Evesham’s Third Annual Walking Festival, organised and led by members of Evesham Rambling Club, takes place 29 June to 3 July. The walks are of various lengths and are designed to suit all abilities.
The walks are mainly in the Vale of Evesham and the North Cotswolds area. Many of them have a theme and some will include a local expert who will provide a talk on a particular topic.
Bookings are to be made via the Festival website and there is a small charge of £3 per person for each walk, to be paid when booking. A brief résumé of the programme is listed below and further details can be found on the Festival website.
Wednesday 29 June
10.00 am Broadway Steam
Catch the steam train from Broadway to Winchcombe, accompanied by a member of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway, then return by walking through pretty Cotswold villages. 9.5 miles
10.00 am Round Evesham Walk
A walk along the River Avon from the Almonry, Evesham. It will include a talk on The Battle of Evesham. 5 miles
2.00 pm Hanbury Circular
A walk from the outskirts of Droitwich which combines canals with the parkland of Hanbury Hall. 6.75 miles
Thursday 30 June
9.30 am Fine Views and Famous Gardens
Explore the North Cotswolds starting from Mickleton, passing the lovely gardens at Kiftgates Court and Hidcote Manor before visiting the villages of Ebrington and Ilmington. 12.5 miles
10.00 am Battle Walk and Saxon Delights
From Tewkesbury we will visit the site of The Battle of Tewkesbury, where a talk will be given by the Battle of Tewkesbury Society. We then walk to Deerhurst with its two Saxon churches, returning along the banks of the River Severn. 5.5miles
1.00 pm Orchards, Orchids and Hovels
Starting at the Cleeve Prior Heritage Trust Community Orchard we will visit five different Trusts in Cleeve Prior and The Littletons. There will be a talk on the history of Market Gardening at the North Littleton Community Orchard and a further talk on the ‘hovels’ project at the end of the walk over tea and cakes. 5.5 miles
Friday 1 July
9.30 am Queen of the Castle
A walk from Evesham to Elmley Castle, with an opportunity to visit the local pub, The Queen Elizabeth. We then take to the lower slopes of Bredon Hill, before returning via Bricklehampton and Cropthorne. 11 miles

10.00 am Farming, Doom and Poetry – Daylesford to Adlestrop
After a talk and sheepdog demonstration at Daylesford Organic Farm we will follow the River Evenlode to Lower Oddington and visit St Nicholas Church to discover the 14th century Doom Painting. We continue to Adlestrop, forever associated with the war poet, Edward Thomas, before returning across parkland. 6.5 miles
2.00pm Market Gardening Meander
Our walk starts in Badsey and after a short talk on the history of the area we will then walk to Wickhamford and learn about the association with the Stars and Stripes of America and visit the former hop growing village of Aldington. 6 miles
Saturday 2 July
9.00 am Bredon Belter
From Elmley Castle, a mid-level circumnavigation of Bredon Hill. With 831 metres of ascent to challenge you, one for the more experienced walkers. 15.5 miles
10.00 am Charms of the Cotswolds from Condicote
A lovely walk, with time for you to enjoy the undulating countryside of the Cotswolds. Look out for wild flowers and butterflies as we stroll across pastures and through woodlands. 6 miles
2.00 pm Home of the Cotswold Olimpicks
From Willersey, with its wide main street and duck pond, we will climb steadily to the top of Dover’s Hill, with lovely views across The Vale and beyond. We will learn about Robert Dover before returning to Willersey with its two charming pubs. 5.7 miles
Sunday 3 July
9.30 am A tour of The Lenches
Starting from Church Lench we will visit the pretty villages of The Lenches, with stunning views of the Vale of Evesham. We will learn about the history and heritage of the area. 12.5 miles
10.00 am Bredon Hill – ‘the Wychavon Way’
We walk from Little to Great Comberton and then follow the Wychavon Way as it rises gradually past Woollas Hall to reach the top of Bredon Hill. After admiring the views we will descend steeply on good tracks back to Little Comberton. 6.5 miles
2.00 pm Evesham Country Park
An easy stroll from Evesham along the River Avon into Evesham Country Park. We will stop at The Valley shopping outlet for refreshments before returning into Evesham via Greenhill. 6.5 miles