St Mary's and village green, Abberley
|Length||31 mi (50 km)|
|Highest point||North Hill, Malvern 336 metres (1,102 ft)|
When launched back in 1989 the Worcestershire Way was 48 miles (77 km) long and ran partly into Herefordshire. The route and its length were modified in 2004 and it now runs wholly within Worcestershire.
The Worcestershire Way begins in the Georgian town of Bewdley running south to Ribbesford; the route then heads to Heightington before passing through woodland on narrow winding lanes down to Abberley Hill. From Abberley Hill the route goes south and up the steep Walsgrove Hill with views over the Teme Valley before continuing south to Ankerdine Hill and the Suckley Hills. From the Suckely Hills the Worcestershire Way heads south-east finishing in Great Malvern. The route over the northern Malvern Hills is waymarked with stone direction markers which can be difficult to find.
Places of interest
The Worcestershire Way passes numerous places of interest, including St Leonard's church in Ribbesford, Abberley Clock Tower, Birchwood Common (where Sir Edward Elgar composed much of his music), the Malvern Hills and St. Ann's Well.
Official circular walks along the Worcestershire Way include:
- Info from the Ramblers Association
- Worcestershire Way - LDWA Long Distance Paths
- Off-site Waymarked Circular Walks
- Photos of the Worcestershire Way on geograph.org.uk
- Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark
- "The Worcestershire Way". Worcestershire County Council. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
- "Worcestershire Way". Ramblers Association. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
- "Malvern - The Worcestershire Way". Worcester News. 23 December 2008. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
- 'Worcestershire Way Walker’s Guide. Hereford & Worcester County Council. ISBN 1-85301-019-7.