River Severn and Apperley from Tewkesbury

The River Severn provides a focus for this walk which starts from the attractive town of Tewkesbury with its wonderful Abbey. The outward route follows the Severn Way following the river to reach Apperley. Here the walk turns inland and continues across fields to Deerhurst and back to the start. The walk also offers good views to the Malvern Hills which line the western skyline.

Technical sheet
No. 293225
A Tewkesbury walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 05/08/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h30[?]
Distance Distance : 7.36mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 135ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 121ft
Highest point Highest point : 141ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 30ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Tewkesbury
Starting point Starting point : N 51.989071° / W 2.163408°
Download : -
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(D/A) The start is the car park (grid ref. SO888322) on the west side of Gloucester Road a short way south of the Abbey. After parking exit the car park and turn right (south) along Gloucester Road. In a few metres you will reach a lane on your right. Walk down this lane following the Severn Way long distance path and continue the kilometre or so to reach the River Severn. Bear left along the river and follow the path with the river to your right. You now have just under three miles of easy walking before you turn inland. Along the way you can make a short diversion by leaving the riverside path at grid ref. SO867299 to visit St Mary's Church and Odda's Chapel in Deerhurst. After completing these visits return to the riverside path and continue south to reach the Coalhouse Inn (grid ref. SO854283).

(1) The route now turns inland. Initially follow the access road to the Inn, where the road bends sharp left, follow the footpath ahead. This path leads gently uphill to reach the road at the southern end of Apperley village (grid ref. SO861281). Turn left along the road to the road junction with a grassed island. Turn right here along Sawpit Lane. After 400 metres take the footpath on your left just past Apperley Village Hall (grid ref. SO866285). After just over 100 metres bear right onto a footpath which leads across fields to reach the end of a track just south of Deerhurst Vicarage (grid ref. SO872292). Ignore the track (on your left) and continue ahead. The path soon turns left and continues north to reach a lane (grid ref, SO873297).

(2) Cross the road and take the continuing path as it initially follows the west bank of small stream. At grid ref. SO874303, the path turns left to reach the edge of a wooded slope (Rayer's Hill) before turning right to follow the edge of the wood. Stay on this path using the edge of the wood as your guide and continue north. The path continues alongside a golf course and eventually joins a driveway which leads onto the lane used for the first section of the walk from Tewkesbury. Bear right along the lane and retrace your steps back to the car park used at the start of the walk(D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 39ft - Car park
1 : mi 3.39 - alt. 39ft - Turn inland
2 : mi 5.25 - alt. 39ft - Cross the road
D/A : mi 7.36 - alt. 39ft

Useful Information

The River Severn is one of Britain's great rivers and this walk follows its banks south to the village of Apperley before turning in land to cross fields back to the start. The view to the west includes the Malvern Hills which rise along the skyline. The walk also offers the opportunity to explore the town of Tewkesbury which is dominated by its Abbey. Further ecclesiastical interest along the way includes Odda's Chapel which is one of the best preserved Saxon buildings in England.

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Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.1/5
Number of opinions : 7
Description quality : 4.43/5
Routemap quality : 3.71/5
Walk interest : 4.14/5

on Mon 15 Jun 2020 23:12:03 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 15/06/20
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Average

I wish I had read the reviews first as this walk backwards would have been wonderful

on Wed 20 May 2020 07:11:20 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 19/05/20
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

It was a very good walk but I suggest u walk it backwards as u will be facing the hills on route then the easy bit along the river on the way back. 😁👍

on Mon 05 Aug 2019 19:11:14 CEST

Global average : 3.33 / 5

Date of walk : 03/08/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Disappointing
Walk interest : Good

A lovely level walk following the river bank until we had to divert to the tarmac lanethat leads to the Coalhouse Inn because the path had become impenetrable. Having looked forward to some lunchtime refreshments at the pub, it was very obviously closed. We learnt it was only open on Friday & Saturday evenings as they couldn't make it pay. We turned inland as instructed, but found the footpath sign had been moved & led in the wrong direction, so we ended up retracing our steps to the tarmac lane & found our way to Deerhurst by road, then rejoined the river path via Odda's chapel, so missed out on the inland route. In all we made it about 10 miles.

on Mon 03 Jun 2019 13:56:41 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 02/06/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

An enjoyable walk leaving and returning to Tewkesbury. Much of the walk is level ground following the River Severn - easy to follow. Moving inland, several places of interest to look at and a bit more difficult walk back to the starting point. Try to go when the weathers good and there is therefore more to see on the river. Plenty of refreshments in Tewkesbury. If you need to reduce the length of the walk a bit try parking at the bottom of Lower Lode Lane next to the Boat Club and walk to and from there

Moderator hiker
on Tue 20 Nov 2018 14:21:46 CET

Thank you for letting us know that directions were a little short on this walk. If you have any suggestions on how we can add to or improve the walk description, please do let us know!

on Mon 19 Nov 2018 11:11:34 CET

Global average : 3.33 / 5

Date of walk : 19/11/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Disappointing
Walk interest : Good

Beautiful easy walk from Tewkesbury but route instructions a little sparse, tended to rely on the map more, as written directions were not entirely accurate.

Moderator hiker
on Tue 30 Oct 2018 22:37:39 CET

Glad to hear you like the website!

on Mon 22 Oct 2018 11:19:13 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 21/10/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

This website looks a lovely resource and I've been meaning to complete this walk for a while.

Downloaded the GPX - which was enough for me to follow. Lovely autumn day, just had to deal with a detour caused by a WW2 Bomb..... most unexpected.

Photos and story at my blog - https://mappiman.blogspot.com/2018/10/21...

I'm sure this won't be the last walk I complete from this site. Thanks so much.

on Mon 09 Jul 2018 16:24:58 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 09/07/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Really enjoyed the walk, things of interest on both sides of the river. It was very hot so we didn’t complete the return walk but we’ll definitely do it later in the year

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