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|Arley to Bewdley Circular Trail|
|Author: Sammy Benbow, Published: 07 Nov 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|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).
|Start to Northwood Lane|
Start point: 52.4189 lat, -2.3452 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.
|Northwood Lane to Bewdley|
Start point: 52.4011 lat, -2.3306 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.
|Bewdley to Elan Valley Pipeline|
Start point: 52.3765 lat, -2.3138 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.
|Elan Valley Pipeline to End|
Start point: 52.4012 lat, -2.3319 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.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author sammy_benbow and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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