There are many beautiful things to see on a walk along the river in Elmore Back and Stonebench. This includes part of the Severn Way, a long-distance hiking trail, and some nice country lanes.
River Severn at Stonebench
I really like to hike along or have picnics on the banks of the River Severn in Stonebench. It is my preferred location to watch the Severn Bore; I look forward to the bigger bores in spring and also autumn.
The Weir Green area of Elmore is very special and looks very different through the seasons. In late spring it is a buttercup meadow with a blooming orchard, thus very colourful.
In autumn, the leaves falling make it a special place, however with the leaves missing in winter makes it interesting too. This is a typically a quiet place to hike, thus also a great place for a picnic too.
Getting to the River
Driving to the area or walking from Hardwicke or Quedgeley are the most obvious options to get to Stonebench. There is a small parking area at Weir Green, however it sometimes gets full when there is a bore.
Walking from the villages is rather pleasant, first a walk along the canal towpath, then through some fields to join The Severn Way Path in Stonebench. This is a delightful walk, however, respect the trail and avoid damaging crops in the farmland. I have posted a map below to guide you.
Walking from Stonebench to Epney
For those that like a longer hike, the riverside trail goes from Stonebench via Weir green to Epney. The Anchor Inn in Epney is a great halfway point where hikers can fuel up or have a drink.
There are some impressive sights on the way including windmill hill, groundless pool and lots of farmland. I have suggested a circular walk that brings you back via the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal, however there are routes along the country lanes too.
Pilot Inn – A public house for food, drink or rest, this is a nice place with a great beer garden that is popular in the summer.
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