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|The Hand and Trumpet and Betley|
|Author: pubwalker, Published: 21 Sep 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3 mile circular pub walk from the Hand and Trumpet in Wrinehill, Staffordshire. The Hand and Trumpet is a true classic with old floors, rugs, open fires, old furniture and a sizeable garden with a great deck. The walking route performs a simple circuit around the surrounding pretty, undulating countryside crossing a range of fields and pastures and passing through the neighbouring village of Betley. |
The walk includes several steady climbs and descents and almost all of the paths are across fields – crop fields, water meadows and pastures – which can get very muddy so good waterproof boots are a must (along with a change of shoes for the pub!). There are a few gates plus 19 stiles to negotiate (including several fully enclosed stiles and one ladder stile that dogs may need a lift over). You are likely to come across horses, sheep and cattle grazing in the various fields so take care with dogs. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.
Wrinehill is situated on the A531 between Nantwich and Newcastle-under-Lyme, close to the Cheshire/Staffordshire border. The walk starts and finishes at the Hand and Trumpet on Main Street in Wrinehill. The pub has its own large car park alongside. Approximate post code CW3 9BJ.
|Start to Concrete Bridge|
Start point: 53.0236 lat, -2.3692 long
Leave the pub car park via the vehicle entrance and turn left and then left again down the side road called Cracow Moss. Follow the narrow lane with the pub car park running to your left. At the bottom of the slope, fork right and then, immediately after The White Cottage, turn left down a side-branch of the stone track.
|Concrete Bridge to Ladder Stile|
Start point: 53.0257 lat, -2.3779 long
Immediately after the bridge turn left following the fence line now on your left. Continue along this path using the strategically placed sleepers to cross the worst of the boggy areas. Over to the right you’ll see lots of reeds and other marginal plants growing, evidence that Betley Mere lies just beyond this. Betley Mere is one of the few natural standing waters in Staffordshire, developed in a natural depression in the glacial drift left by the ice sheets which covered the Cheshire-Shropshire plain some 15,000 years ago.
|Ladder Stile to St Margaret's Church|
Start point: 53.0318 lat, -2.3782 long
Climb the ladder stile to reach the next pasture (likely to be holding sheep). Cross this pasture at about 1 o’clock, walking immediately to the left of a line of oak trees. As the line of the trees end, bear a little more to the left, heading for the rooftops visible between the two sections of trees.
|St Margaret's Church to Wrench's Wood|
Start point: 53.0335 lat, -2.366 long
Dedicated to St Margaret of Antioch, the church is a beautiful medieval building which was restored by Sir George Gilbert Scott.
|Wrench's Wood to End|
Start point: 53.0282 lat, -2.3598 long
Cross the stile, footbridge, stile combination into the next field. Cross this field at 11 o’clock, passing immediately to the right of a large oak tree. Beyond this tree you’ll see a short steep slope down to a stile which is partially hidden in the sunken hedge. After crossing this stile, turn right along the right-hand edge of this long field.
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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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