The River Of Dreams

LETJOG – Day 18: Friday 4 June – WORCESTER to KIDDERMINSTER (17 miles)

Today marked the third and final day of my walk up the Severn riversides, this day on my own. And what a day – perfect walking conditions, wondrous scenery, a good path, and easy navigation with barely the need to consult the maps saved to my phone. For the first 10 miles the route followed very close to the river, through lush woodlands and meadows, to the sounds of songbirds punctuated by occasional cuckoos and a woodpecker. And these two chaps surveying my entry to Grimley Camp:

We shall not be moved!

In the sunnier meadows this peacock theme was continued by their butterfly namesakes, joined by damselflies of iridescent sapphire and emerald flitting between banks of nettles and cow parsley. After Holt Castle I stopped a while in the sun for a snack lunch at quite a perfect spot on the river bank, reflecting over the river on all the efforts and good fortune that had brought me to this wonderful place.

Not a bad lunchtime aspect!

Next, another closed brewery – Brothers Of Ale, in Stourport-On-Severn:

No-one home

The final few miles of today’s walk took me along the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, in some places hewn impressively into the rocky outcrops as this man-made waterway contours its way to Kidderminster. These early summer canal scenes of still air and murky water strewn with the capoc of poplars and willows, along with the aroma of nettles, are somewhat familiar to those of us who walk our own canal in Berkhamsted, and this setting provides a most pleasant, beguiling and perfect end to a marvellous day on the trail.

A tranquil nest-egg, . . .
. . . and a heron in flight!

And in the evening . . . naturally, I sought out the finest real ale bar in Kidderminster, namely Weavers, and here I met these two lively ‘London Wolves’ fans, and keen walkers, Geoff and Bill. We had conversed briefly on the Severn Way path earlier today, and happened to meet up this evening for a couple, or so, beers, and dinner after. Great to meet you guys!

New best mates!

4 thoughts on “The River Of Dreams

  1. What a wonderful day’s walk…….and here we were, imagining your being totally drowned by the heavy rain that was the lot of most of us!

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  2. Kidderminster, eh? That sounds like pretty much halfway through England. What’s your cumulative mileage so far, Nick?

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  3. Wishing you well Nick and good luck for the rest of your walk. From Joni, Steph and Jane (and Jordy, Robin and Sam)

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  4. Reading your blog with interest Nick. It was great to meet up with you on the walk and enjoying the excellent real ale at the Weavers and dinner at the Watermill in good company i must say. Good luck with the rest of your Charity Walk hope you dont have too many problems along the way and hope to meet up with you again one day. Cheers Bill.

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