Walks Programme

Monday 1st July – Round Evesham Walk with Battle of Evesham talk

Code: EWF 1
Title: Round Evesham Walk with Battle of Evesham talk
Date: Monday 1st July
Start time: 10.00 am
Location of the start of the walk: The Almonry, Abbey Gate, Evesham WR11 4BQ
Map grid reference: SP 036 436
Length: 6.5 miles
Approximate finish time: 1.30 pm
Classification: Easy
Description: We follow the scenic River Avon around the town, including Hampton Ferry. We will also visit Abbey Manor and the 1265 Battlefield, where a short talk on the battle will be given.
Refreshments: Raphael’s Hampton Ferry Café and many places in Evesham town.
Child friendly: No
Dog friendly: No
Leaders: Clive Bostle and Peter Lee-Smith
Monday 1st July – The Lenches Butterfly Walk

Code: EWF 2
Title: The Lenches Butterfly Walk
Date: Monday 1st July
Start time: 3.00 pm
Location of the start of the walk: The Lenches Club, Ab Lench Road, Church Lench WR11 4UQ
Map grid reference: SP 022 512
Length: 5 miles
Approximate finish time: 6:00 pm
Classification: Moderate
Description: From Church Lench the walk makes its way to Rous Lench via Slade Wood and returns to Church Lench via Yeald Wood. Both woods are important locations for butterflies and we hope to spot the Silver Washed Fritillary, which is one of the most attractive British butterflies. Rous Lench is a particularly picturesque village with a thatched Victorian postbox. The walk also passes through a very interesting local cider production facility.
Refreshments: No
Child friendly: No
Dog friendly: No
Leaders: Paul and Hazel Jennings
Tuesday 2nd July – Jubilee Walk, Fladbury

Code: EWF 3
Title: Jubilee Walk, Fladbury
Date: Tuesday 2nd July
Start time: 10.00 am
Location of the start of the walk: The War Memorial, The Green, Fladbury WR10 2PY, in front of The Anchor Inn.
Map grid reference: SP 996 462
Length: 5 miles
Approximate finish time: 12.30 pm back at the War Memorial.
Classification: Easy
Description: We walk to admire Cropthorne and Fladbury Mills, where a brief talk will be given. The walk leads us past grand riverside houses across the Avon at Cropthorne. We meander across agricultural land to Spring Hill Farm (with a brief talk), and through to Lower Moor, before returning by Porters footpath.
Refreshments: The public houses in Fladbury are The Chequers and The Anchor Inn. Also nearby is the Gardener’s Arms at Charlton.
Child friendly: Yes. Children accompanied by adults welcome.
Dog friendly: No
Leaders: Mike Taylor and John Bolt
Tuesday 2nd July – 3 Cs - Clark’s Hill, Cropthorne and Charlton

Code: EWF 4
Title: 3 Cs – Clark’s Hill, Cropthorne and Charlton
Date: Tuesday 2nd July
Start time: 3.00 pm
Location of the start of the walk: Hampton Ferry, Boat Lane, Evesham WR11 4BP
Parking available, fee £2 (reimbursed if food or drink purchased at the café).
Map grid reference: SP 030 436
Length: 5.7 miles
Approximate finish time: 6.00 pm
Classification: Easy (8 stiles)
Description: Diana Raphael will give a short talk about the history of Hampton Ferry before the walk starts.
Crossing the Avon on the ferry (cost 50p pp each way), we climb up Clark’s Hill with fine views across Evesham. Following Shakespeare’s Avon Way we can spot Evesham Battlefield, Abbey Manor and Leicester Tower before arriving in Charlton and Cropthorne, with their fine churches and buildings. We return to the ferry via footpaths and tracks which take us along the edge of Eove’s Wood nature reserve.
Refreshments: At the end of the walk at Raphael’s Hampton Ferry Café.
Child friendly: No
Dog friendly: No
Leaders: Geoff and Rachel Thould
Wednesday 3rd July – In summertime on Bredon

Code: EWF 5
Title: “In summertime on Bredon”
Date: Wednesday 3rd July
Start time: 9.30 am
Location of the start of the walk: Arrive at the south side of the through road in Overbury village centre, where the leader will advise participants where to park.
Postcode: GL20 7NR
Map grid reference: SO 957 375
Length: 5.8 miles
Approximate finish time: 1.00 pm
Classification: Moderate
Description: A spectacular walk across the face of Bredon Hill, with a reading and interpretation of AE Housman’s poem “A Shropshire Lad” in which our walk title is found. Looking out to the “coloured counties”, we explore the sunny, south facing slopes of this iconic hill. In association with Evesham Festival of Words and the Housman Society.
Refreshments: Pubs in Conderton and Kemerton and a shop in Beckford.
Child friendly: No
Dog friendly: No
Leaders: Clive Bostle and Geoff Smith
Wednesday 3rd July – Overbury, Kemerton Lakes and Conderton

Code: EWF 6
Title: Overbury, Kemerton Lakes and Conderton
Date: Wednesday 3rd July
Start time: 2.30 pm
Location of the start of the walk: Arrive at the south side of the through road in Overbury village centre, where the leader will advise participants where to park.
Postcode: GL20 7NR
Map grid reference: SO 957 375
Length: 5.4 miles
Approximate finish time: 5.00 pm
Classification: Easy
Description: We shall explore the lower slopes of Bredon Hill, offering fine views over the Severn Vale, and passing through its attractive villages.
Refreshments: Pubs in Conderton and Kemerton and a shop in Beckford.
Child friendly: No
Dog friendly: No
Leaders: Clive Bostle and Geoff Smith
Thursday 4th July – Market Gardening in the Vale

Code: EWF 7
Title: Market Gardening in the Vale
Date: Thursday 4th July
Start time: 9.30 am
Location of the start of the walk: Offenham Village Hall, Main Street, Offenham WR11 8QD
Map grid reference: SP 054 462
Length: 8.5 miles
Approximate finish time: 3.00 pm
Classification: Easy
Description: At 9.30 am short presentations will be given in the hall by Terry Sparrow from Badsey Historical Society on Market Gardening in the Vale and by Nina O’Hare from Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service on the Market Gardening Heritage Project.
The walk will commence at 10.15 am. The morning walk will be along the River Avon, following Shakespeare’s Avon Way to Cleeve Prior, returning after lunch via Middle Littleton Tithe Barn, the largest and finest restored C13th tithe barn in the country.
Refreshments: Lunchtime drinks and snacks are available at the Kings Arms, Cleeve Prior and there will be an opportunity to visit Boat Lane Brewery in Offenham at the end of the walk.
Child friendly: No
Dog friendly: No
Leaders: Alan and Pauline Saunders
Thursday 4th July – Exploring the Country Park

Code: EWF 8
Title: Exploring the Country Park
Date: Thursday 4th July
Start time: 3.30 pm
Location of the start of the walk: “The Valley” Country Park, Evesham WR11 4DS
Go to the farthest car park, beyond the Evesham Vale Light Railway.
Map grid reference: SP 042 463
Length: 2 miles
Approximate finish time: 5.00 pm
Classification: Easy
Description: We shall be exploring the recently improved path along the Avon and some remaining features of the old Evesham “Midlands” railway line.
Refreshments: Cafés (and shopping opportunities) on site.
Child friendly: Yes. Children accompanied by adults welcome.
Dog friendly: Yes
Leaders: Clive Bostle and Rachel Thould
Thursday 4th July – Bredon Hill Bash

Code: EWF 9
Title: Bredon Hill Bash
Date: Thursday 4th July
Start time: 6.00 pm
Location of the start of the walk: The Queen Elizabeth Inn, Main Street, Elmley Castle WR10 3HS
Car parking available outside the public house and on Main Street.
Map grid reference: SO 982 412
Length: 6 miles
Approximate finish time: 9.00 pm
Classification: Moderate (a few stiles, slippery if wet) With 800 foot of climb and descent it should be attempted only by those who are at least moderately fit and wearing stout footwear.
Description: A summer’s evening walk that will take you up to almost a thousand feet on this “magic” hill. You will find a Parson’s Folly, an elephant, a sundial, a toposcope, Lalu Farm, half an Iron Age fort and an abandoned Norman castle. In reasonable weather views extend in every direction, from Birmingham to the Brecon Beacons.
The leaders will talk about the significant aspects of the geology, geography, pre-history, history and folklore of the hill as we walk.
Refreshments: None on the hill, so carry your own. Join us for food and a drink in the Queen Elizabeth, Elmley’s community pub, at the end of the walk.
Child friendly: No
Dog friendly: No
Leaders: Peter Lee-Smith and Alan Saunders
Friday 5th July – Wildlife! Woodland! Wetlands!

Code: EWF 10
Title: Wildlife! Woodland! Wetlands!
Date: Friday 5th July
Start time: 10.00 am
Location of the start of the walk: Pershore Bridges car park, Bridge Street, Pershore WR10 1AX
Free car park. No toilets.
Map grid reference: SO 953 450
Length: 5.5 miles
Approximate finish time: 12.30 pm
Classification: Easy (flat, two short gentle slopes, one stile, six steps)
Description: Enjoy strolling by the River Avon towards ancient Tiddesley Wood, where a member of Worcestershire Wildlife Trust will give a talk about the woodland. We then proceed into Pershore, crossing Abbey Park, near the beautiful Abbey Church, to explore the new Pershore Wetlands area and the riverbanks of the Avon. Then it is time to have lunch at one of the many cafés/pubs in Pershore, look around the lovely Georgian town and its Abbey, OR continue to walk with us back to the Pershore Bridges car park.
Refreshments: Not on the walk, so bring liquid refreshments and a snack if required. Plenty of cafés in Pershore afterwards.
Child friendly: No
Dog friendly: No
Leaders: Alastair Lawson and Marian Bearcroft
Friday 5th July – Wick Circular

Code: EWF 11
Title: Wick Circular
Date: Friday 5th July
Start time: 2.30 pm
Location of the start of the walk: Pershore Bridges car park, Bridge Street, Pershore WR10 1AX
Free parking. No toilets.
Map grid reference: SO 953 450
Length: 4 miles
Approximate finish time: 5.00 pm
Classification: Easy
Description: Reflecting its wartime airfield use, a level walk takes us around the large bend of the Avon, opposite Pershore, including looking out for an old ferry point.
Refreshments: Not on route, so bring your own drink and snacks. Pubs and shops in Pershore.
Child friendly: Yes. Children accompanied by adults welcome.
Dog friendly: No
Leaders: Dave Chapman (The Ramblers) and Clive Bostle
Saturday 6th July – From Vale to Cotswold, Honeybourne and Weston-sub-Edge

Code: EWF 12
Title: From Vale to Cotswold, Honeybourne and Weston-sub-Edge
Date: Saturday 6th July
Start time: 9.30 am
Location of the start of the walk: The Gate Inn, Weston Road, Honeybourne, Evesham WR11 7QJ
Map Grid Reference: SP 117 440
Length: 7 miles
Approximate finish time: 1.15 pm
Classification: Easy
Description: This walk contrasts the flat, fertile landscape of the eastern Vale with the approaching Cotswold scarp. We pass through attractive, ancient villages and look out for features from transport history.
Refreshments: In both villages but none on route, so bring a drink and snack.
Child friendly: No
Dog friendly: No
Leaders: Clive Bostle and Geoff Smith
Saturday 6th July – National Meadows Day

Code: EWF 13
Title: National Meadows Day
Date: Saturday 6th July
Start time: 1.45 p.m.
Location of the start of the walk: The Littletons Village Hall, School Lane, Middle Littleton WR11 8JH
Map grid reference: SP 077 469
Length: 1.5 miles
Approximate finish time: 3.15 p.m.
Classification: Easy
Description: An expert-guided walk and talk, looking at traditional meadow management with a member of the Vale Landscape Heritage Trust (VLHT).
Refreshments: None on route so bring your own drink and snack but shop and pub near the start and finish.
Child friendly: Yes. Children accompanied by adults welcome.
Dog friendly: No
Leaders: VLHT and Clive Bostle
Saturday 6th July – Pebworth Piper

Code: EWF 14
Title: Pebworth Piper
Date: Saturday 6th July
Start time: 4.00 pm
Location of the start of the walk: Pebworth Village Hall, Chapel Road, Pebworth CV37 8XA
Map grid reference: SP 132 466
Length: 6.5 miles
Approximate finish time: 7.30 pm
Classification: Easy
Description: A delightful walk across grassy meadows with lovely views south to the Cotswolds. We shall visit Dorsington, where Felix Dennis has created the Heart of England Forest, which now covers nearly 4,000 acres and is England’s largest new forest. We shall walk along part of the Heart of England Way and through a section of the forest before returning to Pebworth.
Refreshments: At the end of the walk, refreshments will be available at The Masons Arms, Pebworth, where Pebworth Morris will be dancing.
Child friendly: No
Dog friendly: No
Leaders: Alan Saunders and Graham Fowles
Sunday 7th July – Broadway Heights and Sites Circular

Code: EWF 15
Title: Broadway Heights and Sites Circular
Date: Sunday 7th July
Start time: 10.00 am
Location of the start of the walk: Milestone Ground car park, Childswickham Road, Broadway WR12 7HA
Parking fee £4 for up to 10 hours. Toilets available.
Map grid reference: SP 090 376
Length: 7 miles
Approximate finish time: 2.30 pm
Classification: Moderate
Description: Includes superb sections of the Cotswold and Winchcombe Ways, including a fairly steep climb up to Broadway Tower and on to the pretty village of Snowshill.
Refreshments: Lots of shops and pubs in Broadway. Pub in Snowshill.
Child friendly: No
Dog friendly: No
Leaders: Sheila O’Brien (The Ramblers) and Clive Bostle

You can also download and print out the complete programme PDF. 

Welcome to Evesham’s Inaugural Walking Festival

 

Come and join us to explore one of the loveliest parts of England. You can put your best foot forward in Evesham’s first Walking Festival. We have prepared for you a week-long programme of routes that will show you why the Vale of Evesham, the Cotswold Edge and Wychavon are such wonderful places to visit.

This walking festival is the brainchild of Evesham Rambling Club (ERC). We have joined together with our friends in The Ramblers, local associations and societies to give many walks a theme and add to their interest with short talks and activities from literature to a microbrewery visit.

Walking in the countryside has been shown to have enormous benefits for our physical and mental health, so we wanted to make our walks as accessible as possible to different age ranges and fitness levels. You can tell which walks would suit you by looking at their grading: either “easy” or “moderate”; none of our walks should be hard for someone who is reasonably fit.

Full details of each walk can be viewed by clicking on each walk in the programme adjacent. All the walks are free, although we are always grateful to receive contributions to help defray our costs.

Booking is very easy using the link below to go to the booking page. Please read our booking conditions and general information carefully.

The members of Evesham Rambling Club, who will be leading the walks, look forward to welcoming you on the trail. Who knows, this could be the start of a lifelong interest and a fitter, happier you.

Visit our main website for more information about the club and contact details.

Important Information about the Walks

Dogs
We regret that we cannot allow dogs to accompany any of our walks unless the details specifically say so.

Transport and Parking
You will need to arrange your own transport to and from the start of the walk. Please follow the car parking advice offered in the walk details. Please respect the interests of local residents. Cars are parked at owners' risk.

Some walks are reasonably accessible by public transport – please check opportunities on the traveline west midlands journey planner website.

Accommodation
For information about accommodation go to visitevesham.co.uk and click on Places To Stay.

Meeting Point and Time
The walk details give the location of the meeting point. The postcode gives only a general indication of the start point. The OS map grid reference is more accurate. Please arrive in good time, preferably 10 to 15 minutes before the given start time.

Clothing and Footwear
Please arrive dressed for the forecast weather conditions. We are as likely to have rain as sun in July, so please carry or bring a waterproof. Strong shoes with treads, or boots, are best for all walks and essential for those graded “Moderate”. The walk leaders reserve the right to refuse to allow anybody who is not properly equipped to join the walk.

Refreshments
Please bring with you any refreshments that you may need given the weather and the length of the walk. Most important will be a drink. Some of the walks will have breaks at teashops, cafés or pubs on the route or at the end.

Your Health and Safety
You are responsible for judging whether you are physically fit enough to take part in a walk of the length advertised. All distances and durations are estimates and cannot be guaranteed. The walk leader will give simple instructions on safety and emergency procedures at the start of the walk.

Whilst we endeavour to make all our routes as safe and as enjoyable as possible, any walk attended is done so at your own risk. We accept no liability for loss, accident or injury.

Exceptional circumstances
The walk leader will decide at the meeting point whether to make any changes to the route, or cancel altogether if exceptional weather or circumstances make it advisable for the safety of everybody on the walk.

Attending more than one walk on the same day
We have arranged the timings of the walk programme so that it should be possible to travel conveniently from the end of an earlier walk and arrive in good time for the next.

Walk Grades
Easy - usually 5 miles or less, a few stiles and gentle inclines.
Moderate - usually more than 5 miles, some stiles, some steeper inclines and possible muddy or slippery sections.

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