Arrive in Bewdley and overnight.
BEWDLEY to ABBERLEY via HEIGHTINGTON (9.5 miles) (15 km)
A gentle riverside walk along the River Severn from Bewdley is the perfect beginning to today’s walk to Heightington, accompanied by the chug and whistle of the steam trains on the Severn Valley Railway in the valley below. A spectacular climb through woods along the ridge of Abberley Hill provides a wonderful contrast.
ABBERLEY to KNIGHTWICK (11 miles) (18 km)
The lofty Clock Tower at Abberley, built in 1883 by John Jones, is a focal point for the beginning of your walk to Knightwick. This section of the route provides an infinite variety of scenery on all sides, some steep climbs rewarded by superb views over open countryside and riverside walks on the Teme.
Before he died, Sir Edward Elgar had said:
“I lie here hour after hour, thinking of our beloved Teme, surely the most beautiful river that ever was…“
KNIGHTWICK to MALVERN (11 miles) (18 km)
At Knightwick you enter the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and a walk of huge variety which dips briefly into Herefordshire before the trail turns towards the Malverns through an area historically connected with Sir Edward Elgar. Born in 1859, he spent much of his life in Worcester and Malvern and much of his most famous music is inspired by the landscape of the area. You will walk in the immediate vicinity of his old home at Birchwood Lodge, where he composed the Dream of Gerontius and the Enigma Variations.
The final stretch of the walk takes you up and over the Malvern Hills from where you have spectacular view in all directions. The Malvern Hills are formed from hard igneous rocks, at a mind-boggling 700 million years they are amongst the most ancient in the United Kingdom.
Spend the day in and around Great Malvern, sampling the spring water, walking on the hills, visiting the impressive and ancient Priory and shopping in the individual shops selling a fine range of local produce and crafts.
Overnight in Great Malvern
Depart after breakfast