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Fossil (dalmanites trilobite)/route name, logo on postsGeopark Way

175 km / 109 miles

Glos, Herefs, Shrops, Worcs
A route devised to highlight geology, landscape and associated heritage by linking geological sites in the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark, it makes a sinuous north-south traverse from the Severn in Shropshire through Wyre Forest coalfield to the windblown sands of Hartlebury Common near Stourport, crossing to the Abberley Hills and then along the crests of the ancient Malvern Hills. In Gloucestershire it traverses the Leadon valley and visits May Hill and Huntley Quarry Geological Reserve before crossing the Vale of Gloucester and Severn as the Cotswold Hills come into full view.

It offers varied walking alongside rivers, through forests, along ridge-tops and across valley floors. Passing through an assortment of habitats, there is a plethora of wildlife adding to the occasion with stately views to match. Quaint villages and towns dot the route bringing further elements of exploration and enchantment.

The rocks along the Geopark Way tell amazing stories of continental collision, of tropical seas, hot deserts, equatorial swamps and coastal lagoons and of vast ice sheets and polar deserts. But just as interesting are the building stones of churches, bridges, town halls, cottages and even a cathedral. These stories can be followed in the guidebook, across different parts of the four counties that make up the Geopark and they deliver a totally new perspective on long distance walking.

Starting in the town of Bridgnorth, Shropshire, on the banks of the River the Severn the Geopark Way heads south passing through the Wyre Forest before reaching wind swept sands of Hartlebury common. From the Common the trail heads to the Abberley Hills. Following the sinuous crest of the Hills southwards the trail eventually reaches the Malvern Hills. Famed for their impressive geological age, around 700 million years old, the Malvern Hills offer dramatic views across the surrounding landscape.

Leaving the Malvern Hills the horizon changes as the Cotswold Hills come into full view. Into Gloucestershire the trail passes over May Hill with its distinctive crown of Jubilee (Queen Victoria) trees, before entering into Huntley Quarry Geological Reserve.

The final leg of the trail leads you over relatively flat plains before arriving at its final destination of Gloucester cathedral.


Path Type: Other Paths
Waymark: Fossil (dalmanites trilobite)/route name, logo on posts Waymark: Fossil (dalmanites trilobite)/route name, logo on posts
Attributes: Downland/Wolds; River; Heritage; Geological; Industrial History
SO717927 - Bridgnorth Castle, Shropshire
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SO831188 - Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucestershire
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Open Date: 2009
Web Sites: Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust - Geopark Way
  Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Paperback: Geopark Way Trail Guide (Herefordshire & Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust - 2009)
Leaflet: Geopark Way - Visitor Guide (Herefordshire & Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust - 2009)


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OS Landranger: 138149150162
OS Landranger Active: 138149150162
OS Explorer: 14179189190204218219
OS Explorer Active: 14179189190204218219

Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

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Hotels: The Bear Inn  (bookable online) < 1 Km < 1 Km
Bunk House: Big Mose Basecamp < 1 Km 6 Km
Self-catering: Forest View Retreat  (bookable online) 2 Km 37 Km
Hotels: Woodcolliers Arms  (bookable online) < 1 Km 43 Km
Bunk House: Haye Farm Sleeping Barn 1 Km 44 Km
Hotels: Gainsborough House Hotel  (bookable online) 3 Km 45 Km
Self-catering: Pitlands Farm  (bookable online) 1 Km 76 Km
B & B Accommodation: Huntlands Farm Bed & Breakfast  (bookable online) 1 Km 85 Km
B & B Accommodation: Retreat at The Clover Mill  (bookable online) 2 Km 95 Km
B & B Accommodation: Poplar Cottage Bed & Breakfast  (bookable online) 3 Km 99 Km
Hotels: The Malvern  (bookable online) 3 Km 103 Km
B & B Accommodation: Montrose House  (bookable online) < 1 Km 103 Km
B & B Accommodation: Elim Conference Centre  (bookable online) < 1 Km 104 Km
Self-catering: Holywell Suite  (bookable online) < 1 Km 108 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Woodside Lodges, Falcon Lane, Ledbury 3 Km 120 Km
Bunk House: Berrow House Bunkhouse & Camp Site, Ledbury, Herefordshire < 1 Km 127 Km
Self-catering: The Old Dairy  (bookable online) 5 Km 153 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Oakraven Field Centre 5 Km 153 Km

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Connected Paths:

Paths Marked on OS mapping: Gloucestershire Way; Herefordshire Trail; Jack Mytton Way; North Worcestershire Path; Severn Way; Shropshire Way Route 11 - Links to Severn Way; Worcestershire Way; Wysis Way
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Other Paths: Birmingham and Aberystwyth Walk; Elan Valley Way; Glevum Way; Great English Walk; Poets' Paths I and I I; Sabrina Way; Shropshire Cakes and Ale Trail; Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal Walk; Teme Valley Walk; Teme Valley Way; Three Choirs Way; Ultimate Ross Round; Worcestershire Cakes and Ale Trail; Wye to the Thames
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Anytime Challenges: Abberley Amble; Black Pear Marathon; Carpet Baggers 50; Malvern Hills Challenge Walk; Malvern Link; Mini-Alps; Robert's Romp; Severn Valley Marathon; Wyre Forest Alpine Walk; Wyre Forest Wonder
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Route Profile:

174.7 Km (108.6 miles)
3,820 m (12,533 ft) ascent
406 m (1,332 ft)  maximum height