Martley and Environs (Click for Map)
This is the heart of rural England and you will find all that you might expect: beautiful countryside with charming villages and half timbered homes, ancient churches and their equally ancient yew trees, rural crafts, historical sites, wonderful walks.
The jewel in the crown is the scenic valley of the RIVER TEME, a substantial tributary of the longest river in Great Britain, the River Severn. The Teme rises in Wales and tumbles down through lonely countryside with small villages. The main town on its route is Ludlow, England's finest example of a mediaeval town, complete with castle, ancient street layout, and these days some very good restaurants, drawing their success partly from excellent local produce.
The river is hidden in a deep valley near Martley, finally breaking through a line of hills before crossing the flat flood plain of the Severn, to its confluence.
In MARTLEY, we have a Norman Church with unique frescoes and the oldest set of six bells in the country. We are custodians of over 40 miles of PARISH FOOTPATHS (the house is situated on a loop of the WORCESTERSHIRE WAY and on the GEOPARK WAY). All our paths are clearly marked and are in regular use by locals and visitors alike.
England's greatest composer, ELGAR, was born nearby. He loved to walk and cycle in the surrounding countryside and in the glorious valley of the River Teme. Today, you can retrace his steps and seek the inspiration he found here.
If you are a rock-hopper or even mildly interested, Martley has unique geology with wonderful exposures. There are 7 geological periods in the parish, 5 in very close proximity on one site. Check the SITE of the Teme Valley Geological Society. We can help you explore the geology and Martley's wide selection of societies and interest groups. For tourist attractions in the surrounding area, see my TOURIST MAP, below.