The Vale of Evesham is well known for it’s apple, pear and plum orchards and for a few short weeks between mid March and May, the road sides are ablaze with the pink tones of cherry and apple blossom contrasting with the delicate white of pear and plum.
The Vale of Evesham has been famous for fruit growing since medieval times with most of the apple and pear crop used to make cider and perry.
By the 19th century fruit growing had become big business with new varieties being developed, including the famous Pershore Yellow Egg plum which had been discovered growing wild in Tiddesley Wood in 1827.
Three walks take in the blossom of this unique region.
Walk 1 i a 3 mile stroll through rolling countryside has open views of the surrounding area including some of the vales’ orchards. Taking in the hamlet of Atch Lench and a recently planted wood.
Walk 2 is 4 1/2 mile walk starting from the recreation ground in the attractive riverside village of Fladbury with an extensive view of the Vale of Evesham and the distant Cotswolds. Discover the site of a medieval village in the hamlet of Hill. This walk will take in many apple and pear orchards with the final section being a stroll across the local golf course above the River Avon.
Walk 3 is a slightly more ambitious 6 mile walk, starting from the Tiddesley Wood Nature Reserve Trust car park and includes some of the orchards around the edge of the wood before visiting the attractive areas if Besford and Birlingham. The route returns through the main part of the wood before emerging into open fields.
Evesham Town Council – Blossom Trail details
Blossom Trail – Evesham Blossom Trail events for 2010
Evesham Vale Tour Guides – A regular programme of guided walks and coach tours.