Menu
Saturday 23rd May 2020
Walk No: C01

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 have been in England since the 6th century. Learn about their key role in creating and running major seats of religion and learning, including Worcester Cathedral and the Abbeys at Pershore, Tewkesbury and Malvern, until their dissolution under Henry VIII. Visit these, and several others, on a historical walking tour, including battlefields, manorial houses, and much more, en route.

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

Day 1, Saturday 23rd 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 24th May. 10 miles

We continue along a beautiful part of the Avon Way below Bredon Hill, and pass several locks and weirs. We eventually reach the fascinating, 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, the ultimate defeat of the Lancastrians in the Wars of the Roses.

Day 3, Monday 25th May 9 miles

Day 3 begins with an informative tour of the imposing Tewkesbury Abbey, built to house Benedictine monks. We continue to Deerhurst church, formerly another Benedictine Abbey. We visit the adjacent Saxon Hall, famous for the treaty agreed there by King Odda and the Danish King Cnut, and walk on the east bank of the River Severn, before crossing via the old Lower Lode ferry, now closed, but reopened temporarily specially for our visit. We proceed on lanes and field paths west of the river, to nearby Chaceley.

Day 4, Wednesday 27th May. 9miles

Starting at the village of Chaceley, we continue in rural Gloucestershire on scenic paths and lanes, to visit the remote and redundant church near Sledge Green. Next, we reach the large historic 15th century moated grange of Birtsmorton Court and visit the house and gardens. The day concludes at a nearby pub.

Day 5, Thursday 28th May, 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 14th C Priory Hall. We continue to St Wulstan's, a C19th (Catholic) Benedictine church and visit the nearby Elgar graves before climbing up to the ridge, and following the contour round to Holy Well, the surviving water bottling facility. We continue to the Wyche Cutting, a part of the important, historic “salt way”, to enjoy distant views to the Welsh Black Mountains. We descend gently, via Rosebank gardens, to visit Great Malvern Priory church, a Benedictine monastery until the 1540 Dissolution. A short section through woods above Great Malvern brings us to our destination near Malvern Link.

Day 6, Friday 29th May, 10 miles

We enjoy the open spaces of Malvern Link Common, pass the Morgan car factory, and continue on urban paths to reach Madresfield. We pass close to Madresfield Court, said to be Evelyn Waugh’s inspiration for “Brideshead Revisited”. 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. For a map of the start point, click HERE for an aerial view, and then select "Show points on OpenStreetMap" or "Show points on OS Map"

Finish back in Malvern at approx 7.30 pm on Days 1-5 and approx 5 pm on Day 6.


Start: 9.00 am daily

Meet: Coach leaves Malvern Link Top free car park, Newtown Rd. daily at 8.45 am prompt,
Grid SO 774470
Post code WR14 1PD

Difficulty: Moderate

Walk Leader: Bob Baldwin

Cost: £85.00

2 places remaining

Saturday 23rd May 2020
Walk No: C02

Worcestershire Way

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.

This year, as a new venture for our shorter multi day walks, 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 as C02a, C02b and C02c, where you will also find walk details, including meeting points and length of walk.

The three sections are:

C02a: coach from Abberley Village Hall to walk start at Bewdley. Walk back to Abberley.

C02b: coach from Knightwick to walk start at Abberley. Walk back to Knightwick

C02c: coach from Malvern Link to walk start at Knightwick. Walk back to Malvern

Please book here, C02, if you wish to walk the whole 3 days.

Alternatively book individual sections under C02a, C02b, C02c.

Start: 9.00 am

Meet: see individual days

Difficulty: Hard

Walk Leader: Paul and Julie Wyatt

Cost: £45.00

Saturday 23rd May 2020
Walk No: C02a

Worcestershire Way

Day 1: Bewdley to Abberley

10 miles

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 highly popular Severn Valley steam railway. We continue on a varied, scenic and undulating route to Ribbesford; the route then heads 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 for an aerial view, and then select "Show points on OpenStreetMap" or "Show points on OS Map"

Bring a packed lunch

Allow 6 hours

Please book here, C02a, if you wish to walk just this section.

Alternatively book the whole 3 days under C02.

Start: 9.00 am

Meet: and park at Abberley Village Hall
Grid reference: SO 746678
Post Code: WR6 6AZ
Park in Village Hall car park


Difficulty: Moderate

Walk Leader: Paul and Julie Wyatt

Cost: £15.00

Sunday 24th May 2020
Walk No: C02b

Worcestershire Way

Day 2: Abberley to Knightwick

10 miles

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 to 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 for an aerial view, and then select "Show points on OpenStreetMap" or "Show points on OS Map"

Bring a packed lunch

Allow 6 hours

Please book here, C02b, if you wish to walk just this section.

Alternatively book the whole 3 days under C02.

Start: 09.00 am

Meet: and park in lane opposite Knightwick GP Surgery
Grid reference: SO 732558
Post Code: WR6 5PH


Difficulty: Moderate

Walk Leader: Paul and Julie Wyatt

Cost: £15.00

Monday 25th May 2020
Walk No: C02c

Worcestershire Way

Day 3: Knightwick to Malvern

10 miles

We cross the Teme, and continue in picturesque and varied countryside, through the Suckley Hills, to pretty Longley Green. With the Malvern Hills now in close proximity, 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 arrive at Malvern Link Top. A minibus will take us to the start point at Knightwick and we walk back to Link Top. For a map showing the Link Top car park, click HERE for an aerial view, and then select "Show points on OpenStreetMap" or "Show points on OS Map"

Bring a packed lunch

Allow 6 hours

Please book here, C02c, if you wish to walk just this section.

Alternatively book the whole 3 days under C02.

Start: 09.00 am

Meet: at Link Top Free Car Park
Grid reference: SO 774470
Post Code: WR14 1PD

Difficulty: Moderate

Walk Leader: Paul and Julie Wyatt

Cost: £15.00

Thursday 28th May 2020
Walk No: C03

Worcestershire Canals

This is a series of linear walks following the Worcester and Birmingham Canal that can be taken singly or as a whole. Starts and finishes are at railway stations and participants should make their own way to and from the walk each day.

We walk from Birmingham New Street railway station to Diglis Basin in Worcester over three days breaking at Alvechurch and Droitwich Spa stations. The fourth day will be spent walking from Droitwich Spa via the Droitwich Canal to the River Severn and then south to Worcester.

This year, as a new venture for our shorter multi day walks, you can choose to book sections of this walk as single-day walks or book all the days for the whole walk over 4 days. The individual days are listed as C03a, C03b, C03c and C03d, where you will also find walk details, including meeting points and length of walk.

The four sections are:

C03a: from Birmingham New Street Station to Alvechurch Station.

C03b: from Alvechurch Station to Droitwich Spa Station.

C03c: from Droitwich Spa Station to Worcester Foregate Street Station.

C03d: an alternative route from Droitwich Spa Station to Worcester Foregate Street Station.

Please book here, C03, if you wish to walk the whole 4 days

Alternatively book individual sections under C03a, C03b, C03c, C03d.

Start: 10.00 am

Meet: See individual days

Difficulty: Moderate

Walk Leader: Tim Lawrence

Cost: £16.00

Thursday 28th May 2020
Walk No: C03a

Worcestershire Canals

Day 1: Birmingham New Street to Alvechurch

11 miles

A surprisingly rural walk from the historic Gas Street Basin through the suburbs of Birmingham passing through Edgbaston, Selly Oak, Bournville and King's Norton. 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.

Bring a packed lunch and a drink.

Allow 6 hours

Please book here C03a, if you wish to walk just this section.

Alternatively book the whole 4 days under C03.

Start: 10.00 am

Meet: Birmingham New St Station

Difficulty: Moderate

Walk Leader: Tim Lawrence

Cost: £4.00

Friday 29th May 2020
Walk No: C03b

Worcestershire Canals

Day 2: Alvechurch to Droitwich Spa

12 miles

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 bring a packed lunch and a drink.

Allow 6 hours

Please book here, C03b, if you wish to walk just this section.

Alternatively book the whole 4 days under C03.

Start: 10.00 am

Meet: at Alvechurch Station

Difficulty: Moderate

Walk Leader: Tim Lawrence

Cost: £4.00

Saturday 30th May 2020
Walk No: C03c

Worcestershire Canals

Day 3:Droitwich Spa to Diglis Basin

11 miles

We return along the Droitwich Canal to its junction with the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, which we then 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. Finally we arrive at Diglis Basin where the canal joins the River Severn. We'll then walk north alongside the River Severn to Worcester Foregate Street railway station.

Please bring a packed lunch and a drink.

Allow 6 hours

Please book here, C03c, if you wish to walk just this section.

Alternatively book the whole 4 days under C03.

Start: 10.00 am

Meet: at Droitwich Spa Station

Difficulty: Moderate

Walk Leader: Tim Lawrence

Cost: £4.00

Sunday 31st May 2020
Walk No: C03d

Worcestershire Canals

Day 4: The Other Route from Droitwich Spa to Diglis Basin

10 miles

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 of the River Severn south past Northwick, Barbourne, and the racecourse before reaching journey's end in the centre of Worcester and Foregate Street railway station.

Please bring a packed lunch and a drink.

Allow 6 hours

Please book here, C03d,if you wish to walk just this section.

Alternatively book the whole 4 days under C03.

Start: 10.00 am

Meet: at Droitwich Spa Station

Difficulty: Moderate

Walk Leader: Tim Lawrence

Cost: £4.00

Saturday 23rd May 2020
Walk No: C04

Malvern Hills END to END & BACK

A STRENUOUS HILLY 18 miles at a fairly quick pace …

This walk is for experienced, fit walkers.

The walk starts in Gt Malvern in Caffè Nero where you can have a coffee before the off.

We'll walk the whole range of the Malvern Hills and back again, taking in most of the tops. Very scenic with many points of interest en route, but with continuous steep ascents and descents, this walk is only suitable for very fit and experienced hill walkers.

It's a huge achievement and great accomplishment to complete the End to End & Back, and you will enjoy great camaraderie all day.

Taking 8-9 hours, with continuous steep ascents and descents, this walk is only suitable for very fit and experienced hill walkers.

There is an opportunity to buy snacks en route but we advise you to be self-sufficient: bring lots of food and drink.

There are public toilets en route.

Check the weather on days leading up to the walk: if hot you must bring hats, sun cream, lip balm; if wet you must bring waterproofs.

We finish 5.00-5.30 pm and ... slip into a pub to celebrate!

Certificates of achievement will be presented at the finish.

For a map of the start point, click HERE for an aerial view, and then select "Show points on OpenStreetMap" or "Show points on OS Map"

Start: Sign-in at 8.00am to START at 8.30am

Meet: Caffè Nero, Church St., Malvern; opposite Priory
Grid reference: SO 776459
Post Code: WR14 2AE
Parking: Pay + Display, Priory Road, opposite Malvern Splash Swimming Pool


Difficulty: Strenuous

Walk Leader: Mike Smart (hello@treksmart.net, Guided Walking)

Cost: £4.00

2 places remaining

Monday 25th May 2020
Walk No: C05

Worcestershire Way in a Day

A STRENUOUS, LONG & HILLY 31 miles at a fairly quick pace … a walk for experienced, fit walkers.

We meet outside Great Malvern Post Office at 06.45 to catch the coach (which will leave prompt at 07.00, please be early).

The coach will take us to Bewdley where we start the walk at 08.00.

This 31 mile walk follows the Worcestershire Way (guide book available from Malvern Tourist Information Centre) from Bewdley along the undulating ridge back to Great Malvern where we finish at the Red Lion Pub (St Ann's Rd WR14 4RG) at 20.00-20.30 to celebrate our achievement!

The route is 31 miles long and is linear. It is hilly, VERY HARD and should not be taken on lightly. Having said this - it is a huge achievement and great accomplishment to complete it in one day, and you will enjoy great camaraderie all day.

Once we leave Bewdley it is 17 miles before you can buy any refreshments. We will stop at The Talbot Pub, Knightwick, for a well earned pint then go on to complete the walk. Be sure to take plenty of food and drink plus all the kit you would normally take for a long trek.

Check the weather on the days leading up to the walk: if hot you must bring hats, sun cream, lip balm; if wet you must bring waterproofs … or both.

Certificates of achievement will be presented at the finish.

Allow 14 hours

For a map of the start point, click HERE for an aerial view, and then select "Show points on OpenStreetMap" or "Show points on OS Map"

Start: 6.45 am

Meet: Meet: Great Malvern Post Office at 06.45 COACH LEAVES at 07.00 SHARP!
Grid reference for START: SO 775459
Post Code for START: WR14 3HJ (top of Church Street, Great Malvern)
Parking: Nearest long term: SPLASH Swimming Pool, Priory Road WR14 3DS (£4.20 parking fee)


Difficulty: Strenuous

Walk Leader: Mike Smart (hello@treksmart.net, Guided Walking)

Cost: £15.00

This site uses cookies. For more information see our privacy policy.