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|Eckington and River Avon|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 04 Mar 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3.5 mile circular trail from the pretty Worcestershire village of Eckington, following a couple of miles of the River Avon before returning through the village streets. This stretch of the river is teaming with activity – with plenty of boats in the summer months and a wide array of wildlife throughout the year. |
The walk is almost entirely flat but, remember, this section of the River Avon is well-known for its tendency to flood so after heavy or prolonged periods of rain check the river level with the Environment Agency before setting out. The riverside paths are all unmade grass paths which can get quite muddy in winter and/or after rain. There are no stiles but several kissing gates and two flights of steps on route. Some sections of the field paths are enclosed with electric fences so take care with children and dogs. Approximate time 1.5 hours.
The walk starts from the free Eckington Wharf Picnic Area car park which is alongside Eckington Bridge on Pershore Road, Eckington (near Pershore). Approximate post code WR10 3AJ.
|Start to Rail Bridge|
Start point: 52.0786 lat, -2.115 long
Before you start your walk you might want to take time to admire Eckington Bridge from the picnic area car park. Built in 1728 of local sandstone, the bridge is a Scheduled Monument and has Grade II listing.
|Rail Bridge to Strensham Lock|
Start point: 52.0804 lat, -2.1217 long
Pass under the bridge and continue ahead on the riverside path through a number of gates between fields. You will pass a sailing club on the right. At this point if you glance to the left you will see the tower of Strensham’s Church sitting high on the hill in the distance.
|Strensham Lock to Holy Trinity|
Start point: 52.0626 lat, -2.1248 long
Keep ahead through the kissing gate to reach a wide tarmac lane. Turn left along the lane heading away from the river. Follow the lane ahead and then as it bends left and then right. At this second bend you’ll see a pair of willow trees teaming with mistletoe.
|Holy Trinity to End|
Start point: 52.0708 lat, -2.1152 long
Continue straight ahead and you will pass the stone village cross on the left, the base of which originates from Saxon times. You will then pass the village cemetery on the right.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Beautiful walk, filled with swallows, dragon flies, rolling fields, boats, and the tranquil river. Stopped for a tizer at the village shop. Lots of friendly folks along the way. Go and have an explore!
|By ruthasaurus on 2013-07-05 12:03:14|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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