An enjoyable short walk starting from Flyford Flavel. The walk takes in attractive countryside and open farmland. This is walk 7 from the 44 composing the Millenium Way.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) Our walk starts from The Boot Inn at Flyford Flavell which is situated on a corner by a T- junction in the village of Flyford Flavell. Directly opposite the T-Junction you will find a public footpath sign and a stile. Take the stile and go diagonally left (North-West) across the field to take a gate into the grassed area in front of two houses.
(1) Go diagonally across this grassed area to the corner metal gate. Take a gate into a small field and continue ahead with the hedge left. Take the gated gap ahead on the left then continue gently down the field keeping in line with power lines, to find and take the metal gate around the lower-left hedge at the rear of a car dealership, to reach the main A422 road.
Cross over very busy A422 to take the large metal kissing gate opposite, into the field. Go slightly left diagonally (North-West) across the field to take a double-gated footbridge across the stream. Go 1/2 left for 25 paces and then through a metal gate.
(2) Go right up (North-West) the field keeping the hedge and wire fence on the right. At the top right corner of the field, by a nice bench for the Wychavon Way, take a slightly awkward fence stile, with a high footplate, to the surfaced track, turning right (North-East) immediately over a cattle grid.
Where the track turns right, take the stile on the left and then go right around the edge of a large field keeping the hedge right. Eventually, you will reach a metal kissing gate at the field corner. Take the gate then ahead to reach a plank bridge and metal kissing gate. Do NOT take this gate.
(3) Instead turn sharp left (North-East) up the field edge keeping the hedge right to take the metal kissing gate at the top. Once through this gate stay gently up the edge of the field keeping the hedge and then a woodland on your right.
Stay along the edge of field and eventually you will reach the field corner with a metal kissing gate. Go through the gate and continue with the hedge and trees right. Pass under power lines and after 50 paces cross over a waymarked A - framed stile, on your right, into the field.
(4) Head 35 paces towards the waymarked metal gate ahead and pass through turning right (East) to continue along the enclosed bridleway, which can be very muddy, until you reach a surfaced drive. Stay forward past houses to reach the road.
Turn right (south) on the road (Cockshot Lane) then almost immediately left (North-East) down Dormston Lane. Continue along the lane ignoring the first two footpaths on the right. Go past a red post box for approx 100 paces to take a bridleway right (South-East) (just after Moat Cottage) entering a field through a double metal gate.
(5) Once into the field go ahead keeping the hedge far-right, passing under power lines (ignore any footpath right) and stay ahead towards the metal gated gap in the hedge directly ahead. Go through the gap and stay forward across the field to pass under low-level power lines then through a metal gate into the next field.
Continue directly ahead across the centre of the field to take the gated gap directly ahead of you (ignore the first gap right) and, after entering the next field, turn sharp left (East) to follow up the edge of the field keeping the hedge left.
Take a small footbridge and a stile at the field corner gap and stay directly forward across the next field (if heavilly cropped with no obvious pathway, then go round the left-hand side of the field) to take a wooden stile into a pasture at the left side of Hill Farm Bed and Breakfast. Stay directly ahead to exit the pasture via gap/stile to Dormston lane.
(6) Turn right on the lane (you have now joined the Millennium Way and will be guided for the rest of the walk by the distinctive green waymarkers). Stay on the lane for 1/3rd mile downhill to a T-junction. Cross the main A422 and take the metal gate opposite into the field.
Go diagonally 1/2 right (South-West) across the field (the path is sometimes overgrown and poorly delineated) towards the right of buildings on the horizon to find a double-gated bridge over the stream. Cross the bridge, go right up field up a shallow gully and under a low single power line to find stile.
Cross the stile and go across a narrow field to take a double stile and plank bridge. Go ahead to take a further double stile and plank bridge then 1/2 left to take the large metal gate in the hedge. Go with a wire fence/hedge/wire fence right to find and cross a stile. Continue 1/2 left with the house to the left, to exit by the far left corner stile to the road.
(7) Go directly across the road to follow the Millennium Way sign through the gap into the field. Go with hedge left, past a gated footbridge at the field corner and continue around the field edge keeping hedge left to reach the top field corner. Go right for 15 paces to take stile in the hedge gap into the next field and continue directly ahead across the field.
(8) In the left-hand corner of the field cross a wooden stile by a fenced pond, then stay across the centre of the field towards mid hedge gateway. Cross the hidden stile to the left of the gateway and continue ahead with the hedge right. At the end of the field, take gate and cross a narrow overgrown field with a fence left to metal gate. Take the metal gate and turn right on a busy road to arrive back at The Boot Inn in the village of Flyford Flavel.
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 174ft - The Boot Inn
1 : mi 0.11 - alt. 187ft - Two houses
2 : mi 0.38 - alt. 131ft - Stream
3 : mi 0.9 - alt. 154ft - Sharp turn
4 : mi 1.48 - alt. 200ft - Waymarked metal gate
5 : mi 2.01 - alt. 180ft - Power lines
6 : mi 2.75 - alt. 210ft - Dormston lane
7 : mi 3.69 - alt. 154ft - Road
8 : mi 4.05 - alt. 151ft - Fenced pond
D/A : mi 4.41 - alt. 174ft - The Boot Inn
Mostly flat easy walking, but not all stiles are dog friendly. The second half of the walk incorporates a section of the Millennium Way, where you will be guided by the distinctive green waymarkers.
Start: The Boot Inn, Flyford Flavell WR7 4BS
Start Grid Ref: SO980 549
Car park : The Boot Inn if visiting, otherwise roadside
Maps: OS Explorer 204 or OS 150
Stiles: 16 (not all dog friendly)
More information at http://www.walking.41club.org/flyfordfla...
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Points of Interest - What to know and what to see.... by Andy Botherway
The village is not separately entered in the Domesday Survey, being then included in the estate of North Piddle under the abbey of Westminster. St PetersWhitsun Brook forms the southern and the Piddle Brook the north-western boundary of the parish. The parish church of Flyford is dedicated to St Peter. With the exception of the 15th Century tower it was rebuilt in 1883.
Moat FarmMoat Farm, pictured, which is passed on Dormston Lane is a fine timber-frame 17th Century farmhouse. It is Grade II* listed, together with a nearby dovecote from the same period.
For the church enthusiast, and since this is a short walk, a diversion to Kington may be of interest, as the small parish church has a fine timber-frame tower dating from the 13th Century.
The OS map indicates this church is without a tower which appears correct when viewed from the front. However, when viewed from the north-west, it does look more like a tower.
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