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Bewdley and Ribbesford Trail

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Bewdley and Ribbesford Trail
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 11 Mar 2012 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, Bewdley
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Bewdley and Ribbesford Trail
Length: 2 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 2 mile circular waymarked trail from the pretty Worcestershire town of Bewdley. The walk heads out along fenced paths and tracks across farmland before returning alongside a picturesque stretch of the River Severn.

The walk is relatively flat with no stiles and just a few kissing gates. The route follows gravel, mud and grass paths some of which are likely to be muddy after wet weather. Approximate time 45 minutes to 1 hour.

The walk starts from the Gardeners Meadow car park in Bewdley which is accessed from Pritchard Court at the end of Severn Side South. The pay and display car park is free on Sundays and for the first 90 minutes on other days of the week. Approximate post code DY12 2DZ.

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Walk Sections

Start to Kissing Gate
Start to Kissing Gate

Start point: 52.3736 lat, -2.3106 long
End point: 52.3718 lat, -2.3151 long

Before you start your walk you may want to explore the town of Bewdley. The name comes from the French - Beau Lieu - meaning beautiful place and its residents describe it as the most perfect small Georgian town in Worcestershire. There’s plenty to explore including riverside streets, museum, gallery, brewery, more than 20 pubs, restaurants and cafes and the Severn Valley Railway.

To help you find your way the walk is signed and waymarked throughout as the Ribbesford Trail.

Leave the Gardeners Meadow car park walking ahead to meet the River Severn and then turning right to follow the path with the river on your left. After just a few paces and directly in front of a pair of brick pillars turn right along a narrow path heading back away from the river. Contine ahead with the wall running on the left. At the end of the path, turn right into a lane past private properties.

At the T-junction with the main road, cross over and take the footpath opposite to the left of Peacock House. Continue ahead up the stone and grass track. As the track curves right into a private property, fork left up a narrower stone footpath. You will reach a metal kissing gate.

Kissing Gate to St Leonard's Church
Kissing Gate to St Leonard's Church

Start point: 52.3718 lat, -2.3151 long
End point: 52.3641 lat, -2.3147 long

Pass through the kissing gate and follow the trail as it bends to the right and then turns sharp left alongside another gate. Follow this path alongside a short stretch of woodland to the right and then with fenced farm fields both sides. Ignore any footpaths through gates to the right.

Continue ahead climbing steadily uphill. Cross over Heightington Road via the kissing gate taking care with the traffic. Follow the wider vehicle stone track directly opposite and go through the underpass which goes under the A456 main road. Soon afterwards you will pass Home Farm house on the left and an adjoining row of red sandstone terraced houses. Opposite the houses you will come to St Leonard’s Church on the right.

St Leonard's Church to River Severn
St Leonard's Church to River Severn

Start point: 52.3641 lat, -2.3147 long
End point: 52.3638 lat, -2.3096 long

Take time to visit the church if you wish. Above the main doors are a series of carvings which date back to Norman times. When we visited, the church yard also had an outdoor tap and dog bowl to help dogs who are out walking on hot days.

Ignore the footpath through the church yard, instead continue along the main track with the church on your right. Follow the track as it bends to the left round the end of the sandstone houses. As the track meets the main road, turn left along the narrow grass verge taking care with the traffic. As the road bends to the left with black and white chevrons, cross over and turn right onto a footpath immediately before a lay-by. Follow this path for a few paces to meet the River Severn.

River Severn to End
River Severn to End

Start point: 52.3638 lat, -2.3096 long
End point: 52.373 lat, -2.3094 long

Turn left to follow the grass path with the river on your right. You are now in Blackstone Riverside Park. Follow the path ahead with grass clearings and small sections of woodland on your left and the river to your right.

After a short distance you will see views across the river of Blackstone Rock, an impressive sandstone outcrop. For many years in the Middle Ages a hermit made a home at the base of the rock, where he carved out a room in which to live and a chapel in which to worship.

Continue ahead alongside the river and pass under the road bridge. Follow the path now with fenced arable farmland to the left. You are likely to see fisherman along the length of this stretch of the River Severn. Eventually the path will take you back through the pair of brick pillars to reach the car park where your walk started.

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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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