The Talbot is the ideal location for keen walkers, and also those who fancy a bit of fresh air and exercise.
We are situated on The Worcestershire Way, The Three Choirs Way, and The Geopark Way, 3 of the Midlands' most popular long-distance paths, and there are lots of circular walks ranging in length from 1 hour to the whole day.
If you are walking one of these longer routes, we can collect you from a pre-arranged meeting point at the end of the day, and return you there after breakfast the following morning. Our collection offer is free of charge when staying for 2 or more nights, and subject to a small fee when staying for 1 night.
The Worcestershire Way
The Worcestershire Way is a 32-mile-walk from the Georgian riverside town of Bewdley, through the villages of Abberley and Martley, to Great Malvern, a Victorian Spa town on the side of the Malvern Hills, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty.
Some places of interest on the route include the 161 foot tall Abberley Clock Tower, which can be seen from 6 counties, the delightful Ravenshill Woodland Reserve, and Birchwood Common, where Sir Edward Elgar was inspired to write much of his music, and the British Camp and Iron Age Hill Fort. The terrain is best described as challenging in places.
The Three Choirs Way
The Three Choirs Way is a 95-mile circular route between Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester, through hop-yards, vineyards, and orchards, with a theme linking the walk to the ancient music festivals celebrated annually for over 300 years in the three cities' cathedrals.
The rivers Severn, Wye, Teme and Lugg are crossed, as are the Marcle and Malvern Ridges, and the Suckley Hills. Time permitting, it is well worth scheduling a visit to the 3 cathedrals.
Gloucester Cathedral is most recognised as a location in three of the Harry Potter films. It also has a stained glass window depicting golf dating from 1350; 300 years earlier than the first Scottish images!
Hereford Cathedral is a Grade I Listed Building dating from 1079, and is dedicated to St Ethelbert, the King who was beheaded by Offa, King of Mercia, in 792. Its most famous treasure is the Mappa Mundi, a medieval map of the world dating from the 13th century.
We will have all carried a picture of Worcester Cathedral around with us at some point as the west façade appeared, along with a portrait of Sir Edward Elgar, on the reverse of £20.00 note issued by The Bank of England between 1999 and 2007. Dating back to 1084, Worcester Cathedral was doubtless spared destruction by Henry VIII during the English Reformation because his older brother, Arthur Tudor, is buried there.
The Geopark Way
Opened in 2009, the Geopark Way is the newest and least known of the long distance paths that pass The Talbot. This 109-mile-walk takes you through the counties of Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, and is inspired by dramatic landscapes and geology; a fascinating story of continental collisions, shallow tropical seas, hot deserts, tropical swamps, coastal lagoons, ice sheets and polar deserts. Starting in Bridgenorth, it winds its way through the 4 counties to the City of Gloucester.
For those of you who would like to spend a few days exploring the delightful countryside of the Herefordshire/Worcestershire border, we will gladly offer advice on the local area and can provide maps to suit all abilities.