The Great Outdoors
If you want to escape and explore the great outdoors, then Worcestershire really is the place for you.
Rural escapes, bracing walks and stunning scenery is kind of our thing…
Whether you enjoy activity pursuits like mountain biking, horse riding or water sports or prefer the more relaxed way of life Worcestershire has something for you. There are numerous places for walking and cycling which will provide hours of entertainment for all abilities – from the Clent Hills to the more gentle Worcester River loop.
You will also find spots for fishing and a large choice of National Trust properties and country gardens. Worcestershire’s rural landscape with its patchwork fields, the majestic Malvern Hills and a vast network of rivers and canals provides an excellent playground for leisure pursuits and a picturesque place for relaxation.
Walking the Malverns
On foot, hitting the trail, rambling…is there any better way to experience the Malverns than heading out for a walk in some of England’s finest countryside? We don’t think so, which is why we’ve put together a fantastic range of downloadable walks and a walking app highlighting some of the best of the area in partnership with Visit Malvern – download here:
Are you up for the Gruffalo challenge? There are 12 Gruffalo markers hidden deep in the Wyre Forest – following the map, you can run, walk or skip the course. Just grab a map from the shop before you head off.
Navigate the River Severn
You can’t visit Worcestershire without coming across one of our many rivers or waterways. Exploring the County by water gives you a really unique experience– relax as the current takes you around the meandering bends, through market towns (and past brilliant water side pubs you can stop off at). There are various boat hire and canoe hire companies along the River Severn – but if you want the full experience which can even include a trip on the Severn Valley Railway – visit Ultimate Canoe hire.
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BewdleyWest Midland Safari Park has a great line up of fantastic family entertainment for the summer season this year.
EveshamEducational & Fun Day Out! | Lots of Indoor & Outdoor Activities! | Amazing Animals and Lifesize Dinosaurs!A fantastic year-round family attraction, comprising of plenty of activities and animals both indoor and outdoor, to keep all ages entertained whatever the weather!
WorcesterA beautiful 30 acre garden for all tastes and ages offering one of the largest private collections of plants outside the major botanical gardens. Enjoy glorious gardens, a deer park and wonderful Tea Room serving lunches and afternoon teas.
RedditchDelve deep into our Traditional & new age farming world, a fantastic & educational way to enjoy a family fun filled day. Your favourite farm animals are just waiting to say hello, along with lots to do for all ages.
WorcesterA ‘Capability’ Brown landscape with acres of parkland waiting to be discovered. Explore Croome Court which stands proudly at it’s heart or visit our restored wartime buildings now a RAF museum and Visitor Centre.
WorcesterThis 'Capability' Brown landscape has acres of parkland waiting to be discovered. Explore Croome Court which stands proudly at it's heart or visit our restored wartime buildings now a RAF museum and Visitor Centre with children's play areas.
EveshamEnjoy the views as you travel through the old apple orchards on a narrow gauge steam train at Evesham Country Park.
KidderminsterDiscover Worcestershire's story, explore the magnificent grounds, and follow in the footsteps of Royalty as you enjoy a visit to Hartlebury Castle and Worcestershire County Museum.
WorcesterThe Walled Gardens at Croome Court, one of the finest Georgain walled gardens in the UK, is the meticulous restoration project of The Cronins since 2000.
KidderminsterHarvington Hall is a moated manor house with rare Elizabethan wall paintings & the largest series of priests' hiding places in the country.
KidderminsterAquatic display tanks showing large display of fish of various species.
MalvernMalvern Hills provides the natural border between Worcestershire & Herefordshire offering walking & horse riding routes & excellent jumping off point for hang gliders.
BromsgroveFive hundred and twenty-four-acre country park of woodlands, heathland and shrubs giving views over Birmingham. Green Flag park for 2003 and 2004.
Worcester100 acres of ancient woodland, 10 acres of wildflower meadow. 2 waymarked circular walks, children's play area. Visitor Centre and Cafe.
KidderminsterA quiet & beautiful park, Kingsford lies on edge of dramatic red sandstone ridge. With 200 acres of cool Pine forests & open heath land, miles of sandy tracks as well as more traditional broadleaved woods.
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The Great Outdoors Articles
This week we have a guest blog from Sarah, otherwise known as @walking_the_hills_ Sarah takes us to the highest point in Worcestershire and tells us why she loves walking – especially on the Malvern Hills!My name is Sarah and I am often found wandering on the Malvern...
Autumnal Walks With colder air upon us, it’s time to dig out the boots, thick socks and fluffy jumpers and seek out some leaves to crunch under our toes. Worcestershire is a haven of outdoor space with many different options for the perfect Autumn day stroll, whether...