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|The Boyne Arms and Burwarton Park|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 07 Jun 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3 mile 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 visits the ruins of the village church before climbing up into Burwarton Park, the family home of Viscount Boyne, and then back down along the same route. The view point within the park gives you chance to see Burwarton House, the parkland and the surrounding hills and valleys. |
The walk follows mostly a wide tarmac track with two short sections across grass pastures which can get quite muddy after rain and in winter. The walk climbs steadily to the viewpoint with the return leg following the equivalent descent. There are several simple gates along the way but no stiles or steps. One field you cross (on both the way up and down) is likely to be holding cattle and the pasture at the top of the route will be holding sheep so take care with dogs. Approximate time 1.5 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.
|Start to Church Ruins|
Start point: 52.4626 lat, -2.564 long
Start the trail at the front of the pub where you will be able to see the Boyne family’s elaborate coat of arms. The title Viscount Boyne was created in 1717 for a military commander, Gustavus Hamilton. In 1850 his great-grandson, the seventh Viscount, assumed the additional surname of Russell (that of his father-in-law). The current Viscount Boyne, the eleventh, is Gustavus Michael Stucley Hamilton-Russell, born 1965. The family arms are supported each side by a pair of mermaids and above this are two crests; a goat and an oak tree. The escallop shell adorning the side of the goat represents the Russell surname, whilst the frame saw across the oak’s trunk represents the Hamilton surname. The Latin motto, Nec Timeo Nec Sperno, translates as ‘I neither fear nor despise’.
|Church Ruins to Track Fork|
Start point: 52.461 lat, -2.5634 long
Keep ahead along the left-hand edge of the church yard and pass through the metal gate at the top. This next section of the footpath leads you along the left-hand edge of the grounds of a private residence, with the stream still to the left. The residence is the Dower House, a common component within family estates, for use by the widow of the estate’s owner. The widow, often known as the dowager, usually moves into the Dower House from the larger family house on the death of her husband to make way for the heir.
|Track Fork to Top View Point|
Start point: 52.4686 lat, -2.5716 long
Turn sharp left, following the track still climbing and then swinging right. Soon a metal fence and rhododendron hedge will begin on the left. A little way along this you will see a gate on the left. Take a moment to 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.
|Top View Point to End|
Start point: 52.4603 lat, -2.579 long
When you have finished admiring the views you need to re-trace your steps back to the pub. To do this, follow the access lane down the hill and swinging sharp right past Bridge Pool. At the next junction, turn sharp right again and follow the lane downhill between pastures and horse paddocks. You will pass the back of the buildings of the Burwarton Estate.
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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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