A farmland stroll to a historic house through Wybunbury.
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) From the front door, turn left through the gate next to the lychgate, then left again through a kissing gate by the St Chad’s Wybunbury information board and past an owl carved into a tree stump in the churchyard. Beyond a kissing gate, take the path straight on, down the bank. Bear left to pass a reedy pond and pass through a gateway beyond.
(1) Turn immediately left onto a permitted path into the nature reserve, negotiating a series of footbridges, gates, stiles and boardwalks. At a padlocked gate leading out to the open part of the moss, turn right over a footbridge, then right and left onto another boardwalk. Follow the narrow path through woodland over more footbridges and boardwalks. You emerge via a footbridge and gate into open fields; follow more boardwalks until you exit the reserve at a kissing gate with an interpretation board.
(2) On exiting the Nature Reserve, turn right to a kissing gate. Turn left to a stile in the wooden fence. Walk up the side of the field to a second stile into an area of hard-standing. Bear half-right to a stile on the far side, then continue in the same direction through a series of paddocks separated by stiles. After the last of these, at the top of the hill, bear right over a stile and walk alongside a narrow fishing lake on the left. Beyond the lake, cross the field, passing under the telegraph wires to a kissing gate at the corner of a wood. Ignoring this gate, turn right and walk along the edge of the wood. At the end of the wood, go through a kissing gate and cut the corner of the field ahead, before following the hedge towards Dove House Farm.
(3) Level with the farm buildings, turn left at a corner to a kissing gate. Follow the left-hand side of the next two fields to a path that leads along a garden fence and out to the road. Turn left past a layby on the right, then turn right into a no-through road. Beyond the football pitch, turn right past a picnic table and into woodland. Turn right at a fork past another table. On meeting a path along the edge of the wood, turn right to a gate into a lane. Turn left and walk towards the Hollies kennels. Just before the entrance gates, turn right through a kissing gate and bear left across a dog agility arena to a further kissing gate into a paddock. Turn right and walk round the right-hand edges of the field to a third kissing gate in the far corner. Cross a stile on your left into the driveway of Yewtree Farm; turn right and walk out to the road.
(4) Turn left along the road, past Highfield Farm to a bend with a mirror. Turn left along a footpath to the left of the first house, to a stile at the rear. Follow the left-hand edge of the field, which curves slightly to the right. When the hedge turns sharp left, strike out across the field, passing to the left of a dried-up pond and to the right of a telegraph pole, to a stile. Cross the farm drive to another stile, and continue in the same direction along the right-hand edge of a couple of fields. Dropping steeply, cross a stile on the right in the bottom corner and follow the valley for a short distance, before turning left over another stile, by a gate. Climb a slight hill, beyond which a field gate comes into view.
(5) At the road, turn left then right into a driveway (for a better view of the striking Tudor frontage of Lea Hall – pictured left – continue for 100 yards along the road to a bridleway on the right). Follow the driveway past Lea Hall on the left until it bends left and divides. Take the rightmost of the three tracks, into a field, and bear left on a sandy track. This bends right past a kissing gate and then follows the field edge down- and uphill before dropping to a stile in the corner. Turn left through a gate and down a bridleway past a telecommunications mast. Turn right just beyond a building on the left, onto a quarry track. A footpath runs parallel to the track on the left, which bears right to the bottom of a small valley before swinging left to a gate into a grassy field. Turn right and climb the hill, with glimpses over a large fishing lake on your right. Cross a stile into a paddock and continue to a second stile, beyond which the path drops down to the road.
(6) Turn left and follow the road with care back to Wybunbury and the Swan Inn.(D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 197ft - Swann Inn
1 : mi 0.16 - alt. 164ft - Path
2 : mi 0.56 - alt. 167ft - Kissing gate
3 : mi 1.42 - alt. 220ft - Dove House Farm
4 : mi 2.17 - alt. 230ft - Highfield Farm
5 : mi 3.06 - alt. 236ft - Den Lane
6 : mi 4.22 - alt. 200ft - Wrinehill Road
D/A : mi 4.8 - alt. 197ft - Swann Inn
Some paths may be muddy after rain and you may encounter paths under crops or through cattle pastures. Beware of earth-moving equipment in the vicinity of Lea Forge. Numerous stiles.
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