Pleasant mainly flat circular walk starting and ending at a pub.
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.
Park on the High St or in the pub car park.
(D/A) From the pub car park, turn left and walk down the slight hill. Pass either side of a full width metal vehicle gate and continue straight on. Pass through the clay pigeon shooting ground. If on a Sunday morning and they are shooting please press the button to sound the siren to let the shooters know you are there. Once clear of the shooting ground continue straight on towards some woods in the distance. The hedge will be on your right. Before you get to the woods the footpath switches to the other side of the hedge so it will then be on your left.
(1) On entering the woods, you will find a footpath crossroads. Turn left here. On exiting the woods the path crosses a field. Just carry on straight in front of you to a substantial metal bridge across Langley Brook. Carry on up the track. Keep an eye out for animals in the woods to your left. You will pass Hill Farm on your right and find yourself on a well maintained gravel drive.
(2) Turn right and go through a large gap in the wooden fencing. If you get to a large vehicle gate across the drive you have gone too far. Cross the overgrown grassy field keeping straight ahead of you. Cross a stile and skirt around the edge of the next small field which has some equestrian enclosures. Cross the stile to Middleton Lane. Bear left for a few yards and then turn right across a deep ditch. Initially, follow the right hand edge of the field and then cross the field towards a stile that can just be made out in the distance. It is about 50 yards to the left of the white building.
(3) Pass by the stile and then cross into a garden. Keep to the left of the garden and the building and exit through some metal gates onto Green Lane. Turn right and opposite the hay barn turn left through a gap in the hedge onto the Belfry Golf Course. When you see an earth bank on your right, turn right and follow the brook and the bank on your left until the bank runs out and the brook turns left. Cross a small bridge here and keep the brook to your right. Pick up the tarmac path and follow until you have passed underneath the electricity lines. The path goes to the right and you need to go straight on into a yard and then over a stile to the left of a pair of galvanised iron vehicle gates.
(4) You are now at the junction of Wishaw Lane and Brick Kiln Lane. Turn left up Wishaw Lane.
(5) At the top of the hill you come to a T junction. Go straight across to find the slightly hidden path that runs to the right of the house in front of you along the field edge. Pass through a small belt of woodland and head across a field often electric fenced off and containing horses.
(6) Cross a rickety but solid concrete bridge and follow the path back to Middleton High St. Turn left to return to the pub.(D/A)
D : mi 0 - alt. 299ft - Green Man Pub car park
1 : mi 0.94 - alt. 374ft - Woods
2 : mi 1.62 - alt. 331ft
3 : mi 2.06 - alt. 285ft - Stile
4 : mi 2.58 - alt. 246ft - Junction
5 : mi 3.04 - alt. 279ft - Hill
6 : mi 3.38 - alt. 259ft - Concrete bridge
A : mi 3.65 - alt. 295ft - Green Man Pub car park
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