Walking as a form of exercise is free, fun, sociable, suitable for all ages and a great way for families, friends, visitors and locals to keep fit together. It is ever popular through the different seasons and ranges from adventurous for intrepid explorers, through serious rambles to casual spare time strolls.
Walking for Health aims to improve the nation’s health and wellbeing by encouraging more people to become physically active through the simplest form of exercise, walking. For more information see www.worcestershire.gov.uk
In addition to the popular “Droitwich Spa Town Trail” and famous Guided Walks which lead out from St Richards House there are many other routes local to the town which enable visitors to explore further and enjoy the beautiful countryside, wildlife and surrounding heritage. The routes are clearly sign posted and have regular distance markers. The varying distances, terrain, vistas’ and route composition all combine to ensure that there is something to suit all ages, abilities and interests.
Many of the walking routes are also suitable for runners and cyclists and detailed accompanying map information is available at the Tourist Information Centre in town. Walking maps for all of the following routes can be down loaded from the website.
Some of the most popular routes include:
The Wychavon Way
The principal District walk developed as a partnership venture between Wychavon District Council and Worcestershire County Council and starts at Vines Park in Droitwich Spa. This longer and more adventurous route extends 40 miles to link with Broadway, traversing a variety of landscapes including stunning views across the Vale of Evesham. Broadway itself was established soon after the Norman Conquest and later became an important centre for trade in Cotswold wool. The town is now better known for its independent shops, hospitality and Cotswold stone buildings. Eight rustic bespoke oak benches are positioned along the route at key locations including Eckington, Pershore and Fladbury. These were installed and funded by Severn Waste Services as part of the Landfill Communities Fund.
Droitwich Spa Diamond Jubilee Walk
This 8 mile circular route starts and finishes in Vines Park. The terrain includes canal towpath, rural lanes, open fields, golf course and woodland. The route is determined by two phases which makes the distance easily divisible into two sections from approximately the 4.5 miles point.
Hadzor Circular Walk
This 4.5 mile route links with the nearby village of Hadzor and includes flat and pleasant terrain along the towpaths for the Droitwich Junction and the Worcester & Birmingham Canal. The walk begins at Vines Park and alternative start points are the Droitwich Canals Gateway Park and St Peters Church. Note should be taken that there are 5 gates and no stiles throughout this route which aids accessibility.
Water Tower Walk
This 4 mile walk encircles the water tower in Droitwich Spa which stands on top of Yew Tree Hill. The tower was built in 1962, stands 110 feet tall and has capacity for 150,000 gallons of water. The terrain covers easier countryside foot path, 5 gates and no stiles. The start and finish point is the car park adjacent to St Peters Church Lane, Droitwich Spa, WR9 7AN.
Dodderhill Parish Survey Project - Historical Walks
This circular 5.5 mile walk gives an excellent view of the western part of the parish and impressive rural views. The route takes in many historical sites covering a Roman fort, Roman roads and aspects from the Saxon period and salt industry heritage. The route begins at the Robin Hood pub on the A38 towards the M5 motorway and Bromsgrove. Vines Park is approximately the midway point of the circular. It is possible to complete the walk in two shorter sections and use the local bus service to rejoin your start point.
Hanbury Circular Walk
This 6.75 mile circular route begins on the Droitwich Canal towpath at Hanbury Wharf and then follows the Worcester and Birmingham canal. The walk is marked by “lock gates” symbols along the way. The route encircles the Hanbury Hall – National Trust property and includes open countryside, parkland and the beautiful Hanbury village. There is a spur leading from Hanbury Church to the Jinney Ring Craft Centre which is a popular visitor attraction.
Mid Worcestershire Ring
This 21 mile circular route starts in Worcester and was reopened in 2011 after a period of abandonment spanning 70 years. The circuit takes in the River Severn, Droitwich Barge Canal, Droitwich Junction Canal and the Worcester & Birmingham Canal. The rich heritage and splendid rural Worcestershire countryside along the route includes the picturesque villages of Tibberton and Oddingley.
Ombersley Blue Plaque Walk
A heritage walk around the village to discover who lived in the houses during the First World War.
Starting from Sinton Lane near Ombersley Cricket Club (where there is ample on-road parking) follow the trail along the eastern side of the main street, more or less as far as Ombersley Medical Centre, then cross the road to the western side and retrace your steps back to the Cricket Club.
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