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Upper Arley Circular Trail

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Upper Arley Circular Trail
Author: Sammy Benbow, Published: 02 Nov 2014 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Upper Arley Circular Trail Walking Guidestar1 Upper Arley Circular Trail Walking Guidestar1 Upper Arley Circular Trail Walking Guidestar1 Upper Arley Circular Trail Walking Guidestar1 Upper Arley Circular Trail Walking Guide
Worcestershire, Arley
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Upper Arley Circular Trail
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Upper Arley Circular Trail Walking Guide boot Upper Arley Circular Trail Walking Guide boot Upper Arley Circular Trail Walking Guide
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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).

The village is served by the 297 bus service, see for timetable. Stop ID: wocgtpmd.

The Severn Valley Railway stops at Upper Arley station, a few hundred yards away across the river. See for timetable.

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Walk Sections

Start to Reservoir
Start to Reservoir

Start point: 52.4192 lat, -2.3467 long
End point: 52.4092 lat, -2.345 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.

After a short distance, you will see the Victoria Bridge. This was opened in January 1861 and now carries the line of the Severn Valley Railway over the Severn. As you follow the path under it, keep an eye out for the boundary marker of the Great Western Railway, set in the ground.

Continue along until you come to a sign board for Trimpley Reservoir.

Reservoir to Rail Crossing
Reservoir to Rail Crossing

Start point: 52.4092 lat, -2.345 long
End point: 52.4065 lat, -2.3329 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.

Continue along past the buildings, until you come to a gate. Do not go through, but turn left up the hill. After a short path through the trees, join the well-maintained path and head left around the 'rear' of the reservoir. After a short distance, the metal gate to the rail crossing is on the right. If you are lucky, you may see a steam train passing.

Rail Crossing to Arley Cottage
Rail Crossing to Arley Cottage

Start point: 52.4065 lat, -2.3329 long
End point: 52.4219 lat, -2.3412 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.

On arriving at the car park, cross the road and go through the wooden gate. Continue straight, heading uphill past the black farm buildings. Head downhill and cross the bridge over the stream at the bottom. Bear immediately left, then climb the hill up to the fields.

Bear right through the gateway on your right, then left at the next gateway, following the track between the two hedgerows. Continue along this track until you arrive at the road.

Arley Cottage to End
Arley Cottage to End

Start point: 52.4219 lat, -2.3412 long
End point: 52.4193 lat, -2.347 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.

Go through the green gate to the left of the cattle grid, and follow the tarmac road. (Note: You will not have to pay an entrance fee unless you choose to enter the Arboretum itself). Follow the road, keeping left at any junctions. If you are visiting the area during the Winter months, keep an eye out for the tall tree with the mistletoe balls in it as you go through the gateway.

Continue along, past Arley House on your right. As you head downhill, go through the wooden gate. To visit Arley Church, follow the path to the right and up. Otherwise, continue downhill to reach the start point of your walk.

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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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