Start: Bewdley, Worcestershire
End: Malvern, Worcestershire
Distance: 31 miles
Ascent: 5,000 feet
Time: 2 days
Getting there: Bewdley is a short taxi or bus ride from Kidderminster train station, and Malvern is served by regular trains to London and Birmingham.
Food and loos: Apart from Martley, which is the obvious overnight stay, there is nothing beyond bushes.
Terrain: Good paths, walking across farmland and woodland.
Difficulty: 2 – some steep climbs, and a long path over two days. Well blazed throughout, apart from the Malverns.
The Worcestershire Way is a two day walk, walking through fields and woodland in Worcestershire. The walk starts on the banks of the River Severn, in the picturesque town of Bewdley. The walk soon climbs out of the town, through a cemetery, and out onto crop fields. The path mostly follows fields and woodland, and the views from the Teme Valley are particularly lovely.
The route is well blazed, bar the section on the Malvern Hills. On this section, the path is marked by stone direction markers – in late July these were consumed by the various shrubbery.
In terms of breaking the walk up, it is convenient to get the bus from Martley into Worcester for plenty of overnight accommodation and sustenance. The bus ride is only 30 minutes, and if you can’t get a room in Martley itself then it is a good alternative. There are no facilities along the walk whatsoever. Make sure to bring a good lunch with you, and plenty of water. When we walked the route in the middle of a heat wave, a beautiful man refilled our water bottles after we had enquired about detouring to a garage (evidently now shut).
There are around half a dozen notable climbs on walk that will test your fitness. The first day is certainly the tougher of the two, although North Hill on the second day is the highest point of the walk. Although, following some difficulty following the route in the Malverns, we didn’t actually climb all the way to the top.
Once at the end there is plenty of beer awaiting for you in Malvern. At the end of this walk, you’ll probably need it!