Evesham to Pershore via Dumbleton and Bredon Hills walk
Through the Vale of Evesham and over Cotswold Outliers with grand views of the Cotswolds and Malvern Hills
34.5 km (21.4 mi), with 589/591m ascent/descent. For a shorter walk see below Walk Options.
8 out of 10, with 8 hours walking time. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 13 hours.
This long walk between two elegant Worcestershire market towns on the banks of the Avon is set in the heart of the Vale of Evesham, famous for its market gardens and fruit growing and Cotswolds views. The towns are surrounded by stunning countryside and set in the shadow of Bredon Hill, a 5 km long outlier of the Cotswolds. The route passes through the Abbey Precinct in Evesham and follows the Avon to pick up a tributary, the Isbourne to follow it through the Vale of Evesham to Sedgeberrow.
Various options to shorten the walk – either by bus, by a shortcut or an alternative ending or a combination of those – are described.
Buses X50 and 582 from Evesham (Railway Station or Bus Station) to Hampton Church (then walk back about 100m and turn right along the River Isbourne) cut 2.0 km (2 per hour Mon-Sat).
OS Explorer: 205 (Stratford-upon-Avon & Evesham), OL 45 (The Cotswolds) & 190 (Malvern Hills & Bredon Hill)
Evesham Station, map reference SP 036 444, is 21 km south east of Worcester, 141 km north west of Charing Cross and 32m above sea level. Pershore station, map reference SO 951 480, is 9 km west north west of Evesham and 30m above sea level. Both are in Worcestershire. Evesham Station is on the Cotswolds and Malvern Hills Line from Oxford to Hereford, with a journey time from 106 mins from London. Pershore is one stop and 7 minutes further towards Hereford.
Saturday Walkers’ Club: Take a train no later than 9.00 hours.
The Star Inn Elmley Road, Ashton-Under-Hill, Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 7SN (01386 881 325). The Star Inn is a traditional pub, located 17.1 km/10.6 mi into the full walk, and 11.4 km/7.1 mi into it if taking the Shortcut.
Pershore Ending (all options are about 3.0 km/1.9 mi from the station):
Elmley Castle, then bus to Pershore or Evesham Ending:
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Out (not a train station)
Back (not a train station)
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline (bus times): 0871 200 22 33 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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