May Hill and Newent Woods

This circular walk first leads to a great viewpoint from May Hill before you follow a section of Wysis Way and quiet paths in Newent Woods.

Technical sheet
No. 4239212
A Aston Ingham walk posted on 23/10/20 by charentimoy. Update : 08/04/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h45[?]
Distance Distance : 4.63mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 699ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 699ft
Highest point Highest point : 978ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 325ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Aston Ingham
Starting point Starting point : N 51.89711° / W 2.451114°
Download : -
Conifers at the top of May Hill View of Severn River far away from May Hill Towards South Wales hills from May Hill Nice property in Glasshouse village

Description

Park your car at May Hill car park (close to Yartleton Farm).

(D/A) From the car park, head to the metallic gate on the other side of the road and go straight across the grassland heading to the large path in the woods which slightly goes up for 250 metres.

(1) Then, go through the small gate ("May Hill Walk" blue sign). Go across the open meadow with ferns leading to the conifers area far away. You finally reach May Hill enjoying great views of the Severn River and South Wales mountains!

(2) Past the Os Triangulation Point, continue straight the path between ferns which goes down for almost one kilometre. Then, go through the gate on your left following "May Hill" arrow, go past the National Trust signpost and continue "May Hill walk" and "Wysis Way" on the left when you reach the "No horses" signpost. Go past "Sheepcote Private Drive" signpost until you join a fork past a gate.

(3) At this fork, ignore the yellow arrow which goes straight but follow the yellow one and "Wysis Way" which descends on the right. Follow this narrow path in the woods for one kilometre before you reach a road. Ascend the road on the left for 250 metres and turn right when you see the "public footpath" signpost. Go across the field leading to the woods.

(4) Pay attention when you enter the woods, take the left side at the non-well-marked fork and continue the path for 500 metres before you turn right past a small stream. Then, continue the path (can be wet and muddy!), avoid a fallen tree before you reach a junction with three signs (one yellow arrow and two horseshoes).

(5) Bear left walking the larger path. After 250 metres, continue straight ignoring a track on your left until you reach two signposts with two yellow arrows.

(6) Turn left and again left after 50 metres towards the restricted byway which leads to the road after 650 metres. Turn right and walk along the road for 450 metres. Bear left when you reach a metallic gate leading to a public bridleway next to "Huntley Woods Greenway" signpost. Ascend this pretty steep way for almost one kilometre.

(7) At the junction ignore the blue arrow but follow the yellow one on the right and continue up until you join a stile after 450 metres.

(8) Go through the stile and cross Geopark Way after a few metres. The path finally goes along the road down on your right until you join this road. Ascend the road for 150 metres and you are back to the car park.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 738ft - May Hill car park
1 : mi 0.21 - alt. 879ft - Gate
2 : mi 0.7 - alt. 978ft - May Hill
3 : mi 1.43 - alt. 666ft - Fork
4 : mi 2.22 - alt. 384ft - Fork
5 : mi 2.65 - alt. 364ft - Junction with three signs
6 : mi 2.94 - alt. 351ft - Restricted byway
7 : mi 3.94 - alt. 669ft - Yellow arrow
8 : mi 4.22 - alt. 692ft - Geopark Way
D/A : mi 4.63 - alt. 738ft - May Hill car park

Useful Information

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Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4/5
Number of opinions : 4
Description quality : 4.25/5
Routemap quality : 3.5/5
Walk interest : 4.25/5


Admin hiker
on Wed 05 Jan 2022 09:06:03 CET

Thank you for this feedback.
If you get to hike one other hike or this one do not hesitate to take notes and share them so we can also add them to the description. ;-)

Delphine - Community Developer


Walker
on Tue 04 Jan 2022 20:33:32 CET

It would be best to:

Say precisely which way to turn, ie left or right, in one simple sentence.
Be careful how you use the term fork, better to use two or three way junction.
Not mention things that you need to ignore.
Be clearer when explaining signposts.

Ainsley


Admin hiker
on Tue 04 Jan 2022 10:50:20 CET

Hi ainsleykilley

Thank you for this feedback.
Do you have any recommendations to improve the description?
Have a great year

Delphine - Community Developer


Walker
on Mon 03 Jan 2022 18:11:23 CET

Global average : 3.33 / 5

Date of walk : 03/01/22
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Disappointing
Walk interest : Good

The instructions were not very clear. We had difficulty following them and came back to the start by a different route. However we enjoyed the walk and would do it again.

Thanks


Walker
on Sun 12 Sep 2021 19:12:43 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 05/09/21
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

This walk has a good mix of gentle and steeper gradients, open views and woodland sections. The vista from May Hill is superb. This was the busiest part, with very few visitors elsewhere. A path had been cut through the sweetcorn so no detour was necessary to reach point 4. As noted in the description care is then needed, a GPS being helpful here in double-checking that the path going in the correct direction was being followed.


Walker
on Sun 27 Jun 2021 17:15:51 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 24/06/21
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

This is a super walk, with great views from May Hill, and a fascinating series of woodland paths to follow on a bright day.

The instructions need careful following but in the main we kept on track except for the section which takes you through a farmer's field which has crops growing with no path through it, so we had to wander round the field to get to the exit.
If you're doing the walk. simply turn left when you cross the style and walk round the edge of the field till you reach the exiting style into the woods.

Great walk.


Walker
on Mon 17 May 2021 09:22:24 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 17/05/21
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

Directions easy to follow generally. A nice length walk with incredible views and beautiful bluebells!

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