4 Great Malvern – Gt. Witley

Great Malvern to Great Witley 20 miles (32Km)

Great Malvern Priory

Great Malvern Priory

Great Malvern is well worth a visit especially after a stretch of 18 miles and with 20 miles to Great Witley you deserve a break. Leaving the town on a Sunday morning I was accompanied on the climb by the sound of the Priory church bells. The tower which holds the bells, like many others around this area, is constructed of different coloured blocks of stone which offers a patchwork appearance.

Free Malvern water

Free Malvern water

Part way up the climb to the beacon is St Ann’s Well. I didn’t fancy filling my water bottle here and it was far to soon to stop for coffee. With so many tracks on the Malverns it was inevitable that I would take the wrong one. Having found the correct route down towards North Malvern I again missed the none Definitive path described in the guide and joined the road at The Lamb Inn.

Derelict house - after makeover

Derelict house - after makeover

The GEW then joins and follows the Worcestershire Way (31 miles Great Malvern to Bewdley), which perversely avoids the summit walk of the Malverns. Near Norrest apples and pears hang from the trees and a farm shop is Licensed  ‘to sell by retail Beer, Cider & Wine for consumption off the premises’. The ‘derelict house’ highlighted in the guide has had a makeover.

Suckley Hill has some intriguing ditches which are explained on an information board as outcrops of limestone that have been quarried over the years for use on the fields and as road stone.

With a short transgression into Herefordshire the GEW and Worcestershire Way find their separate ways to Knightwick and a crossing of the river Teme by the fine old Talbot Inn where good food and local ale is served.

Derelict house near Horsham

Derelict house near Horsham

Hops grow in the fields and a derelict oasthouse cries out for repair as does a timber framed house just short of Horsham. Perhaps this one will have had a makeover when you walk this way. Make the most of the open section of path where the Martley Path-or-Nones have installed a seat as much of the ridge path is tree lined.

Martley Path-or-Nones seat

Martley Path-or-Nones seat

Take care to inspect the map closely at Woodbury Old Farm as the GEW turns right here with little warning on the ground. Again the Hill Fort is shrouded in trees so may not delay your approach to Great Witley.

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