian associations. Please remember, however, that many of the houses are still private homes, so please respect the privacy of their current residents.
If you have enjoyed this walk, a companion route gives directions for a drive around Elgar’s Worcestershire, beginning and ending at the Elgar Birthplace Museum in Lower Broadheath.
The Elgar Route - A Drive around Elgar's Worcestershire
The Elgar Drive take you on a gentle excursion through the countryside which inspired Elgar to compose some of his greatest music. Without stops, it should take you no more than an hour and a half to complete the route. The approximate distance is 35 miles.
The Drive takes you past a number of the houses in which Elgar lived and other places with particular Elgarian associations, although it will be necessary to stop and get out of the car to appreciate many of them, particularly in the centre of Malvern. Please remember, however, that many of the houses are still private homes, so please respect the privacy of their current residents.
Although you can join and leave The Drive at any point, it is constructed to begin and end at the Birthplace Museum where you can gain an appreciation of Elgar’s life and of the significance of the various locations you will visit on the route. The Museum is open from 11am until 5pm seven days a week from February to December. There is an admission charge.
If you have enjoyed this drive, a companion walk gives directions for a walk around Elgar’s Worcester.
Both maps are available to download:
Published by the Elgar Foundation with financial assistance from Worcestershire County Council, Worcester City Council and Malvern Hills District Council. The assistance of Worcester Walks is also gratefully acknowledged.
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