T03 Three Choirs Way, Gloucester to Hereford, Thursday 30 May to Saturday 1 June
Links between the three cathedral cities and county towns of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester date to the early 18th century with music festivals being held. This more recently established Three Choirs Way links the three cities passing through some of the landscapes that inspired some of England’s most famous classical music composers.
The walk will follow the 31-mile section between the cathedrals at Gloucester and Hereford through undulating countryside with lots of good views, many places of interest and a few surprises along the way. We will travel by coach to / from the start / finish for each day’s walk.
On Day 1 (12½ miles) we start at Gloucester Cathedral and weave a traffic free route out of the city, crossing the River Severn and Telford’s Bridge, into the countryside and the village of Lassington. With the Malvern Hills in the distance we follow the line of the Hereford and Gloucester Canal to Tibberton. With May Hill close by, we pass Newent Woods to reach Clifford’s Mesne. Good views from here of where we have come from and the route ahead. A downhill route takes us to Kilcot and the end of Day 1.
Day 2 (10½ miles) takes us across fields, past remnants of the industrial past to Dymock Wood and Kempley Green. Easy walking takes us on to Much Marcle, cider country and home of Westons Cider. We climb Marcle Hill and Ridge Hill for expansive views of the distant Cotswolds and the Black Mountains. We soon reach the village of pretty village of Woolhope and the end of Day 2.
On Day 3 (8 miles) we leave Woolhope behind and soon reach Haugh Wood. An easy walk on wide forest tracks through the wood takes us to Mordiford, home of dragons and our first encounter with the River Wye. We walk on an earth bank beside the River Frome to the village of Hampton Bishop and return to the River Wye. We follow the river to the outskirts of Hereford where we leave the river to take the road to Bartonsham. Here we rejoin the River Wye and follow it until we reach Hereford Cathedral and journey’s end.
Bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink each day, as there are no shops or cafés en route.
|8 hours each day
|30th May 2024 – 1st June 2024
Link Top Free Car Park
Meet / park at at 8.45 Link Top free car park, close to the junction with Worcester Road .
The coach will depart each day at 9.00, and will return each evening by 5.00pm.