Evesham Circular Tour to Via Pershore

Evesham Circular Cycle Tour round the vale of Evesham

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This 23 mile cycle ride takes you from the historic market
town of Evesham out from the River Avon into the Vale of Evesham, famous for its market gardens. You through rural England to Pershore and return via some picturesque villages and roads to Evesham. The route is mainly along ‘B’ roads and country lanes all tarmac surfaces. You may encounter some rolling hills but nothing too severe.

Stating by the bridge over The River Avon at the bottom of Bridge Street on The Waterfront near to the river cruises. As you look across the narrow river up towards the main town area you cycle to your left along Waterside B4035. At this point you are able to cycle along the river bank on a traffic free section.

After a few hundred yards Waterside comes to a cross road junction at the bridge with
Abbey Road. GO STRAIGHT ACROSS the junction keeping to the B4035 which is now called Pershore Road. As you cycle along this first section of Pershore Road you cycle through the suburb of Hampton.

This part of the route is fairly straight forward as all you do now is cycle along Pershore Road which takes you straight to the town of Pershore which is approximately 6 miles along this road. About half way to Pershore you pass the village of Cropthorne on your right. If you wish to visit the village you will need to turn right into the centre of the village. Cropthorne village is Located on a small ridge overlooking the River Avon, its ancient orchards sweep down to the river and offer clear, unbroken views across the Vale of Evesham to the Malvern Hills in the distance. It is featured in the Domesday Book, and its church dates back to the 12th century. The village has many unique examples of timber-framed thatched cottages from the 16th and 17th centuries, and about half the village is designated as a Conservation area.

As you approach Pershore the road bends sharply to the right and takes you over a bridge
across The River Avon and along Bridge Street to the centre of Pershore. One of pershore’s famous residents is Toyah Willcox. The town has been designated as a place of major architectural importance by the Council for British Archaeology, and listed as an outstanding conservation area. Parts of the abbey, which stand in an expanse of public grassland close to the centre of the town, date from 11th century.

As you arrive in Pershore, continue along Bridge Street which in turn runs onto The High Street. When you reach the far end of The High Street in the centre of the town TURN RIGHT along Station Road B4082.

Continue to cycle along the B4082 out of Pershore and keep to it as you cycle in the direction of the village of Naunton Beauchamp. As you cycle towards Naunton Beauchamp you come to a junction with the A44. At the junction you GO STRAIGHT ACROSS THE junction along Main Street through the small village of Pinvin. Just under a mile past Pinvin you TURN RIGHT along Seaford Lane which takes you to Naunton Beauchamp after about half a mile.

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When you reach the centre of the village TURN RIGHT along the country lane and follow this lane for about a mile where you come to a ‘T’ junction. At the junction TURN RIGHT and cycle along it for about three quarters of a mile where you come to the village of Bishampton. As you cycle along Main Street in the centre of the village TURN LEFT onto Broad lane as you leave the village continue to cycle along the lane, after about three quarters of a mile the road bends sharply to the left, follow it round the bend and after another 500 yards TURN RIGHT along the country lane towards the village of Church Lench.

After about 500 yards you come to the hamlet of Abbotts Lench here you TURN RIGHT along Abbotts Lench Road and follow it for half a mile to the village of Church lench. Continue through the village on Abbotts Lench Road and after 300 yards you come to a ‘T’ junction.

At the ‘T’ junction TURN RIGHT and follow the road for one and a half miles until you come to the village of Harvington. As you near harvington the road is called Leys Road. Cycle along Leys Road until you come to the cross roads at the centre of the village. At the cross roads TURN RIGHT along Evesham Road B4088. After about one and a quarter miles you come to a roundabout. GO STRAIGHT ACROSS the roundabout along Twyford Bank B4184.

After 300 yards Twyford Bank runs on to Greenhill. Continue to cycle along Greenhill and after approximately three quarters of a mile you will find yourself back in the town of Evesham at the top end of the town. As you pass the shops on both sides of the road continue along and after you pass Wetherspoons pub on your left TURN LEFT down Bridge Street. Take care here as part of this road is pedestrianised. Follow the road down the hill and over the bridge and you find yourself back at the start of your cycle ride.

You will find plenty of establishments for refreshments in both Evesham and Pershore and also at some of the villages you pass through on your ride.

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