Arrive in Great Malvern and overnight.
GREAT MALVERN to UPTON-upon-SEVERN (10.6 miles) (17 km)
Today’s walk has a variety of landscapes to explore, and two very different Worcestershire towns. The beginning of the trail gives a taste of the Malverns, exploring the hill trails which lead upwards towards the highest point of the Malvern Hills, the Worcestershire Beacon. The route continues southwards along the ridge and down off the hill towards the River Severn and the riverside town of Upton-upon-Severn, a thriving waterside town with a wealth of independent shops and eateries. Upton’s distinctive ‘pepperpot’ on the river is just one of many sights to visit on your walk. River boats and houseboats moor here to visit the town and the many festivals it hosts throughout the year. In recent years flood barriers have protected the town from the severe flooding of the past when Upton was completely cut off from surrounding roads and villages by the rising waters.
UPTON-upon-SEVERN to ASHTON-under-HILL (10.6 miles) (17 km)
In a reversal of the previous day’s walk, today’s walking tour starts on the level and gradually rises as you head eastward, away from the river and towards the Cotswolds and the accessible heights of Bredon Hill. Starting from the River Severn and crossing another great river, the Avon by means of a series of boardwalks, passing through villages en-route you gradually ascend to the top of Bredon Hill and its distinctive tower, Parson’s Folly, from where there are panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. The trail wends its way along the escarpment before dipping down to Ashton-under-Hill, a pretty village with thatched cottages, heralding the gateway to the Cotswolds.
ASHTON-under-HILL to BROADWAY TOWER (13 miles) (21 km)
The route begins to meander through the spectacularly fecund Vale of Evesham with its orchards, market gardens and fields of vegetables. The area is particularly famous for its asparagus which is sold by the roadside during the season, followed by seasonal fruits of all kinds – strawberries, cherries and other delights throughout the summer. A succession of beautiful villages along the route lead to the little gem of Stanton, a classic Cotswold village from where spectacular views back towards the Malverns are well deserved. The walk then continues on a fairly steep uphill climb to join the Cotswold Way and on to the Broadway Country Park and the welcoming sight of the Broadway Tower – worth a final push!
Depart after breakfast