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The Worcestershire Way

Selected parts walked in September 2014

WEST ESSEX WANDERINGS IN WORCESTERSHIRE


In September 45 members of the West Essex Group took on most or some of the Worcestershire Way, a 31 mile route from Bewdley to Great Malvern.   Apart from two short sections the Way was completed over 3 days.   Many of the group chose to walk half-days with the options of exploring Bewdley and Great Malvern.   Another option was a canal walk from Kidderminster to Stourport-on-Severn with time for sightseeing in the town.

  

On arrival in the area the whole group walked about 5 miles from the village of Grimley along the River Severn Way into Worcester and their hotel for 4 nights.   Prior to dinner many members decided to spend time in the city with a self-guided history walk, taking the opportunity to savour the old streets, visiting the Cathedral (evensong a particular delight), the Guildhall, etc.

  

The weather was fine and dry for 4 days, giving some splendid, if sometimes hazy views from the hills of the Worcestershire Way.   However, a planned ramble on the Malvern Hills was abandoned on the last day due to heavy rain which later became a deluge turning the steep streets of Great Malvern into rivers.   The morning was spent in the town, some visiting the Priory catching a concert rehearsal, exploring the fascinating local museum and indulging in the local cafes, including the Bluebird Cafe which was once frequented by the local composer, Edward Elgar, and his friend George Bernard Shaw.

  

The holiday was a great success due to the joint efforts of John Francis, Ross Millar, Barry Bishop, Pat and John Juchau and, of course, the good company of our West Essex friends.

  

Pat & John Juchau

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