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The Dysart Arms and Bunbury

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The Dysart Arms and Bunbury
Author: pubwalker, Published: 22 Sep 2013 Walk rating : Rating:star1 The Dysart Arms and Bunbury Cheshire pub walkstar1 The Dysart Arms and Bunbury Cheshire pub walkstar1 The Dysart Arms and Bunbury Cheshire pub walkstar0 The Dysart Arms and Bunbury Cheshire pub walkstar0 The Dysart Arms and Bunbury Cheshire pub walk
Cheshire, Taporley
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
The Dysart Arms and Bunbury
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot The Dysart Arms and Bunbury Cheshire pub walk boot The Dysart Arms and Bunbury Cheshire pub walk boot The Dysart Arms and Bunbury Cheshire pub walk
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A 3 mile circular pub walk from the Dysart Arms in Bunbury, Cheshire. The Dysart Arms is a classic English village pub with lovely open fires, lots of old oak and a really pleasant garden. The walking route performs a simple loop around the surrounding countryside with chance to visit the nearby Bunbury Mill, an old watermill, and lots of peaceful stretches through the local fields and pastures.

The walk is relatively flat with just a few gentle inclines. The paths are almost all across grass pastures and these can get very muddy after rain so good waterproof boots are a must (along with a change of shoes for the pub!). You will need to negotiate a number of kissing gates plus 11 stiles, some of which are very tall (so may pose a challenge for less able people), and enclosed (so dogs may need a lift over). The large fields you cross are likely to be holding cattle, sheep and horses so take care with dogs. Bunbury Mill is only working on Sunday afternoons in the summer months, so time your walk accordingly if you want to see the mill in action. Allow 1.5 hours.

Bunbury is located south of Taporley and north-west of Nantwich. The walk starts and finishes at the Dysart Arms on Bowes Gate Road. The pub has its own small car park, but at busy times please park in the village streets with consideration for residents. Alternatively you can park at Bunbury Mill (Waypoint One). Approximate post code CW6 9PH.

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Walk Sections

Start to Bunbury Mill
Start to Bunbury Mill

Start point: 53.1185 lat, -2.646 long
End point: 53.118 lat, -2.6396 long

The walk begins from the front door of the pub, standing facing the church. Turn left and follow the road as it swings right following the line of the church yard wall, signed to Bunbury Mill.

The church is dedicated to Saint Boniface and dates mainly from the 14th century, although a church has stood on this site since the 8th century. It is considered to be one of the best architectural examples of its type, built from distinctive red sandstone with a lead and slate roof.

Continue past another church yard on the left and follow the road as it swings gently right passing a triangle of grass on the right. Immediately after this triangle turn right over a stile to enter a large hillside grass pasture (any of the pastures from this point may be holding cattle). With your back to the stile, cross this field between 1 and 2 oc’clock, heading for the centre of the woodland at the far side. Towards the end of the field, the path swings hard left and leads to a stile with a wide gate alongside. Cross the stile and swing right to walk across the circular parking area for Bunbury Mill, passing to the right of red brick mill building itself.

Bunbury Mill to Bird's Lane
Bunbury Mill to Bird's Lane

Start point: 53.118 lat, -2.6396 long
End point: 53.1142 lat, -2.6344 long

There is evidence that a corn mill has been on this site since 1290. The present building dates from about 1844, when an earlier mill was destroyed by fire. Bunbury Mill is now open to visitors on Sunday afternoons 1-5pm from Easter until the end of September. The mill is working during opening hours and so if you’re lucky enough to be passing at this time you’ll hear the roar of the waterwheel and the rumble of mill stones.

Keep ahead over the bridge across the weir. Swing right in front of the visitor centre, then keep left along the side of the visitor centre and join some boardwalks which lead you left to a stile. Cross the stile into the next pasture and walk ahead up the short slope with the fenced water treatment works on your left. Before the end of the fence, fork right heading for a solitary oak tree.

Just before you reach the tree, swing left (between 9 and 10 o’clock) heading half-way between two telegraph poles and at the boundary you’ll come to a stile (which sits just to the right of a metal gate). Cross this and head at about 2 o’clock to reach the corner of the square hedge line which juts into the field. Once you reach this corner, keep right along the hedge line and cross the next stile out into Bird’s Lane.

Bird's Lane to Farmhouse
Bird's Lane to Farmhouse

Start point: 53.1142 lat, -2.6344 long
End point: 53.1073 lat, -2.6373 long

Turn right along the lane, passing Woodworth Cottage on the left. Ignore the footpath left after this, instead just keep ahead along the lane. After about 200 yards, turn left down a stone lane marked as a footpath.

At the fork, keep right on the stone track which heads towards the farm buildings. Before you reach the buildings you’ll see a footpath yellow arrow on a telegraph pole pointing left. Turn left here and follow the right-hand edge of this field until you reach a wide metal gate ahead. Go through this gate onto a concrete farm track (you may only be able to see the mud layer over the concrete – that’s dairy farming for you!) and go through the next gate into the pasture.

Keep ahead on the concrete track for just a few paces and, before the track ends, fork right to follow the right-hand boundary fence of this pasture. Cross the stile into the next field and keep ahead along the right-hand boundary. As the hedgeline swings away right, keep ahead to reach the hedge corner on the opposite side.

Pass through the metal gate and keep ahead down the right-hand edge of this next field. At the end of the field, cross the stile ahead into a smaller field where you’ll see a large brick farmhouse to the left.

Farmhouse to Tree Lined Track
Farmhouse to Tree Lined Track

Start point: 53.1073 lat, -2.6373 long
End point: 53.1113 lat, -2.6488 long

Keep ahead for a few paces and you’ll see a stile to the left which heads into the farmhouse. Do NOT take this, instead turn right and walk along the field directly away from the farmhouse. The path begins relatively close to the left-hand hedge, but soon veers slightly right and then crosses a footbridge via a pair of stiles.

Cross straight over this next short field and then go over the next stile into the large open pasture. Cross this pasture at about 1 o’clock. Half way across this field the path veers slightly left to reach a stile in the far boundary. Cross this and you’ll come to a junction of paths. Keep straight ahead on the path along the right-hand fence.

Pass through the kissing gate and walk at 11 o’clock, take another kissing gate and continue in the same direction to reach a third kissing gate which leads you into a tree lined track.

Tree Lined Track to End
Tree Lined Track to End

Start point: 53.1113 lat, -2.6488 long
End point: 53.1186 lat, -2.646 long

Go ahead down this track, passing under the arches of trees. Opposite a large horse chestnut tree, turn right through a kissing gate and keep ahead along the right-hand edge of this field. Keep ahead in the same direction (via kissing gates) through the next three fields which are likely to be holding both sheep and horses.

You will reach a collection of bungalows. Keep left along the tarmac lane, pass the Methodist Church on the right and you’ll come to a T-junction with the main village road through Bunbury. Turn right along the village road (taking care of any traffic), and keep right at the junction (signed to Taporley).

Pass the Village Hall on the right and then turn right down Wyche Lane. Immediately after Roxby Cottage, turn left through a kissing gate and cross this field diagonally to reach the white gable end on the far side. Across to the left you’ll have a lovely view of the church above the tree tops. Go through the kissing gate (which is just to the left of the gable end) and keep left down the narrow fenced path.

You’ll emerge to a quiet village lane. Turn left along this and follow it (taking care to listen for any traffic) as it winds steadily uphill towards the church. Just beyond the church you’ll come to the Dysart Arms on the left for some well-earned hospitality.

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4 responses to "The Dysart Arms and Bunbury"

Great little walk with plenty of opportunity to add another couple of miles if you wanted.

By Sinclair on 2014-03-20 16:21:25

Avoid if walking dogs. High stiles, lots of barbed wire and mud. Very difficult with two dogs.

Admin response: Sorry to hear you you had a hard time out with your dogs. Remember to always read the introduction summary at the start of each iFootpath walk where we always try to describe exactly what you'll come across. The introduction here does warn of the tall and enclosed stiles which will mean that dogs will need a lift over. Our standard poodle is very compliant about being lifted over stiles (and there are two of us humans to make that easier) so we managed the walk just fine, but completely understand that two dogs and one human would be a different story... and of course the pub lunch beckoning at the end always makes it worthwhile.

By albuchanan on 2014-04-05 14:11:39

I found this walk boring because it never varied from trudging through farmers fields. It was more than a little boggy in mid February. However Bunbury itself and the pub were lovely

By meaghan on 2015-02-20 16:29:40

My wife and I walked the Dysart Arms and Bunbury walk on Thursday 23rd July 2015. We added the Bunbury Locks up to Calveley to the walk and picked up your walk at a later stage allowing us a walk of aprox' 6 miles, about 3hrs walking time. I would like to let you know that a lot of the paths across the fields are quite overgrown at this time of the year and ill defined. Also most of the fields have cattle with very young calfs in them making the cows very nervous to the point that one very large cow with two calfs actually made an aggressive run at us although we were on the opposite side of the field (as far away as we could get) the cow stopped about a hundred metres from us so no harm done but walkers need to be aware at this time of year. Having made our way back to the Dysart Arms we enjoyed a welcome drink and lunch.

By paulweston on 2015-07-25 17:15:28

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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