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Walk 16
6 mile Circular Walk from Egdon
by Peter Travis

 

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 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 ahead 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 and follow around to exit by field corner. Continue to follow grassy track with green topped barn left. The grassy track turns left after the barn but instead continue ahead under power cables then go ahead under next 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 Millennium Way ) and instead continue directly ahead up the bridleway. Go past metal gate left and continue up bridleway which swings round to the right and eventually opens up into a large field. Ignore large gap on left and stay ahead on same line with hedge left. Ignore any hedge gaps on left, stay ahead in same field with hedge left. On reaching end of hedge, by large corner tree , stay forward to the centre of this field. ( Unfortunately there is no waypost at the centre to guide you. )

On reaching the centre, at a crossroads of paths, stop, then turn right heading towards a stile by the railway line. You will see a white sign next to the stile advising you to " Stop, Look & Listen " before crossing. Take stile, cross the railway line with care then drop down to take another stile on the other side then bear slightly right following the line of the yellow waymarker to reach a solitary tree. Continue on this same diagonal line across the corner of field to reach a gated hedge gap where you will cross a small stream. Go through the gate and stay forward to take the stile and ditch bridge ahead. Turn left to walk with hedge left. In the corner of the field take metal kissing gate left and continue forward under power lines on the middle path. Staying with a small stream on left you will eventually reach a large kissing gate. Take gate to go over brick bridge and forward through gap through a small plantation. Emerging from the plantation bear right with hedge left. As you reach the overhead power cable go through large gate and continue with hedge left towards farm buildings. Go ahead passing stables on left to reach farm track by farmhouse. Turn left here by the house sign on the low wall ( Windmill Hill Farm. ) to continue between farm buildings to find large metal gate. Take the gate then immediately left through a smaller gate into the paddock. Stay up side of paddock with trees right to exit by side of large metal gate in corner. Stay along edge of field with hedge right to reach the railway line. Go through gate and over the railway bridge to reach the large field which you crossed earlier. Continue forward to the crossroads of paths at centre of the field ( which you reached earlier at point B ) As mentioned previously there is no waypost at the centre to guide you.

However, at this field centre turn right to walk slightly uphill and eventually a large farmhouse ( with two chimneys ) comes into view. Head about 100 yds to left of 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 gap in hedge. Take gap then turn left on farm track, then 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. On reaching the farm go right on farm track following the waymarker then left staying on the farm track to take the first metal gate on your left. Go straight across the field aiming approx 100 yds to the right of the farm buildings and large brick wall, where you will cross a brook through two gates. Continue directly ahead up field with hedge far left to take further gate at top. Go with hedge right and after about 250 yds take wide gap into next field and after a further 150 yds take hedge gap right to maintain same line but now with hedge left. Proceed gently down field to take large metal gate to farm track veering left to continue up the track.

Continue along track, ignoring footpath left. Go past farm buildings left, and past Aston Moat where the track swings left. Go past the 30mph sign 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 rejoin The Millennium Way. ) This footpath is situated next to a red brick barn. Go up this path with wall then hedge right. Leave path when it swings left, but 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 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.

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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