This circular walk from the market town of Pershore visits some of the highlights of the area. You'll visit Pershore Abbey before enjoying a riverside path along the River Avon. The trail then explores the peaceful woodland trails in Tiddesley Wood before returning to the abbey.
The walk starts in the town centre at the historic abbey which is surrounded by a lovely park. The abbey was one of the largest medieval abbeys in Britain but was destroyed in the Reformation. The abbey church still exists and includes a beautiful interior and a lantern tower dates which from 1350.
From the abbey you head south east to meet up with the River Avon. Follow the riverside path west and it will take you to Tiddesley Wood. These woods are also a nature reserve with a number of good footpaths to try. They are really special during the spring months when there are carpets of bluebells, wood anemones, violets and cowslips.
After exploring the woods you head east past Orchard Farm and Cornmore before returning to the river path. This will take you back towards the town centre and the abbey.
PostcodeWR10 1BL - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Pershore Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Pershore Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Pershore OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Pershore Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Star Inn is a great choice for some refreshments on the walk. The historic pub is set in a fine 15th century coaching inn and does excellent food. There's a snug interior and a lovely beer garden right next to the river for warmer days. You can find the inn at 23 Bridge Street with a postcode of WR10 1AJ for your sat navs.
The route is nice for dog walking particularly on the woodland trails in Tiddesley Wood where you'll probably bump into other owners. You are requested to keep them on leads in this area though. The Star Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The long distance Wychavon Way passes through the town. The trail is a great way of further exploring the area. You could pick up the trail and follow it north east along the river to Wyre Piddle and Church Lench. Heading south will take you to Pensham, Great Comberton, Battens Wood and the viewpoint at the Banbury Stone Tower.
To the west of the town you'll find some nice trails around Croome Court Park. Here you can explore the beautiful parkland surrounding the 18th century Neo-Palladian mansion.
The epic Warwickshire Millennium Way also starts from the town. This long distance trail will take you through the Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Northamptonshire countryside to Middleton Cheney.
To the east you'll find Evesham Country Park where there's wide lawns, orchards, a lake and more trails along the River Avon.
To the north there's the settlements of Tewkesbury, Upton Upon Severn and Twyning where you can enjoy riverside trails along the Avon and the Severn.
Near here there's the delightful village of Hanley Swan. The picturesque settlement includes a pretty village green, a pond, a 17th century pub and walking trails to neighbouring Hanley Castle where you can see the remains of the ancient fort.
The circular walk from Ashton Under Hill to the picture postcard village of Elmley Castle and the fine viewpoint at Bredon Hill lies just a few miles to the south.
For more walks in the county see the Worcestershire Walks page.