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Eckington and River Avon

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Eckington and River Avon
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 04 Mar 2013 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Worcestershire, Evesham
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Eckington and River Avon
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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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.

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Walk Sections

Start to Rail Bridge
Start to Rail Bridge

Start point: 52.0786 lat, -2.115 long
End point: 52.0804 lat, -2.1217 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.

When you are ready to begin, cross over the road with care and turn right along the pavement heading for the river bridge. Just before you reach the bridge fork left through a metal kissing gate to join the riverside path.

This river is one of many in the UK called the River Avon. This Warwickshire Avon is the one which gives its name to the Shakespeare town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the river’s wildlife residents which include herons and kingfishers.

Follow the field edge path with the river running to the right along the length of three short fields and you will come to the rail bridge ahead. Evidence of a Roman settlement was found here during construction of the railway.

Rail Bridge to Strensham Lock
Rail Bridge to Strensham Lock

Start point: 52.0804 lat, -2.1217 long
End point: 52.0626 lat, -2.1248 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.

When you see the marker post with a number 6 on it you will notice a very old pear tree on the left. Pear trees are an important part of Worcestershire’s history and pear trees like this one were once common across the county. The county’s coat of arms depicts a pear tree with black pears representing a now rare local variety, the Worcester Black Pear.

Continue along the riverside for some distance passing through a number of kissing gates on the way. Eventually you will reach Strensham Lock.

Strensham Lock to Holy Trinity
Strensham Lock to Holy Trinity

Start point: 52.0626 lat, -2.1248 long
End point: 52.0708 lat, -2.1152 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.

A little further along you’ll pass Court End Farm on the left. Later on the right you’ll pass a hedge nursery growing a vast array of trees and bushes suitable for hedges, including espaliered fruit trees – a particularly suitable choice here in the Vale of Evesham.

At the junction with Woodbine Cottage on the left, bear right and a few yards later fork right again into Station Road. Keep straight ahead to go up and over the footbridge across the railway. On the opposite side continue along Station Road and you will reach The Bell pub on the left hand side (dating back to 1777).

Turn left here passing in front of The Bell and heading into the village centre. A little further on the right you’ll come to Holy Trinity, the village church. You might want to take a moment to admire this 800 year old building – be sure to look to the top of the tower where particularly expressive gargoyles stand on guard!

Holy Trinity to End
Holy Trinity to End

Start point: 52.0708 lat, -2.1152 long
End point: 52.0774 lat, -2.1151 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.

On the left you’ll come to Roman Meadow, a collection of new build properties. During the excavations for the building work an almost fully intact human skeleton was found. Investigations revealed that the body was that of a Roman soldier dating back almost 2000 years.

Continue on the main road pavement to pass the recreation ground on the left. Soon afterwards follow the path through a gate on the left to join a raised tarmac path running parallel with the road. At about 11 o’clock on the horizon you may be able to make out a white radio telescope. The path emerges through another gate to rejoin the pavement and you will reach the picnic area where the walk began on the right hand side.

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1 responses to "Eckington and River Avon"

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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