The Three Choirs Way is a circular route of approximately 100 miles which links the cathedral cities of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester. The route winds through countryside of orchards, hop yards and vineyards with the unifying theme of the Three Choirs Festival – and ancient music festival celebrated annually for over 300 years in the cathedral cities, hosted by each in turn. The Malvern Hills, Suckley Hills, Marcle Ridge and May Hill are all visited or viewed en-route and the rivers Severn, Wye, Teme and Lugg crossed, providing a visually exciting and varied route, and a perfect balance of rural and urban landscapes. The rhyme inscribed on the Three Choirs route marker – “Blessed is the eye between Severn and Wye” is reinforced throughout the trail.
Gerry Stewart, whose inspiration and dedication made the Three Choirs Way the long-distance route it is today, recounts the story of Gustav Holst arriving at Gloucester Cathedral to conduct a choral rehearsal, soaking wet from having walked ‘an ancient Roman trackway‘ to reach it.
The Three Choirs Way visits the cathedral cities of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester in turn so that these marvellous, ancient and historic centres can be seen. However, there are alternative rural routes provided in the guide for those wishing to bypass the urban centres.
‘I have tried to define and express what it means to me, a potential musician, nurtured in countryside of companionable hills, two lovely but diverse rivers and three magnificent cathedrals. It seems that Severn and Wye flow through one’s views… and the astonishing Three Choirs Festivals go their historic way’.
About The Three Choirs Way
This 100 mile trail is a fascinating walk through the 3 counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire, tracing the historic links between the cities with the medium of music.
Distance: Gloucester via Hereford and Worcester and back to Gloucester (100 miles) (161 km)
Duration: The trail can be completed in 10 days (11 nights) of walking, but can be shortened to do any stretch of the route. For example you could walk from Gloucester to Hereford with 3 days of walking (4 nights).
Price: From £835 per person (11 nights)
Prices based on two people sharing one room.