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The Worcestershire Way

The Worcestershire Way

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 Worcestershire Waysided 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.

Worcestershire WayOld 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.

Route Information:

Across the west of Worcestershire from Bewdley to Malvern.

OS Maps:

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

Buy the Worcestershire Way Walkers' Guide

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External websites

  • Defra
    Department for environmental food and rural affairs.
  • British Waterways
    Creating sustainable waterways for the future.
  • English Heritage
    Looking after the historical environment in England for future generations.
  • Environmental Agency
    The government agency responsible for protecting and improving the environment, water, land and air.
  • Natural England
    The Government advisor on the natural environment.

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This page was last reviewed 23 December 2013 at 13:44.
The page is next due for review 21 June 2015.