WorcesterDroitwich Spa

Wordro two
Verified route

Verified Slow Way

Verified by 100.00% of reviewers

By D on 06 May 2021


Distance

14km/8mi

Ascent

199m

Descent

184m

Download this route

Are you sure you want to download this route?

Using a GPX file for the first time?

No, back to route

Give a hike

Pledge to walk this route and help firm up its place in the network - every walk helps.

So far it has been reviewed by four people and surveyed by one person and

No other people have pledged to review this route.

Your pledged routes will show up in your pledges Waylist.

Every review and survey pledged and then walked will help make the Slow Ways network better, thank you for your help!

Sign up or log in to pledge to walk this route.

Back to route

Save to Waylist

Sign up or log in to save this route so you can find it more easily or plan a longer journey.

More options

Save to my account

Sign up or log in to save this route so you can find it more easily or plan a longer journey.

Print (via Inkatlas)

Survey this route

Review this route

Suggest a better route

Report a problem

Description

Worcester to Droitwich
Based on Wordro One (246_Wordro_Worcester_Droitwich Spa.gpx)
Improved to avoid a very wet and muddy field.
Moved the Droitwich section around to stick to the correct side of the canal.
Altered the part though Droitwich town cetnre to use the underpass and avoid having to cross the roundabout.

Features to note:
Not possible to wheel.
Several parts are on road with no pavements. Hi-visibility vest recommended.
A footbridge over the rail line, with steps
This route has one style to climb.
There are a few benches along the route.
Lots of muddy and rough paths with roots sticking out.
Narrow alleyways.
One arrow tracks through a field of crops.
Steep parts where the canal paths join roads

Worcester to Droitwich
Based on Wordro One (246_Wordro_Worcester_Droitwich Spa.gpx)
Improved to avoid a very wet and muddy field.
Moved the Droitwich section around to stick to the correct side of the canal.
Altered the part though Droitwich town cetnre to use the underpass and avoid having to cross the roundabout.

Features to note:
Not possible to wheel.
Several parts are on road with no pavements. Hi-visibility vest recommended.
A footbridge over the rail line, with steps
This route has one style to climb.
There are a few benches along the route.
Lots of muddy and rough paths with roots sticking out.
Narrow alleyways.
One arrow tracks through a field of crops.
Steep parts where the canal paths join roads

Status

This route has been reviewed by 4 people.

There are no issues flagged.

Photos for Wordro two

Photos of this route will appear when they are added to a review. You can review this route here.


Information

Verified route

Route status - Live

Reviews - 4

Average rating -

Is this route good enough? -  Yes (4)

There are currently no problems reported with this route.

Downloads - 11

Surveys

What is this route like?

Surveys are submitted by fellow users of this website and show what you might expect from this Slow Ways route. Scroll down the page to read more detailed surveys.

Grade 3X based on 1 surveys Sign up or log in to survey this route.
Description Note
Grade 3: Route includes rough surfaces that may include small boulders, potholes, shallow ruts, loose gravel, short muddy sections.
Access grade X: At least one stile, flight of steps or other obstacle that is highly likely to block access for wheelchair and scooter users.
Grading is based on average scores by surveyors. This slow way has 1 surveys.
Full grading description

Only people who have completed our training can become Slow Ways surveyors and submit a survey. We do not vet contributors, so we cannot guarantee the quality or completeness of the surveys they complete. If you are dependent on the information being correct we recommend reading and comparing surveys before setting off.

Survey Photos

Facilities

Facilities in the middle third of this route.

Not present at time of survey Public toilet (1)
Not present at time of survey Wheelchair accessible toilet (1)
Present at time of survey Supermarket (1)
Present at time of survey Restaurant (1)
Maybe present Vegan restaurant (1)
Maybe present Accommodation (1)
Maybe present Accommodation < £50 (1)
Not present at time of survey Campsite (1)
Not present at time of survey Bothy (1)
Maybe present Free wifi (1)
Maybe present Public phone (1)
Present at time of survey Mobile phone coverage (1)
Not present at time of survey Train station (1)
Present at time of survey Bench (1)
Present at time of survey Picnic table (1)
Present at time of survey Bus stop (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry (1)

Challenges

Potential challenges reported on this route. Some challenges are seasonal.

Not present at time of survey Scrambling (1)
Not present at time of survey Wading (1)
Not present at time of survey Swimming (1)
Not present at time of survey Climbing (1)
Not present at time of survey Stepping stones (1)
Not present at time of survey Very slippery (1)
Maybe present Very muddy (1)
Maybe present Very icy (1)
Present at time of survey Likely to flood (1)
Not present at time of survey Long grass sections (1)
Present at time of survey Crops encroaching on path (1)
Not present at time of survey Diverted path (1)

Obstacles

Obstacles on this route.

Present at time of survey Stiles (1)
Present at time of survey Step and kerbs (1)
Maybe present Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (1)
Present at time of survey Flights of steps (1)
Present at time of survey Gates (1)
Present at time of survey Kissing gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Locked gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Disables access gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Cycle barriers (1)
Not present at time of survey Ladders (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle grids (1)
Not present at time of survey Fords (1)
Maybe present Narrow bridges (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry required (1)
Present at time of survey Acceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Unacceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Dangerous road crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on paths beside roads (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on verges beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Railway crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey River crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Horses possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Tidal area (1)
Present at time of survey Potential falls (1)
Not present at time of survey Exposed to elements (1)
Not present at time of survey Remote area (1)
Not present at time of survey Mountainous area (1)
Not present at time of survey Military training area (1)
Present at time of survey No visible path (1)
Not present at time of survey Seasonal nesting birds (1)
Not present at time of survey Other hazards (1)

Accessibility

Is this route step and stile free?

Not present at time of survey Free of stiles (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of single steps/kerbs (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of flights of steps (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of other obstacles (1)

Measurements

Surveyors were asked to measure the narrowest and steepest parts of paths.

Narrowest part of path: no data

The steepest uphill gradient East: no data

The steepest uphill gradient West: no data

The steepest camber: no data

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Clear (1)

Successfully completed

We asked route surveyors "Have you successfully completed this route with any of the following? If so, would you recommend it to someone with the same requirements?". Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Recommended by an expert

We asked route surveyors "Are you a trained access professional, officer or expert? If so, is this route suitable for someone travelling with any of the following?" Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Terrain

We asked route surveyors to estimate how much of the route goes through different kinds of terrain.

There is no data on how much of this route is on roads

There is no data on how much of this route is lit at night

Thereis no data on amount of route paved

There is no data on muddiness

There is no data on rough ground

There is no data on long grass

Report a problem with this data

1 surveys

Information from verified surveys.

3X February 2022 by Grifftinfoilhat
Read survey

Sign up or log in to get the link to survey this route for Wordro.

Geography information system (GIS) data

Total length

Maximum elevation

Minimum elevation

Start and end points

Worcester
Grid Ref SO8494555222
Lat / Lon 52.19504° / -2.22166°
Easting / Northing 384,945E / 255,222N
What3Words army.patch.dive
Droitwich Spa
Grid Ref SO8980663233
Lat / Lon 52.26717° / -2.15079°
Easting / Northing 389,806E / 263,233N
What3Words dices.rings.decreased

Sorry Land Cover data is not currently available for this route. Please check back later.

reviews


David Sanderson

25 Sep 2022 Autumn

We started from Droitwich. The route starts well, using underpasses to cross roads. At the railway station, the plotting suggests leaving the pavement but the suggested direction would involve entering the station, and there was clearly no way to cross. This was the first sign that maybe this route had been tracked rather than plotted as following the pavement, the black arrow didn't leave the route. The walk along the Droitwich Canal was new to me and it's a peaceful pleasant way to walk. Leaving at Porter's Mill involves a short lane walk including over a narrow bridge. This soon turns into an enjoyable ascent up a wooded track. In Fernhill Heath, the route leaves the Monarch's Way, which it had followed since the Droitwich Canal. The diversion passes two pubs which wouldn't have been our choice as a walk, but is good Slow Ways methodology as it is at 6km, which is roughly half way in this 13km walk. The view towards Worcester from the edge of the village is marvellous, although following the line of the plotting across the field proved a lot harder than following the right of way, which is what we did. Like at Droitwich Spa station, this was an annoyance, but not enough to constitute a failure. The least enjoyable part of the walk was the walk along Hindlip Lane, which has no pavement, and which is quite busy with fast traffic. However, the sight lines are good and it isn't a long stretch. Having passed through an industrial estate which seemed to double as a vehicular graveyard (or an episode of Hoarders) we joined the enjoyable, friendly and popular Worcester and Birmingham Canal for the last section. The route does seem to stay on the canal for a little longer than it should. It doesn't take any of the direct links from the canal towards Foregate Street. The detour via busy main roads doesn't appear a selling point, although I think I may have seen an interesting, more cosmopolitan, side to Worcester that I wouldn't have done otherwise. Overall it's a good walk, slightly spoilt by a couple of bits of poor plotting. Mainly offroad, not overly indirect but safe and enjoyable. Worthy of its snail.


Hugh Hudson

24 Sep 2022 (edited 25 Sep 2022) Autumn

Second half of a two route walk from Bromsgrove to Worcester with David Sanderson. A few minor issues but overall a sound route, mostly easy to follow.

Starting at the meeting point on Victoria Square, we follow the road west, then continue straight on under an underpass. On the far side there are a few steps, which can be avoided on a ramped path to the left. We follow Ombersley Street West and Station Street, then turn left to find the underpass under Ombersley Way. From here we use the pavement to cross the railway (this is a little unclear on the GPX file but there is no alternative), then follow the surfaced path across Salwarpe Road to Ledwych Road. Follow the route through the housing estate to emerge onto the Droitwich Canal. On the OS 1:25000 map the route appears to swim in the canal, but the GPX file is probably more accurate than the map, judging by the position of the little bridge used to cross to the north/west bank. The GPX line looks much better on OpenStreetMap!

We then follow the canal past Salwarpe to emerge onto the road near Porter Mill. Here we follow the Monarch's Way up hill on a charming old lane. The logic behind the decision not to follow the Monarch's Way through Lower Town becomes clear later when we pass a couple of pubs in Fernhill Heath. This is reached via Kennel Lane, then a shortcut path straight on. There are steps on both sides of the railway crossing - if these are a problem the road can be followed instead. We turn right along the main road, and see the two pubs near the A road junction. We continue past a little park to rejoin the Monarch's Way on a path that turns sharply left from the main road.

The line across the field was clearly visible to us on the remains of the harvested crop but may be less so when the crops are high. At the bottom of the field we follow the hedge right to find an underpass under the main road to the left, then turn left again, then right at Holy Claines farm, along a lane which passes through a lorry park and eventually leads us to the Worcester & Birmingham canal, which we follow into Worcester, crossing to the West bank about halfway, then using pavements with pelican crossings to reach the meeting point at Foregate Station. The route here could be straightened and shortened, so its logic was not clear to us.


Max

03 Jun 2022 Spring

Nice route, lots of canal towpath and walking through Fernhill Heath give a chance to get food and drink from the SPAR. The field just south of Fernhill Heath should have a footpath cut across it (according to the map) but its just full of crops. I ended up walking round the edge on the west side of the field, as presumably the owner of the field watched me from a distance. However, the rest was very pleasant.


Grifftinfoilhat

02 Feb 2022 Winter

Lovely peaceful Canalside (for the most part) route. Well plotted and easy to follow. Would definitely do again.


Share your views about this route, give it a star rating, indicate whether it should be verified or not.

Include information that will be useful to others considering to walk or wheel it.

You can add up to 15 photos.

Overall ratings

4 reviews


1 reviews

3 reviews

0 reviews

0 reviews

0 reviews

Show all


Other Routes for Worcester—Droitwich Spa See all Slow Ways

Worcester—Droitwich Spa

Wordro one

Distance

13km/8mi

Ascent

110 m

Descent

95 m

Review this better route and help establish a trusted network of walking routes.

Suggest a better route if it better meets our methodology.

See all routes from Worcester.

See all routes from Droitwich Spa.