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Walk 16
6 mile Circular Walk from Egdon

 

Worcestershire County Council are in the process of carrying out essential maintenance work, which directly affects the path of  the MILLENNIUM. WAY.

The MILLENNIUM WAY has been rerouted and amendments have been made to our Circular Walk in order to accommodate this temporary diversion. This has led to a small increase in the length of the walk to 6 miles..

 The Berkeley Pub. at the start of the walk is closed. However, this walk has many opportunities to picnic and enjoy the delights of Worcestershire countryside.

 

A pleasant 6.5 mile circular walk from Egdon. An easy walk with the opportunity to ramble over open fields and enjoy the beautiful countryside of Worcestershire. If time allows explore White Ladies Aston and visit it's church with interesting spire.

During the walk, you will follow a section of The Millennium Way which is marked by the green Millennium way waymarkers.
 

  Turn right out of the car park of The Berkeley to reach the main road (A44). Turn left up the main road in the direction of Worcester and after approx 100 yards you will see footpath sign left with the distinctive green Millennium Way waymarker. Take the kissing gate left then go forward and take mid hedge kissing gate / bridge into field. Stay ahead parallel with power cables to find hedge gap. Take gap over ditch then go left with hedge left then at hedge corner follow around left to follow grassy track with green topped barn left. The grassy track turns left immediately after the barn but instead continue ahead under power cables then go ahead under more power cables turning left to come to gap by power pole leading to drive by red brick building ( Kits Kitchen.) Go left on drive to road. Cross road and keep ahead on bridleway. After 25 paces, you will come to a waypost with several waymarkers, including a Millennium Way disc pointing right, through an orchard. Ignore this footpath ( here, we leave the official Millennium Way due to a temporary Worcester CC path closure ) and instead continue directly ahead up the bridleway. Go past metal gate left and continue up bridleway track with plantation right, until it ends. At the end, the track swings left into a field with a stand of trees to your right. Go left into the field and go down field edge with hedge left to the hedge corner. On reaching this hedge corner, by a corner tree, bear ¼ right and continue ahead across large field.
 

  Stay ahead to reach and cross a large brick built bridge over the railway line and through the large metal gate. Stay ahead with wire fence then hedge left through another large metal gate into large paddock. Stay ahead towards a long barn to exit by an old metal gate onto a farm bridleway. Continue through farm to turn sharp right on track directly in front of the farmhouse ( Windmill Hill Farm. ) Pass between more barns / stabling and down through gap, passing a pond on right eventually to reach a metal gate at the bottom corner of field. Go through gate and follow the footpath alongside a wood left with hedge right. At the end of the wood the track swings left then right, to go over a red brick bridge then though metal kissing gate. After the gate bear right, to follow the hedge line with stream right staying on the main track to a kissing gate just beyond the overhead power lines. Take gate then turn left and go up field with hedge left. At the top of field go left between hedges and follow this to find a metal gate on your right. Take gate then path between fence and hedge to another metal gate into churchyard. Go ahead through churchyard keeping to right of St. Edmunds Church, and exit by a double metal gate to reach road. Turn right onto wide track and pass last house on left to take wooden kissing gate ahead at end of the grassy track.
Enter field and bear half right across field to walk under power lines to reach the protruding hedge corner ahead. On reaching the hedge corner turn right staying in the same field and walk gently downhill with hedge left to reach corner footbridge and stile. Take the stile then cross narrow field to take large metal gate ahead. Take the left hand waymarked footpath and go diagonally across corner to field ( or go left around edge if field heavily cropped ) to eventually reach a stile on left. Take stile, carefully crossing the railway line and take another stile into field. With your back to this stile go diagonally half right across a very large field keeping well right of the largest tree ahead. Stay on this same line.

 

  Shortly you will pass over an ill-defined path leading from left to right which you took earlier on the route at point B. Keep going gently uphill through this large field ( no wayposts and often no visible path ) and eventually a farmhouse with two visible chimneys will appear on the horizon. Head about 100 yards to the left of this farmhouse to exit from field by gap / fingerpost to road.
Cross over road to take footpath opposite through wooden gate. Go across small field to take second wooden gate then go diagonally 1/2 left across next field towards wide gap in hedge. Take gap then turn left on farm track, and stay in field to pass in front of group of houses ahead to reach the main road.

 

  Go directly across the busy main road and proceed along driveway of Wolverton Hall Farm. Ignore the first footpath left and continue down drive. On reaching the farmhouse go right on farm track following the waymarker. Stay on track which shortly veers left, eventually to take waymarked footpath left through a black metal kissing gate. Go straight across the field aiming approx 100 yds to the right of the large farmhouse and large brick wall which eventually comes into view on far left. Continue past waymarker on telegraph pole to cross a brook through two gates by a line of tall trees. Continue slightly left ahead up field with hedge far left to take further gate at top corner which will shortly come into view. Go with hedge right and after about 250 yds ( at the brow ) take wide gap right into adjacent field staying on same line but now with hedge left. Proceed gently down field to take large metal gate before continuing up the track ahead.
 

  Stay along track, ignoring footpath left. Go past farm buildings left, and eventually past Aston Moat where the track swings left. Go past the 30mph signs until you reach the road. Turn right on road towards the hamlet of White Ladies Aston. Continue along road past houses, through the Z bend eventually reaching a public footpath on left, ( Here, we re-join The Millennium Way. ) This footpath is situated next to a red brick barn. Go up this path with wall then hedge right. Leave woodland path when it swings left, and continue with same hedge right to find and cross a corner stile / bridge to field.

  Go left here and walk through three fields, past house left, eventually arriving at a field corner. At the field corner go 20 paces right and take stile into private garden. Cross garden and exit by stile into small paddock adjacent to driveway. Cross paddock and exit by two tricky fence stiles, then go left to reach metal kissing gate. ( Do not take kissing gate, do not exit field ) Instead, turn your back to the kissing gate and go diagonally 3/4 left to pass field corner and take far kissing gate ( adjacent to large metal gate ) to road. Go right on road and after some 250 paces take gate left into narrow field. Go diagonally half way down field to take gate right into adjacent field. Go diagonally to far corner field stile leading to road. Go left on road to arrive back at The Berkeley pub. (At the last update in March 2017 The Berkeley pub was closed. An alternative would be The Plough & Harrow just a short drive south in Drakes Broughton.)

All the paths, bridleways and roads we have used in these instructions are public rights of way as designated on Ordnance Survey maps. Following the instructions and walking tips on this web site in no way constitutes any liability on 41 Club that such routes or tips are safe or suitable. 

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