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Walk 38
7 mile circular Walk - Upton Snodsbury,
North Piddle and Flyford Flavell

 

The walk is a little over 7½ miles, mostly flat,  across open countryside, through farmland but with several stiles.

During the early part of the walk, between Upton Snodsbury and Flyford Flavell you will enjoy a delightful section of the Millennium Way - your route being clearly marked by the distinctive green waymarkers.

 Nestling between low hills and farmland, the pretty parish of Upton Snodsbury lies 7 miles east of Worcester along the A422. The church is dedicated to St. Kenelm and includes some fine stained glass windows, including several from the 1960s and 1970s by Francis Keat.

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  We start our walk from the Car Park of The Oak Pub, Take the stile in the far corner of the car park then go left up the field to take metal kissing gate, then go diagonally left across next field heading towards the church. Take the kissing gate ahead where you will see the first green Millennium Way waymarker. Continue past houses left, through wooden gate and pass school on your right, down to main road ( Upton Snodsbury Church is on the left.)  Cross road and take the ally way between houses to field and go with hedge left for 200 yds then cross field and ditch to take mid hedge kissing gate ahead.  Go diagonally half right across field, heading towards lone tree, and when you reach hedge, bear left keeping hedge right through two fields to corner stile and road

   Cross road to take very narrow gap in hedge going through scrub to join track and keeping to left of farm buildings. Continue with hidden river left on cinder track to take bridge. Go through double metal gate then diagonally half right to mid hedge gap by single tree. Go through another double metal gated gap and bear slightly left keeping hedge right. Follow hedge as it turns right at corner to take gap ahead between tall hedges. Enter left field and go left 15 paces. then turn right across centre of field to pass about 20 yards to the the left of the mid field double power poles headings towards a gated gap in hedge ahead, ( ignore metal gate to the right .)  Take gated gap and go ahead through plantation to gate onto road.  Cross road, go through gate and continue along grassy tree lined path to the end, to meet hedge. Turn right and after 20 paces go left to cross wooden footbridge and stile. Continue ahead through copse between two barbed wire fences  and exit by fence stile to cross field ahead to take mid hedge kissing gate to road.

  Go left on road to go over crossroads at North Piddle and continue up road passing Moat House on your right. After some 250 paces take signed footpath in gated fence gap right. Go up slope with hedge right to take double fence stile then ahead with hedge right to exit field by corner stile. Go ahead with hedge right to take kissing gate, then go immediately right to take further kissing gate. Go left with hedge left to take far corner gate then ahead across next field keeping hedge left to take metal kissing gate ( ignore stile right.)   Go diagonally half left up next field towards lone dwelling and exit field by corner stile ( ignore gate left ) then go left around paddock towards the church passing between two dew ponds. Take stile, then wooden gate and go left around perimeter of the tennis court  to take driveway into Flyford Flavell.

  Go right on road passing Flyford stores, then just past the Boot Inn take the signed footpath left. ( Here we leave the Millennium Way and join the Wychavon Way. ) Go over the stile then half left under power lines and take wooden gate at top of field. Continue diagonally across grassed area to take corner metal gate to field. Go ahead with hedge left to take gap then downhill following power lines to take metal gate to main road ( just behind car dealership.) Cross busy main road and take metal gate opposite, then quarter left to take gated footbridge ahead. After the footbridge go immediately left, then through metal gate then take footpath right (Wychavon Way) Go gently uphill with hedge right and find fence stile right. Take stile to go left up drive to go over cattle grid to turn right in front of house then over grassed area to take stile on right to then go left with hedge left towards Grafton Wood ahead.  Continue along edge of wood to take metal kissing gate left into wood. (Here we leave the Wychavon Way to enter the wood which is a butterfly conservation area affiliated to the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust.)  

   Maintain your line ahead through wood to exit by large kissing gate at the end of the track.  Go half right diagonally across field to go through a gap just to right of metal trough. Take gap following waymark, and ahead, after a few paces on rough track go through a metal gate / gap over ditch on your left and then go right along field edge with hedge right.  Exit field at wide corner gap and continue ahead with trees and ditch right.  Soon we can see Grafton Flyford church ahead, just to the left. Continue along edge of field towards farm buildings to exit via double gated bridge in corner, to the right of large metal gate. Head up field towards farm buildings, take gate and go through farmyard with buildings left, through next gate in gate  and down drive towards the church.  After passing the church ignore footpath left and continue right down track passing the Old Rectory to reach the road.

  Turn left at road then immediately right through gate to field keeping ahead with hedge right. Take corner gap then go directly ahead across centre of two fields to reach footbridge. Go over footbridge then go left with hedge left until you come to gap. Go right here, staying in the same field  and head up field towards double power lines keeping hedge left. Go under power lines towards barns. Turn right on reaching farm track to reach public footpath sign ahead. Go left here passing barn right, go through large metal gate and continue ahead with hedge left, ignoring stile left. Stay ahead to eventually find stile adjacent to lone oak tree. Cross this stile and go ahead towards distant wood, keeping hedge right , crossing double stile in top corner of field then going half right in next field towards corner of wood. As you reach the corner take the gate directly ahead, ignoring the stile to your right.

 Go ahead through next large gate into field and go with wood left. At the next waymarker go through gap by metal gate and take bridleway half left, keeping edge of wood on your left and buildings directly ahead. Proceed around edge of field towards buildings and exit to drive through metal gate.  Continue a short way down driveway past Froxmere Court, and on reaching the right hand bend, about 100 yds before stream, go sharp left through large metal gate (easy to miss so keep a look out) and then go up field, along bridleway, heading towards edge of wood. Go through two metal gates into next field then stay directly ahead, across very large field, keeping stream some 100 yds to far right, and narrow woodland area some 50 yds to your left. Head towards farm buildings, which will eventually appear in far distance, then towards  corner just to the left of buildings (not the most picturesque of farms) and exit by two metal gates, then stay ahead down the farm track to the main road. Turn left to arrive back at The Oak.

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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