- From - to: Diglis Bridge Worcester to Droitwich train station
- Distance: 10 miles each way
- Type: Mixture of traffic-free and on-road with some busy roads at the ends of the route
- Surface: Mostly tarmac, National Route 46 has loose gravel along the canal towpath
- Access: Worcester Foregate Street, Worcester Shrub Hill and Droitwich Spa train stations
Worcester, famous for its Cathedral and Droitwich for its spa, medieval churches and half-timbered buildings are connected by this great cycling route. There are two different route options available between them - using National Route 45 or National Route 46. You can either ride them individually, or make a day of it and combine them together to make a loop.
Route 45 follows some quiet lanes and the towpath of the Worcester and Birmingham Canal to link Worcester and Droitwich on the eastern side. Route 46 provides on-road alternative to the western side, leaving Worcester at the racecourse and following a similar line to the Droitwich Canal. Both routes are just under 10 miles and mainly flat, making them perfect for the inexperienced rider. Both routes start at an impressive new walking and cycling bridge called Diglis Bridge in Worcester.
If taking Route 46 first you will travel past the Pitchcroft Racecourse, one of the oldest racecourses in Britain. The route passes The Pump House Environmental Centre based in an old Victorian Pumping station and is worth a visit (and there is a cafe too). It is open four days a week and it's recommended to check its open before setting out. Heading into Droitwich you will meet the canal towpath which takes you almost all of the way back to Worcester.
Things to see and do
map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area.
Travel between the fantastic, historic cities of Worcester and Droitwich Spa.