by: Roy Woodcock
Walking books which match an exhilarating ramble with a nearby pub serving good food and drink have become one of the most popular forms of footpath guides. But this one is a little different as the routes are longer at 7 to 11 miles, and a little more adventurous and challenging, leaving those who complete them with a real sense of achievement.
The 20 circular routes in this volume offer a wealth of places to see and explore including Worcester's Civil War battlefield; the picturesque Cotswold village of Broadway; reservoirs teeming with birds and other wildlife at Arley and Bittel; nature reserves at Windmill Hill in the Vale of Evesham and Long Meadow near Inkberrow; and the Malvern Hills and Wyre Forest. Other walks visit the 36 locks on the Worcester to Birmingham canal between Stoke Pound and Tardebigge; Shrawley Woods which supplied oak for the repair of the Houses of Parliament after the Second World War; the Severn Valley steam railway near Bewdley; and the Arrow Valley Country Park in Redditch. There is also the chance to discover a listed pub, a 300 year old inn and a thatched postbox.
Each walk description includes details on how to get to the start, where to park and where to stop for refreshments. The sketch maps have numbers which correspond with the numbered paragraphs in the text and there is information on the area's history, flora and fauna.
The 20 walk locations are: Castlemorton Common; Upton upon Severn; Broadway; Middle Littleton; Pershore; Croome; Northern Malvern Hills; Knightwick; Worcester; Inkberrow; Hanbury; Redditch; Bromsgrove; Shrawley Woods; Abberley Hill; Stourport; Chaddesley Corbett; Lickey Hills; Wolverley; Bewdley
ISBN 9781853068898 pages 128 (2006) 148mm x 210mm