Our friends from Whitby arrived on Sunday, so we figured that a walk on the Ham would be just what they needed the next day to get their legs moving after the long drive.
We strolled down to the lane that leads to the Ham. I was intrigued by the red fence.
Apparently these slotted concrete posts are popular for fence building these days.
Since the Ham is a flood plain, here is a flood gauge measured in metric.
If you have been following my blogs, you might remember our walk around the southern part of the Ham. Today we are heading east along the blue path and then following the river to the north west.
The blue path heading east to the river bank.
Traces of a path heading north.
And going south.
Bredon Hill in the distance. It's 981' high and has been a source of inspiration for numerous composers, artists, poet and writers.
The wind is usually from the west in this area so the grass leans in one direction.
Some sort of marker about half way across.
A bench just by the river which could be welcome on a hot day.
Path down to the river.
I reached down to touch the water and it was surprisingly warm.
For such a famous river, it is not all that wide.
We continued beside the river in a north westerly direction to Upton. The Malvern Hills are in the background.
The path is basically where a vehicle drives occasionally.
We came upon little paths leading to little platforms by the water. They turned out to be for fishing.
The ladies following along. It was quite window so just a little chilly.
You need a license to fish.
Getting closer to the town.
The gate leaving the Ham.
The wall protects against floods.
A couple of barges conveniently at the same time.
The river floods occasionally. Here is a photo of the 2016 flood with town totally surrounded by water. And here is a video.
The bridge that we cross to go north to Worcester. We stopped for a liquid refreshment at the pub our hosts took us to a couple of weeks ago.
After the beer and cider we headed back to the house. The church with the high steeple was open so we took the chance to look inside. The church is not all that old since it was completed in 1879.
This screen came from another church in Worcester and installed in 1980.
And this 'Corona' arrived in 1987. It's quite impressive.
I liked the green.
So not a particularly memorable or famous church but pleasant to walk into,
By the way, we received a message from our daughter Robin which is pretty accurate.
I see you guys are doing the old field/sheep/church/garden circuit, looks very green and inviting.