Geo-Trips :: A walk on the site of the Battle of Worcester

Worcester

A walk from Worcester, Thu, 19 Apr 2018 by Philip Halling

The Battle of Worcester

Worcester played an important role in the English Civil War for it was here that the first and last fighting of the war took place. The first battle was at Edgehill in Warwickshire on 23 October 1642, however, exactly one month early on 23 September the first action of the war took place at Powick Bridge just two miles from the city of Worcester. This was a skirmish rather than a battle, when the Royalist cavalry under Prince Rupert pushed back the Parliamentary cavalry under Nathaniel Fiennes. This walk takes in Powick Bridge and passes through the meadowland where some of the Battle of Worcester took place.

The walk begins from the car park at the battlefield viewpoint, beside the roundabout on the junction of the A38 with the A4440, Worcester’s southern relief road. This is a good place to start the walk as the battlefield viewpoint gives an insight into the Battle of Worcester which took place on 3 September 1651. Cross the Carrington Bridge over the River Severn (this road which was built in the 1980s is scheduled to be dualled with work starting in 2019). After crossing the bridge, turn left and follow a track down to the meadowland and then pass underneath the bridge. Climb a stile and then turn left following the field boundary on the left beside the A4440. After walking for about half a kilometre an access road to Temeside Cottage is passed, its location must mean it is vulnerable to flooding. At this point the A4440 is still on your left and here it passes over another a bridge. Continue with the road on your left, following the field boundary until a gate with a stile beside it is reached. From the stile cross the field in the direction of Powick Bridge, the chimney at Powick Mill provides a good landmark to walk towards. Just before the bridge you will reach the banks of the River Teme which flows from its source just over the Welsh border, flowing past Ludlow Castle and Tenbury Wells on its course. There are two Powick bridges, the first one the walk encounters is the newer of the two, despite this it is almost two centuries old, having been built in 1837 to a design by William Capper. The remarkable think is this bridge is still in use today, bearing the weight of heavy juggernauts and has no weight restrictions. Walk through the side arch of this bridge, or if it is too muddy cross the road above, though take care as this is a very busy road. Beyond this bridge the earlier medieval bridge is reached, this is the bridge at the centre of the skirmish at the very start of the civil war in September 1642. There are a couple of memorial stones to the civil war here, one was unveiled by the late MP, Tam Dalyell on 3 September 2001, the 350th anniversary of the battle of Worcester, one of his ancestors was here in 1651. Cross the old bridge, and as you do so you will see on your left Powick Mill with its tall chimney, this was an early hydro-electric power station dating from 1894. Powick Bridge is the starting point for the Monarch’s Way, at 615 miles long, it is the longest inland long distance path in England. This walk continues by following the Monarch’s Way into Worcester. Following the north bank of the River Teme, passing under the newer Powick Bridge again, and then following the riverbank to the Teme’s confluence with the River Severn. The path following the riverbank except for a short cut avoiding a long meandering loop in the river. It was near the Teme’s confluence with the Severn that the Parliamentarian forces crossed the river using pontoons during the battle. Follow the bank of the River Severn, passing the city’s boundary stone, keeping the open farmland where much of the fighting took place on the left. This land has remained undeveloped because it is floodplain. Approaching Diglis, Diglis Bridge a footbridge built in 2010 is passed. Adjacent to the footbridge are four cut out metal figures of people associated with Worcester, they are Ernest Payne, a gold medal winning cyclist in the London 1908 Olympics, Sir Charles Hastings, a founder of the British Medical Association, and two civil war soldiers, representing the Battle of Worcester in 1651. This bridge can be crossed if the walk is to be shortened, doing so would mean missing fine views of the cathedral and Worcester’s riverfront. Continuing past Diglis weir, a good path named Bromwich Parade follows the river as far as Worcester Bridge. This path provides fine views of Worcester Cathedral, the Bishops Palace and former warehouses. Worcester Bridge is crossed, this bridge originally built in 1779 by John Gwynn and widened in 1931. Standing on the bridge there is a classic view of the river with the cathedral dominating the view. Having crossed the bridge turn right and walk down South Parade in front of former warehouses. The river frontage now opens up on the left with St Andrew’s Garden and St Andrew’s Spire. The riverside walk continues along Kleve Walk, named after Worcester’s German twin town and passes below the Bishop’s Palace and Cathedral. The Watergate is passed which there are numerous flood depth markers cut into the wall. The lock where the Worcester and Birmingham Canal enters the Severn is crossed. This area of Worcester has been largely redeveloped in the last fifteen years with many modern residential apartments overlooking the canal basin and river. Diglis Weir is passed again along with the pair of locks. The riverside footpath here is followed by two long distance paths, the Severn Way and the Three Choirs Way. After passing the Diglis Bridge the footpath passes through a wooded area and crosses Duck Brook. As the Carrington Bridge and Worcester’s southern relief road is approached the sound of traffic increases. The footpath crosses a caravan park before passing under the Carrington Bridge and then turning left up a short steep climb back to the car park and start point.

Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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SO8551 : Battlefield viewpoint by Philip Halling
Battlefield viewpoint
Information boards provide a narrative of the Battle of Worcester on 3 September... more

SO8551 : Carrington Bridge by Philip Halling
Carrington Bridge
The Carrington Bridge viewed from the battlefield viewpoint. The bridge crosses... more

SO8551 : The River Severn viewed from the Carrington Bridge by Philip Halling
The River Severn viewed from the Carrington Bridge

SO8551 : On the Carrington Bridge by Philip Halling
On the Carrington Bridge
The Carrington Bridge crosses the River Severn and is part of Worcester's southern... more

SO8551 : Track below the Carrington Bridge by Philip Halling
Track below the Carrington Bridge
This track provides access to the meadowland beside the River Severn below the... more

SO8551 : The Carrington Bridge by Philip Halling
The Carrington Bridge
The Carrington Bridge crossing the River Severn. The bridge carries Worcester's... more

SO8551 : The Carrington Bridge by Philip Halling
The Carrington Bridge
The Carrington Bridge crossing the River Severn. The bridge carries Worcester's... more

SO8451 : Oak tree in meadowland by Philip Halling
Oak tree in meadowland
Oak tree in meadowland beside the rivers Teme and Severn.

SO8451 : Tractor disc harrowing by Philip Halling
Tractor disc harrowing
Tractor disc harrowing in a field beside the rivers Teme and Severn.

SO8451 : Tractor disc harrowing by Philip Halling
Tractor disc harrowing
Tractor disc harrowing in a field beside the rivers Teme and Severn.

SO8451 : Bridge on Worcester's southern relief road by Philip Halling
Bridge on Worcester's southern relief road
Bridge carrying Worcester's southern relief road across the Severn floodplain.

SO8451 : Bridge on Worcester's southern relief road by Philip Halling
Bridge on Worcester's southern relief road
Bridge carrying Worcester's southern relief road across the Severn floodplain.

SO8451 : Access road to Temeside Cottage by Philip Halling
Access road to Temeside Cottage
Surprisingly there is a dwelling here on the floodplain beside the River Teme.

SO8451 : Trees on meadowland beside the River Teme by Philip Halling
Trees on meadowland beside the River Teme

SO8451 : Gate and stile on meadowland by Philip Halling
Gate and stile on meadowland
Gate and stile beside Worcester's southern relief road on meadowland near Powick Bridge.

SO8352 : Pool beside the River Teme by Philip Halling
Pool beside the River Teme
Pool beside the River Teme on meadowland near Powick Bridge.

SO8352 : The River Teme by Philip Halling
The River Teme
The River Teme downstream from Powick Bridge. The tall chimney of Powick Mill can... more

SO8352 : The River Teme by Philip Halling
The River Teme
The River Teme just below Powick Bridge near its confluence with the River Severn.

SO8352 : Faded Croome Estate sign by Philip Halling
Faded Croome Estate sign
The Croome Estate used to own around 16,000 acres of land including these meadows... more

SO8352 : Powick Bridge, old and new by Philip Halling
Powick Bridge, old and new
The new bridge is in fact about 180 years old. The bridge crosses the River Teme... more

SO8352 : Powick Bridge by Philip Halling
Powick Bridge
This Powick Bridge crosses the River Teme and replaced the earlier medieval bridge... more

SO8352 : Abutments of Powick Bridge by Philip Halling
Abutments of Powick Bridge
The sandstone abutments of the new Powick Bridge which crosses the River Teme.... more

SO8352 : Old Powick Bridge and Mill by Philip Halling
Old Powick Bridge and Mill
Old Powick Bridge is a medieval bridge with late 17th century alterations. This... more

SO8352 : Old Powick Bridge by Philip Halling
Old Powick Bridge
Old Powick Bridge is a medieval bridge with late 17th century alterations. This... more

SO8352 : Powick Mills by Philip Halling
Powick Mills
This building which has now been converted to residential accommodation was an... more

SO8352 : Powick Mills and chimney by Philip Halling
Powick Mills and chimney
Powick Mills and chimney viewed from beside the River Teme. Today the mill has... more

SO8352 : Old Powick Bridge and chimney by Philip Halling
Old Powick Bridge and chimney
Old Powick Bridge was replaced by the new bridge in 1837. The chimney is part of... more

SO8352 : Battle of Worcester memorial stone by Philip Halling
Battle of Worcester memorial stone
Stone in memory of the Scots who fought for the Royalist cause during the Civil... more

SO8352 : Powick Bridge by Philip Halling
Powick Bridge
Powick Bridge crosses the River Teme and replaced the earlier medieval bridge... more

SO8352 : Tents at Manor Farm by Philip Halling
Tents at Manor Farm
Tents at Manor Farm near Powick.

SO8352 : Meadowland beside the River Teme by Philip Halling
Meadowland beside the River Teme
Meadowland beside the River Teme, Powick Bridge and Powick Mill and its chimney... more

SO8452 : Farm buildings at Manor Farm by Philip Halling
Farm buildings at Manor Farm
Farm buildings at Manor Farm viewed from the footpath beside the River Teme on the... more

SO8452 : The River Teme by Philip Halling
The River Teme
The River Teme viewed from the Monarch's Way, a long distance footpath which... more

SO8452 : Worcester Cathedral viewed from beside the River Teme by Philip Halling
Worcester Cathedral viewed from beside the River Teme
Worcester Cathedral viewed from the Monarch's Way beside the River Teme. The... more

SO8452 : The River Teme at its confluence with the Severn by Philip Halling
The River Teme at its confluence with the Severn
It was here or near here where the Parliamentarian forces crossed the River Teme... more

SO8552 : The River Severn by Philip Halling
The River Severn
The River Severn viewed from a small spur of land between to two rivers where the... more

SO8552 : City of Worcester boundary stone by Philip Halling
City of Worcester boundary stone
City of Worcester boundary stone beside the Monarch's Way on the bank of the River Severn.

SO8552 : Kissing gate on the Monarch's Way by Philip Halling
Kissing gate on the Monarch's Way
Kissing gate on the Monarch's Way beside the River Severn.

SO8552 : Houses and flats above the River Severn by Philip Halling
Houses and flats above the River Severn
Houses and flats with a fine view over the River Severn and the meadows where part... more

SO8452 : River Severn downstream from Diglis by Philip Halling
River Severn downstream from Diglis
River Severn downstream from Diglis viewed from the Monarch's Way.

SO8453 : The River Severn and Diglis footbridge by Philip Halling
The River Severn and Diglis footbridge
The Diglis footbridge opened in 2010 and is a popular route for cyclists and... more

SO8453 : Diglis Footbridge by Philip Halling
Diglis Footbridge
Diglis Footbridge spanning the River Severn just downstream from Diglis Weir. The... more

SO8453 : Diglis Bridge by Philip Halling
Diglis Bridge
Supprt for the Diglis footbridge over the River Severn to the south of Worcester.

SO8453 : Diglis Footbridge by Philip Halling
Diglis Footbridge
Walkway leading up to Diglis Footbridge, the bridge was opened in 2010 and has... more

SO8453 : Cut out metal figures by Philip Halling
Cut out metal figures
Metal cut out figures at Diglis of characters linked to Worcester, they are,... more

SO8453 : Cut out metal figures and Diglis Bridge by Philip Halling
Cut out metal figures and Diglis Bridge
Metal cut out figures [[[5749955]]] at Diglis of characters linked to Worcester,... more

SO8453 : Locks at Diglis by Philip Halling
Locks at Diglis
Locks at Diglis on the River Severn with Worcester Cathedral in the background.

SO8453 : River Severn below Diglis Weir by Philip Halling
River Severn below Diglis Weir
River Severn below Diglis Weir which can be seen in the background.

SO8453 : Fisherman below Diglis weir by Philip Halling
Fisherman below Diglis weir
A fisherman in waders standing in the river below Diglis weir fishing with a rod.

SO8453 : Diglis Weir by Philip Halling
Diglis Weir
To make the River Severn navigable Diglis Weir is one of a series of such weirs... more

SO8453 : Tree beside Bromwich Parade by Philip Halling
Tree beside Bromwich Parade
A tree just bursting into leave beside Bromwich Parade beside the River Severn.... more

SO8453 : Locks into Diglis Basin by Philip Halling
Locks into Diglis Basin
The locks into Diglis Basin from the River Severn.

SO8453 : Narrowboat on the River Severn by Philip Halling
Narrowboat on the River Severn
A canal narrowboat on the River Severn turning to make its approach to the lock to... more

SO8454 : Houses on Diglis Avenue by Philip Halling
Houses on Diglis Avenue
The houses on Diglis Avenue have a fine view of the River Severn. Due to regular... more

SO8454 : Worcester Cathedral by Philip Halling
Worcester Cathedral
The west front of Worcester Cathedral is currently undergoing restoration work and... more

SO8454 : Swans on the River Severn by Philip Halling
Swans on the River Severn
View across the River Severn with Heart of Worcestershire College, the tower of... more

SO8454 : St Andrew's spire viewed across the Severn by Philip Halling
St Andrew's spire viewed across the Severn
St Andrew's spire, flanked by a pair of Heart of Worcestershire College buildings... more

SO8454 : Narrowboat passing through Worcester by Philip Halling
Narrowboat passing through Worcester
How unpredictable British weather is; after weeks of very cold weather with... more

SO8454 : Former riverside warehouses in Worcester by Philip Halling
Former riverside warehouses in Worcester
Converted former warehouses beside the River Severn in Worcester. The tower of... more

SO8454 : Worcester viewed from across the River Severn by Philip Halling
Worcester viewed from across the River Severn
The only buildings of any age in this view of Worcester across the River Severn... more

SO8454 : The River Severn and Worcester Cathedral by Philip Halling
The River Severn and Worcester Cathedral
The classic view Worcester Cathedral from Worcester bridge with the River Severn... more

SO8454 : The River Severn at Worcester by Philip Halling
The River Severn at Worcester
The River Severn at Worcester viewed from Kleve Walk below Worcester Cathedral.... more

SO8454 : Pollarded trees beside the Severn by Philip Halling
Pollarded trees beside the Severn
Pollarded horse chestnut trees beside the River Severn below Worcester Cathedral.

SO8453 : Locks into Diglis Basin by Philip Halling
Locks into Diglis Basin
Locks between the River Severn and Diglis Basin.

SO8453 : Footbridge over the canal beside the Severn by Philip Halling
Footbridge over the canal beside the Severn
Footbridge crossing the Worcester and Birmingham Canal where the canal enters the... more

SO8453 : Apartments overlooking the River Severn by Philip Halling
Apartments overlooking the River Severn
Apartments, part of the housing developments at Diglis, overlooking the River Severn.

SO8453 : The River Severn and Worcester Cathedral by Philip Halling
The River Severn and Worcester Cathedral
View up the River Severn from Diglis. The view is dominated by Worcester... more

SO8453 : Old Oil Basin and apartments at Diglis by Philip Halling
Old Oil Basin and apartments at Diglis
Apartments, part of the Diglis development around the old Oil Basin off the River Severn.

SO8453 : Apartments overlooking the old Oil Basin by Philip Halling
Apartments overlooking the old Oil Basin
These apartments have been built over the last ten years, part of the... more

SO8453 : Footbridge over the old Oil Basin by Philip Halling
Footbridge over the old Oil Basin
Footbridge over the old Oil Basin beside the River Severn at Diglis.

SO8453 : Crane at Diglis by Philip Halling
Crane at Diglis
Crane on the island in the River Severn between the weir and the locks at Diglis.

SO8453 : Locks and lockkeepers house by Philip Halling
Locks and lockkeepers house
Locks and lock keeper's house on the River Severn at Diglis.

SO8452 : Footpath beside the River Severn by Philip Halling
Footpath beside the River Severn
Two long distance footpaths follow this riverside footpath, the Severn Way and the... more

SO8552 : The Severn Way beside Duck Brook by Philip Halling
The Severn Way beside Duck Brook
The Severn Way taking a short diversion away from the River Severn as it... more

SO8552 : Footbridge crossing Duck Brook by Philip Halling
Footbridge crossing Duck Brook
Footbridge crossing Duck Brook just before it flows into the River Severn. Both... more

SO8552 : Footpath beside Duck Brook by Philip Halling
Footpath beside Duck Brook
Footpath beside Duck Brook just before it flows into the River Severn to the south... more

SO8552 : Footbridge crossing Duck Brook by Philip Halling
Footbridge crossing Duck Brook
Footbridge crossing Duck Brook, both the Severn Way and Three Choirs Way cross... more

SO8552 : Footpath beside the River Severn by Philip Halling
Footpath beside the River Severn
Footpath beside the River Severn, this is also the route of the Severn Way and... more

SO8552 : Footpath beside the River Severn by Philip Halling
Footpath beside the River Severn
Footpath beside the River Severn, this is also the route of the Severn Way and... more

SO8552 : Footpath beside the River Severn by Philip Halling
Footpath beside the River Severn
Footpath beside the River Severn, this is also the route of the Severn Way and... more

SO8552 : The River Severn by Philip Halling
The River Severn
The River Severn viewed from the Severn Way near St Peter's on the southern edge... more

SO8552 : Footbridge beside the River Severn by Philip Halling
Footbridge beside the River Severn
Footbridge beside the River Severn just north of the Carrington Bridge. The... more

SO8551 : The Ketch Caravan Park by Philip Halling
The Ketch Caravan Park
The Ketch Caravan Park overlooking the River Severn to the south of Worcester.

SO8551 : The Ketch Caravan Park by Philip Halling
The Ketch Caravan Park
The Ketch Caravan Park beside the River Severn to the south of Worcester.

SO8551 : The Ketch Caravan Park by Philip Halling
The Ketch Caravan Park
The Ketch Caravan Park beside the River Severn to the south of Worcester.

SO8551 : The reception at the Ketch Caravan Park by Philip Halling
The reception at the Ketch Caravan Park

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