Wyre Forest and River Severn from Upper Arley

A Upper Arley walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 09/08/16

A Worcestershire walk that includes a variety of landscape. The route starts from the banks of the River Severn and then enters the Wyre Forest before returning to the river banks for an undemanding path back to the start.
This walk through rural Worcestershire includes a wide variety of landscapes from the Wyre forest to the banks of the River Severn.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h45[?]
Distance Distance : 12.08km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 119m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 115m
Highest point Highest point : 113m
Lowest point Lowest point : 22m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Upper Arley
Starting point Starting point : N 52.41958° / W 2.348507°
Download : GPX track

Description

(D/A) After parking walk into the centre of the village and turn right across the substantial footbridge over the River Severn. Continue along the lane crossing over the Severn Valley Railway with its regular service of steam trains. Continue uphill for about 600 metres to reach signed footpaths on your left (grid ref. SO761795).

(1) Turn left and take the footpath almost immediately on your right. This path leads across fields to a track and continues in a south-westerly direction to a road (grid ref. SO758788).

(2) Reaching the road, turn right and within a few yards take the footpath on your right. This leads across a field to a path junction.

(3) Turn left and continue between the trees to the road at Pound Green. Continue straight ahead along the road walking south to reach the B4194 near Buttonoak.

(4) Turn left, and keeping the grass verge on the left, walk as far as St Andrew's church on your right.

(5) Just past the church turn right into the Wyre Forest following the yellow waymarks. Continue to reach Dowles Brook (grid ref. SO758768).

(6) Turn left here along a clear track for just over one and a half miles to reach the B4194.

(7) Turn right and in a short way take the footpath on the left. This path leads down to the River Severn (grid ref. SO779764).

(8) Turn left along the river following the North Worcestershire Path for 3 miles back to the start(D/A). As you near Upper Arley you pass under the impressive Victoria Bridge which carries the Severn Valley Railway across the river in a single span.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Car park
1 : km 1.06 - alt. km 1.06 - Turn left
2 : km 1.88 - alt. km 1.88 - Reaching the road, turn right
3 : km 2.17 - alt. km 2.17 - Turn left
4 : km 3.14 - alt. km 3.14 - B4194, turn left
5 : km 3.4 - alt. km 3.4 - St Andrew's church, turn right
6 : km 4.59 - alt. km 4.59 - Turn left
7 : km 6.69 - alt. km 6.69 - B4194, dogleg right/left
8 : km 7.01 - alt. km 7.01 - Turn left along the river
D/A : km 12.08 - alt. km 12.08

Useful Information

The start is the attractive small village of Upper Arley where there is a small pay and display car park (grid ref SO763802). The village has a café and other refreshment opportunities.

Click here to see how to reach the starting point.

Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

See map and elevation chart

Opinions and comments

Average

Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 2.00/4
Routemap quality : 3.00/4
Walk interest : 4.00/4
Global average : 3.00/4

Sarita J
Moderator hiker
on Mon 14 May 2018 08:54:48 CEST : Re: Wyre Forest and River Severn from Upper Arley

Sorry to hear you struggled to follow this walk route. If you have any suggestions of how we can improve the walk description, please let me know and we will make the changes so it is clearer for future walkers

Stuart Ferguson
Walker
on Mon 07 May 2018 19:24:23 CEST : Re: Wyre Forest and River Severn from Upper Arley

Date of walk : 06/05/18
Description quality : Disappointing
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

This is a very pretty area of Worcestershire and there is plenty of interest on the walk, with the herritage railway, river, forest and countryside. After crossing the railway however, we couldn't find the signed footpath on the left. There were several gates, some leading to private property but no obvious or marked footpath. So we continued further up the road and attempted to join the route later. However, after finding the gate on our right and crossing a field we found ourselves at a locked gate. A lack of which direction to head in the field was missing from the description. On entering the Wyre Forest a little later on the walk we were severely hampered by a complete absence of yellow waymarks and multiple sets of paths. We persevered but eventually found ourselves at a scrapyard with 5 loose dogs excitedly protecting it. We tried another route and found ourselves in a steep ravine which we managed to cross but then found ourselves needing to trespass through a derelict plot to reach the footpath the other side. We never managed to find and follow Dowles Brook except from a distance. After reaching the B4194 the route was very simple to follow, and the river walk was very enjoyable with steam trains passing regularly, canoeists on the river and the Victoria Bridge view. Cream tea on the other side of the river or a pint at the local in Upper Arley are a great way to finish.

robopharm
Walker
on Mon 30 Apr 2018 20:26:24 CEST : Re: Wyre Forest and River Severn from Upper Arley

Date of walk : 30/04/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Didn’t do the forest bit but walked down the Severn to Bewdley and got the train back. A great way to spend a few hours. Had a good snack in Mugs pub at Bewdley

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