The Great Outdoors
There are many beautiful areas dedicated to walking, cycling and mountain biking in this area of Worcestershire. Whether you're an experienced rambler or prefer a gentle stroll, there are lots to choose from. Indeed, there are a number of public footpaths in the immediate locality - some you can join almost straight from the front door of The Nest. We are featured on both the Walking World & Walking Britain websites, which have lots of local walks listed. On the other hand, if you're an avid road cyclist or would rather be challenged by muddy terrain on your tyres, there is also something here for you.
Hartlebury Common (5 mins drive) is the largest and most important area of heathland remaining in Worcestershire, and a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). In the beautiful Wyre Forest (20 mins) you will find waymarked walking trails, family walks, cycling trails, horseriding, activities and events and outdoor play areas. Shrawley Wood (20 mins) is a hidden treasure and has a spectacular display of bluebells in April/May. Kingsford Forest Park (30 mins) lies on the edge of a dramatic red sandstone ridge. Arley Arboretum (30 mins) is an idyllic escape into 30 acres of nature and history, from gardens with fountains to the Dinosaur and Fairy Trails and even a Maze. Further afield, the Malvern Hills (50 mins), with their links to the composer Sir Edward Elgar, have been described as a mountain range in miniature; the eight mile ridge contains some of the oldest rocks in Britain and their craggy outline is reminiscent of the uplands further west into Wales.
There are plenty of horseriding opportunities in and around The Nest. Lincomb Equestrian is virtually next door and Stourport Riding Centre, catering for beginners, is just 10 minutes away. For those who like to fish, there are an abundance of opportunities in the area - not only river and canal fishing but nearly a dozen local fishing pools available. The River Severn and particularly Lincomb Lock/Weir provide roach, pike, carp, barbel and chub.