T03A Three Choirs Way, Day 1, Thursday 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.
This walk will follow the 33-mile section between the cathedrals at Worcester and Gloucester. We will travel by coach to / from the start / finish for each day’s walk.
Day 1 starts at Worcester Cathedral from where we follow the east bank of the River Severn southwards, passing the junction with the Birmingham and Worcester Canal and Diglis Lock. The path continues through woodland, with occasional views of the river, passing the junction with the River Teme to arrive at Temeside Way, the busy road to the south of Worcester, with good views of the way ahead to the Malvern Hills on the skyline.
We cross the River Severn to follow paths across the floodplain to the village of Callow End and Stanbrook Abbey, which is now a hotel. Quiet footpaths lead us onto The Old Hills, open land managed by the Malvern Hills Trust, and with good views all around. With the Malvern Hills now getting close we pass through the Madresfield estate, mentioned in a charter of Henry I and occupied by the same family since 1160. We then pass through the Community Woodland and an industrial area to reach Malvern Link Common and the car park at the end of Day 1.
There are stiles and some sections of road walking. We will have time to stop and look at points of interest, the wildlife – flora and fauna and time to admire the views.
Bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink. Bring plenty of sun cream and suitable clothing.
|Date:||1st June 2023|
|Start time:||9:00 am|
|Walk leader:||Tim Lawrence|
Park and meet in Malvern Link Top car park
|Grid reference:||SO 774470|
Free car park in Newtown Road close to the junction with Worcester Road