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The Boyne Arms and Burwarton Pole

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The Boyne Arms and Burwarton Pole
Author: Claire, Published: 04 Jun 2014 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
Shropshire, Burwarton
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
The Boyne Arms and Burwarton Pole
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A 4 mile circular pub walk from the Boyne Arms in Burwarton, Shropshire. The Boyne Arms is a classic country pub and restaurant, the perfect place for refreshments after your walk. The walking route heads up though Burwarton Park and continues high into the Shropshire Hills, looping through the hillside sheep pastures with pretty lakes and streams to enjoy and magnificent views down to the valley below.

The walk follows paths across hillside pastures which can be fairly rough and muddy so good boots are a must. The first half of the walk climbs first steadily and then more steeply up into the hills (about a 180m rise) with the return leg following the equivalent descent. There are several gates along the way plus two stiles (these have wire mesh surrounds so dogs may need a lift over). Most of the way round you will be sharing the paths with sheep and two fields (at the start and then at the end) are likely to be holding cattle, so take care with dogs. Approximate time 2 hours.

Burwarton is located about half way between Ludlow and Bridgnorth in Shropshire, on the edge of the Shropshire Hills. The walk starts and finishes from the Boyne Arms pub, on the main B4364 through the village. The pub has its own car park. Approximate post code WV16 6QH.

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Walk Sections

Start to Burwarton Park
Start to Burwarton Park

Start point: 52.4625 lat, -2.564 long
End point: 52.4593 lat, -2.5661 long

Standing with your back to the pub, cross over the main road with care and turn left along the pavement. Where the road bends left, turn right down the small access lane. Follow this concrete track down between cottages and farm buildings and you will come to a ford ahead. Cross this (using the bridge to the left if the water is running too deep).

Keep ahead along the track and ignore the first gate into the field on the right. Continue past a wood store and farm machinery to reach the second gate on the right, marked as a public footpath. Pass through this gate into the field (which may be holding cattle) and turn left along the bottom boundary of the field. At the far side, pass through the metal gate ahead to reach a grass track alongside a crop field. Turn right and follow the track up to a T-junction with the road. Cross over with care and take the stone track opposite, which enters Burwarton Park.

Burwarton Park to Tarmac Lane
Burwarton Park to Tarmac Lane

Start point: 52.4593 lat, -2.5661 long
End point: 52.459 lat, -2.5781 long

Follow the track steadily uphill. A little way up the track swings right into the adjacent field, do NOT follow this, instead keep straight ahead on the grass path with the fence on the right and an open crop field on the left. Across to the right you will have a great view of Burwarton Park including Burwarton Hall.

Burwarton Hall, built in the 1830s is the seat of Viscount Boyne, whose family gives their name to the pub. The estate has extensive formal gardens and a landscaped park all carefully sited to take advantage of the rugged upland scenery of the locality. In the 1920s the grounds were extended to include a rose garden and yew hedge by Brenda Colvin, one of Britain’s most distinguished landscape architects.

Continue past a fenced copse of trees on the right and, just a few yards later (just before you reach the old oak tree ahead), fork left onto the path which cuts diagonally through the corner of the crop field. The path leads you to the middle of a line of fir trees where you will find a stile. Cross this and then keep straight ahead uphill through the rough area of scrub to reach the next stile ahead. Cross this (note: there will be sheep grazing after this stile) and a few paces later you will come to a T-junction with a tarmac lane, with a post marking the crossroads paths.

Tarmac Lane to Boyne Water
Tarmac Lane to Boyne Water

Start point: 52.459 lat, -2.5781 long
End point: 52.4594 lat, -2.591 long

Turn right along the lane for just three or four paces and then turn left onto a subtle grass sunken track heading up through the sheep pasture. Follow the track climbing and soon you will be following the edge of a fenced section of woodland on the left. Stay with this fence line as it climbs steeply. Soon the parkland on the right opens up and you will pass a small copse of trees across to the right. You will see an obvious fork in the track here.

Take the right-hand branch (before you do, it is worth taking a moment to look back and enjoy the views down to Burwarton House and the valley below). Just a short distance later you will come to a grass track across the top of the field. Cross this and keep ahead through the wooden gate where you will see a yellow arrow confirming this route as a public footpath.

Follow the path as it bears right and then swings left to run alongside the right-hand fence. A little further up the path swings left, crossing the pasture to reach the trees on the left-hand side. Keep ahead onto the grass track which passes between two fenced sections of trees. Just beyond this fenced section you will come to Boyne Water on the left.

Take a moment to catch your breath and enjoy the views across the lake. You’re likely to see a whole array of wildlife including dragonflies, swallows and tufted ducks. The deep man-made pool is also popular with wild swimmers. The nearby summit of Brown Clee Hill was a great hazard to aircraft in World War II and claimed many German and Allied lives. The remains of one of the planes, a Wellington Bomber, are said to rest at the bottom of Boyne Water.

Boyne Water to Stream Ridge Path
Boyne Water to Stream Ridge Path

Start point: 52.4594 lat, -2.591 long
End point: 52.465 lat, -2.5889 long

Continue along the track and after just a few yards it will lead you to a T-junction with a stone vehicle track. Turn right along this. Enjoy this more level section of walking and take time to enjoy the glorious views across the valley to the right. Ignore the first path off to the left; simply stay on the stone track which descends steadily.

Continue through an open gateway and, just beyond this, you will see the ruins of a stone property in the trees on the left. This was Burwarton Pole, one of several stone properties scattered across the estate. They probably originated as squatters cottages but were later rebuilt in stone by the estate.

Just beyond these ruins, do NOT follow the track that swings left, instead keep ahead on the narrower grass path through the pasture. At the far side pass through the metal gate and you will emerge to a T-junction with a stone vehicle track. Turn right for just a few paces and then turn right again, through a wooden gate into a hillside field, planted with young trees. With your back to the gate, cross the field at between 10 and 11 o’clock, heading diagonally downhill.

Go down the steep grass slope through the belt of trees, taking particular care as this can be quite slippery. You will emerge via a wooden gate to reach another stone track. Turn right for just a few paces and then, before you reach the next gate, fork left onto the grass path which follows a ridge with the stream running down to the left.

Stream Ridge Path to End
Stream Ridge Path to End

Start point: 52.465 lat, -2.5889 long
End point: 52.4626 lat, -2.5639 long

Follow this ridge path downhill for some distance, following the line of the pretty stream down to the left. Eventually you will emerge out via a gate to reach a T-junction at a sharp bend within a vehicle lane. Turn left along this and follow the concrete lane climbing steadily. A little way along you will see a wooden gate on the right. Glance through this to see the pretty Bridge Pool, one of several pools created in the 1800s to serve as fire pools for the house. The area was planted in memory of the 10th Viscount Boyne who died in 1995.

Keep ahead on the concrete access lane which swings left and, a little further along, reaches a junction with another lane. Turn sharp right and follow this lane downhill between pastures and horse paddocks. You will pass the back of the buildings of the Burwarton Estate. Keep ahead across the cattle grid (you can skirt round to the left of this using the gate if you would prefer or if you have a dog with you). Note: you may come across cattle from this point.

Follow the drive ahead and you will pass first a set of white wooden gates on the right and then a set of white metal gates also on the right. At this point, the footpath leaves the drive (which swings left) and continues straight ahead along the right-hand edge of the pasture. At the far side, a gate leads you out to the village road. (Note: if the corner of the field is too muddy there is an alternative: take the last wide wooden gate on the right and you'll emerge to the lane behind the pub, keep ahead and down the small alleyway to reach the pub car park). Cross over with extreme care (the visibility of the traffic is a bit difficult here) and then turn right along the pavement. Follow the road round to the right and cross over again to reach the Boyne Arms for some well-earned hospitality.

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