Worcester to Kidderminster – 18.5 miles (348.3 total)
It was a pleasant change to have company while walking again. Trevor is suffering with a foot problem and is only able to do short distances at present. Happily, John was able to join me for a good part of the day. And what a day it was. Once again the weather forecast was hot, hot, hot. My app was predicting 24°C again but, in the event, we actually hit 28°C. Plus, unlike yesterday, there was no breeze whatsoever. I had hat and sunglasses on all day.
Yet again we sought out the Severn Way path to follow the river out of the city. We passed Worcester Racecourse quite early on and also a number of rowing crews exercising on the river – all female. John had a certain pub in mind for a stop (just one pub?) so was fairly rattling along. The poor signposting helped us miss a left turn – at least that’s my excuse – and it took us a couple of fields to notice it. After a couple of other minor glitches we arrived at the pub at Holt Fleet very hot and ready for a drink.
Our next destination was Stourport on Severn where we had arranged to meet Trevor who had taken the train to Kidderminster and was working his way back to join us. The walk along the Severn was a bit tricky at times, with some narrow paths which didn’t leave much distance between us and the river. There was an abundance of wild garlic lining the forested sections of the path, its very distinctive aroma familiar to walkers. The heat was causing us both to feel slightly dehydrated but that was soon remedied when we linked up with Trevor at the Angel Pub at Stourton after 14.3 miles.
This was my last walking on the Severn Way because now my route followed the Staffordshire & Worcestershire canal into Kidderminster. I left John and Trevor to get the bus to the hotel and I enjoyed a gentle 4 miles of canal walking to the end. With the hot weather both John and I found it quite a tough day and I certainly won’t be sad to say goodbye to the Severn Way.