This riverside circular walk explore the town of Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire. It's a great place for waterside strolls with the River Avon and River Severn running past the town.
The walk starts in the town centre near to the 12th century Tewkesbury Abbey. You then follow trails north along the River Avon, passing the attractive meadows at Severn Ham. There's lots of pretty wildflowers to see here in the summer months.
Just before Tewkesbury Quay you cross the bridge and follow the Avon round to where it meets up with the River Severn. Cross the Mythe Bridge and head south along the Severn towards Tirley.
The route then crosses the Haw Bridge and follows the footpath on the opposite side of the river towards the village of Deerhurst. Take a short detour here to visit the fasctinating Odda's Chapel. The Grade I listed Anglo-Saxon church dates from the 11th century. It is partly incorporated into a 16th or early 17th century farmhouse and was being used for accommodation when in 1865 its historic significance was realised.
After exploring Deerhurst continue along the Severn Way back to the town centre and the finish point.
This walk makes use of two long distance trails which runs through the town. You can extend your walking in the area by continuing along the Severn Way or Shakespeare's Avon Way.
You can also pick up the Gloucestershire Way and head east towards Oxenton.
Tewkesbury Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Walks near Tewkesbury
- Severn Way - Follow the River Severn from its source at Plynlimon in Powys, to Bristol, the mouth of the river
- Gloucestershire Way - Travel from Chepstow in Wales to Tewkesbury in Gloucestshire and visit the Forest of Dean, the Severn Plain and the Cotswolds on this beautiful and varied walk
- Worcestershire Way - This walk takes you from Bewdley to Great Malvern where you can enjoy splendid views of the Malvern Hills.
The path starts on the River Severn in Bewdley and heads south, passing the villages of Abberley and Martley on your way to Great Malvern
- Shakespeare's Avon Way - This terrific waterside walk follows the River Avon from its source near Naseby to its confluence with the Severn at Tewkesbury
- Croome Court - Explore the extensive landscaped parkland surrounding this mid 18th century Neo-Palladian mansion near Pershore.
- Twyning - A circular walk around the Gloucestershire village of Twyning, visiting the River Avon and the River Severn
- Old Hills and Stanbrook Abbey - This circular walk climbs to the viewpoint at Old Hills before visiting Stanbrook Abbey where you'll find a family fun trail.
- Hanley Swan - This Worcestershire based village is located in a pleasant rural spot in the Malvern Hills area of the county
- Upton Upon Severn - This small town in Worcestershire is ideally positioned for river and country walks
- Kemerton - This Worcestershire village lies on the edge of the Cotswolds and the southern slopes of Bredon Hill
- Beckford Nature Reserve - Explore the Beckford Nature Reserve on this easy walk in the Worcestershire village of Beckford.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just to the north there's the worthy village of Twyning to explore. There's nice trails along the River Avon and a splendid riverside pub with a terrace overlooking the water. During the summer boats ferry people up the river Avon from Tewkesbury to enjoy the pub's hospitality. 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.
Just to the north east is the worthy village of Kemerton where there are two wildlife rich nature reserves to explore. The village is very pretty with the 16th century Kemerton Court and a Grade II listed church to see as well. Near here there's also the Beckford Nature Reserve with its bluebell woods and lakeside paths.