Circular Walk from Egdon, Millenium Way

A pleasant circular walk from Egdon, 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. This is walk 16 from the 44 composing the Millenium Way.

Technical sheet
No. 23410704
A Stoulton walk posted on 28/06/22 by BarryDurman. Update : 08/07/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h05[?]
Distance Distance : 6.42mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 121ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 121ft
Highest point Highest point : 177ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 98ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Stoulton
Starting point Starting point : N 52.159292° / W 2.121794°
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Eckington bridge at the start of the walk

Description

Start: The Berkeley, Egdon WR7 4QL.

(D/A) Turn right (North) 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 100 paces you will see the footpath sign left. You are joining the Millennium Way with its distinctive green waymarkers. Take the metal gate left then go forward under power lines and take the mid hedge kissing gate/footbridge into the field.

(1) Stay ahead parallel with power cables to find and take the hedge gap then go left with the hedge left. At the hedge corner follow around left to follow the grassy track with the green topped barn left. Turn left round the corner of the barn then turn right when level with the barn. Go ahead under power cables turning left by the red brick building (Kits Kitchen).

Cross the road and keep ahead on the bridleway. After 25 paces, you will come to a waypost with several waymarkers. Continue directly ahead up the bridleway (The Millennium Way used to go right here and the old route is still showing on the OS map. Please follow these instructions, the GPS route and the waymarkers to keep to this new route).

Go past the wide gap left and continue up bridleway track with orchard right, until you emerge with a delightful view of the Malverns directly ahead. As you enter this field, with a stand of tall trees to your right, go left into the field and walk with the hedge left away from the line of trees. Ignore any gaps and walk down to the hedge corner with a large tree with overhanging branches. Bear slightly right across large field towards the low railway bridge.

(2) Half way across you could turn left to shorten your route - skip to waypoint (6) if you do this. Cross the brick-built bridge over the railway and go 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 the farm to turn sharp right (West) on the track directly in front of the farmhouse (Windmill Hill Farm). Pass between more barns/stabling and down through the gap, passing a pond on right eventually to reach a metal gate at the bottom corner of the field by a telegraph pole.

Go through the gate to a waypost then stay ahead, ignoring path left, and follow the footpath alongside a wood on your left with a hedge right.

(3) Towards the end of the wood the track splits, take the waymarked left fork along a well-defined path through an arch of trees, to go forward over a red brick bridge then through a metal kissing gate. After the gate bear right (North), to follow the hedge line with the stream right staying on the main track to a kissing gate just beyond the overhead power lines.

Take the gate then turn left (West) and go up the field with the hedge left. At the top corner of field go left through a small gap between hedges and follow this round to find a metal gate on your right. Take gate then narrow path between fence and hedge to another metal gate into the churchyard.

(4) Go ahead through the churchyard keeping to the right of St. Edmunds Church and exit by a double metal gate to reach the road. Turn right onto the wide track and pass the last house on left to take wooden kissing gate ahead at end of the grassy track.

Enter the field and bear slightly right across field on an ill defined path 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 the hedge left to reach the corner footbridge and stile.

Take the stile then cross the narrow field to take a large metal gate ahead. Take the left-hand waymarked footpath and go diagonally across the corner of the field (or go left around the edge if the field heavily cropped) to reach a stile on left just behind a large tree.

(5) Take the stile, very carefully crossing the main London railway line, and then take another stile into a field. With your back to this stile go diagonally half right across a very large, often heavily ploughed, field keeping well right of the largest tree ahead. Stay on this same line.

(6) Half way across the field you will pass over an oftn ill-defined path leading from left to right which you took earlier on the route at waypoint (2). Keep going gently uphill through this large field (no wayposts and often no visible path) and eventually a farmhouse with two chimneys will appear to the far right.

Head 100 yards to the left of this farmhouse and 100 yards to the right of the field corner, to find and take very narrow unsigned gap through the hedge. Cross over the road (B4084), taking care of bends, to take the footpath opposite through a wooden gate.

Go across a small field to take the gap, then go diagonally 1/4 left across the next field towards the wide gap in the hedge. Take a gap then turn left on farm track staying in the field to pass in front of group of houses ahead to reach the main road A44).

(7) Go directly across the busy main road and proceed along the driveway of Wolverton Hall Farm. On reaching the farm house, by the game farm business, go right on the farm track following the waymarker. Stay on the track which shortly veers left, to take waymarked footpath left through a black metal kissing gate.

Go straight across the field aiming to the right of the octagonal Folly. Continue past waymarker on telegraph pole to take the gate in the tree line to go through the copse exiting by another gate. Continue slightly left ahead up the field with the hedge far left passing a lone oak tree and taking the gate at the top corner.

Go with hedge right and after 250 yards (at the brow) take a wide gap right into the adjacent field staying on the same line but now with hedge left. Proceed gently down the field to take a large metal gate before continuing up the track ahead.

(8) Stay along the track to 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 the road towards the hamlet of White Ladies Aston.

Continue along the road past houses, through the sharp bends, eventually reaching a public footpath on your left, where we re-join The Millennium Way. This footpath is situated next to a red brick barn. Go up this path with the wall then hedge right.

(9) Leave the woodland path immediately it swings left, keeping straight ahead through the undergrowth on the short unclear path into the right corner to find and cross the ditch with footbridge to the 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 a private garden. Cross the garden and exit by a stile to cross gravelled area.

Take the path a few yards to the right of the garage barn for 25 paces (it can be overgrown) to exit by two tricky fence stiles into the field, then go left to reach the metal kissing gate. Do not take the kissing gate or exit field, instead turn your back to the kissing gate and go diagonally 3/4 left to pass the field corner and take far kissing gate (adjacent to large metal gate) to the road.

(10) Go right on road and after some 250 paces take the gate left into a narrow field. Go diagonally half way down field to take gate right into adjacent field. Go diagonally to take far corner field kissing gate leading to road. Go left on road to arrive back at The Berkeley pub. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 151ft - The Berkeley
1 : mi 0.22 - alt. 135ft - Power cables
2 : mi 0.93 - alt. 148ft - Shortcut - Railway
3 : mi 1.73 - alt. 98ft - Wood
4 : mi 2.18 - alt. 164ft - Churchyard
5 : mi 2.7 - alt. 131ft - Main London railway line
6 : mi 2.85 - alt. 148ft - Field - Shortcut
7 : mi 3.47 - alt. 131ft - Main road A44
8 : mi 4.83 - alt. 151ft - Farm buildings
9 : mi 5.51 - alt. 177ft - Woodland
10 : mi 5.98 - alt. 161ft - Road
D/A : mi 6.42 - alt. 148ft - The Berkeley

Useful Information

Start: The Berkeley, Egdon WR7 4QL.
Parking: The Berkeley if taking refreshment or roadside
Maps: OS Explorer 190/204 or OS Landranger 150
Stiles: 9
Refreshments: The Berkeley (01905 954705)

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

More information at Millenium Way website here.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

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

On your way south-westwards towards the railway line you may just see to the northwest the new monastery of Mucknell Abbey dedicated as recently as 2011 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams. The abbey was formerly a derilict farm and was purchased by the community after they had sold their former property in Burford. A large part of the ethos of the community is ecological sustainability this includes high grade insulation, heating supplied by a biomass boiler, photovoltaic panels, solar water heating, rain water harvest and sewerage digester.

The railway was constructed in 1852 and opened as the Oxford Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway and opened to traffic on 3 May 1852. It became the West Midland railway in 1860 and merged with the Great Western in 1863. Today it carries an hourly service to London.

Stoulton parish church dedicated to St Edmund King and Martyr is Norman and dates from 1120. Note the red fire engine of flowers in the churchyard. The windows date from the 13th Century and the tower was rebuilt in 1936. It has a peel of 6 recast bells. H B Kingford donated much to this church in memory of his father who was onetime vicar here. The carved panelling and stained glass came here from St Helen’s Worcester. The woman spinning in one window is a portrait of Rev Kingsford's daughter, Madelaine Chaytor. In the churchyard are the memorials of two local families the Blizards and Hemus’. These generous benefactors left a charitable fund to supply bread to villagers, a practice that continued up to the time of rationing in wartime.

The old vicarage dates from the 17th Century and was rebuilt in 1820.

The village formed part of the Eastnor Estate until 1917. The old school house was once lived in by Gustav Holst's half-brother, who played the cello, and taught music in local schools. The village school was opened in 1877 and closed in 1933. Today it is used as a village hall.

The Mount was a staging posting house on the London Road. Is now Grade II listed Several windows were bricked up in the days of window tax but are now reopened. A yearly Wake was held outside the inn, with stalls, backsword play and shin kicking. The landlord presented copper kettles as prizes.

At Wolverton Hall you will notice an octagonal Folly. Built in 2020 (yes) it has three stories. A dining room, an office and a viewing gallery. The architect, Quinlan Terry, has designed buildings for Prince Charles and all the building materials were sourced locally including bricks from Moreton in Marsh and glass from Cirencester. The hall itself was renovated since the year 2000 by the current owner.

The name White Ladies Aston derives from an order of nuns who were granted land in the parish The church of St. John Baptist was enlarged with the aisle and vestry in 1861 but it stands largely unaltered since the 12th C. Windows have been inserted in the 14th century and another in the 15th. The round-headed south doorway is 12thC , The font, probably of the 13th century, is of a dark red sandstone with a twelve-sided bowl. There are three bells: the first dated 1707; the second 1636; the third inscribed 'Sancte Jacobpe, ora pro nobis,' with a crowned female head and a cross.

The village has many half timbered thatched houses. At the south end of the village lies Moat Farm complete with a moat. Aston Court was formerly the residence of the Good family.. During the Civil War the Goods took the Royalist side, and Aston Court was plundered. 'The Puritan commander', noticing a pretty Miss Good, became very rude in his attentions, and to save herself from outrage she fled into a neighbouring wood, where she climbed into a tree and shrouded herself among the thick foliage and thus escaped further notice.

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 4/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 4/5


Walker
on Mon 04 Jul 2022 11:22:02 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 30/06/22
Description quality : Good
Easiness to follow the route : Good
Walk interest : Good

This is a lovely easy walk, over half is alongside the calm waters of the river Avon. Very picturesque. We did struggle a little to understand the instructions around the Strencham Lock area but believe this to be because the original path has now become private land. However the map and Google maps allowed us to easily reroute along the road back up to eckington village. Back at the car park we were told of another similar walk on the opposite side of the river, walking in the opposite direction. We are hoping to do this one next time. Overall summary, beautiful calm easy walk, would recommend

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