The Severn Vale: Worcester to Bristol
This is a great weekend bike ride from Worcester to Bristol, following the river Severn as it winds down to the open vistas of the Severn estuary. Highlights include a little ferry south of Tewkesbury, Gloucester Cathedral and Berkeley Castle.
It’s an easy ride with few hills, mostly on quiet country lanes and with great views of the Malverns at the start and glimpses of the Severn all the way.
We followed National Cycle Route 45 from Worcester to Gloucester; then we took NCN route 41 towards Bristol.
There are various ways to get into Bristol. We cut across to Thornbury on NCN route 410 and soon after took the Old Gloucester Road (B4427) down to Bristol – handy if you want to get to Bristol Parkway station. If not, you can just follow the Concorde Way from there right into the centre of Bristol.
The trickiest bits were navigating in Worcester and Tewkesbury where we managed to lose sight of signs for NCN 45 and had to cycle around for ages before we got back on track. Sadly, that seems to be pretty much par for the course in built-up areas for us. It must be our failing eyesight! Otherwise, this ride was all plain sailing.
Worcester to Tewkesbury
19 miles / 31 km
Having got lost in Worcester, all I can say is keep your eyes out for NCN 45 signs. They may be signed to Pershore. That’s fine as you can follow these until Littleworth, a few miles south of Worcester. NCN 45 then takes you to Tewkesbury via Pirton, Baughton and Twyning.
Tewkesbury to Gloucester
15 miles / 24 km
Leave the centre on Oldbury Road and join Gloucester Road. You’ll pass Tewkesbury Abbey on the left and soon after, take a right turn down Lower Lode Lane. There’s a ferry (in the Summer) that takes you across the Severn to Lower Lode Inn. You may have to shout across to get the ferryman’s attention. NCN route 45 is well signposted from here all the way into Gloucester.
Gloucester to Berkeley
20 miles / 32 km
You’ll leave Gloucester Docks via NCN 41, starting on the towpath of the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal. There are fantastic views of the Severn as it widens at Epney. We stayed at Saul Farm B&B and ate dinner at The Bell Inn in Frampton-upon-Severn. The B&B was fantastic; the pub food was less inspiring but its village green location is wonderful.
Berkeley to Bristol
36 miles / 58 km
Berkeley Castle is well worth visiting. From here, we followed NCN 41 for a few more miles until we had passed Oldbury; we then turned onto NCN route 410 (the Avon Cycleway) to Thornbury – great for a lunch stop. We then headed for Tytherington and made our way into Bristol on the Old Gloucester Road (B4427) via Itchington and Earthcott.