28th Oct, 2020

Find out about Florence Nightingale's Great Malvern links during free heritage walks

A SPECIAL tour to commemorate the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale will give people the chance to follow in the footsteps of the world famous nursing pioneer.

The free two-mile walks in Great Malvern, previously cancelled due to the pandemic, will be held from 10.30am to 7pm on Saturday and 10.30am to 6pm on Sunday, September 12 and 13.

Tour leader Cora Weaver, a local history expert, wrote ‘Florence Nightingale and the Water Cure’ which tells the story of her life and connections to Great Malvern.

The dates of the tours coincide with Heritage Open Days – a national celebration of England’s heritage.

Visitors will learn about the iconic Lady with the Lamp and how she avoided hospitals.

They will discover more about the illness that kept Florence bedridden for most of her life, her treatment in Great Malvern, her doctors and family, as well as what the town would have been like at the time.

There will also be a number of walking tours held during the weekend for Heritage Open Days including guided tours of the Benedictine Gatehouse between 11am and 4pm and the Walenty Pytel Statues at Rose Bank Gardens at 2pm (both on Sunday).

Heritage Open Days run from September 11 to 20 with a variety of free events based around the theme of ‘Hidden Nature’.

Coun Sarah Rouse, Malvern Hills District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economic Development and Tourism, said: “It is fascinating that someone as iconic as Florence Nightingale is a part of Great Malvern’s rich history.

“The walking tour will be a great opportunity to find out more about her life and our wonderful town. There will also be a chance to enjoy the events that will be held during Heritage Open Days.”

No dogs are allowed, apart from guide dogs and participants must wear face masks and follow social distancing guidelines.

Pre-booking is essential at www.visitthemalverns.org/florencenightingalewalk or call Malvern Tourist Information Centre on 01684 892289, or pop in to meet the team at The Lyttelton Well Courtyard, Church Street, Great Malvern.

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