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Arley to Bewdley Circular Trail

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Arley to Bewdley Circular Trail
Author: Sammy Benbow, Published: 07 Nov 2014 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 UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Worcestershire, Arley/Bewdley
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Arley to Bewdley Circular Trail
Length: 8 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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This is an 8 mile circular trail that follows the route of the River Severn through Worcestershire. It commences in Arley, follows a track alongside the river through woodland and fields before arriving at Bewdley. It then returns to Arley on the other side of the river, again along a track through woodland and fields.

The path is well marked but is through woodland and so will have muddy patches and/or sections where some climbing over roots will be essential. There are several gates but no stiles. The walk offers views of the river and surrounding countryside, and also of a few points of historical interest.

The walk starts in the small village of Upper Arley, where is a local shop and public toilets, but also visits the large town of Bewdley, where there are many more facilities and shops. You may wish to spend some time exploring both locations.

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, and also at Bewdley. See for timetable.

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Walk Sections

Start to Northwood Lane

Start point: 52.4189 lat, -2.3452 long
End point: 52.4011 lat, -2.3306 long

Commence the walk next to the green footbridge over the river. With the bridge on your right, head along the path ahead of you. Go past the cottages and follow the path through the woodland at Worralls Grove. Cross over the small bridges and also note that at one point, there is likely to be a brook crossing the path.

Continue along, keeping the river on your right, and go under Victoria Bridge. This cast iron structure is painted pink and was opened in 1861 to carry the railway over the Severn.

You will soon arrive at Trimpley Reservoir. There is an information board here detailing a little of the history of the site. You may wish to explore a little, but return to the river path to continue your walk. Go through the metal gate in the corner of the field, cross the small wooden bridge immediately behind it and continue along.

After a short while, the path will become tarmac and go past Severn Cottage on your left, before becoming a road called Northwood Lane. Continue along, going through the metal gate on the left. Immediately after the gate, you can see the railway tracks for the Severn Valley Railway. If you're lucky, you may see one of the steam trains passing along.

Northwood Lane to Bewdley
Northwood Lane to Bewdley

Start point: 52.4011 lat, -2.3306 long
End point: 52.3765 lat, -2.3138 long

Your path now continues along Northwood Lane. Although the lane is generally quiet, please take care for traffic. Follow the lane for nearly a mile. Go past the old fashioned red telephone box, then after another 600 feet, keep an eye out for a metal gate on your right. It is somewhat concealed behind a large laurel hedge. Go through the gate and into the field.

The path returns now to running quite close to the river. Follow it to the right-hand corner of the field and go through the metal gate set in the field boundary (to the right of the 4 large trees). Continue along through fields, passing through several metal gates and you will eventually arrive at a tarmac path by a children's play area.

Continue straight, heading towards Bewdley Rowing Club. At the wooden gate, take the left along the alleyway. At the end, turn right along the road and walk up towards the main road over the bridge.

Bewdley to Elan Valley Pipeline
Bewdley to Elan Valley Pipeline

Start point: 52.3765 lat, -2.3138 long
End point: 52.4012 lat, -2.3319 long

Cross the bridge into Bewdley. If you wish to explore the town, continue straight. Otherwise, take the short flight of steps immediately at the end of the bridge (or if preferred, walk along a short distance and then turn back down the slope). Your path continues alongside the river, by the attractive black and white buildings.

Walk along, again keeping the river on your right. The path can be muddy along here and you will pass through a metal gate along the way. Cross the footbridge over Dowles Brook, which has its source in Bagginswood, Shropshire, some 10 miles away. Notice also the blue brick piers that once carried the Tenbury and Bewdley railway over the Severn.

Shortly after this, at the entrance to a field, the path diverges to the right. Follow this right branch through another 3 gates and over a bridge until you arrive at the Elan Valley pipeline bridge. This pipeline carries water 73 miles from the Elan Valley in Wales to Frankley Reservoir in Birmingham. Work was started in June 1863 by James Mansergh.

Elan Valley Pipeline to End
Elan Valley Pipeline to End

Start point: 52.4012 lat, -2.3319 long
End point: 52.4189 lat, -2.3453 long

Your path continues under the bridge. Go through the old metal gate, follow the bend in the river and head into the woods via the gate. There are several outcrops of rock in the wood, visible to your left. Also notice the coppiced trees close to the path. Several small trunks arise from a single base. When coppicing, a tree would be felled close to the ground to stimulate new growth which would be used for things such as fencing. When treated correctly, a coppiced tree can live for many years.

Go through the wooden gate, underneath Victoria Bridge, which can be seen more clearly from this angle, then through the metal gate. Your path will continue adjacent to a field - watch out for the electric fence. At the final field, you will see the footbridge on your right. Head across the field to the car park. Cross the car park onto the main road. If you wish to visit Arley Station, turn left, otherwise walk down the road to the footbridge. Cross the river here, then turn left to return to the village and the end of the walk.

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1 comments for "Arley to Bewdley Circular Trail"

A pleasant and easy walk in the dry. Some places might be a little trickier after rain. Although a riverside walk in both directions, views of the river are limited because of the trees and bushes between path and river for much of the route. Refreshments available at Arley and Bewdley so you can have a good break before setting off back to your starting point.

By David Corlett on 13 Oct 2016

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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