Abberley Circular Walk

An enjoyable 5 mile circular walk, combining woods and views from Abberley Hill with lanes and fields below, and taking in part of the Worcestershire Way. The walk is indicated by the ‘Abberley Clock Tower’ waymark.

Technical sheet
No. 4059309
A Abberley walk posted on 16/09/20 by Aurelie-21. Update : 17/09/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h55[?]
Distance Distance : 4.92mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 732ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 735ft
Highest point Highest point : 909ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 243ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Abberley
Starting point Starting point : N 52.30853° / W 2.372661°
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(D/A) From the village Hall car park and Start /Finish point, turn left and follow the road for 1⁄3 mile to the village centre.

(1) With the Manor Arms country inn on your left, set off down the lane for about ¼ mile, passing the old church yard on your right, and, further on, an old pear orchard. Watch for traffic as you go.

(2) At the bottom of the dip leave the lane over a stile on the left and follow the path along the field edge. Cross another stile and continue ahead, up the drive, almost to the cottage. Take the steps up the bank to the left of the cottage, go over a stile and turn right along the field edge with a small woodland on your right.

(3) Continue straight on, passing a second small woodland on your right then turn diagonally right to cross open pasture, over a rise and then ahead down to a gatein the corner to re-join the lane. Turn left and follow the lane to Netherton House where you join the Worcestershire Way.

(4) Turn right to follow the Worcestershire Way waymarks down the farm track and up the opposite slope to another lane. Watching for traffic, turn left and follow the lane for about 250m.

(5) Shortly after you have passed the entrance to Shavers End quarry, look for a signpost on your right and take the path along the side of the hill. There is a wide view to the east over the valley of Dick Brook, with the tall tower of Astley Church in the centre. The path climbs diagonally across a small field and then heads up the steep hill beside the former quarry.

(6) At the top of the hill, turn left through the conifer woodland and then right through a mix of Sweet Chestnut, ancient yew, Ash and a single Spindle Tree which overhangs the path. Eventually, after about a mile of woodland and scrub, you will reach the highest point of the hill, marked by a concrete triangulation point. From here you can see Woodbury Hill and the tall needle of Abberley Clock Tower. Begin you descent by continuing to follow the path for about 300m until you meet a Lane.

(7) Leave the Worcesteshire Way here by turning right and following the lane for about 200m, at which point, take the path which leaves the road on the left. Follow this path steeply down through a short section of woodland and then two fields. At the cottage, go over two gates, then straight on, to the bottom left hand corner of the pasture, to a lane which takes you back to the village.

(8) Follow the road back to the village Hall and the Start/finish point.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 486ft - Village Hall car park
1 : mi 0.44 - alt. 446ft - Manor Arms
2 : mi 0.68 - alt. 348ft - Bottom of the dip
3 : mi 1.01 - alt. 302ft - Small woodland
4 : mi 1.4 - alt. 259ft - Worcestershire Way
5 : mi 2.1 - alt. 374ft - Shavers End quarry
6 : mi 2.7 - alt. 636ft - Top of the hill
7 : mi 4.08 - alt. 804ft - Lane
8 : mi 4.49 - alt. 449ft - Village Hall
D/A : mi 4.92 - alt. 486ft - Village Hall car park

Useful Information

Parking : Parking is available at the Start /Finish point at the village Hall, 10 mins. (1/3 mile) from Abberley village centre. Large groups please pre-book parking on 01299 896213.

Gates and stiles : 10 gates and 3 stiles.

Terrain : This is a challenging walk with several steep sections. Depending on the time of year the surface may be slippery and wet in places.

Waymarking : Simply follow the Abberley Circular Walk ‘clock tower’ symbol and direction arrows and you won’t get lost.

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

During the walk or to do/see around

Abberley Clock Tower
Atop the southern end of Abberley Hill, towards the end of this circular walk, you can see the clock tower. It was erected, mimicking the gothic style by John Joseph Jones in 1883.

Owain Glyndwr
A rebel or a hero, depending on who has written the history. In the early 1400’s Owain and his army fought a desperate battle on Abberley Hill against the forces of the English crown, the last major battle he fought before retreating back into the Welsh hills. Glyndwr became a wanted bandit, yet he was never caught.

The Abberley and Malvern Hills Global Geopark
The Abberley Circular Walk is almost entirely within the ‘Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark’ Given global status by UNESCO in 2004, the park covers some 1,250 square miles across 4 counties and is one of Europes most important and interesting geological areas.

Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.5/5
Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 4.5/5
Routemap quality : 4.5/5
Walk interest : 4.5/5

on Sat 26 Mar 2022 20:32:36 CET

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 25/03/22
Description quality : Very good
Easiness to follow the route : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

We started (and finished) at the Manor Arms in Abberley Village taking in the mostly ruined Norman church with its surviving chancel and some fascinating features (check out the memorial to Ann Walsh that states 'her left hand knew not what her right hand did'). We did the circuit (plus) backwards climbing Abberley Hill and walking the ridge along the Worcestershire Way. Signposting was good until, I think we entered Herefordshire where the signs disappeared and the paths overgrown. The weather was unusually glorious for the end of March and since no leaves on the trees views were fantastic. Underfoot solid but some rickety stiles. I thoroughly recommend lunch at the Manor Arms (I had guinea fowl) and if possible make it a leisurely one so you can sit out on the terrace to enjoy the lovely scenery.

on Mon 17 May 2021 14:48:25 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 17/05/21
Description quality : Good
Easiness to follow the route : Good
Walk interest : Good

Walk attempted as told it was easy on web site
But after downloading and setting off read final part of print out which said it was challenging
Clearer marking on walk difficulties please
This walk has many long uphill climbs

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