6 Tenbury Wells – Cleehill

Tenbury Wells to Cleehill 6 miles (9.6Km.)

Tenbury Wells - bridge

Tenbury Wells - bridge

A short section this one so suspicion should have been raised. Leaving Tenbury Wells, another crossing of the Teme takes us into Shropshire and Burford where industrial activity at Kerry sets me on a trail to find what’s made here. From the website we discover “We serve customers …… developing, manufacturing and delivering technology-based ingredients, flavours and integrated solutions for the food and beverage industry.” Any the wiser?

Rivers can cause a problem to walk planners, especially the crossing of rivers and the limited escape northwards from Tenbury Wells highlights the difficult compromises that can be required at these pinch points.

Spot the stile - near Nash Court

Spot the stile - near Nash Court

This is a frustrating section of the GEW. The route is not difficult to locate but almost impossible to use. Shropshire County Council have carried out an extensive programme of structure installation and with care stiles and ditch crossings can be found at the correct locations, sadly it is not always possible to use them as they are so badly overgrown. This is not a simple matter of annual soft vegetation, it’s a total reinstatement of the hedges to engulf and block the right of way.

At the sight of pasture fields I abandoned the endless fight through crops and gave my legs a rest to eventually rejoin Clee Hill Road at Knowlegate and followed the road with trepidation around the hair pin bends.

Feeding time at Cleehill viewpoint

Feeding time at Cleehill viewpoint

At Knowle the home ground of Clee Hill United was being levelled thanks to money raised in weekly sales on the site. The club has held Saturday morning sales at the field for 18 years with more than £40,000 having been raised. Well worth popping in if you like a bargain.

The final climb across the bracken covered hill to the viewpoint at Cleehill is most pleasant but don’t spoil the surprise by turning round on the way. The view from the roadside is stunning and even more so for those of us who can look back over the ground now covered on foot. Not only can we view the Teme valley but the clock tower at Abberley stands proud in a dip between two hills and the information board offers names to those other mist covered hills.

From Cleehill Viewpoint

From Cleehill Viewpoint

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