Wyre Forest and River Severn from Upper Arley

A Worcestershire walk that includes a variety of landscape. The route starts from the banks of the River Severn and then enters the Wyre Forest before returning to the river banks for an undemanding path back to the start.
This walk through rural Worcestershire includes a wide variety of landscapes from the Wyre forest to the banks of the River Severn.

Technical sheet
No. 293123
A Upper Arley walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 09/09/19
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h50[?]
Distance Distance : 7.51mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 390ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 377ft
Highest point Highest point : 371ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 72ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Upper Arley
Starting point Starting point : N 52.41958° / W 2.348507°
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(D/A) After parking walk into the centre of the village and turn right across the substantial footbridge over the River Severn. Continue along the lane crossing over the Severn Valley Railway with its regular service of steam trains. Continue uphill for about 600 metres to reach signed footpaths on your left (grid ref. SO761795).

(1) Turn left and take the footpath almost immediately on your right. This path leads across fields to a track and continues in a south-westerly direction to a road (grid ref. SO758788).

(2) Reaching the road, turn right and within a few yards take the footpath on your left. This leads across a field to a path junction.

(3) Turn left and continue between the trees to the road at Pound Green. Continue straight ahead along the road walking south to reach the B4194 near Buttonoak.

(4) Turn left, and keeping the grass verge on the left, walk as far as St Andrew's church on your right.

(5) Just past the church, turn right into the Wyre Forest following the yellow waymarks. Continue to reach Dowles Brook (grid ref. SO758768).

(6) Turn left here along a clear track for just over one and a half miles to reach the B4194.

(7) Turn right and in a short way take the footpath on the left. This path leads down to the River Severn (grid ref. SO779764).

(8) Turn left along the river following the North Worcestershire Path for 3 miles back to the start(D/A). As you near Upper Arley you pass under the impressive Victoria Bridge which carries the Severn Valley Railway across the river in a single span.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 98ft - Car park
1 : mi 0.66 - alt. 177ft - Turn left
2 : mi 1.17 - alt. 367ft - Reaching the road, turn right
3 : mi 1.35 - alt. 351ft - Turn left
4 : mi 1.95 - alt. 308ft - B4194, turn left
5 : mi 2.11 - alt. 315ft - St Andrew's church, turn right
6 : mi 2.85 - alt. 190ft - Turn left
7 : mi 4.16 - alt. 144ft - B4194, dogleg right/left
8 : mi 4.36 - alt. 85ft - Turn left along the river
D/A : mi 7.51 - alt. 98ft

Useful Information

The start is the attractive small village of Upper Arley where there is a small pay and display car park (grid ref SO763802). The village has a café and other refreshment opportunities.

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

Opinions and comments


Global average : 3.83/5
Number of opinions : 8
Description quality : 3.38/5
Routemap quality : 3.38/5
Walk interest : 4.75/5

on Wed 10 Jun 2020 10:43:21 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 10/06/20
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Disappointing
Walk interest : Very good

The instructions need work. Instruction 1, caused confusion with both my wife and I and another couple of walkers. Instruction 6 is equally vague and needs sorting out.
The walk it self is really good and we enjoyed very much.

on Mon 25 May 2020 17:15:40 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 21/05/20
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Excellent walk, lots of interest and a good length.

Only slightly confusing bit was near the start when you turn left off the road after Arley Station. The bonus was we saw a roe deer :-)

on Mon 08 Jul 2019 10:03:21 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 07/07/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

A very pleasant walk but a lack of signposting upon entry to the Wyre Forest meant taking the wrong route of three possible paths. This complicated and extended the walk. For the benefit of others when entering the forest near St Andrews church it is the wider path to the right which will lead to the Dowles brook and the river Severn back to Arley.

Admin hiker
on Tue 07 May 2019 17:15:04 CEST

Sorry to read that...
Thanks to your comment, we can do changes to improve the quality of this walk

Aurélie - Community manager.

on Mon 06 May 2019 11:33:23 CEST

Global average : 3 / 5

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

My husband and I tried this walk a month ago and had to walk a section of it again yesterday as the instructions were not clear enough.
At point 2 the instructions say turn right then right , when in fact the path you need is on the left !
At point 5 , as others have said , there are multiple tracks to follow to Dowles Brook. The one you need is ahead and to the right following it downhill and this track changes to concrete towards the end.
At this point the following could improve the instructions:-“At the end of this path there is a way marker in blue , turn left here until you reach a turn on the left way marked Geo Park Way in green. At the end of this track is the B4194.”
It’s a nice walk once you know where you’re going !

on Sat 23 Feb 2019 01:28:57 CET

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 20/02/19
Description quality : Average
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

Very enjoyable walk and no problems with route, however I would make the following comments.
(1) this point is not difficult to find as the road bends right and our path is on the left. note that the main path follows the edge of the woods,however the one you want branches off to the right after a few yards climbing up through the woods at about 25 degrees to the edge of the wood Leaving the wood, it crosses a field to the top left hand corner and re-enters woodland to join a track to the road.
(5) I only saw the sign at the start of this path, and it was easy to follow at the start however after a little way, numerous paths cross the one you want. We kept on route by heading for the sun,but use of a compass or sat-nav .is recommended unless you have better sense of direction than I do.
The walk took us 3 hours, plus a stop for lunch by the River.(both over 80 years old)
We did have the 2.5 inch map to refer to.

Moderator hiker
on Tue 30 Oct 2018 22:41:17 CET

Sorry to hear you struggled with this walk. If you have any suggestions on how we can improve the walk description, please do let us know...

on Mon 29 Oct 2018 09:27:12 CET

Global average : 3 / 5

Date of walk : 26/10/18
Description quality : Disappointing
Routemap quality : Disappointing
Walk interest : Very good

This is a very pleasant walk which we will certainly attempt again as we missed out a significant section. We found the directions to be a little unclear on a number of occasions. With hindsight it is probably easier to complete the walk in reverse by turning left just after the pedestrian bridge crossing the river and following the river to the major road. This gives a better opportunity to join the road at the correct point to continue the walk on the other side. Sadly we missed out this whole section and found ourselves walking down the busy road which is not recommended.

Moderator hiker
on Mon 14 May 2018 08:54:48 CEST

Sorry to hear you struggled to follow this walk route. If you have any suggestions of how we can improve the walk description, please let me know and we will make the changes so it is clearer for future walkers

on Mon 07 May 2018 19:24:23 CEST

Global average : 3.67 / 5

Date of walk : 06/05/18
Description quality : Disappointing
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

This is a very pretty area of Worcestershire and there is plenty of interest on the walk, with the herritage railway, river, forest and countryside. After crossing the railway however, we couldn't find the signed footpath on the left. There were several gates, some leading to private property but no obvious or marked footpath. So we continued further up the road and attempted to join the route later. However, after finding the gate on our right and crossing a field we found ourselves at a locked gate. A lack of which direction to head in the field was missing from the description. On entering the Wyre Forest a little later on the walk we were severely hampered by a complete absence of yellow waymarks and multiple sets of paths. We persevered but eventually found ourselves at a scrapyard with 5 loose dogs excitedly protecting it. We tried another route and found ourselves in a steep ravine which we managed to cross but then found ourselves needing to trespass through a derelict plot to reach the footpath the other side. We never managed to find and follow Dowles Brook except from a distance. After reaching the B4194 the route was very simple to follow, and the river walk was very enjoyable with steam trains passing regularly, canoeists on the river and the Victoria Bridge view. Cream tea on the other side of the river or a pint at the local in Upper Arley are a great way to finish.

on Mon 30 Apr 2018 20:26:24 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 30/04/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Didn’t do the forest bit but walked down the Severn to Bewdley and got the train back. A great way to spend a few hours. Had a good snack in Mugs pub at Bewdley

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