The Wychavon Way is a 40 mile walk through South East Worcestershire from Droitwich Spa to Broadway via Pershore. Droitwich first became established as a centre for salt trading in Roman times (Salinae), as it produced salt from natural underground springs and was well-placed for trade at the crossroads of several key Roman roads. During the 19th century it prospered as a spa town, becoming famous for the health-giving properties of salt with the famous Brine Baths giving locals and tourists alike a taste of saline relaxation away from the coast, and the Lido Park and the exotic french-styled Chateau Impney providing extra enticements for visitors.
The Wychavon Way starts on the historic Droitwich canal, established initially to transport and distribute, through a network of canals, vast quantities of salt to the rest of Britain. This trade continued until the late 1930s when the salt trade declined as road and rail replaced barges and canals.
The route to Broadway, in the heart of the Cotswolds, follows the line of the Worcester and Birmingham Canal as it heads south through the heart of the beautiful Worcestershire countryside, through picturesque and historic villages with Civil War connections. The trail travels through the area once occupied by the ancient Forest of Feckenham, used for royal hunting parties in Norman times, through Flyford Flavell and the Lenches, a group of villages beneath Lench Hill. During the Civil War, Oliver Cromwell stayed at Rous Lench Court after the Battle of Worcester. Furthermore the Lenches have some of the most traditionally managed orchards in the county with many old varieties of apples, pears, plums and damsons.
Views of the Malvern Hills and May Hill in Gloucestershire become increasingly frequent as the route heads east towards the Cotswolds, and Bredon Hill rises majestically and enticingly…
About The Wychavon Way
This 40 mile trail is a fascinating and historic trail through the heart of England, balancing the interest of larger towns from England’s industrial past with unsurpassed rural landscapes.
Distance: Droitwich Spa to Broadway (40 miles) (64 km)
Duration: The trail can be completed in either 3 days (4 nights) or 4 days of walking (5 nights)
Price: From £345 per person (4 nights) and from £415 per person (5 nights)
Prices based on two people sharing one room.