Sitting comfortably between the Cotswolds, Warwickshire and the Welsh Marches, Worcestershire is a preserved pocket of tumbling hills, riverside towns and a grand old cathedral city.
This quiet and rural county in the UK’s Midlands links Elgar, Nigel Mansell and the world’s favourite anchovy-based sauce (rather randomly) by birth. Sir Edward’s homeland of hope and glory claims a share of the miniature-mountain Malvern Hills, acres of blooming fruit orchards and riverbank villages along the Severn. In the Cotswolds-fringed south and west, some admirable asparagus grows in the Vale of Evesham and the Georgian market town of Pershore stands on the Avon’s banks. (The north and east are flat and more industrial.) Worcestershire has two Victorian spa towns – Droitwich in the north and Malvern in its hills. And in Worcester itself you’ll even find the burial ground of King John of the Magna Carta if you look around the cathedral long enough.
The countryside comes alive in late spring with bluebells and fruit-tree blossom.