Worcestershire Way

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]

Worcestershire Way
Abberley, St Mary's & Village Green
St Mary's and village green, Abberley
Length31 mi (50 km)
LocationWorcestershire, England
DesignationLong-distance trail
TrailheadsBewdley
Great Malvern
UseHiking
Elevation
Highest pointNorth Hill, Malvern 336 metres (1,102 ft)
Hiking details
SeasonAll year

History

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

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From Abberley Hill
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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

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[4] and St. Ann's Well.[3]

Circular walks

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

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

See also

St. Anne's Well by Jim Linwood
St Ann's Well and Cafe

External links

References

  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.
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A448 road

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Abberley

Abberley is a village and civil parish in north west Worcestershire, England.

It is situated on the northern slopes of Abberley Hill (height 283 metres (928 ft)), between the River Severn and River Teme. The village had a population of 830 in 2001.

Ashton-under-Hill railway station

Ashton-under-Hill railway station was a station on the Midland Railway between Great Malvern and Evesham. It served Ashton under Hill in Worcestershire.

Beckford railway station

Beckford railway station was a station on the Midland Railway between Great Malvern and Evesham.

It was designed by the architect George Hunt and opened 1 October 1864 and closed in 1963. It served Beckford, Worcestershire.

Frankley services

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Gloucestershire Way

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In detail the stages are:

Chepstow to Parkend – 13.5 miles (21.7 km)

Parkend to May Hill – 14 miles (23 km)

May Hill to Gloucester – 13 miles (21 km)

Gloucester to Crickley – 12 miles (19 km)

Crickley to Salperton – 12 miles (19 km)

Salperton to Stow-on-the-Wold – 11 miles (18 km)

Stow to Winchcombe – 13 miles (21 km)

Winchcombe to Tewkesbury – 11.5 miles (18.5 km)

Worcestershire Way Link – 12 miles (19 km)

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North Hill, Malvern

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The eastern flank of the hill lies directly behind Worcester road in Great Malvern from where its summit is a brisk 15 – 20 minutes steep walk from the town centre via St Ann's road and Happy Valley. A path from the car park in North Malvern follows the lower contour of North Hill to Happy Valley and St. Ann's Well.

Ripple railway station

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River Arrow, Worcestershire

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Severn Way

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St. Ann's Well, Malvern

St. Ann's Well is set on the slopes of the Malvern Hills above Great Malvern. It is a popular site on a path leading up to the Worcestershire Beacon and lies on the final descent of the Worcestershire Way.

The spring or well is named after Saint Anne, the maternal grandmother of Christ and the patron saint of many wells.

A building that dates back to 1813 houses the well or spring. Malvern water flows freely from an elaborately carved water spout. The building also hosts a cafe. During the early 20th century, the now-defunct Burrows company bottled and sold Malvern Water from this source under the "St Ann's Well" brand.

Wychavon Way

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Wythall railway station

Wythall railway station serves the village of Wythall in Worcestershire, England. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by West Midlands Trains.

Although situated just outside the West Midlands county, the station lies within the area supported by Transport for West Midlands given its proximity to Tidbury Green, and therefore Centro-issued tickets for train travel are valid for travel to the station. Centro-issued bus tickets are not valid. London Midland closed the ticket office in 2011.The station opened as Grimes Hill Platform on 1 July 1908. It then became Grimes Hill & Wythall Halt on 12 July 1914; Grimes Hill and Wythall Platform on 11 July 1927; the suffix was dropped on 9 July 1934 and it finally became Wythall on 6 May 1974.

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