Walk 9
5½ mile Circular Walk West of Inkberrow

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This short circular walk starts from the green in delightful village of Inkberrow. The walk is mostly flat and crosses some delightful farmland with an opportunity to visit Inkberrow Church dating from the 13th century, and take refreshments at a choice of pubs in the village. For part of the walk, you will enjoy the delights of The Millennium Way where you will be guided by the distinctive green Millennium Way waymarkers Find out more about the walk by clicking on the information icon.

Old Bull InkberrowAFrom the village green turn left down the main A422 road past Lilac Cottage turning right into Stonepit Lane, continuing gently uphill past Greens Croft Way and after approx 200 yds turn right to take a public footpath immediately after house number 22. Keep ahead on partially grassed path soon to walk with hedge left and houses right, eventually crossing a stile where you will see a green Millennium Way waymarker. Go with hedge left for 70 paces to where the hedge ends to find a small waymarker post on left.   (Here you will leave the Millennium Way for a while so DO NOT bear over to the right to the waypost diagonally opposite ) Instead, turn  left at the hedge corner and go immediately diagonally slightly right ( the official right of way ) across field to reach a narrow hedge gap, with a finger post, to road. ( If the farmer has not reinstated the right of way or the field is heavily cropped you may have to walk  around two sides of field with hedge left looking carefully on the second side to take a narrow gap on left, with finger post , to road.) Take kissing gate on opposite side of road.

B Follow the direction of finger post to go diagonally across the large field (sometimes this field has temporary electrified paddock fencing with insulated hand hooks to allow safe passage ) Go through the metal kissing gate ahead then pass under power lines to find a second metal kissing gate at the field corner. Take the kissing gate to next field and continue along field edge on an ill-defined path with hedge right to pass under power cables. Approx 200 paces after passing under the power cables look out for a wide hedge gap on right. (Take special care not to miss this gap -  the gap is about 40 paces after the second lone tree). Take gap then go immediately left to continue on same line but now with hedge left passing under power cables again, to reach vehicle track at the field corner gap. Cross track and continue down field with hedge left to eventually cross a double stile footbridge. Continue around next field keeping hedge left. After approximately 250 yds (just past a group of trees) you come to a very narrow hidden hedge gap on left where a path joins. Ignore the gap and turn immediately right up field keeping hedge far left. ( If the farmer has not reinstated this path just carry on forward after the hidden gap to walk around edge of field keeping hedge on your left. ) Aim for the end of the left hand hedge then at this point turn left keeping hedge left to find corner double fence stiles. Take stiles into next field then bear diagonally half right across field towards small open barn. Take gate / gap just to right of the barn then go forward to take a waymarked wooden gate leading to the T- junction and turn left along the track.

C Continue down this farm access track to reach road then turn left. Pass by entrance to Stockwood Lodge Farm, (ignore wooden bridge left) and continue past farm buildings and green railings to enter a very large field. Stay on same heading directly across the large field towards the line of trees to reach a waypost at hedge gap. Continue through this wide gap into next field, cross the field in between two lone trees to reach edge of wood where there is another waypost at the corner. Turn left here following the bridleway keeping wood on your right. Coming to another waypost follow waymarker slightly left cutting off the corner of the field to meet up with edge of wood directly ahead. On reaching the wood bear left to follow around to a gap where you will see another waypost. Turn right at the waypost keeping wood right. At the corner of field turn right for a few paces then left to find track. Go down track keeping house         ( Orchard Cottage ) on right eventually reaching an attractive church in Dormston. Go past the church to T-junction and turn left onto Dormston Lane.

D Continue along the road for 1/2 mile passing the entrance to Dormston Manor and crossing stream to stay gently uphill to reach Hill Farm House on right and Hill Farm on left.

Open CountrysideE Next to Hill Farm we turn left through fence gap by metal gate where you have now rejoined The Millennium Way and will again see the green Millennium Way waymarker. At the end of the outbuildings continue ahead with hedge left to field edge gap. Continue ahead with hedge left and at the end of the hedge, find waypost and bear slightly left across field, to find a barely visible yellow topped waypost 15 paces in from corner of field. Enter small coppice veering slightly left to exit by gate into right hand field. Go diagonally across centre of field towards another barely visible yellow topped waymarker post at top of field just to left of copse of trees. Go ahead through gap on partially grassed corridor initially with hedge left then cross field diagonally under two lines of power cables to reach wide gated gap with visible waypost.

F Go through gated gap following green Millennium Way waymarker then go forward to cross narrow track towards fence. Stay with fence right to reach and take a large metal gate, then go slightly left to take a further metal gate to walk a further 30 yds to turn right by waymarked post. Continue around back of farm buildings going between open storage barn on you left but staying close to the large roofed barn on your right. After passing between the barns, cross the farm track then over fence stile to bear slightly right to corner of field ahead. At the corner take care over the double stile and wooden bridge (often overgrown & bridge needs some repair work) into next field. Go directly across field to take stile and ditch bridge. Go 1/4 left across field to take wooden gate and then for a few paces to take stile in hedge gap to next field. Stay with hedge left to take wooden gate in corner of field then stay ahead on rough track past houses to take further small wooden gate to left of 5 bar gate. Continue on track to the road then go slightly left to cross road to take steps up to alleyway between properties and continue past recently built housing until the walkway ends at the first public footpath previously walked at the start of Section A. Turn right, then turn left down Stonepit Lane to reach the main road. Turn left to arrive back at the village green

Archers fans will recognize the half timbered black and white Old Bull near the village green as the well known fictional Ambridge pub. It is said that William Shakespeare stayed here whilst on his way to Worcester to collect his marriage certificate.

Points of Interest - What to know and what to see.... by John Rae

St Peter's InkberrowThe village of Inkberrow is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Interberga and a church and minster are recorded as having been in the village from Saxon times but no trace of the early buildings have been discovered. The present church dedicated to St Peter dates from 13C is believed to be on the site of the minster and possibly of the 12C castle recorded as destroyed by Henry III in 1233.

The lych gate at the entry to the churchyard was erected in 1919 in memory of those who had died in The Great war.

The Old Bull InkberrowCharles I stayed in the vicarage in May 1645.

The two pubs one being The Bull’s Head is on the main road is Georgian, and the other the Old Bull is half timbered 15C and Shakespeare is reputed to have stayed here. It is also used as the basis of the fictional Bull in the Archers.

Skyline TowerThe tall tower on the hillside is a tele-communications station.

Dormston church has stood since Norman times but today is mainly of 14C and 15C origins. Worthy of note are the old pews, Jacobean altar rails and the old stone crucifix built into the wall near the altar. There are three bells one undated and the other two 1631 and 1640

Dormston Manor grade II listed dating late 16C consisting of timber frame and plaster.

Hill Farm was built in 1704 and today has 17 acres of farm and also offers B&B accommodation.

Millennium GreenIn addition to this circular walk on the 41 Club Millennium Way 100 mile trail in the Heart of England, it is well worthwhile taking some time to explore the Inkberrow Millennium Green, a community resource for leisure, exercise and nature. It is easily reached from The Old Bull by going past the church down the narrow lane ( Quiet Lane ) and about 50 m on the left is the entrance to a magical 8 acres of ponds, grassland, amazing ant-hills and stunning views.

Pamphlets are available as well as a number of informative boards around the grounds. Spend 10 minutes or more if you want to explore the full grounds.

see:  http://www.inkberrowmilgreen.co.uk/