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|Ankerdine Hill||1 miles (1 km)||Climb to this hill in Knightwick on this walk in the Malvern Hills. There's a nice waterside stretch along the River Teme, woodland trails and great views from the high points.|
The circular walk starts in the village of Knightwick and heads to Horsham Farm along the River Teme. You then climb through Hay Wood to Ankerdine Hill which reaches a height of well over 400ft. On the hill there's some nice woodland trails and great views over the Worcestershire countryside. View Full Details>>
|Arley Arboretum||1 miles (1 km)||These delightful gardens near Kidderminster are perfect for a peaceful afternoon stroll. There's well laid out footpaths taking you around the compact site. Highlights include the towering Crimean Pines, a Magnolia Garden and an Italian Garden with water features and a pretty fountain. There's also lovely tree lined paths and nice views of the River Severn and the Severn Valley Railway steam trains. View Full Details>>|
|Arrow Valley Country Park||4 miles (6 km)||Enjoy waterside cycling and walking in this splendid country park in Redditch. The park includes the large Arrow Valley Lake and the River Arrow with walking and cycling trails running alongside both. With 900 acres to explore on four waymarked trails there is plenty to see and do in the park. The Miller's trail runs up to Forge Mill Needle Museum in the north end of the park, and there is a Woodland Trail going to the south end of the park. There's also an excellent visitor centre and cafe with panoramic views across Arrow Valley Lake. View Full Details>>|
|Barnt Green Circular Walk||4 miles (6.4 km)||This 4 mile circular walk takes you around the village of Barnt Green in Worcestershire. You'll visit the popular Lickey Hills Country Park and the prety Bittell Reservoirs, with lovely countryside views to enjoy on the way.|
The walk starts in the centre of Barnt Green, close to the train station. From here you pick up footpaths heading north west into Lickey Hills. There's miles of woodland trails, hill climbs and wildlife to see in the park. Keep your eyes peeled for deer, badgers and a variety of birdlife.
Near the visitor centre you follow a footpath east past Cofton Hackett to the reservoirs which are a great place for birdwatching. Follow the trails south along the water before turning south west to return to Barnt Green. View Full Details>>
|Bewdley||2 miles (3.2 km)||The Worcestershire town of Bewdley is in a great location for exploring the popular Wyre Forest where there are miles of fine woodland trails to try. There's also lovely riverside paths along the River Severn and the nearby Ribbesford Woods.|
This walk uses a section of the Severn Way to take you to the Blackstone Riverside Park, just to the south of the town.
The walk starts on Bewdley Bridge and follows the waymarked path south for about 1 mile on the river's eastern side. You then cross to the western side to visit the Blackstone Riverside Park where there is a picnic area and some nice trails to try. The route then returns to Bewdley on the other side of the river. View Full Details>>
|Bittell Reservoirs||4 miles (6 km)||This walk visits the Upper and Lower Bittell Reservoirs in Barnt Green, near Birmingham. There's much to enjoy with countryside views and lots of birdlife to look out for on the water. |
The walk starts from Barnt Green train station and follows footpaths through the countryside to Lower Bittell Reservoir. Tracks take you along the western side of the water to the Upper reservoir, with views of the River Arrow as you go. You can then pick up a section of the North Worcestershire Path along the northern end. View Full Details>>
|Bredon Hill||5 miles (7.5 km)||Climb to the 299 m (981 ft) summit of this hill in the Cotswolds and enjoy fine views over the surrounding countryside. The walk starts from the Worcestershire village of Overbury and climbs to Bredon Hill on good footpaths, passing woodland and streams on the way. At the summit you will find the Iron Age Hill Fort of Kemerton Camp and a small stone tower known as Parsons Folly or Banbury Stone Tower. There's also Roman earthworks and several ancient standing stones.|
The hill is also a nature reserve so there is a wide variety of flora and fauna to look out for. This includes wild thyme, common rock rose, pyramidal orchid and dwarf thistle. These attract butterflies such as marbled white, brown argus and dingy skipper.
Bredon hill is mentioned in a poem of A. E. Housman's anthology A Shropshire Lad: 'In summertime on Bredon, The bells they sound so clear, Round both the shires they ring them, In steeples far and near, A happy noise to hear.'
The whole of this circular walk is more suited for walkers as it uses some public footpaths but much of it uses bridleways which cyclists can also use.
The Wychavon Way long distance footpath passes close to the hill so you could pick this up to extend your walking. An alternative route to the hill would be to follow the Wychavon Way from the nearby village of Ashton under Hill. You could also climb to the hill from the village of Elmley Castle. Country lanes and footpaths will take you past Comberton Wood and Castle Hill to Bredon Hill. View Full Details>>
|Bringsty Common||2 miles (3 km)||This large area of common land near Bromyard is a great place for walkers. The area covers over 200 acres with lots of footpaths to follow to the common's lakes, streams and pockets of woodland. Look out for pretty bluebells in the spring and a variety of birdlife on your walk. There's also splendid views towards the Malvern Hills and the surrounding Worcestershire and Herefordshire countryside. You can enjoy refreshments in the common-side cafe or pub after your exercise.|
It's easy to extend your walk by heading to the Brockhampton Estate which is right next to the common. The 1,700 acre estate has lots of good walking trails, a lake, streams and woodland to explore.
The Worcestershire Way runs through Knightwick, just to the east of the common. The path will take you south to Ravenshill Wood and the Suckley Hills. Head north and you can visit Woodbury Hill, the River Teme valley and Abberley. View Full Details>>
|Broadway Tower Country Park||5 miles (7.5 km)||Enjoy fabulous views of the Cotswolds AONB in this beautiful park in Broadway, Worcestershire. The focal point of the park is the 65ft high Broadway Tower. The tower was the brainchild of Capability Brown and designed by James Wyatt in 1794 in the form of a Saxon castle. It is the second highest point in the Cotswolds so there are wonderful views as far as the Welsh Mountains in one direction and Buckinghamshire in the other. The park is also home to a herd of Red Deer and includes several peaceful woodland trails.|
The Cotswold Way walking route runs through the park so there is scope for continuing your walk. The nearby Chipping Campden is a good option or you could visit the delightful Snowshill village and manor house. View Full Details>>
|Chaddesley Wood||2 miles (4 km)||This walk takes you to the Chaddesley Wood nature reserve from the village of Chaddesley Corbett in the Wyre Forest District of Worcestershire. The attractive coniferous woodland is covered in pretty bluebells in the spring. There's also streams, ponds and a variety of wildflowers in the summer. Look out for wildlife including woodcock, chiffchaff, crossbill and blackcap.|
You can park in the village of Chaddesley Corbett to start your walk. Then follow footpaths east through the countryside to the woods. It's about a one mile walk from the village. You can continue your walk in the adjacent Nutnells Wood at Woodcote Green along the waymarked Royal Hunters Forest Walks.
The Monarch's Way long distance footpath runs right through Chaddesley Corbett so you could pick this up to continue your walk. If you follow it west you will pass the moated medieval and Elizabethan manor house of Harvington Hall.
If you head a few miles north you can visit a number of excellent country parks with good walking trails. These include Lickey Hills Country Park, Clent Hills Country Park and Waseley Hills Country Park. They all have climbs to viewpoints with great views over the surrounding countryside and hills. View Full Details>>
|Clent Hills Country Park||3 miles (4.5 km)||This country park in Clent has miles of footpaths and bridleways with breathtaking panoramic views over the Cotswolds, Shropshire Hills and Welsh borders. The park is run by the National Trust who have devised several excellent walking trails through the park. There are also cycling trails that are best suited to mountain bikers.|
The park is located 10 miles south-west of Birmingham city centre, not far from Stourbridge. The North Worcestershire Path walking route runs through the park if you would like to continue your walk. Hagley Park and hall are also adjacent to the park - here you will find some great footpaths through landscaped parkland.
Just a mile to the east you'll find Uffmoor Wood where there are waymarked walking trails in shady bluebell woods. View Full Details>>
|Cotswold Round||217 miles (349 km)||Travel through some of the most beautiful countryside and prettiest villages in England on this circular walk. You will visit a series of classic Cotswolds towns and villages including Cheltenham Spa, Winchcombe, Stanton, Broadway, Chipping Campden, Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow on the Wold and Bourton on the Water (video below). There is much to enjoy with lush green countryside, historic houses, beautiful parks, woodland sections and homely country pubs for refreshments. View Full Details>>|
|Cotswold Way Circular Walk - Chipping Campden||10 miles (16.5 km)||This splendid circular walk uses the Cotswold Way and the Donnington Way to explore the countryside and landmarks surrounding the Cotswold villages of Chipping Campden and Broadway. It's a great one to try if you are staying in either of these villages as it uses well maintained waymarked footpaths to take you to such highlights as Broadway Tower Country Park and Dover's Hill. The route runs for just over 10 miles taking you through some beautiful Gloucestershire and Worcestershire countryside.|
The walk starts in Chipping Campden and climbs to Dover's Hill on the Cotswold Way. It's a lovely start to the walk with tremendous views from the 754 feet (230 metres) hill summit. On a clear day you can see as far as the Black Mountains of South Wales and the Long Mynd in Shropshire.
The route then heads south west along the Mile Drive to Broadway Tower. The splendid tower is the second highest point in the Cotswolds with views as far as the Welsh Mountains and the Buckinghamshire countryside. You can further explore the country park which includes red deer and woodland trails.
After leaving the park you head to the village of Broadway. The picturesque village is known as the 'Jewel of the Cotswolds' with its pretty Green, lined with red chestnut trees and Cotswold limestone buildings, dating from the 16th century. It is roughly the half way point on the walk so it's a nice place to stop for refreshments.
From Broadway you head north to Willersey. This is another attractive village with a nice duck pond and a 17th century inn. It is not a tourist hub so remains largely unspoilt.
The final section heads east through Saintbury back to Dover's Hill before descending into Chipping Campden. View Full Details>>
|Croome Court||3 miles (5 km)||Explore the extensive landscaped parkland surrounding this mid 18th century Neo-Palladian mansion near Pershore. There are miles of walking paths taking you around the pretty lake with statues, bridges, follies and classical temples located around the lakeside. You then head into the 'Capability' Brown designed landscape following the serpentine Croome River which flows through the centre of the park. Other highlights include the lovely Church of St Mary Magdalene, the Icehouse, the Shrubbery and the Rotunda. View Full Details>>|
|Donnington Way||62 miles (99 km)||Visit the 15 pubs of the Donnington Brewery on this super walk through the Cotswolds. The walk starts in Stow on the Wold and heads to a series of delightful Cotswold villages including Bourton on the Water, Naunton, Guiting Power, Broadway, Chipping Campden and Moreton-in-Marsh. View Full Details>>|
|Droitwich Canal||7 miles (11.2 km)||Enjoy an easy stroll along the Droitwich Barge Canal and the Droitwich Junction Canal, on this waterside walk in Worcestershire. There's much to enjoy with views of the River Salwarpe, pretty villages and the attractive countryside of the Wychavon district of Worcestershire. |
The walk starts where the canal meets the Worcester and Birmingham Canal just to the east of Droitwich (you could also start in Droitwich, if you prefer and miss out the first mile). The canal then heads west passing Hanbury Wharf and heading through the town. Just to the south there's the option of taking a small detour and visiting the Droitwich Spa Lido Park, one of the few remaining inland, open-air salt-water swimming pools in the UK.
At Westacre the canal turns south west, heading to the village of Salwarpe by the river of the same name. The final section runs to Hawford where the canal joins with the River Severn. Here you have the option of extending your walk by picking up the Severn Way and following it south into Worcester. View Full Details>>
|Evesham Country Park||2 miles (2.8 km)||Enjoy an easy walk around this pretty country park located just to the north of Evesham. There's nice footpaths taking you to wide lawns, orchards, a lake and along the River Avon which runs through the eastern side of the park. You can also enjoy fine views of the surrounding countryside of Evesham Vale.|
The park is attached to the Valley Shopping area where you'll find a garden centre with a farm shop, clothing stores and eateries, plus a miniature railway.
To extend the walk continue south along the riverside path into the town. The trail will lead you to Evesham Lock and the lovely Abbey Park where you will find the ruins of Evesham Abbey. View Full Details>>
|Geopark Way||111 miles (179 km)||Meandering its way for 109 miles through the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark from Bridgnorth to Gloucester, the Geopark Way passes through stunning countryside as it explores 700 million years of geological history. The trail offers varied walking alongside rivers, through forests, along ridges and across valley floors; all with majestic views to match. Passing through an assortment of habitats there is a plethora of wildlife adding to the occasion. Quaint villages and towns dot the route bringing further elements of exploration and enchantment.|
Highlights on the route includes a stretch through the lovely Eastnor Deer Park next to the 19th century mock castle. The climb through the Malvern Hills is also wonderful with splendid views over the countryside of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. View Full Details>>
|Hagley Park||2 miles (3.5 km)||Explore the area around Hagley Hall and Hagley Park on this walk in Worcestershire. The walk uses the North Worcestershire Path and other public footpaths to take you through the woodland and countryside surrounding the park. There is also an iron-age hill-fort on Wychbury Hill and fabulous views of The Malverns, The Clee and Abberley Hills, The Wrekin and, on a clear day as far as The Black Mountains of Wales.|
The park is located about 12 miles from Birmingham city centre. Clent Hills Country Park is adjacent to Hagley Hall so is a great option if you would like to continue your walk. The North Worcestershire Path also runs past the park.
Please note the park itself is not open to the public though the hall is open for tours on certain days. Please see the link below for details. View Full Details>>
|Hanbury Circular Walk||7 miles (10.5 km)||This circular walk in Droitwich visits the Worcester and Birmingham Canal and Hanbury Hall Park. There's much to enjoy with lovely countryside views, some moderate hill climbs, canalside paths, woodland, parkland and gardens.|
The walk starts at the car park near Hanbury Wharf, just to the east of Droitwich Spa. From here you pick up the Droitwich Canal and follow it east to where it meets with the Worcester and Birmingham Canal. You then follow this north to Astwood Lane Bridge where you turn east to follow footpaths through the countryside to Piper's Hill. You then turn south to Hanbury Hill Church where you'll find the St Mary the Virgin church which dates from 1200. The grounds includes a viewpoint with a toposcope displaying all the sites you can see from the elevated position. This includes the Cotswolds, the Forest of Dean and the Malvern Hills.
After taking in the views the route descends to Hanbury Hall. The 18th century hall is surrounded by beautiful gardens and parkland. There's also an orangery and a walled orchard containing a wide range of traditional English fruit varieties. The park is run by the National Trust so for a fee you can gain access to more walks around the hall.
The final section of the walk runs from the hall to Lady Wood and Summer Hill before returning to the car park. View Full Details>>
|Hanbury Hall Park||4 miles (6 km)||A walk around the delightful Hanbury Hall Park in Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire. The 18th century hall is surrounded by beautiful gardens and parkland. There's also an orangery and a walled orchard containing a wide range of traditional English fruit varieties. The park is run by the National Trust so for a fee you can gain access to more walks around the hall. |
This route takes you through the delightful gardens and then into the countryside park where you will cross the Worcester and Birmingham Canal. View Full Details>>
|Hartlebury Common||2 miles (3 km)||Hartlebury Common and Hillditch Coppice cover 229 acres of lowland heath in Stourport-on-Severn. The area is criss crossed with a number of lovely waymarked walking paths where you can see many varieties of wild plants and insects, especially butterflies and moths. There are a number of habitats to enjoy including woodlands, heather covered hills, an acid bog, a pool and brook. |
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|Illey Way||4 miles (6 km)||The Illey Way runs along an old railway line from Waseley Hills Country Park to Woodgate near Halesowen. The well defined trail runs through some nice countryside and woodland passing Illey Pastures and Illey.|
You can start the walk from the Waseley Hills car park. It's a lovely park with 150 acres of rolling hills, pastures and woodland with panoramic views over Worcestershire from Windmill Hill. The trail then heads north through the countryside, passing the village of Illey before finishing at Woodgate near the pretty Woodgate Valley Country Park. Here you will find 450 acres of rich meadows, woodland and small ponds with the Bourn brook running through the heart of the park. View Full Details>>
|Kingsford Country Park||4 miles (7 km)||Explore 200 acres of woodland and heathland in this Worcestershire based park. Terrain in the park consists of hills and cliffs, with sandy paths crossing the area. The park has 4 waymarked trails of varying lenghts to explore. The route below also visits the National Trust owned Kinver Edge. This woodland sandstone ridge offers dramatic views across surrounding counties and miles of heathland walking.|
Kingsford park is located about four miles west of Stourbridge, and four miles north of Kidderminster. There are three great options for continuing your walk through this lovely part of England. The Staffordshire Way, the North Worcestershire Path, and the Worcestershire Way all run past the park. View Full Details>>
|Kinver Edge||2 miles (4 km)||This National Trust owned woodland escarpment has miles of good walking trails to try. It's excellent walking country with lovely heathland, woodland trails and magnificent views over the surrounding Staffordshire and Worcestershire countryside. The sandstone ridge also includes an Iron Age Hill Fort and fascinating red sandstone formations. You can stop and admire the views from a number of seats dotted along the ridge top path.|
This circular walk around the site starts from the parking area off Compton Road next to the Holy Austin Rock. You then follow a nice way marked trail along Kinver Edge to Nanny's Rock. You can actually explore this fascinating sandstone rock house with its five empty rooms and the 'devil's' chimney.
Just after Nanny's Rock the path heads north east through some pretty bluebell woods before returning to Holy Austin Rock House. This rock house has been restored by the National Trust so you can see how it would have looked when people lived in them. The houses are carved right into the rock and were inhabited right up until the 1960s.
The area is great for wildlife watching with highlights including green hairstreak butterflies, willow warbler and cuckoo. It's also great for flora with yellow gorse and lovely purple heather in the late summer months.
The long distance Staffordshire Way, Worcestershire Way and North Worcestershire Path all pass the site. You can easily pick up any of these trails to extend your walking in the area. Heading south will take you through Kingsford Country Park to Drakelow where there is a small multivallate Iron Age hillfort. Continuing along the Worcestershire Way will take you to Shatterford Lakes Wildlife Sanctuary, Eymore Wood and Trimpley Reservoir.
Heading north from the edge along the Staffordshire Way will take you to Enville. Cookley village on the River Stour can be also be easily reached by descending along the North Worcestershire Path. These are all nice places to visit if you feel like stretching your legs further.
For cyclists National Cycle Network Route 54 passes through Cookley just to the east of the site. If you are coming from Kidderminster you could follow the route north to Cookley and then follow country lanes east to each Kinver Edge. View Full Details>>
|Lickey Hills Country Park||3 miles (5.5 km)||Explore 524 acres of country park at Lickey Hills near Birmingham. There are a number of woodland trails to follow and a climb up Beacon Hill with fabulous views of the surrounding countryside. Also look out for deer, badgers and a variety of birdlife as you go. The park has an excellent visitor centre with an exhibition, leaflets and information on nature trails and guided walks. The park is very popular, particularly in springtime when the woodland is covered in an impressive display of bluebells.|
If you would like to continue your walk you could follow the North Worcestershire Path towards the nearby Waseley Hills Country Park or the Bittell Reservoirs in the other direction. The Barnt Green Circular Walk visits the park and the reservoirs and can be started from the visitor centre.
At the Lower Bittell reservoir you can also pick up the Worcester and Birmingham Canal and enjoy a waterside walk to the splendid Tardebigge Locks.
If you were to head a few miles to the south west you could visit the lovely Chaddesley Wood National Nature Reserve. The reserve has some nice woodland trails with a wide variety of flora and fauna to look out for.
Lickey Hills is located on the south west tip of Birmingham near to Bromsgrove. View Full Details>>
|Malvern Hills||8 miles (13 km)||This walk takes you the full length of the Malvern Hills from End Hill in North Malvern to Chase End Hill at the southern end. The Hills divide the counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire and are covered with numerous footpaths and bridleways. |
The start point for the walk is the car park at North Malvern in the 19th century spa town of Great Malvern. You then pass End Hill, Table Hill and Sugarloaf Hill on your way to Worcestershire Beacon. At 425 m (1,394 ft) the Beacon is the highest point in the Malverns and offers fabulous views of Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, the Cotswolds, the Welsh Mountains and the Severn Valley. You can climb to the beacon from Great Malvern on our circular walk.
The route continues to Jubilee Hill, Black Hill and Herefordshire Beacon where you will find the noteworthy British Camp Iron Age hill fort and reservoir of the same name. Next you come to Hangman's Hill, and Swinyard Hill before arriving at the interesting Midsummer Hill where you will find an Iron Age hill fort which spans Midsummer Hill and Hollybush Hill. There are also splendid views of Eastnor Deer Park and the castle grounds.
The final section takes you over Raggedstone Hill to the finish point at the end of the range, known as End Hill.
It's a delightful walk on good footpaths with fabulous views throughout. Also look out for the springs and fountains dotted along the hills.
If you would like to try a longer walk try our Malvern Hills Circular Walk which takes you along a section of the old Worcestershire Way long distance trail. View Full Details>>
|Malvern Hills Circular Walk||13 miles (21 km)||This long route makes use of the Three Choirs Way and the old route of the Worcestershire Way to create a circular walk through the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There's fabulous views over the counties of Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire throughout.|
The walk starts North Malvern at the main parking area next to the hills. You then follows footpaths up to Table Hill and Sugarloaf Hill before coming to the high point at the range at Worcestershire Beacon.
You continue south past Summer Hill, Black Hill and Jubilee Hill before coming to Herefordshire Beacon and British Camp where there's a fascinating Iron Age Hillfort.
At Hangman's Hill you turn north and follow footpaths to Colwall Stone and West Malvern. Here you pick up some woodland trails through Six Acre Wood before returning to the car park. View Full Details>>
|Martley Circular Walk||6 miles (10 km)||This lovely waymarked walk explores the Teme Valley around the Worcestershire village of Martley. There's beautiful countryside, traditional orchards, riverside paths and woodland trails to enjoy on the way. The route runs for about 6 miles on fairly flat paths with some small climbs.|
Start the walk in the centre of the village and follow the footpaths north past the The Chantry School towards the orchards around Alden's Farm and Prickley Green Farm. The path then turns west towards Rodge Hill Farm where you pick up a section of the Worcestershire Way long distance trail. You then climb south to Rodge Hill and Pudford Hill where there are splendid views over the surrounding countryside. From this high point of the walk you descend to Hambridge Farm where you pick up a riverside path along the River Teme, passing the woodland on Kingswood Common before turning east to return to the village. Back in Martley you can enjoy refreshments at the local pub and pay a visit to the interesting Norman Church of St Peter. The church includes a complete set of 17th century bells and some medieval wall paintings inside. View Full Details>>
|Midland Link||20 miles (32 km)||Enjoy lakes, canals, woodlands and historic villages on this waymarked walk through the Worcestershire and Warwickshire countryside.|
The walk begins at the Forehill picnic site, just outside Birmingham, and heads to Tanworth-in-Arden on country lanes and footpaths. This section of the walk passes the three man-made reservoirs at Earlswood lakes and the interesting Transport Museum at Wythall with its extensive collection of buses, battery electric vehicles and a miniature steam railway.
From Tanworth-in-Arden you continue east towards the village of Lapworth, passing the 17th century Umberslade Hall and Park on the way. The mansion is a a Grade II* listed building and is surrounded by parkland and lakes.
At Lapworth you join the Stratford Upon Avon Canal for a short waterside stretch which takes you to Kingswood Junction where the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal meets the Grand Union Canal. A short stroll from Kingswood takes you onto another major highlight on the walk, as you reach the moated manor house of Baddesley Clinton. This medieval manor house dates from the 15th century and includes a pretty garden with lakeside walks.
The final section of the walk then takes you to Kenilworth, passing through the peaceful Hay Wood and the village of Wroxhall on the way. You finish at the impressive Kenilworth Castle described by architectural historian Anthony Emery as 'the finest surviving example of a semi-royal palace of the later middle ages, significant for its scale, form and quality of workmanship'. The castle dates from the 16th century and includes a beautiful Elizabethan Garden with a bejewelled aviary and marble fountain. View Full Details>>
|Monarch's Way||615 miles (990 km)||This incredible 615-mile walk approximates the escape route taken by King Charles II in 1651 after being defeated in the Battle of Worcester. |
The Monarch's Way starts at Worcester then travels north to Boscobel and then south to Stratford upon Avon. It then continues south through the Cotswolds to Stow on the Wold before turning south west towards Bristol via Cirencester. The route then heads south through the Mendip Hills to Wells and then on through Somerset towards Yeovil and then south west to Charmouth. You then follow the Dorset coast before turning north again to Yeovil, before heading east across the Downs to Brighton and then onto the finish point at Shoreham-by-Sea.
The walk also takes you through two World Heritage Sites, one National Park and six Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. For those interested in the history of the walk there is ample opportunity to learn and discover more with a series of museums and historical sites dotted throughout the route.
The walk is waymarked with a picture of the ship The Surprise, the Prince of Wales crown and the Royal Oak tree at Boscobel House.
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|North Worcestershire Path||31 miles (50 km)||This walk runs from Bewdley to Shirley, West Midlands through four beautiful country parks.|
You start in Bewdley on the River Severn and follow the river to Upper Arley, passing Trimpley Reservoir and the delightful Arley Arboretumon the way. The next section takes you through Eymore Wood and then onto Drakelow before entering Kingsford Country Park. Here you will find the magnificent Kinver Edge and 200 acres of woodland and heathland. You continue east to Cookley, where you will cross the River Stour, and then onto Hagley and the 18th century Hagley Park and gardens.
From Hagley you soon come to the next walk highlight at Clent Hills Country Park. This section offers marvellous views of the surrounding countryside. You then continue through Dales Wood to Waseley Hills Country Park and Lickey Hills Country Park with more panoramic views of Worcestershire to enjoy.
The final section runs onto Shirley passing Upper Bittell Reservoir before finishing near Shirley railway station. View Full Details>>
|Redditch||4 miles (6 km)||This lovely figure of eight walk takes you along the Miller's Trail to Arrow Valley Country Park in the Worcestershire town of Redditch. The walk starts from Bordesley Abbey and the Forge Mill Needle Museum in Riverside, just north of the town centre. The abbey ruins date from the 12th century and are accessible to the public. The site includes a visitor centre set in an original reconstructed 16th Century barn, displaying many of the finds that have been excavated over the years. The abbey neighbours the Forge Mill Needle Museum which depicts Redditch's Industrial Heritage. Models and recreated scenes provide a vivid illustration of how the needles were once made. There's also exhibitions, demonstrations, and workshops on how the needles were used in the textile industry.|
From the visitor centre you can pick up the Miller's Trail footpath and follow it north east to the River Arrow. A nice riverside footpath leads you east and then south to Arrow Valley Country Park. Here you'll find a lovely large lake set in 900 acres of parkland with four waymarked trails to try. This route takes you right around the lake before picking up the river path to return to the abbey. View Full Details>>
|River Teme||11 miles (18 km)||A walk through the River Teme valley from Worcester to Knightwick. The walk starts on Worcester Bridge in the centre of Worcester and heads south along the Severn Way to Lower Wick where the River Teme meets the River Severn. You then head west along the river to Upper Wick, Bransford, Leigh and Broadwas before finishing at the village of Knightwick in the Malvern Hills. The route is fairly flat with a few moderate climbs along the way. There's lovely views of the surrounding Worcestershire countryside and the river.|
At Knightwick you can enjoy a climb to Ankerdine Hill and Hay Wood. You can also pick up the Worcestershire Way and head further into the Malvern Hills. View Full Details>>
|Sabrina Way||203 miles (327 km)||This route is part of the National Bridleroute Network and primarily designed for horse riders but can be used by walkers and cyclists also. The trail starts at the deer park at Great Barrington and heads north to Hartington. The route passes through the Cotswolds, the Malvern Hills, the Wyre Forest and Cannock Chase Forest, before finishing in the Derbyshire Peak District. For cyclists a mountain bike or hybrid is advised.|
The route is waymarked with a blue arrow. View Full Details>>
|Severn Way||224 miles (360 km)||Follow the River Severn from its source at Plynlimon in Powys, to Bristol, the mouth of the river. You start the walk at Plynlimon in upland Mid Wales, before descending into Llanidloes, Newtown, Powys, and Welshpool. The route then follows the towpath of the Montgomery Canal passing The Wrekin and continuing on through Shrewsbury, the Severn Gorge, and the historic town of Ironbridge. You then cross into Worcestershire passing Bewdley, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcester and Upton-upon-Severn in the Malvern Hills. The next section passes through Gloucestershire and includes a section along the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal which takes you past the fascinating abandoned ships at Purton Hulks. You'll also visit Tewkesbury, Gloucester, Berkeley Castle and on to the Severn Estuary and the mouth of the Severn. The final section takes you from Severn beach to Bristol via Lawrence Weston, Shirehampton and through the Avon Gorge. |
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|Shakespeare's Avon Way||92 miles (148 km)||This terrific waterside walk follows the River Avon from its source near Naseby to its confluence with the Severn at Tewkesbury.
Starting at Naseby in Northamptonshire the walk heads to Rugby, Leamington Spa, Warwick, Stratford Upon Avon and Evesham before finishing at Tewkesbury. There are frequent waterside sections alongside the River Avon and also a section along the Grand Union Canal at Warwick.
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|Shrawley Woods||2 miles (4 km)||Enjoy a circular walk around this attractive area of woodland near Worcester. There are miles of good woodland trails, a riverside path along the River Severn and several large ponds to enjoy. The woods are very popular with walkers during the springtime as you will find carpets of pretty bluebells. The area near the village hall is known as the grove and has a stream running through a lovely wooded valley, with lots of pretty flowers and vegetation. View Full Details>>|
|Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal||46 miles (74 km)||Follow the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal from Stourport-on-Severn to Great Haywood on this easy waterside walking and cycling route. The walk starts at Stourport-on-Severn by the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal Basin near to the River Severn. You then head north to Kidderminster with views of the River Stour as you go. You continue to Kinver where you could deviate from the path to visit the splendid Kingsford Country Park and Kinver Edge. The large area of woodland and heathland has miles of walking trails with wonderful views across the region.|
The next section takes you through Wolverhampton, passing the National Trust owned Wightwick Manor Gardens and Valley Park Nature Reserve.
You continue to Stafford before the final stretch to Great Haywood Junction, passing the beautiful Shugborough Park on the way. The 900 acre estate is well worth visiting with its expansive parkland and stunning gardens. At Great Haywood the canal links with the Trent and Mersey Canal. You could extend your walk into the Trent Valley and the Cannock Chase AONB.
The whole of the route is open for walkers while cyclists can enjoy a super section from Stourport to Kidderminster along National Cycle Network Route 54. It's an excellent choice for a safe, waterside cycle. View Full Details>>
|Staffordshire Way||95 miles (153 km)||Travel through Staffordshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Worcestershire and enjoy canals, lakes, country parks and a series of pretty towns and villages. View Full Details>>|
|Stourport||8 miles (12.8 km)||This walk around Stourport on Severn makes use of the Severn Way and the Geopark Way to create a lovely circular route around the town. It runs for about 8 miles on mostly flat paths with a couple of moderate climbs. On the way you'll enjoy waterside sections along the River Severn and the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal. There's also a visit to Hartlebury Common and Leapgate Country Park.|
The walk starts on Stourport Bridge where you can pick up the Severn Way and follow it north west, past the riverside gardens towards Bewdley. There's some woodland trails and views over to Ribbesford Woods on this section.
At the Bewdley By-Pass you pick up the Geopark Way and head south east to Blackstone and Burlish Top. Here you'll find a pretty nature reserve comprising of acid grassland, surrounded by oak and birch scrub. The site is in an elevated position providing great views over the surounding countryside.
The route then descends to the canal where you follow the towpath to Upper Mitton Bridge. Here you turn east and then south to explore Leapgate Country Park and Hartlebury Common. The 229 acre common is criss crossed with a number of lovely waymarked walking paths where you can see many varieties of wild plants and insects, especially butterflies and moths. You could also take a short detour here to visit Hartlebury Castle. The Grade I listed building dates from the 13th century and includes a fascinating museum.
After leaving the common the route picks up the riverside path again, passing the River Stour and the canal basin before returning to Stourport Bridge. View Full Details>>
|Tardebigge Locks||6 miles (9 km)||Visit the largest flight of locks in Britain on this circular walk around Tardebigge Locks on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal. This circular walk takes you along the impressive structure before heading into the surrounding countryside. The walk also includes a visit to Tardebigge Reservoir towards the end of the route.|
The walk starts on the bridge at Upper Gambolds where there is limited car parking. You then follow the canal towpath west along the Tardebigge Flight. The site is home to the longest flight of locks in the UK, comprising 30 narrow locks on a 2.25 mile (3.6 km) stretch along the canal. Follow the towpath along the structure to Stoke Pound where there is a nice canalside pub for refreshments.
The walk then heads south into the countryside towards Woodgate and Bentley Common. You then turn north and head towards Patchetts Farm before coming to Tardebigge Reservoir. Here you pick up the canal again and head west to return to the parking area. View Full Details>>
|Three Choirs Way||100 miles (161 km)||Visit the cities of Gloucester, Hereford, and Worcester on this circular walk. The walk has been devised with themes of poetry and music and links with the Three Choirs Music Festival which is held each August alternately at the magnificent cathedrals of the Three Counties (Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester).|
The walk visits some of the best countryside in the region including hopyards, vineyards and orchards. There are also splendid views of the Rivers Severn, Lugg and Wye and a section through the beautiful Malvern Hills to enjoy.
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|Tyndale Monument||2 miles (3.5 km)||This is a climb to the Tyndale Monument from the popular Cotswolds town of Wotton-under-Edge. It uses a section of the Cotswold Way National Trail to take you from the town to Westridge Woods and then on to the tower. The 19th century monument is an impressive landmark standing at a height of 111 ft (34 m). It was built in honour of William Tyndale, a translator of the New Testament who was born in the area. From the tower viewpoint there are wonderful views across the Cotswold Hills AONB and into south Wales. You can actually climb the spiral staircase of 121 steps for even better views! A topograph displays all the places you can see from the summit.|
The site is next to the geologically significant Nibley Knoll which shows a thick section of Lower and Middle Jurassic rocks. After your climb you can descend into the village of North Nibley and enjoy refreshments there.
To extend your walking in the area you could try the Wotton-under-Edge circular walk which takes you through the farmland and woodland surrounding the town. It also passes the Newark Park estate with 700 acres of parkland, gardens and lakes to explore.
If you follow the Cotswold Way north then you can visit Stinchcombe Hill where there is another great viewpoint. From here you can see back to the Tynedale Monument and across the Vale of the River Severn. View Full Details>>
|Uffmoor Wood||1 miles (1.5 km)||These attractive woods near Romsley cover over 200 acres with miles of waymarked trails to try. The shady paths are particularly lovely in the spring when there are carpets of bluebells to enjoy. There's also pretty little streams with wooden footbridges and lots of wildlife. Look out for fallow deer, foxes and a variety of birdlife as you make your way through the woods.|
The woods are located very close to the splendid Clent Hills Country Park. Here you'll find miles of National Trust devised footpaths with magnificent views over the Cotswolds, Shropshire Hills and Welsh borders from the high points.
About a mile east of the woods you'll find the Illey Way. This dismantled railway line will take you through the countryside to Waseley Hills Country Park and Woodgate near Halesowen. View Full Details>>
|Warwickshire Millennium Way||100 miles (161 km)||Follow the Millennium Way through the Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Northamptonshire countryside from Pershore to Middleton Cheney. The walk visits Stoulton, Inkberrow, Henley in Arden, Meriden, Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, Warwick, Long Itchington, Chipping Warden before finishing at Middleton Cheney. The walk includes waterside stretches along the River Avon, the Grand Union Canal and the Stratford Upon Avon Canal. |
Walk Highlights include the National Trust owned Coughton Court. This Tudor house is situated on the River Avon and set in beautiful gardens with a collection of Catholic treasures.
At Lapworth you will find another splendid National Trust owned property in Packwood House. This 16th century Tudor house includes a delightful park and garden with notable topiary.
Also of interest is the magnificent ruined castle at Kenilworth (video below). The attraction includes a beautiful Elizabethan garden and a Strongtower with fantastic views over the surrounding countryside. View Full Details>>
|Waseley Hills Country Park||2 miles (3 km)||Waseley Hills is a country park and Local Nature Reserve located on the south western edge of Birmingham. The park covers 150 acres and consists of rolling open hills, pastures and small pockets of woodland with panoramic views over Worcestershire from Windmill Hill. |
The North Worcestershire Path runs through the park so you could continue your walk and visit the nearby Lickey Hills Country Park.
The park is also the start point for the Illey Way. The path runs along an old railway line from Waseley Hills to Woodgate near Halesowen. You can pick up the waymarked trail from the car park. View Full Details>>
|Witley Court||3 miles (5 km)||Explore the expansive gardens surrounding this palatial 19th century mansion on this delightful walk in Worcestershire. The grounds contain a spectacular lake, a French parterre and a vast fountain of Perseus and Andromeda carved from Portland stone.|
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could visit Shrawley Woods. The woods are only a few miles from Witley Court and have miles of good woodland trails, a riverside path along the River Severn and several large ponds to enjoy. View Full Details>>
|Worcester and Birmingham Canal||31 miles (50 km)||Follow the Worcester and Birmingham Canal from the vibrant centre of Birmingham, through the green hills of Worcestershire, to the cathedral city of Worcester. After leaving Birmingham you enter the countryside and will encounter a series of locks including Tardebigge Locks. With 30 locks in about 2 miles, Tarddebigge is the longest in the country, and also one of the steepest. |
This is a nice easy waterside walk, suitable for all walkers.
Highlights on the route include the chocolate factory at the pretty model village of Bournville. It's well worth a short detour from the towpath to explore the village with its historic buildings and pretty little park.
Around Droitwich Spa the canal links with the Droitwich Canal which will take you west through the town into the surrounding countryside. View Full Details>>
|Worcester Riverside Walk||6 miles (9.8 km)||An easy riverside walk along the River Severn from Worcester Cathedral to the nearby village of Hallow. The walk is very flat and lasts for just over 6 miles, there and back. It follows a section of the Severn Way long distance trail which runs through the city.|
The walk starts next to the cathedral and heads north past Worcester Bridge to Sabrina Bridge. Cross to the western side of the river and follow the Severn Way past the Worcester Racecourse and Northwick to Hallow Park. Follow the trails through the woods to the village of Hallow where you can refresh yourself at the local pub before starting the return journey. View Full Details>>
|Worcester Woods Country Park||1 miles (2 km)||This 100 acre park in Worcester consists of two nature reserves, a huge open field and a busy Countryside Centre with cafe facilities. There are also bluebell woods, wildflower meadows and a pond which attracts a wide variety of wildlife. There are two waymarked walking trails to follow through the park. Worcester Woods is located on the outskirts of Worcester, just over a mile from the city centre and cathedral. View Full Details>>|
|Worcestershire Beacon||4 miles (6.5 km)||This circular walk takes you to the high point of the Malvern Hills at Worcestershire Beacon. The walk starts in Great Malvern, just to the west of the train station. From the Edward Elgar Statue you can pick up the Worcestershire Way to take you onto the hills. The route then heads to North Hill and Sugarloaf Hill before climbing to Worcestershire Beacon. From the 425 metres (1,394 ft) summit you can see 13 counties of England on a clear day. Other highlights includes views of The Wrekin, Cannock Chase, the Welsh border mountains, the Shropshire Hills and across the valleys of the Severn and Avon to the Cotswold Hills.|
After soaking in the views the route descends to Lower Wyche before returning to Great Malvern.
To explore the full range of this beautiful area try our Malvern Hills Walk. View Full Details>>
|Worcestershire Way||36 miles (58 km)||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. The walk also takes you through the delightful Ravenshill Woodland Reserve and the Teme Valley where you can enjoy a short riverside section along the River Teme.
The final section is particularly lovely as you pass through the glorious Malvern Hills before finishing in the town of Great Malvern.
You can extend the walk by continuing to the southern end of the Malverns and visiting the British Camp Iron Age Hill Fort on Herefordshire Beacon. View Full Details>>
|Wychavon Way||40 miles (64 km)||Follow the Wychavon Way through the Worcestershire countryside on this splendid 40 mile walk.|
The walk begins at the town of Droitwch Spa, where you can pick up the waymarked trail just to the east of the town centre and train station. You start of heading east along the River Salwarpe before turning south to Hadzor.
The route then heads through the countryside to Goosehill Wood, Earl's Common, Flyford Favell, Abberton and Church Lench. This section includes a short stroll along the Worcester and Birmingham Canal and woodland walks through Grafton and Old Yew Hill Woods.
At Craycombe Hill you turn west to head through Craycombe Woods towards Wyre Piddle. Here you follow the River Avon to Pershore and Great Comberton. There's nice riverside sections to enjoy here with rushing weirs and lots of wildlife to look out for on the way.
The next section takes you past Banbury Stone Tower which is the high point on the walk. There's splendid views over the Cotswolds countryside from the elevated position of the tower.
From the tower you descend to the east, toward Ashton under Hill and Cropthorne whose church dates back to the 12th century. You'll also pass Bredon Hill near Ashton under Hill where you can visit the Iron Age Hill Fort of Kemerton Camp and a small stone tower known as Parsons Folly at the summit.
The final section then runs from Ashton to Sedgeberrow and Ashton Somerville before finishing in the popular Cotswolds village of Broadway where you can enjoy a visit to the splendid Broadway Tower Country Park. View Full Details>>
|Wyre Forest||7 miles (11 km)||This large forest near Bewdley has miles of super cycling and walking trails to enjoy. Cyclists can enjoy the family mountain bike trail which runs along nice wide paths through the woodland. There is also a section along a disused railway line and through a Nature Reserve. The trail is waymarked with blue markers. Bikes can be hired from Bewdley Outdoors. Walkers can enjoy three waymarked walking trails of varying lengths and difficulty. On the trails you'll pass through coniferous and deciduous forest and visit the lovely Wyre Arboretum. |
The route below starts near Buttonoak and follows the cycle/walk trails through the forest to Dowles. Here you can return to the start point on country lanes if you are on a bike. If on foot you may prefer to return along the lovely waterside path along Dowles Brook which runs parallel to the dismantled railway line.
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