Welcome to the Abberley & Malvern Hills Geopark

The Geopark takes in parts of the five counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire. You will find outstanding geology that spans 700 million years of our Earth’s history. This, coupled with dramatic landscapes and a wealth of ecological, historical, and cultural gems, makes the Geopark a unique destination.

 

Each year the member organisations of the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark Forum host GeoFest a three month summer programme of events and activities. There is something for everyone.

 

This is a Geopark that can be enjoyed by all and provides the opportunity to experience and learn about its impressive landscape and all to be found within it – geology, wildlife, archaeology, art and heritage.

 

 

Find out about the Geopark’s…

…geology

Explore beneath the surface . . . 700 million years of Earth history: one spectacular destination. The rocks tell a fascinating story of continental collisions, shallow tropical seas, hot deserts, tropical swamps, coastal lagoons, ice sheets and polar deserts. These changes in ancient depositional environments have produced the diverse landscapes that can be seen in the Geopark today.

...heritage

From imposing Iron Age hill forts to the remains of 20th century coal mining… throughout the Geopark you will find evidence of how human activity has shaped our landscape.

The unique landscapes in the Geopark have inspired artists and composers of past and present. Hills and valleys provide the backdrop for past and contemporary cultural events…The Geopark is a place where a range of passions from art to social history may be indulged…

…wildlife

Geology and ecology are inextricably linked. The often intimate relationship between geology and flora is an important factor in understanding the ecology of the Geopark.

To enjoy this rich biodiversity, why not visit one of the many national and local nature reserves or take a peaceful walk through diverse natural landscapes?