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Newland Guided Walk

Newland Guided WalkA Free 5 mile Guided Walk led by Mike Everitt - Parish Paths Warden and Malvern Hills District Footpath Society. Further 2 mile option available. Sturdy footwear essential.

Booking Rooms at Worcester Woods Country Park

Worcester Woods room hire image of one of the roomsWhy not have your next event at Worcester Woods Country Park.

With 100 acres of woodland and meadows and the landscaped Worcestershire Garden. Award winning Worcester Woods is an ideal venue.

Situated only 5 minutes from junctions 6 & 7 of the M5. We have three rooms available for hire.

For information, please contact us on:

Walkers In Worcestershire Benefit From Severn Way Restoration

Thanks to Worcestershire County Council's Countryside team, a section of the much-loved Severn Way has been restored so it can continue to be enjoyed by residents and visitors to the county.

The Severn Way is a long-distance footpath following the route of the River Severn from Plynlimon in Wales to Bristol. Of the footpath's 210 mile total length, Worcestershire County Council is proud to manage the 39 miles encompassed within the county.

Due to wet weather and flooding at various times over the last 12 months, the section of the Severn Way between Worcester and Hallow had suffered considerable erosion, with the path in some places becoming very narrow making passage through the area challenging for walkers. To resolve this, the Countryside team sourced and planted local Willow, and also remodelled the sloping riverbank using woven Hazel. This work will help to prevent further erosion by taking power out of water and binding the soil, with silt deposits over time restoring the bank.

Philip Coulson, Worcestershire County Council's Countryside Access Maintenance and Improvement Officer, said:

"This traditional method of riverside bank restoration is much more economical than hard engineering and blends in better to its environment. The work was done with the support of the Environment Agency who provided technical advice."

For more information about the Severn Way and other walks in Worcestershire, visit our Walks and Rides web page.

Launch of the new Hadzor Circular

Hadzor WalkThis is the first in a series of walks called Worcestershire Walks. These are well waymarked and easy to use walks managed by volunteers from across the County.

The 4.5 mile Hadzor Circular links Droitwich Spa with the small rural village of Hadzor, walking along a quiet waterway and through surrounding countryside. The Droitwich Junction and Worcester and Birmingham Canals provide flat and pleasant walking.

This is the first of three walks around Droitwich Spa to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

Download the Hadzor Circular Walk leaflet (PDF 1.55 MB)

Walking for Health Update

Walking for Health Update image of walkers

Walking for Health (WfH) was established in 2000 and has stood the test of time.

Walking for Health is England’s national network of health walks schemes, offering regular short walks over easy terrain with trained walk leaders. WfH currently has more than 600 local schemes with over 75,000 participants and the national centre provides information and resources to support them.
 
WfH walks are free and aimed at getting more people to exercise regularly. They are open to everyone, whatever your level of fitness.

The programme was originally a government initiative but the national centre is now run by Britain’s leading walking charity, the Ramblers, in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support. The walks themselves are run by a variety of organisations including local councils, the NHS, charities and voluntary groups.

New Walks in Worcestershire

Image of Worcestershire Walking Network LogoThe Hive Health Walk - Meets every Wednesday at 10:30 outside the Hive main entrance. Not longer than an hour walk, normally over Diglis Bridge. Led by an NHS Health Trainer Susan Martyr Contact: Health Trainer Service 01905 681333

Fort Royal & Commandery Walk - Every Tuesday 10:30 meet in the Commandery Shop, Sidbury, Worcester WR1 2HU. These walks vary each week but always start/finish at the Commandery and last 1 hour.

Enjoy a walk through the city's parks and a well-earned cuppa at the end!

If it's your first time on these walks, please arrive 5 or 10 minutes early to sign in. Please wear sturdy footwear and outdoor clothes. Everyone welcome!

To find out more about Walking for Health (External Website) and to see all the walks in the county.

For any further queries, you can e-mail me at healthwalks@worcestershire.gov.uk

New tours of cottage

Image of Rosedene CottageA hidden gem in Worcestershire, a small National Trust owned chartist cottage in Dodford, between Kidderminster and Bromsgrove, is being opened for guided tours on the first Sunday of every month until 1st December.

Visitors will be able to take a step back in time, and learn all about the Chartist movement and how the cottage played its part. Rosedene cottage was built as part of the movement, which campaigned for social and political reform in the mid 19th century. It was first occupied in 1849 and is largely unaltered.

Rosedene's garden, which produces fruit and vegetables for use in the tea room at Hanbury Hall, is now certified organic. There is also a restored orchard with nearly 100 fruit trees of traditional varieties.

To book a place on a guided tour call 01527 821214 or email rosedene@nationaltrust.org.uk

While you're close by, why not try the Royal Hunters' Walks, where you can explore the ancient woodlands, local legends, flower rich meadows and nature reserves, as you wander through the gentle rolling hills of North Worcestershire. There are three walks to choose from 5, 8 & 12 miles. Click here to buy the guide book.

Advice on 'Ash dieback' for walkers

Image of Ash DiebackChalara dieback of ash – known as ‘ash dieback’ – is a disease caused by the Chalara fraxinea fungus which affects ash trees and can lead to tree death. It was unknown in Britain until earlier this year when the first cases were traced back to ash plants imported from the Netherlands.

The Forestry Commission has advised that public access to forest and woodland areas doesn’t pose a significant risk to the spread of ash dieback which it is believed may be spread by rain splash, by insects or through the movement of diseased plants or logs.

Walkers should however follow information on official signs in infected areas to avoid accidentally spreading the disease. Woodland walkers can act as an extra set of eyes, looking out for and reporting any trees which they suspect may be infected to the Forestry Commission.

What do if out walking:

  • follow information and advice on any official signs – such as disinfecting boots
  • learn how to spot signs of the disease – guidance can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk/chalara 
  • report any suspected cases to the Forestry Commission immediately – contact details can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk/chalara

Countryside Audio Trails

Worcestershire County Council's Countryside Service unveils a new way to experience the great outdoors.  Four new Audio Trails have been developed in the Wyre Forest area.

The Audio Trails are free and easy to download, simply save onto your mp3 player or mobile phone. The four trails to try are:

If you have trouble downloading the files or you would like to leave feedback, please email countryside@worcestershire.gov.uk 

Looking for outdoor space for an event?

Outdoor space at our countryside sites is available for hire for a family party, a community event or anything else outdoors. For further information and details of how to request a booking take a look at the use of site form for the location you wish, these are available on the Countryside Sites pages . Barbeque hire is also available at Waseley Hills and Worcester Woods Country Parks, This is booked through the cafe on site.

Coppice Produce

Image of Coppice produce is available for sale to the public from Worcester Woods Country ParkCoppice produce is available for sale to the public from Worcester Woods Country Park. All of our produce is sustainably harvested from Nunnery Woods every winter as part of our woodland management. Hazel coppice stools are cut on a seven year rotation producing long straight rods of varying lengths and thickness which can be utilised throughout the garden.

We are also thinning out the oak trees in Nunnery Wood. This wood is planked up and used to make the furniture and sculptures that you see around Worcester Woods Country Park. Off cuts are sold to forest schools for bench seats or sold as fire wood.

We sell bundles of beanpoles, hedging stakes and binders. We also sell 'den building' materials for forest schools. All money raised from sales of produce helps to support the management of our countryside sites.

For more information and prices download our items for sale (PDF) flyer.

Looking for a meeting room or training venue with a difference?

Both Worcester Woods and Waseley Hills Country Parks have meeting rooms available to hire at reasonable rates. Download our meeting room posters below (PDF Format) for further information.

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  • Defra
    Department for environmental food and rural affairs.
  • British Waterways
    Creating sustainable waterways for the future.
  • English Heritage
    Looking after the historical environment in England for future generations.
  • Environmental Agency
    The government agency responsible for protecting and improving the environment, water, land and air.
  • Natural England
    The Government advisor on the natural environment.

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This page was last reviewed 10 February 2014 at 16:11.
The page is next due for review 9 August 2015.