Enjoy a 6 or 8 mile circular walk from the market town of Pershore. 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 ( to point D ) you will enjoy the delights of The Millennium Way, and where you will be guided by the distinctive green Millennium Way waymarkers.
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A. 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 steps down to go with River Avon on your left. Follow the bank of the Avon for around 1/2 mile to find footbridge. Take footbridge to go ahead to cross second footbridge then ahead for a further 1/2 mile to find third footbridge. Take double-gated footbridge and continue ahead to take a further double-gated footbridge then go right with hedge right to take two metal gates to reach main road ( A4104.)
B. Turn right on main road and on reaching garden centre cross road and go left up slope ( by a house called "The Farthings" ) marked as a bridle path. At the top of the lane go through gate at right of Woodmans Cottage and then ahead between fencing ( ignoring first footpath right ) to reach cinder path. Go left on cinder path and keep ahead with ditch left to arrive at wood. Enter the ancient Tyddesley Wood through the stile/gate and go ahead down bridle path through the wood. Cross logging road and continue through wood ignoring side paths to maintain line down to take bridge over Bow Brook. Go through gate and continue up field with hedgerow right, passing under power lines, to take gate at top corner of field to road (Salters Lane). Go left for 50yds on Salters Lane then take gap right and go ahead across field to right hand field edge. If you are walking the shorter route take the first footpath/bridge right and follow instructions from F below. For the longer walk, continue with hedge right and 50yds before field corner take stream bridge right.
C. After 50 paces turn left through gap into field. Go diagonally 1/2 right across field centre to find a waymarked footbridge between two oak trees close together, the right one ivy covered. Cross footbridge then ahead over next field to find footbridge to left of oak tree in top right field corner. Cross footbridge, go diagonally 1/2 left to find field corner gap to road. You are now at Crab Common T-junction. Turn left and follow road in direction Crome / Kempsey for approximately 600yds.
D. Here you will leave The Millennium Way (which turns right ) to take footpath left through wide gap into field. Continue directly ahead across field keeping near to hedge right over three fields, to take corner stile / footbridge over ditch. Continue 1/4 left directly across field towards barns in far distance, then take kissing gate to road by houses.
E. Go left on road passing Lower Drive Estate, then just past the entrance to Besford Court private estate take stile left into playing field. (There are benches here with a view of Bredon which makes a good halfway stopping point.) Stay ahead in playing field keeping hedge left and passing white house left to take metal kissing gate to field. The official ordnance survey footpath goes 1/4 right here to a disused overgrown footbridge/stile then across centre of field, however in view of the latter problem it is suggested you go left to follow around edge of field then through gap to continue around edge of next field to top left corner. Follow around right staying in same field, to find stream footbridge left ( which you took earlier ) . You are now back at point C. Continue past this stream footbridge and after approx 200 yds take next footbridge and footpath left.
F. Go directly across centre of field. On reaching hedge, cross small plank bridge and go right between hedges to reach lane. ( This is the official footpath but if overgrown it is suggested you avoid crossing the small plank bridge and go right along edge of field keeping hedge left and exit to lane. ) Cross lane to take stile to next field then go 1/2 left to take mid fence stile and go 1/2 right across next field to cross stile to road.
G. Turn right on road and after crossing bridge over Bow Brook take footpath right over stile and continue along with brook on right and fruit orchard on left. After a short while you will reach a green five bar metal gate by a two pole electricity supply). Turn left here up path and take stile at top continuing directly ahead gently uphill keeping wood right. On reaching track cross diagonally left to take metal gate into field continuing with wood right to take next gate. Take metal gate and stay on track with wood right. The track rises gently to exit alongside large field. Continue along edge of field with wood 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.
H. At the T-junction of paths follow waymarker left past a small copse and go ahead towards grey barn and houses ahead. Go past grey barn to reach road then turn right. Continue a gradual descent down road to T-junction then cross directly over to take New Road in the direction of The Abbey ahead. Follow road around to crossroads and turn right, to pass the Talbot pub on left. At small roundabout ahead, go left and enter Abbey grounds through metal gate right. ( Here you might like to visit Pershore Abbey) . Go past front entrance of Abbey and exit grounds by far left corner gate to road. Cross over 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.
paths, bridleways and roads we have used in these instructions are public rights
of way as designated on Ordnance Survey maps. Following the instructions and
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