A riverside meadow, forests and arable fi elds allows the visitor to explore a relatively small area of Worcestershire’s countryside, yet this small area is steeped in history and offers wonderful views across the Severn Valley.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) From Blackstone Riverside Park (start/finish point) head off across the meadows towards the River Severn. From here walk to the main road following the Ribbesford Circular ‘Willow tree’ logo.
(1) Cross the road, taking extra care to look out for traffic and continue to St Leonard’s church following the Ribbesford Circular ‘Willow tree’ logo.
(2) Leave the Ribbesford Circular and follow the Worcestershire Way ‘Pear’ logo through St Leonard’s Churchyard. Continue on the Worcestershire Way entering Ribbesford wood. Follow the defined track through the woods until you come out onto Heightington Road.
(3) Cross the road and leave the Worcestershire Way, following the public footpath sign through the tree lined verge and onto the arable farmland. Keep to the footpath and you will soon re-entering woodland. Follow the path through the woodland and leave via a stile.
(4) Turn left and follow the enclosed track for 200m where you will come to a road. Turn right and head up the road, leaving the woodland behind.
(5) After another 200m take the public footpath on your left hand side and cross the arable field until you meet the hedge line.
(6) Cross over a stile and turn left. You are now back on the Worcestershire Way heading towards Bewdley. Follow the Worcestershire Way ‘Pear’ logo all the way back to St Leonard’s church and then retrace your steps to Blackstone Riverside Park.(D/A)
D/A : km 0 - alt. 29m - Blackstone Riverside Park
1 : km 0.33 - alt. 24m - Road
2 : km 0.75 - alt. 45m - Worcestershire Way
3 : km 1.53 - alt. 131m - Road
4 : km 2.33 - alt. 141m - Enclosed track
5 : km 2.81 - alt. 153m - Public footpath
6 : km 3.24 - alt. 132m - Stile
D/A : km 5.91 - alt. 31m - Blackstone Riverside Park
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Meadowland, woodland, historic buildings and outstanding views are waiting to be discovered on this circular walk. En route you will pass Ribbesford House, St Leonards Church and Ribbesford Wood. Ribbesford House, now private, was once home to the Free French Army under General de Gaulle during World War II, while at St Leonard’s you can see a Norman carving in the doorway and a Pre-Raphaelite designed stained glass window from the hand of William Morris.
The walk continues through the churchyard and onto an elevated section, a suitable placed bench offers the opportunity to rest and appreciate a spectacular view across the valley to the Devil’s Spittleful. The landscape changes again as you enter Ribbesford Wood, home to many species of fauna and fl ora including Fallow and Roe Deer.
The Bewdley River and Rail Circular Trail gives you the opportunity to explore the Severn Valley by following the route of the River Severn four miles upstream from Bewdley to the hidden gem that is Upper Arley village. The return leg offers the opportunity to return to Bewdley; either under your own steam by walking back along the opposite bank of the river or by steam power utilising the historic Severn Valley Railway. (Charges apply, please check with SVR for times and prices.)
A varied walk taking in the beautiful river port town of Bewdley, the industrial heritage of the Severn Valley Railway and the beguiling story of Wassell Wood Camp. An opportunity to experience nature, landscapes and history all within a stones throw of Georgian Bewdley.
Wyre, Forest of Discovery is one of the largest ancient Oak woodlands in England and a haven for wildlife. This
walk has been developed as a partnership between the Forestry Commission and Worcestershire County Council. Follow the ‘Wyre butterfly’ logo from the notice board at Dog Lane Car Park in Bewdley for a walk that will keep you off the beaten track.
This walk guides the visitor through the heart of the Wyre Forest National Nature Reserve. The reserve is one of the largest ancient oak woodlands in England at nearly 550 hectares.
Take a walk on the wild side and explore a more secluded part of the magnificent forest of Wyre. Enjoy the serenity of wooded paths and open pasture land on this 6.5 mile walk through a hidden part of Worcestershire.
This is an easy circular walk starting either at The White Hart Hartlebury or St. James Church a few yards away across the road.
Farmland, Forestry and Heathland invite the visitor to explore the historical and landscape character that make Pound Green a special place to experience Worcestershire’s rural charm.
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.
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