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Blymhill and Marston

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Blymhill and Marston
Author: djhampton, Published: 29 Oct 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Staffordshire,
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Blymhill and Marston
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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This six mile walk is a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde route; glorious in the summer and a mud-fest in the autumn and winter, taking you to very remote fields and footpaths.

The route is very flat, but there are a plethora of stiles and gates. As the route is remote it is easy not to see anybody at all and with only a couple of hundred metres on roads at the beginning of the walk it is very safe indeed, although there is some livestock. Something to eat and drink is necessary as there are no shops or pubs on the route at all.

There are currently no buses serving Blymhill.

Blymhill is best reached by car from the A5. Travelling west along the A5 from Gailey island and the A449 for about five miles there is a crossroads for Bishop's Wood and Wheaton Aston at Ivetsey Bank. Go past this crossroads and take the next turning right into Blymhill Road and continue along this road for about a mile and a half into Blymhill. As you go through Blymhill there is a red telephone box at the corner of School Lane. Turn into School Lane and park near the church at the end of the lane.

Nearest post code TF11 8LJ

OS Explorer map 242

OS Reference SJ809123

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Walk Sections

Start to Brockhurst Road
Start to Brockhurst Road

Start point: 52.7081 lat, -2.2854 long
End point: 52.7151 lat, -2.2672 long

Park near the church in School Lane, Blymhill and then walk back to the main road and the telephone kiosk on the corner. Turn left and walk for about one hundred meters and just after where Hatch Lane lane joins from the left you want to turn right into the public bridleway.

Walk along the birdleway which is lined with Oaks, Ash, a few small Elms and Elders. At the top of the lane it opens into a field and you should follow the footpath up the left hand side of the field. In the corner of the field is a way marker pointing right so follow the edge of the field keeping the hedge to your left.

At the end of the field is a gap in the hedge into the next field so go through that and again keep to the left hand side of the field and then through a gate with a way marker into the next field. Go through the gate and walk along the edge of the next field again with the hedge on the left.

When you get about half way through the field and can see the far right hand corner, cross the field diagonally to that corner and a metal gate onto Brockhurst Road.

Brockhurst Road to Marston
Brockhurst Road to Marston

Start point: 52.7151 lat, -2.2672 long
End point: 52.7204 lat, -2.2457 long

Cross over Brockhurst Road and onto the clearly marked footpath. Walk along the right hand hedgerow until you are level with the Oak tree standing in the field and then make your way to the stile on the other side of the field which can be seen to the left of the telegraph post standing in the field.

Cross over the double stile and footbridge, and straight over the next field to the stile on the opposite side of the field. Cross over the stile and then head for the gate below the Oak tree and there is a double way marker next to it.

This is a crossroads of paths, but you want to go across the field towards the woodland where the Scot's pines can be seen. You need to head for a point where the hedge meets the woodland, Marston Coppice, so as not to stray from the footpath. Aim between the two free standing Oak trees in the field. Once at the woodland where there is a Little Owl box on an Ash tree, turn right and walk in front of the woodland to the corner of the field.

In the corner of the field is a gate with a way marker and then a stile with a way marker. There are two ponds here so walk between them and then off to the right following the way marker at an angle across the field along the left hand fence. In the corner is a gate which you go through and you are then presented with two tracks, left and right. You need to turn right track, the left actually being barred.

Follow this track passing way pointers to the end, where you meet another track. This is the very edge of Marston and you need to turn right.

Marston to Brockhurst
Marston to Brockhurst

Start point: 52.7204 lat, -2.2457 long
End point: 52.7033 lat, -2.262 long

As you walk along this track it will eventually bring you to a point where it opens up into fields and over to the left, (a couple of fields over) is Mottey Meadows National Nature reserve, one of the UK's best examples of wildflower rich floodplain meadows with over 240 species of flowering plants and grasses. At the right time of year the Snakes Head Frittilarys that come up in their thousands are spectacular.

Continue along the track until you come to a stile on the right. There is a track ahead of you, but over to the left, opposite the stile is a short track over a footbridge and this is where you need to go and then through the gate into a field. Walk along the left hand edge of the field passing a bridleway on your left that goes to Wheaton Aston. Continue along your route and as you go you can just about glimpse, well off to the left, some of the old medieval strip field system with very narrow strips of land, just fifty or so metres wide. These are the last that I know of in the Midlands, but are a very common sight in countries such as Poland.

Go through the next bridle gate and follow the right hand boundary past the pond and ignoring any gates off to the right. Walk past the small wood on your right and keep going until in the corner you come to a gate and a way pointer. Go through the gate and follow the path, which is very clear, across the field and then follow the hedge line with the hedge on your right. At the end is a steel gate, which takes you along a narrow lane between two hedges, emerging at a fields edge.

There is a very clear sign here across the field so follow this to the other side where there are several way markers. You need to turn right across the next field to the stile. Once over this double stile and footbridge make your way towards the white post with the orange marker on it following a little stream. There is another double stile and footbridge to the left of this white post and orange marker.

Once over these stiles you will find yourself in a very big field, and straight ahead of you, a small copse of trees and you want to head so that you just pass the right hand edge of this copse. When you arrive at the copse you can see some gates at the top of the field with a stile. Head for this and then cross the stile into a field which is now a Caravan Club camp site at Brockhurst.


Brockhurst to Brockhurst Lane
Brockhurst to Brockhurst Lane

Start point: 52.7033 lat, -2.262 long
End point: 52.7071 lat, -2.279 long

Walk out of the Caravan Club site onto the road and turn right and then as you approach the houses on the left, turn right where there is a footpath sign.

The footpath cuts off the corner to the field's edge and then follow the field's right hand edge to the corner where there is a stile and a way marker which sends you off to the far right hand corner of the next field where there is a double stile and footbridge into another field.

In the next field about sixty to seventy metres up the field on the right hand side is another stile and a single plank footbridge into the next field. In this field turn left and walk along the field to the stile in the corner of the field. Cross the stile and turn right and walk down the field's right hand edge. Up on the hill to your left is a farm.

At the end of the field is another stile with a way marker telling you to go straight ahead through a hedge with two pools to your left, which can be very muddy. Ahead of you in the field is a telegraph pole in the hedge beyond to the left is an Ash tree with the double stile you want at its foot.

Over this stile follow the line of the telegraph poles and just to their left are a couple of trees and a stile. Over the stile and walk up the left hand side of the field and over another stile into Brockhurst Lane.

Brockhurst Lane to End
Brockhurst Lane to End

Start point: 52.7071 lat, -2.279 long
End point: 52.708 lat, -2.2854 long

Once in Brockhurst Lane turn left and then after one hundred metres or so is a footpath sign taking you right. Follow the path between a farm building and some barn conversions then over a stile into a field. Follow the right hand edge of the field to the stile in the field corner and then right across the next field, over a stile and through a bit of wood.

Once through the wood you will find yourself in a green lane and you should follow this, past a large pool on the right to the far end of the field on your right. When you reach this there is a way marker into the field to the right. Follow the hedge line to the corner where it turns left but rather than turning left, cross the field to the Oak tree on the right which stands at the end of the raised pool on the far right hand side of the field.

At the Oak tree turn right and head for the hedge. It seems that you are going into a dead end, but a stile soon becomes evident ahead and slightly right. Cross the stile and make your way through the formal shrubs of someone's grounds.

When you hit a track turn right and head for the gate in front of you passing a large compost heap on the left. Go through the gate and then along the right hand side of the field and after about fifty metres turn right across the field passing to the left of the Cedar of Lebanon. In the corner is a stile onto a lane, turn right and then immediately on your left is a stile through the hedge. Over the stile head for what appears to be an old school and the stile that is clearly visible. As you walk across the field a church pops out from behind a large Beech tree, the church of St Mary's, Blymhill. Hop over the stile and walk left down the lane, over the cattle grid and back to where you have parked.

Your journey is at an end.

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