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Millennium Way: Pershore and Besford

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Millennium Way: Pershore and Besford
Author: Millennium Way, Published: 11 Sep 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Millennium Way: Pershore and Besford Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Pershore and Besford Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Pershore and Besford Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Pershore and Besford Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Pershore and Besford Walking Guide
Worcestershire, Pershore
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Millennium Way: Pershore and Besford
Length: 8 miles,  Difficulty: boot Millennium Way: Pershore and Besford Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: Pershore and Besford Walking Guide
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An 8 mile (can be shortened to 6 miles) figure-of-eight walk from the market town of Pershore in Worcestershire. Pershore has an interesting heritage and offers an opportunity to visit the medieval Abbey which was founded in 689AD. The walk starts from the ancient Pershore Bridge, follows the River Avon for a short section and offers pleasant woodland and open countryside with only gentle inclines. For the first half of the walk you will enjoy the delights of The Millennium Way where you will be guided by the distinctive green Millennium Way waymarkers.

The route has only gentle gradients and follows a mixture of riverside paths, woodland paths and field paths. There are a couple of short sections of road walking. You will need to negotiate several footbridges, gates, kissing gates and steps plus 7 stiles (some of which dogs will need a hand over). Some sections can be overgrown in the height of summer. The majority of the farmland is arable, so you are unlikely to come across much livestock. Allow 3 to 4 hours.

The Millennium Way is a beautiful 100 mile walk in the heart of England, from Pershore in Worcestershire to Middleton Cheney in Northamptonshire. The route was created by the 41 Club as a community project, with something to offer every walker or rambler across Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire. This is one of 44 circular walks, each of which incorporates a section of the Millennium Way and is published in partnership with 41 Club.

Pershore is located about 6 miles west of Evesham and 6 miles east of Upton-upon-Severn in the Vale of Evesham. The walk starts at the ancient Pershore Bridge, south of the town centre along the B4084. There is a car park and picnic site directly alongside the bridge. Approximate post code WR10 1AT.

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Walk Sections

Start to A4101
Start to A4101

Start point: 52.1039 lat, -2.0701 long
End point: 52.1044 lat, -2.0948 long

We begin our walk from the ancient bridge in Pershore. There are some information boards in the car park about the history of the bridge which you may find of interest. From the bridge car park, cross the river on the old bridge used by Cromwell. Cross the road (B4084) and go left to find a kissing gate in the railings just before the new bridge.

Take the steps down to go with the River Avon on your left. Follow the bank of the Avon for around half a mile to find a footbridge. Take the footbridge to go ahead, cross a second footbridge then continue ahead for a further half mile to find a third footbridge. Take the double-gated footbridge and continue ahead to take a further double-gated footbridge. Go right, with a hedge on your right, to take two metal gates to reach the main road (A4104).

A4101 to Stream Footbridge
A4101 to Stream Footbridge

Start point: 52.1044 lat, -2.0948 long
End point: 52.1094 lat, -2.1217 long

Turn right on the main road and, on reaching the garden centre, cross the road and go left up the slope (by a house called The Farthings) marked as a bridle path. At the top of the lane, go through the gate at the right of Woodmans Cottage and then keep ahead between fencing (ignoring the first footpath right) to reach a cinder path. Go left on the cinder path and keep ahead (with a ditch on your left) to arrive at a wood. Enter the ancient Tyddesley Wood through the stile/gate and go ahead down the bridle path through the wood. Tyddesley Wood is part of an ancient woodland and enclosed deer park once owned by the Abbot of Pershore Abbey but now managed as a nature reserve. In spring, there are areas carpeted with bluebells, wood anemones, violets and cowslips.

Cross the logging road and continue through the wood, ignoring side paths to maintain your line down to take a bridge over Bow Brook. Go through a gate and continue up a field with a hedgerow on your right, passing under power lines, to take a gate at the top field corner to the road (Salters Lane).

Go left for 50yds on Salters Lane, then take a gap right and go ahead across the field to the right-hand field edge. (If the field path is not clear, follow the right-hand perimeter to reach the same point instead). Here you have two choices: If you are walking the shorter route take the first footpath/bridge right and skip ahead to the section called Field Crossroads to Abbey. For the full walk, continue with the hedge on your right and, 50yds before the field corner, take the stream bridge right.

Stream Footbridge to Ladywood Road
Stream Footbridge to Ladywood Road

Start point: 52.1094 lat, -2.1217 long
End point: 52.1059 lat, -2.1311 long

After 50 paces turn left a through gap into a field. Go diagonally right across the field to find a waymarked footbridge between two oak trees, the right one being ivy-covered. Cross the footbridge then go ahead over the next field to find a footbridge to the left of the oak tree in the top right field corner. Cross this footbridge and go diagonally left to find the field corner gap to the road. You are now at Crab Common T-junction. Turn left and follow the road, in the direction of Crome and Kempsey, for approximately 600yds.

Here you will leave The Millennium Way (which turns right), to take a footpath left through a wide gap into a field. (Ignore the metal fingerpost and follow the yellow plastic Worcestershire County Council waymarkers on the posts as directed). Continue directly ahead across the field, keeping near to the hedge on your right over three fields, to take a corner stile and footbridge over a ditch. Continue diagonally left (about 11 o’clock) directly across the field towards the barns in the far distance, then take a kissing gate to the road by some houses.

Ladywood Road to Field Crossroads
Ladywood Road to Field Crossroads

Start point: 52.1059 lat, -2.1311 long
End point: 52.1089 lat, -2.1198 long

Go left on the road, passing Lower Drive Estate, then just past the entrance to Besford Court private estate, take the stile left into the playing field. (There are benches here with a view of Bredon which make a good halfway stopping point.) Stay ahead in the playing field, keeping the hedge on your left and passing a white house on your left, to take a metal kissing gate into a field.

The official ordnance survey footpath goes slightly right (1 o’clock) here to cross a footbridge then heads across the centre of the next field to cross the next bridge - follow this if you can. However, if this path is blocked, you can go left to follow around the edge of the field, then through a corner gap to continue around the edge of the next field to reach the top left corner. Follow around right staying in the same field, to see a stream footbridge on your left (which you took earlier). Ignore this stream footbridge, and after approx 200 yds, take the next footbridge and footpath left at the junction.

Field Crossroads to Abbey
Field Crossroads to Abbey

Start point: 52.1089 lat, -2.1198 long
End point: 52.1141 lat, -2.1074 long

Go directly across the centre of the field. On reaching a hedge, cross a small plank bridge and go right between hedges to reach a lane. (This is the official footpath, but if overgrown it is suggested you avoid crossing the small plank bridge and go right along the field edge, keeping the hedge on your left and exit to the lane). Cross the lane to take a stile into the next field. Go diagonally left to take a mid-fence stile and go diagonally right across the next field to cross a stile to the road.

Turn right on the road and, after crossing a bridge over Bow Brook, take a footpath right over a stile and continue along with the brook on your right and a fruit orchard on your left. After about 200 yards, you will reach a green five bar metal gate (often overgrown with weeds) by a two pole electricity supply. Turn left here, up the path and take a stile at the top, continuing directly ahead (gently uphill) keeping a wood on your right. On reaching a track, cross diagonally left to take a metal gate into a field, continuing with the wood on your right to take the next gate. Stay on the track with a wood on your right. The track rises gently to exit alongside a large field. Continue along the field edge with the wood on your right. On your left you will have a fine view of Pershore Abbey in the distance, which we can visit near the end of the walk.

At the T-junction of paths, follow the waymarker left past a small copse and go ahead towards a grey barn and houses ahead. Go past the grey barn to reach the road then turn right. Continue a gradual descent down the road to a T-junction, then cross directly over to take New Road in the direction of the Abbey ahead. Follow the road around to a crossroads and turn right, to pass the Talbot pub on your left. At a small roundabout ahead, go left and enter the Abbey grounds through a metal gate on your right.

Abbey to End
Abbey to End

Start point: 52.1141 lat, -2.1074 long
End point: 52.1044 lat, -2.0707 long

Here you might like to visit Pershore Abbey. A monastery was founded in Pershore in 689 by King Oswald. A later charter was granted by King Edgar in 972. All that remains of the 11C Abbey of Pershore is the transept and chancel. It is now utilized as the parish church and is dedicated as The Holy Cross.

Go past the Abbey front entrance and exit the grounds by the far-left corner gate to the road. Cross over the road to enter the town and go ahead to the main road (B4084), turning right in the direction of Evesham. Head out of town to eventually turn left over the old bridge to return to your starting point at the car park.

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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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