Top 10 things to do In Worcestershire

May 7, 2013 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Top 10 Things to Do

An sadly overlooked area by those seeking to stay in holiday cottages Worcestershire offers the chance to enjoy the quintessentially English Cotswolds, the small but perfectly formed Malvern Hills and the mighty River Severn.

When it comes to holiday cottages Worcestershire has a good choice. Cottage4You have over 50 in the county. English Country Cottages have a similar number. Both Hoseasons and Sykes Cottages have a small selection of cottages across the county.

1.Stride out across the Malvern Hills
The Malvern Hills rise from the River Severn plain and form a striking landmark visible from afar, although only nine miles long. There is some fine walking on the hills and it is difficult to stroll here without hearing the Enigma Variations by the county’s most famous son – the composer Edward Elgar – playing in your head.

2. Try everything asparagus
The Vale of Evesham has been one of the country’s best-known fruit growing and market-gardening areas since medieval times – especially asparagus. A two month long festival in early summer celebrates the growing, harvesting and eating of the delicacy. A wide range of asparagus products are available including ice cream, jams, chutneys and biscuits, sausages and even asparagus soap.

3. Enjoy the year-round delights of Hidcote Manor
Hidcote Manor Garden is one of England’s great Arts and Craft treasures. The gardens were created in 1907 with a series of outdoor ‘rooms’, each with its own character, separated by hedges and walls. It is famous for its rare trees and shrubs, outstanding herbaceous borders and unusual plants from all over the world. The outdoor ‘rooms’ are planted with species that bloom at different times of the year, making Hidcote a year-round pleasure.

4. Cycle the Mid Worcestershire Ring
A newly restored canal now allows boats, cyclists and walkers to make a 21-mile circular journey through some of Britain’s most beautiful and historic countryside. The Mid Worcestershire Ring has created a linear park providing picnic sites, for boaters, walkers and cyclists as well as miles of upgraded towpath.

5. Take a steam train ride along the Severn Valley
There is no better way to see the beauty of the River Severn than from a steam train. The Severn Valley Railway runs between Bridgnorth, Bewdley and Kidderminster, a journey of about 16 miles, through the valley.

6. Listen to the music at Upton upon Severn
The riverside town of Upton upon Severn is renowned for its music festivals. Most musical tastes are catered for between the three major music festivals, with a spring folk festival, and the summer jazz and blues festivals.

7. Visit the carved rock dwellings of Kinver
The attractive village of Kinver sits on Kinver Edge, an imposing ridge with great views over the Worcestershire countryside where the extraordinary carved rock houses can be found. They date back to the 18th century and were inhabited until less than 50 years ago remaining some of the most surprising dwellings in the country.

8. Walk the Cotswold Way
In Worcestershire the western edge of the Cotswolds is marked by a steep escarpment down to the Vale of Evesham, along which runs the Cotswold Way, one of the finest long-distance paths in southern England. There are many circular walks using the trail taking in beech woods, pastureland and passing through picturesque villages built in local limestone, for which the area is so famous.

9. Take a boat trip down the Severn
The River Severn has been an important waterway since Roman times and a relaxing cruise can be enjoyed from various departure points including Worcester, Stourport and Upton.

10. Head into an ancient woodland
Wyre Forest is one of the largest remaining ancient woodlands in Britain and is a fantastic place to enjoy the fresh air and have fun outdoors. There is something for everyone all year round including walking, cycling as well as Go Ape, a high-wire forest adventure course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and zip slides up to 40 feet high in the trees – not for the faint-hearted.

If this inspires you, why not browse the selection cottages Worcestershire has to offer, and see what catches your eye?

My pick of Worcestershire cottages

Cottages Worcestershire choice

If you are a large group looking for holiday cottages Worcestershire is a great location for a get-together with family or friends as it is in a fairly central location and has good road access. This impressive Grade II listed country house is in a small village just 5 miles from Worcester and surrounded by unspoilt countryside. Beautifully furnished throughout to provide very comfortable accommodation, it boasts six spacious bedrooms and an outdoor heated swimming pool. Click here to view more details.