The Worcestershire Way
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
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 to Malvern.
Explorer 218, 204, 190. Landranger 138, 150.
Price: £5.00 (not including postage)
Outlets: Can be purchased from Worcester Woods Countryside
Centre café, Waseley Hills Country Park café, all good book shops
or from our online shop
the Worcestershire Way Walkers' Guide
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This page was last reviewed 26 July 2013 at 16:03.
The page is next due for review 22 January 2015.