This is a three and a half mile circular walk in the Worcestershire countryside that takes in much railway and industrial heritage. It is a fully waymarked route and is relatively easy.
The starting point is a car park alongside the river Avon at Eckington bridge on the B4080 road (grid reference SO 923423). From here cross the road and follow the path alongside the river in a westerly direction and pass through several fields.
Shortly the path reaches the magnificent railway bridge that carries the Birmingham and Gloucester railway over the river. Click here for photographs of trains on this bridge.
On the opposite bank of the river is a boatyard and associated buildings. At one time this was owned by Bredonvale Products Ltd. who used a narrow gauge railway.
The walk follows the course of the river for about two miles until Strensham lock. Here it is necessary to follow the narrow road to the village at Eckington. There is a footbridge over the railway here and this offers a view of the site of the old station that was located a few yards to the south of the bridge but is now given over to housing.
From the village return along the main road to the car park passing the Holy Trinity church on the way. There are impressive views towards the Malvern Hills over the fields on the left hand side of the road.
Panoramic view as far as the beautiful Malvern Hills showing a Virgin Train class 221 five-car 'Voyager' diesel multiple unit heading for Gloucester on Monday 18th August 2003. Photograph by Andrew Smith.
The only minus points to this walk are the lack of refreshment facilities (there is a shop in the village) and public toilets.