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|Titley Village and Mortimer Country|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 10 Aug 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3.5 mile circular walk from the small village of Titley in Herefordshire. The route performs a simple loop through the surrounding countryside taking in hillside pastures, ancient lanes and open crop fields. There are wonderful views from the top of the hillside pastures as you enjoy this journey through the southern part of Mortimer Country, the former stomping ground of the powerful medieval Marcher Lords. |
The walk includes several long but steady climbs and descents. The field paths can be very muddy after periods of rain and can also get quite overgrown so good boots and long trousers are a must. You will need to negotiate two stiles (both with adjacent dog gates) plus a number of gates and kissing gates (some of which are a tight squeeze). You will be sharing the pastures with sheep and sometimes cattle so take care with dogs. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.
Titley is a small village located on the B4355 between Kington and Presteigne in Herefordshire. There is a small lay-by parking area (with a phone box and post box) just off the B4355, between the war memorial and the church. Approximate post code HR5 3RR.
|Start to Double Kissing Gate|
Start point: 52.2347 lat, -2.9806 long
From the lay-by, cross over the road with care and turn right along the pavement. You will pass the entrance gate for Titley Priory on the left, the remains of a monastery that was founded in the 1100s. Next you will pass St Peter’s Church also on the left. The church was originally the priory’s chapel but it was entirely rebuilt in 1868.
|Double Kissing Gate to Green Lane|
Start point: 52.2426 lat, -2.987 long
Cross this field at about 1 o’clock to reach the gate within the far hedge. Pass through this and walk straight ahead coming over the brow of the hill. At this point the views open up ahead to the woodland slopes in the north.
|Green Lane to Burnt House|
Start point: 52.2466 lat, -2.9924 long
Follow the track passing the barn on the left and properties on the right. Pass through the wide metal gate ahead to join the grass track between hedgerows (which can be overgrown in the summer). Further along, another wide gate leads you onto a section of track through a tunnel of trees.
|Burnt House to Turning Ways|
Start point: 52.2432 lat, -3.0064 long
Do NOT pass through either of the gates, instead turn sharp left on the narrow path through woodland signed to Titley. The path soon becomes a pretty sunken slope down under a tunnel of trees. Take care as the slope can be slippery when wet. The path swings left between hedgerows to continue its descent (again this section can get overgrown).
|Turning Ways to End|
Start point: 52.2368 lat, -2.9887 long
Turn right along the quiet lane, taking care of any occasional traffic. Follow the lane for some distance and, when you come to a fork in the road, keep right on the main lane. You will pass the village hall on the left and then emerge to a T-junction with the main village road alongside the pub.
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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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