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Bewdley route wins the World Cup of Worcestershire Walks

Railway Bridge in Bewdley with a train going over Published Friday, 7th June 2019

Bewdley is the home of Worcestershire’s favourite walking route – that’s according to followers of Public Health Worcestershire’s @HealthWorcs account on Twitter.

Marking May’s National Walking Month, The World Cup of Worcestershire Walks saw the Bewdley River and Rail Circular Walk emerge victorious from 32 contenders following a series of Twitter polls.

The activity aimed to highlight the range of routes available in the county to inspire people to get active, helping them to live a longer, healthier life.

The month-long series came to an end with the final, which pitted the River and Rail route against the Barnt Green Lickey Hills Circular Walk. It earned 68% of the votes cast to claim the crown.

Councillor John Smith, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing at Worcestershire County Council, said:

“Walking is a great way for people to introduce more exercise into their routine, and in Worcestershire we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to areas of natural beauty.

“The World Cup of Worcestershire Walks was our unique way of showcasing 32 of our most popular routes, with a range of distances and terrains to suit walkers of all abilities. We hope the activity has inspired people to get out and enjoy the trails for themselves.”

The four-mile Bewdley River and Rail Circular Walk runs along West side of the River Severn, taking in sites of scientific interest, industrial heritage and a plethora of flora and fauna. Walkers also have the option of returning to Bewdley via the Severn Valley Railway from Upper Arley Train Station.

Residents of Worcestershire may be interested in our local ‘Health Walks’.  We have a variety of health walk groups that meet weekly and each walk is between 30-90 minutes long, which you can walk at your own pace.   All ages and abilities are welcome to find their local friendly health walk group at the Walking for Health website.

To find out more go to the circular walking routes page on the Council's website.