Worcestershire Way

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Worcestershire Way
Abberley, St Mary's & Village Green.jpg
St Mary's and village green, Abberley
Length 31 mi (50 km)
Location Worcestershire, England
Designation Long-distance trail
Trailheads Bewdley
Great Malvern
Use Hiking
Elevation
Highest point North Hill, Malvern 336 metres (1,102 ft)
Hiking details
Trail difficulty moderate
Season All year

The Worcestershire Way is a waymarked long-distance trail within the county of Worcestershire, England. It runs 31 miles (50 km) from Bewdley to Great Malvern.[1]

History[edit]

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.[2]

The route[edit]

From Abberley Hill
Green Valley, Malvern Hills

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.[1] The route over the northern Malvern Hills is waymarked with stone direction markers which can be difficult to find.[3]

Places of interest[edit]

The Worcestershire Way passes numerous places of interest, including St Leonard's church in Ribbesford, Abberley Clock Tower, Witley Court, Birchwood Common (where Sir Edward Elgar composed much of his music), the Malvern Hills[4] and St. Ann's Well.[3]

Circular walks[edit]

Official circular walks along the Worcestershire Way include:

Ribbesford Circular Trail
The Abberley Circular Walk
The Martley Circular Walk
Walks on the Northern Malvern Hills

Connecting trails[edit]

The Way links with the North Worcestershire Path in the north—which in turn links to the Staffordshire Way—and with the Cotswold Way in the South.

See also[edit]

St Ann's Well and Cafe

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Worcestershire Way". Worcestershire County Council. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Worcestershire Way". Ramblers Association. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Malvern - The Worcestershire Way". Worcester News. 23 December 2008. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  4. ^ 'Worcestershire Way Walker’s Guide. Hereford & Worcester County Council. ISBN 1-85301-019-7.