Take the train to Malvern Link or Great Malvern with London Midland. Your first sight of 'The Malverns' tells you that you are approaching an area that is unusual and intriguing. They are the centre piece of a wonderful region, stretching from lowland, riverside Upton-upon-Severn to Malvern itself, and up the River Teme's winding course through north west Worcestershire's hills to the delightful Tenbury Wells. Perhaps it was the pure water of the Malvern Hills springs that first attracted the Iron Age builders of the British Camp on Herefordshire Beacon and then, hundreds of years later, the founders of Malvern's two medieval priories. From these hills you will see some of England's grandest views, eastward towards the Cotswolds, northward to Shropshire and westward to the misty mountains of Wales. The Malvern Hills have been described as a mountain range in miniature, the eight mile ridge containing some of the oldest rocks in Britain, their craggy outline giving the impression of uplands further west. The mountaineer George Mallory came here to walk in preparation for his expedition to Everest.