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|Upper Arley Circular Trail|
|Author: sammy_benbow, Published: 02 Nov 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|This is a 4 mile circular trail set in Upper Arley in Worcestershire. The walk departs Arley along the River Severn, heads past Trimpley Reservoir, crosses the line of the Severn Valley Railway, ascends a track through Eymore Woods before heading along a couple of roads and returning to the village via Arley Arboretum. |
The route comprises several different kinds of walking surface, including woodland paths that will be uneven and muddy. The section through Eymore Woods is of a reasonably steep gradient. There are no steps but there are several gates and a railway crossing. Stout boots are recommended. Allow 1.5-2 hours to complete.
Arley is a small village, but there is a local shop and toilets are available near to the car park.
Arley is located on the banks of the River Severn between Bewdley and Stourport. The approximate postcode is DY12 1XA. The A442 runs nearby. There is parking available in the village - bear left immediately after the white railings, following the green sign. Parking is £2 per day (correct Oct 2014).
|Start to Reservoir|
Start point: 52.4192 lat, -2.3467 long
From the car park, head along the road to the green footbridge on the right. Continue straight, following the course of the river. Pass the cottages on your left and cross the bridge into Worrals Grove. Continue to follow the Severn Way along the course of the river.
|Reservoir to Rail Crossing|
Start point: 52.4092 lat, -2.345 long
At the sign board, you can learn a little more about the reservoir and its function. You can also choose to climb the hill to view the reservoir should you wish, but your path continues on the right, following the line of the river. Keep right, crossing the wooden footbridge in the small copse, and follow the path adjacent to the river.
|Rail Crossing to Arley Cottage|
Start point: 52.4065 lat, -2.3329 long
After carefully crossing the railway lines, go through the gate and begin the ascent of the hill. The path is a little winding, but keep heading uphill. There is a signpost part way up that directs you to Eymore Wood car park - this is along your route.
|Arley Cottage to End|
Start point: 52.4219 lat, -2.3412 long
Turn left onto the road, Arley Lane, ignoring the signpost opposite, then take the immediate right onto Lowe Lane. Go past the green bus shelter on the right, and follow the road up to the entrance of Arley Arboretum.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author sammy_benbow and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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