Hugging the western edge of the County as it
borders Herefordshire; the Worcestershire Way really is an
opportunity to explore outstanding rural landscapes. At 31
miles, the route passes through beautiful sleepy villages and
verdant steep sided valleys between the Georgian Town of Bewdley
and the grand spa town of Malvern.
This much loved walk starts in the fine
Georgian town of Bewdley. Climbing the hill at Ribbesford, the
route then winds through pleasant countryside to Heightington. From
here you will find yourself in glorious remote countryside, with
barely a building or road in sight. Narrow lanes, lined with
Violets and Primroses in early spring, lead you towards Abberley
Hill, though beautiful woodlands.
Passing the striking Victorian clock tower,
the following climb up the steep Walsgrove Hill will be rewarded
with breathtaking views across the Teme Valley.
Old orchards and steep pastures are a feature
of the limestone ridges that takes the path to Ankerdine Hill.
Hopyards line the route at Knightwick, with oast houses and
half-timbered cottages around Suckley as you wander though ancient
woodlands, alive with wildlife. Narrow country lanes and high
hedges enhance the landscape as you approach Birchwood Common,
where Sir Edward Elgar composed much of his music. The Malvern
Hills are now tantalisingly close, as you head over Crumpton Hill,
though more orchards laden with blossom in spring and apples in
autumn. The final climb up North Hill is a fitting climax to a
fantastic route, as you stand on the hill and visually retrace the
route that you have taken through the hills.
With traditional country pubs dotted along the
route and quaint villages and towns offering a variety of services
for the walker, whatever time of year you are exploring the
Worcestershire Way, it is sure not to disappoint.
Across the west of Worcestershire from Bewdley
Explorer 218, 204, 190. Landranger 138,
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This page was last reviewed 28 November 2012 at 13:11.
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