5 Great Witley – Tenbury

Great Witley to Tenbury Wells 13.75 miles (22Km.)

Deer graze at Abberley

Deer graze at Abberley

Starting from the Hundred House Hotel the GEW climbs into the grounds of Abberley Hall School and briefly meets the Worcestershire Way for the last time. Here is the closest view of the clock tower built in 1885 and standing 161 feet, it can as we will discover later, be seen from far and wide.

Church & Dovecote Stanford on Teme

Church & Dovecote Stanford on Teme

Stanford provides our second crossing of the river Teme and again by a former road bridge now for the sole use of pedestrians. At Stanford Park (Court on the OS Map) there were just 5 units remaining with prices from £335,000. Initially the path shares the well maintained drive but then we are pushed onto the overgrown field headland. Sadly the Home Farm dovecote is being neglected but the church, standing on the hill, inconveniently located for its parishioners, is worth a minor diversion off route.

Hanley Child

Hanley Child

All Saints church at Hanley William deserves a second glance but it was the round Church Cottage that caught my attention. At Hanley Child a large complex of farm buildings form the centre piece of this scattered parish. The churchyard provided a lunchtime seat and a distant view of Clee Hill.

Hanley Child church

Hanley Child church

This area is well provided with footpaths, with every field being served by one or more paths. The difficult section through the wood at Kyre Pool remains difficult so I took the easy option using bridleways to the east and north. While the easy route alongside the Kyre Brook from Sutton Mill offered a very pleasant meadow walk. The final section into Tenbury Wells suddenly showed signs of heavier use perhaps the local dog walking circuit. The approach to Tenbury crosses over the brook by stepping stones to enter the town by Pembroke House Inn one of many interesting buildings in this bustling but genteel centre.

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