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Saturday 28th May 2022
Walk No: T01

THE BENEDICTINE WAY

An exciting and informative new trail walk of approximately 57 miles over 6 days, developed for the Malvern Walking Festival.

The Benedictines arrived in England in the 6th century. Learn about their key role, as we visit them, in creating and running major seats of religion and learning, including Worcester Cathedral, the Abbeys at Pershore, Tewkesbury and Stanbrook, and the priory churches at Deerhurst, Great Malvern and Little Malvern.

Booking is essential and is only taken for the entire walk, at a cost of £85, including dedicated coach transport and booking fees.

The route is mainly flat, but there are many stiles and some rough poorly maintained paths, necessitating some use of country lanes and quiet roads.

Day 1, Saturday 28th May - 9 miles

At the Anglican Mucknell Abbey we'll be welcomed by the Abbott, nuns and monks, before setting off on field paths and country lanes to Pershore. We tour the impressive Pershore Abbey, learning about its Benedictine past. At the old Pershore Bridge, we see evidence of the 1940 invasion “block” line. We continue near the picturesque River Avon, on “Shakespeare’s Avon Way”, crossing at Nafford Lock, to finish at the pretty village of Birlingham.

Day 2, Sunday 29th May - 11 miles

We continue along a beautiful part of the Avon Way below Bredon Hill, and pass several locks and weirs. We eventually reach the historic town of Tewkesbury. We visit the confluence of the Avon and Severn rivers and pass several of Tewkesbury’s historic buildings. We learn, via a short battlefield walk, about the decisive 1471 Battle of Tewkesbury.

Monday 30th May - Rest Day

Day 3, Tuesday 31st May - 10 miles

We begin with an informative tour of the imposing Tewkesbury Abbey, and continue to Deerhurst church, formerly another Benedictine establishment. We visit the adjacent Saxon Hall, famous for the treaty agreed there by King Odda and the Danish King Cnut, and continue on the east bank of the River Severn, before crossing at Haw Bridge. We proceed on lanes and field paths west of the river, to Chaceley.

Day 4, Wednesday 1st June - 11 miles

Starting at the village of Chaceley, we continue in rural Gloucestershire on scenic paths and lanes, to visit the fascinating, remote and redundant church near Sledge Green. There is expected to be several poorly maintained paths and stiles, necessitating some road walking. We finish at a pub in Birtsmorton.

Thursday 2nd June - Rest Day

Day 5, Friday 3rd June - 10 miles

We begin with a delightful walk over the open vista of Castlemorton Common, below the southern Malvern Hills, with outstanding views to the Cotswold ridge. On reaching Little Malvern Court, we visit the Church and the Benedictine C14th Priory Hall. We continue to St Wulstan's, a C19th (Catholic) Benedictine church, visit the nearby Elgar graves and walk along the east of the Hills to reach and visit Great Malvern Priory church. We complete the day at Malvern Link.

Day 6, Saturday 4th June - 10 miles

We enjoy the open spaces of Malvern Link Common, pass the Morgan car factory, and continue on urban paths to reach Madresfield, passing close to Madresfield Court. We continue via Old Hills to Stanbrook Abbey, originally a contemplative house for Benedictine nuns. Our route to Worcester follows the Teme and Severn, passing the first and last battles of the English Civil war i.e. Powick Bridge (1642) and Worcester (1651). We walk through the historic docks at Diglis, Prince Charles’s headquarters at the Commandery, and Fort Royal. We conclude our new trek with a visit to the Cathedral and learn of its deep Benedictine heritage.

Meet at 8.45 am daily at Malvern Link Top free car park for a prompt 9 am departure. Finish back in Malvern at approx 6.30 pm on Days 1-5 and approx 5 pm on Day 6.

Come prepared with food and drink for the entire day, as we will rarely pass refreshment locations.

For a map of the start point, click HERE

Start: 8.45 am. Coach leaves at 9.00 prompt

Meet: at Malvern Link Top free car park, Newtown Rd
Grid SO 774470
Post code WR14 1PD
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Difficulty: Moderate

Walk Leader: Bob Baldwin and Carol-Ann Harnett

Cost: £85.00

Sorry, walk is fully booked.

Saturday 28th May 2022
Walk No: T02

Worcestershire Way in 3 Days

The 31-mile Worcestershire Way is a diverse and attractive route covering a wide variety of landscapes and terrains. Riverside walking, hill climbs and diverse woodlands all feature. Even over 3 days it is a challenge. It starts in the Georgian town of Bewdley and takes a route over the Hills at Abberley, Penny and Ankerdine before crossing the River Teme. Then more hills at Suckley before reaching the northern Malvern Hills and a finish in Great Malvern.

You can choose to book sections of the Worcestershire Way as single-day walks or book all the days for the whole walk over 3 days. The individual days are listed below as T02A, T02B and T02C, where you will also find walk details, including meeting points and length of walk.

The three sections are:

T02A: coach from Abberley Village Hall to walk start at Bewdley. Walk back to Abberley.

T02B: coach from Knightwick to walk start at Abberley. Walk back to Knightwick

T02C: coach from Malvern Top to walk start at Knightwick. Walk back to Malvern

Please book here, T02, if you wish to walk the whole 4 days.

Alternatively book individual sections under T02A, T02B, T02CB.

Start: 9.30 am

Meet: Day One at Abberley Village Hall car park; £1 locally to park
Day Two on Lane opposite Knightwick GP Surgery
Day 3 at Priory RD car park, opposite Malvern Splash

Difficulty: Hard

Walk Leader: Mary Walters (Powick Ramblers)

Cost: £40.00

Saturday 28th May 2022
Walk No: T02A

Worcestershire Way Day One: Bewdley to Abberley

10 miles; allow 6 hours

We start on the River Severn, in the beautiful Georgian town of Bewdley, once home of Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin. We follow, closely at times, the route of highly popular Severn Valley steam railway. We continue on a varied, scenic and undulating walk to Ribbesford, and then head to Heightington before passing through woodland on narrow winding lanes down to Abberley Hill.

Today please park at the meeting point at Abberley Village Hall. A minibus will take us to Bewdley and we walk back to Abberley.

For a map of the start point, click HERE

Bring enough food and drink for the day

Please book here, T02A, if you wish to walk just this section.

Alternatively book the whole 3 days under T02.

Start: 9.30 am

Meet: at Abberley Village Hall car park £1 locally to park
Grid reference: SO 747 679
Post Code: WR6 6AZ


Difficulty: Hard

Walk Leader: Mary Walters (Powick Ramblers)

Cost: £15.00

Sorry, walk is fully booked.

Sunday 29th May 2022
Walk No: T02B

Worcestershire Way Day Two: Abberley to Knightwick

10 miles; allow 6 hours

After passing the C19th Italianate mansion of Abberley Hall, and the magnificent, prominent Abberley clock tower, we climb steeply to Woodbury Hill Fort. We continue high above the River Teme on a long ridge, eventually descending to a highly scenic riverside section. From near Martley we climb Ankerdine Hill and walk on to the hamlet of Knightwick, nestling in the Teme Valley.

There are several ascents and descents and stiles to negotiate.

Today please meet in Knightwick; the minibus will take us to Abberley and we walk back to Knightwick. For a map of the start point, click HERE

Bring enough food and drink for the day

Please book here, T02B, if you wish to walk just this section.

Alternatively book the whole 3 days under T02.

Start: 9.30 am

Meet: in Lane opposite Knightwick GP Surgery
Grid reference: SO 732 559
Post Code: WR6 5PH


Difficulty: Hard

Walk Leader: Mary Walters (Powick Ramblers)

Cost: £15.00

Sorry, walk is fully booked.

Monday 30th May 2022
Walk No: T02C

Worcestershire Way Day Three: Knightwick to Malvern

11 miles; allow 6 hours

We cross the Teme, and continue in picturesque and varied countryside, through the Suckley Hills to pretty Longley Green. With the Malvern Hills now close, we walk through mixed farmland, including large apple orchards. Finally, we climb steeply to the main Malverns ridge and enjoy views of much of our walk. We drop steeply to the finish in Malvern.

There are several ascents and descents and stiles to negotiate.

On this day please meet at at Priory Rd car park, opposite Malvern Splash. A minibus will take us to the start point at Knightwick and we walk back to the Red Lion. For a map showing the car park, click HERE

Bring enough food and drink for the day

Please book here, T02C, if you wish to walk just this section.

Alternatively book the whole 3 days under T02.

Start: 9.30 am

Meet: at Priory Rd car park, opposite Malvern Splash
Grid SO 779457
Post code WR14 3DS
What3words: fine.palace.sends

Difficulty: Hard

Walk Leader: Mary Walters (Powick Ramblers)

Cost: £15.00

Sorry, walk is fully booked.

Tuesday 31st May 2022
Walk No: T03

Birmingham and Worcester Canal Walk

This trail follows the Birmingham and Worcester Canal from its start at Gas Street Basin to its junction with the River Severn at Diglis Basin in Worcester. On Day 4 we’ll follow the Droitwich Canal to its junction with the River Severn at Hawford and then follow the River Severn to Worcester.

Walking alongside the canal will obviously be flat but there are several tunnels that we'll have to walk around. This will involve some uphill element but nothing too steep and very few if any stiles. We will stop and look at places of interest and wildlife on the way.

You can choose to book sections of the Canal Walk as single-day walks or book all the days for the whole walk over 4 days. The individual days are listed below as T03A, T03B, T03C and T03D, where you will also find walk details, including meeting points and length of walk.

The four sections are:

T03A: Birmingham New Street Station to Alvechurch Station

T03B: Alvechurch to Droitwich Spa

T03C: Droitwich Spa to Worcester Foregate Street station via the Droitwich canal to its junction with the Birmingham and Worcester canal, which we will then follow south to Diglis Basin.

T03D: Droitwich Spa station to Worcester Foregate Street station via the Droitwich canal and the River Severn.

Please book here, T03, if you wish to walk the whole 4 days. Alternatively book individual sections under T03A, T03B, T03C, T03D

Please bring packed lunches and drinks each day.

Start: 9.30 am on Day2; otherwise 9.45 am

Meet: Day 1 Birmingham New Street railway station
Day 2 Alvechurch railway station
Day 3 Droitwich Spa railway station
Day 4 Droitwich Spa railway station


Difficulty: Hard

Walk Leader: Tim Lawrence

Cost: £20.00

Tuesday 31st May 2022
Walk No: T03A

Canal Walk Day One: Birmingham New Street to Alvechurch

12 miles: allow 7 hours

A surprisingly rural walk from the historic Gas Street Basin through the suburbs of Birmingham including Edgbaston and Bournville. A long tunnel then follows so we take an alternative route and enjoy the panoramic views from the Wast Hills before rejoining the canal and continuing to Alvechurch station.

Please book here, T03A, if you wish to walk just this section.

Alternatively book the whole 3 days under T03.

Start: 9.45 am

Meet: at Birmingham New Street railway station

Difficulty: Hard

Walk Leader: Tim Lawrence

Cost: £5.00

Wednesday 01st Jun 2022
Walk No: T03B

Canal Walk Day Two: Alvechurch Station to Droitwich Spa Station

13 miles; allow 7 hours

We leave Alvechurch and bypass two more tunnels before we reach the Tardebigge lock flight, watching many boats as they pass up and down through the locks. Passing through pleasant countryside, we reach the junction with the Droitwich Canal, which we follow to Droitwich Spa station.

Please book here, T03B, if you wish to walk just this section.

Alternatively book the whole 3 days under T03.

Start: 9.30 am

Meet: at Alvechurch railway station

Difficulty: Hard

Walk Leader: Tim Lawrence

Cost: £5.00

Friday 03rd Jun 2022
Walk No: T03C

Canal Walk Day Three: Droitwich Spa to Worcester Foregate Street

13 miles: allow 7 hours

The Droitwich Canal takes us to its junction with the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, which we follow south, following the railway line through pleasant countryside. Passing under the M5, more locks follow and then the outskirts of Worcester. We bypass Blackpole and Rainbow Hill, reaching the centre of Worcester and The Commandery, and Diglis Basin where the canal joins the River Severn. We'll then walk north along the River Severn to Worcester Foregate Street railway station.

Please book here, T03C, if you wish to walk just this section.

Alternatively book the whole 3 days under T03.

Start: 9.45 pm

Meet: at Droitwich Spa railway station

Difficulty: Hard

Walk Leader: Tim Lawrence

Cost: £5.00

Sorry, walk is fully booked.

Saturday 04th Jun 2022
Walk No: T03D

Day Four: The Other Route from Droitwich Spa to Diglis Basin

10 miles; allow 5 hours

We walk through the old town of Droitwich to reach the canal and head west to walk around the periphery of Droitwich Spa. We pass through the village of Salwarpe and follow the canal as it twists and turns, closely following the River Salwarpe to reach the River Severn. We follow the east bank south past Northwick, Barbourne, and the racecourse before reaching journey's end in the centre of Worcester and Foregate Street station.

Please book here, T03C, if you wish to walk just this section.

Alternatively book the whole 3 days under T03.

Start: 9.45 am

Meet: at Droitwich Spa railway station

Difficulty: Hard

Walk Leader: Tim Lawrence

Cost: £5.00

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