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

Malvern Hills, from Battens Wood SWC Walk 323 - Evesham to Pershore (via Dumbleton and Bredon Hills)

Malvern Hills, from Battens Wood

SWC Walk 323 - Evesham to Pershore (via Dumbleton and Bredon Hills)

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Round House, Evesham SWC Walk 323 - Evesham to Pershore (via Dumbleton and Bredon Hills)

Round House, Evesham

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All Saints Church and Old Abbey Bell Tower, Evesham SWC Walk 323 - Evesham to Pershore (via Dumbleton and Bredon Hills)

All Saints Church and Old Abbey Bell Tower, Evesham

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Backview to Meon Hill from Bridleway, Dumbleton Estate SWC Walk 323 - Evesham to Pershore (via Dumbleton and Bredon Hills)

Backview to Meon Hill from Bridleway, Dumbleton Estate

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Cotswold Escarpment from half-way up Bredon Hill SWC Walk 323 - Evesham to Pershore (via Dumbleton and Bredon Hills)

Cotswold Escarpment from half-way up Bredon Hill

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Landslips at Bottom of Bredon Hill, with Malvern Hills in Distance SWC Walk 323 - Evesham to Pershore (via Dumbleton and Bredon Hills)

Landslips at Bottom of Bredon Hill, with Malvern Hills in Distance

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Parsons Folly (The Tower) from below Bredon Hill SWC Walk 323 - Evesham to Pershore (via Dumbleton and Bredon Hills)

Parsons Folly (The Tower) from below Bredon Hill

SWC Walk 323 - Evesham to Pershore (via Dumbleton and Bredon Hills)

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Length

34.5 km (21.4 mi), with 589/591m ascent/descent. For a shorter walk see below Walk Options.

Toughness

8 out of 10, with 8 hours walking time. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 13 hours.

Walk Notes

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.
You walk through pastures to Dumbleton and rise through a beautiful clump of minor hills past Dumbleton Hall, a large Country Estate and descend through woods back into the valley, heading for the impressive Bredon Hill, a 5 km long range rising above the lunch destination, Ashton under Hill.
The post-lunch ascent is of the tiered kind, revealing ever further views south along the Cotswold Escarpment down the Vale of Gloucester. On a clear day, you’ll see the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons and eventually, from the Iron Age hillfort site at the top of Bredon Hill, the imposing Malvern Hills range 20 km to the west. Descend through woods and pastures, pick up the Avon for a short stretch and reach Pershore, also graced with an abbey. The station though is some way beyond the far end of town.

Various options to shorten the walk – either by bus, by a shortcut or an alternative ending or a combination of those – are described.

Walk Options

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).
Bus Lines 564/565 from Pershore or Evesham (Bus Station or Leisure Centre/Avon Bridge) to Hinton on the Green, Bevans Lane cut 5.6 km/3.5 mi (Mon-Sat).
Bus 540 from Evesham (Bus Station or Leisure Centre/Avon Bridge) to Sedgeberrow/The Farriers cuts 7.4 km/4.6 mi or 6.1 km/3.8 mi respectively (hourly Mon-Sat; 11/18 fare: £2,00), this is rated 6/10 [the bus also continues to Ashton under Hill, the lunch destination]. Note: every second bus is ‘short’, i.e. does not loop through Sedgeberrow village but stops only on Cheltenham Road/Hall Farm Drive. Turn south along a public footpath to link up with the described route along Main Street.
A Shortcut from Sedgeberrow to Ashton-under-Hill cuts 5.7 km/3.5 mi and 111m ascent (rated 7/10).
An Alternative Ending at Elmley Castle’s pub and then a bus (Lines 564/565) from there to Pershore or Evesham cuts 8.4 km/5.2 mi and 72m ascent (Mon-Sat; last to Pershore at 15.05, to Evesham at 16.14). Should you have missed the last bus, an agreeable walk route to Evesham is shown on the route map.
There are also several bus lines from the centre of Pershore to the outlying train station (cuts 3.2 km/2.0 mi; Mon-Sat, last at 17.50).

Maps

OS Explorer: 205 (Stratford-upon-Avon & Evesham), OL 45 (The Cotswolds) & 190 (Malvern Hills & Bredon Hill)
OS Landranger: 150 (Worcester & The Malverns)

Travel

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.

Lunch

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.

Tea

Pershore Ending (all options are about 3.0 km/1.9 mi from the station):
Belle House 5 Bridge Street, Pershore, Worcestershire, WR10 1AJ (01386 555 055).
White Horse Hotel Church Row, Pershore, Worcestershire, WR10 1BH (01386 554 038).
Bar 57 57 High Street, Pershore, Worcestershire, WR10 1EU (01386 552 625).
The New Inn 75 High Street, Pershore, Worcestershire, WR10 1EU (01386 550 570).
The Pickled Plum 135 High Street, Pershore, Worcestershire, WR10 1EQ (01386 556 645).

Elmley Castle, then bus to Pershore or Evesham Ending:
The Queen Elizabeth Inn Main Street, Elmley Castle, Nr. Pershore, Worcestershire, WR10 3HS (01386 710 251). The QE Inn is located at the end of the Alternative Ending.
Ye Olde Red Horse 17 Vine Street, Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 4RE (01386 442 784).
Casa 13 Vine Street, Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 4RE (01386 485 09).
The Royal Oak 5 Vine Street, Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 4RE (01386 442 465).
The Red Lion 6 Market Square, Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 4RW (01386 761 688).
The Old Swanne Inne 66 High Street, Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 4HG (01386 442 650).
Thai Emerald 88 High Street, Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 4EU (01386 497 88).

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