Walking Routes in Worcestershire
Worcestershire is a great destination for visitors who like walking with a variety of routes on offer whatever your ability; whether you are after a short easy stroll or a more energetic ramble, Worcestershire has it all!
Take a walk on top of the Malvern Hills and take in the magnificent views across the Severn Valley, Herefordshire and across to the Black Mountains in wales on a clear day. The Wyre Forest (Forestry Commission) offers a completely different landscape densley populated with an alsortment of trees with a variety of walking routes. There are also many country parks including Waseley Hills, Worcester Woods, Kingsford Forest Park, Blackstone Riverside Park and the Clent Hills (National Trust).
For various waymarked walking routes and other trails are on offer please see below or please click here for Driving Routes or Cycling Routes. For many more ideas for where you can enjoy The Great Outdoors please click here.
Mid Worcestershire Ring
The ring allows boats, cyclists and walkers to make a 21-mile circular journey through some of the Britain's most beautiful and historic countryside. As part of the canal restoration project, a linear park has been created providing picnic sites, fishing pegs, and new stop off points for boaters, walkers and cyclists. Miles of towpath have also been upgraded, with new and improved access points and 26 new visitor moorings. The area is also rich in wildlife so everyone can enjoy the sights and sounds of nature up close.
The Worcestershire Way
This 31 mile walking trail from the riverside town of Bewdley to Great Malvern, beneath the Malvern Hills will lead you through the picturesque villages of Abberley, Martley and Knightwick and the valleys of the Rivers Teme and Severn.
The Severn Way
The Severn Way is a 221 mile waymarked walking trail from the source of the River Severn in mid-Wales to the Bristol Channel. The River Severn flows into the county in the north of the county and meanders it's way passing various towns and villages on route including the Georgian town of Bewdley, Upton upon Severn and the city of Worcester.
A 42 mile waymarked walking trail, which starts in the historic Spa town of Droitwich, travels past historic canals, takes in stunning views over the Vale of Evesham and passes through the market town, Pershore, before ending at the Cotswold village of Broadway.
Originally devised by John Wrenn during the year of Her Majesty The Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977, the improved route, which gives visitors the opportunity to explore the beautiful countryside and villages this part of the world has to offer, is being launched again 35 years later in this, the year of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee. Website: Wychavon Way
The North Worcestershire Path
A revised route runs 37 miles from Bewdley in the west to Majors Green in the east, across varied countryside.
Blossom Trail Walks
A series of walks in and around the Vale of Evesham's famous Blossom Trail; 3, 4.5 and 6 mile walks created with springtime blossom in mind - but can be appreciated at any time of year.
Arley Circular Walk
A 4 mile circular walk taking in tranquil riverside walking, cooling tracks through ancient woodland with the opportunity to explore Britain’s industrial heritage in the form of the Victoria Bridge and the Severn Valley Steam Railway.
Hanbury Circular walk
A varied, 6 3/4mile, circular walk, combining canalside walking, hedge-lined fields, historic buildings and parkland. The walk is indicated by the 'lock gates' symbol.
Shakespeare's Avon Way
Beginning at the source of the Avon in Naseby, Northamptonshire, this 88 mile fully way marked path follows as near as possible the course of the river. Using existing public footpaths, bridleways and a few minor roads, Shakespeare's Avon Way meanders through the picturesque countryside of Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire to reach its' confluence with the Severn at Tewkesbury
The Geopark Way
Winding its way for 109miles through the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark from Bridgnorth, Shropshire, to Gloucester, the Geopark Way passes through delightful countryside as it explores 700 million years of Earth's history
The Malvern Hills
The Malvern Hills are an Area of outstanding Natural Beauty and a great walking holiday destination. There are many routes to explore with spectacular views across the Severn Valley, Herefordshire and across to the Black Mountains on a clear day.
Elgar Walking Route
The Elgar Walk takes you on a gentle stroll through the streets of Worcester which Elgar knew from childhood. With brief stops to admire each of the significant landmarks, it should take you no more than two hours to complete the route. The approximate distance is little over one mile.
Although you can join and leave The Walk at any point, it is constructed to begin and end at the junction of College Street and College Precincts, adjoining the grounds of the Cathedral.
The Walk takes you past a number of houses in which Elgar lived and other places with particular Elgarian associations. Please remember, however, that many of the houses are still private homes, so please respect the privacy of their current residents.
Arrow Valley Country Park Walks
Four themed easy going circular walks around the Arrow Valley Country Park in Redditch. The walks range from 1 mile (suitable for wheelchairs) to 2 ½ miles.
Please click on the links below to download the walking guides:
Avon Valley Circular Walks
Two waymarked walks following the River Avon. The Pershore Bridges Circular Walk is 5 miles long and the Eckington Wharf Circular Walk is 3 ½ miles long
The Millennium Way
A 100 mile waymarked walking trail from historic bridge close to Pershore through Inkberrow to Middleton Cheney, close to Banbury. The walk uses public rights of way and bridleways with minimal road walking.
Ribbesford Circular Walk
This trail is a great way to spend an hour or two in the countryside, with wonderful views, the tranquillity of the River Severn, abundant wildlife and a wealth of history along the way. Straddling the River Severn, the Georgian town of Bewdley has something for everyone to enjoy. There are many pubs, cafes and restaurants to tempt you into indulging in welcome refreshments after enjoying the trail.
Habberley Valley Circular Walk
This nature reserve is buzzing and blooming with wildlife activity, from raptors soaring overhead to delicate butterflies flitting around pretty purple Heather. Woodpeckers are often seen and heard, trees are ever changing, and Bluebells and other flowers brighten up the woodlands in spring. Whatever time of year you visit, there is bird song and colour all around.
Stourport Circular Walk
A varied 6 ½ mile walk along the paths and waterways between Stourport and Bewdley.
Walkers' guide to Worcestershire's finest countryside. Worcestershire Walks is compiled by Julie Royle, who has been writing for ramblers for several years. The 112-page full-colour A4-size book contains 50 easy to moderate routes.
Each is accompanied by a photograph, sketch map, directions and commentary about the scenery and history connected with it.
Buy online at www.worcesternews.co.uk/walks. Allow 28 days for delivery.
Martley Circular WalkA 6 and a quarter mile Waymarked Circular Walk. Martley is a busy rural village of some 1200 inhabitants. It is clear that there has been a settlement in this area for thousands of years. The walk also takes in part of the River Teme with its steep sides and wooded dingle valleys. It is a haven for many types of wildlife including otters and migrating salmon. The walk is indicated by the wheeling 'Buzzard' waymark, simply follow these and the direction arrows and you won't get lost. Please click here to download the Trail Leaflet.
For information or to order copies please contact: Worcestershire Hub on 01905 765765 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website on www.worcestershire.gov.uk/countryside