Villages and Ancient Churches – Go West in the Teme Valley

Teme Valley, Worcestershire, WR5

Inspirational Days Out in the beautiful Teme Valley countryside where the walls of ancient churches speak and tell stories of church and parish across the centuries. Visit www.temevalley.org.uk for trails, walks, what to do and where to go.

Go West is an association of volunteers committed to uncovering history and heritage to be found in and around historic churches. There are 90 ancient churches within a 5 mile distance from the River Teme, many of them date from Norman times. With funding from the National Heritage Lottery Fund more than 250 volunteers have collaborated to create new ways for you to access their story. More information about places to go and what to see on www.temevalley.org.uk

A Food and Heritage Car Trail from Worcester to Tenbury Wells.
The trail comes with an accompanying audio so its it’s like having your own personal guide to take you to view points and stopping places and give you the lo down on some of the hidden secrets of this, little known, area. (A special version for coaches is available on request) The journey is a just over 30 miles long, it can be completed in a day but it may be better to divide the trail into sections and build in some walking, a visit to a farm shop and lunch in a pub.

The story starts in Worcester, outside the Cathedral and overlooking the River Severn. It’s a good idea, especially if you intend to join the trail somewhere other than Worcester, to listen to the introduction and the first few tracks before setting off. Then when you are ready put the CD into your car sound system and follow the instructions. You be taken to ancient churches in tiny villages and hamlets; they mostly date from Norman times and have changed little over the centuries.

Stories from the Stones Blue Listening Posts Inside the churches in Cotheridge, Broadwas on Teme, Martley, Shelsley Walsh and Lindridge you will see a blue audio listening post, switch it on (it’s free but donations are always welcome) and listen to the story of the church and its parish over the centuries. Each parish has continued its story outside in the surrounding countryside with a short circular heritage walk.

Five Parish Heritage Walks are from one to five miles in length and they start at the church, each one has its own audio commentary. En route families can be Heritage Detectives and attempt one of the all age Heritage Quests – if successful they can join the growing Fellowship of Arthur’s Teme Valley Heritage Knights.

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