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|The Oakley Arms Reservoir and Priory Trail|
|Author: Pub Walker, Published: 10 May 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5 mile circular pub walk from The Oakley Arms near Brewood in Staffordshire. The Oakley Arms serves fine food, wines and local beer in the spacious dining areas or the beautiful terrace overlooking the lake. The walking route explores the local area, crossing arable fields and following quiet tracks and lanes to visit Belvide Reservoir and the former Black Ladies Priory along the way. There is plenty of wildlife to enjoy, including a wealth of wildfowl on the reservoir which is managed as a nature reserve. |
The walk is relatively flat with just a few gentle slopes. There are no stiles or kissing gates on route, just a few single bridle gates and one sleeper bridge to negotiate. The paths can be muddy or waterlogged at times and they are also rutted and uneven in part so good boots are a must. The route crosses several crop fields and these sections of path can be very narrow. You will cross one field which may be holding sheep so take particular care with dogs at this point. There are a couple of stretches of road walking along quiet country lanes, so take care of any traffic. NOTE: The footpath signposting in this area is very intermittent so we recommend using the live GPS map on the iFootpath App to help with navigation. Allow 2.5 hours.
Brewood is a small village in South Staffordshire, located about 11 miles south of Stafford and easily accessed from the A5. The Oakley Arms is located on Kiddemore Green Road, between Brewood and the small hamlet of Kiddemore Green. The pub has its own large car park. Nearest post code ST19 9BQ.
|Start to Birks Barn|
Start point: 52.6766 lat, -2.2034 long
Before you set off on the walk, it is worth taking a moment to appreciate The Oakley Arms itself. The building began life in the 1860s as a family home, but by the 1940s had become the Oakley House Country Club. Run by the Gibbs family, twin sisters within the family went on to marry two members of the band Deep Purple. As a result, a whole range of famous musicians including The Beatles, ELO and Joe Brown attended parties at Oakley.
|Birks Barn to The Hawkshutts|
Start point: 52.6844 lat, -2.2031 long
Continue on the stone access drive and, just beyond the second property (a brick house), turn left through a bridle gate to enter a crop field. Cross this field at about 1 o’clock (there should be a narrow path but if not, you may need to push your way through the crop), passing about 20 metres to the right of the three trees in the centre of the field.
|The Hawkshutts to Black Ladies Priory|
Start point: 52.6876 lat, -2.2151 long
Turn right along the stone access lane and this will lead you over the bridge at the western edge of Belvide Reservoir. It is worth pausing here to enjoy the views and the wildlife.
|Black Ladies Priory to Hungary Hill Farm|
Start point: 52.6821 lat, -2.2268 long
Black Ladies Priory, a house of Benedictine nuns, was founded in the mid-1100s. The name was given to distinguish this priory from a neighbouring Augustine convent, which was known as White Ladies Priory, each name denoting the colour of the nuns’ habits. The priory was dissolved in 1538 and a large Tudor-style house was built on the site by the Giffard family of nearby Chillington Hall.
|Hungary Hill Farm to End|
Start point: 52.6689 lat, -2.2155 long
Continue ahead on the main track, passing the three-storey farmhouse on your left (and ignoring the footpath signed off to the right). Further along you will come to a fork in the track. Take the left-hand branch to reach another fork a few metres later. Keep right this time, passing the house called The Whitemoor across to your left, and then emerging to the edge of a large crop field.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author pubwalker and may not be reproduced without permission.
Some hard to find "paths" across fields - and muddy, but directions were very deft
|By jw1200 on 19 Nov 2016|
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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|Image by: Pub Walker |
Uploaded: 09 Apr 2016
Black Ladies Priory
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Uploaded: 09 Apr 2016
The Oakley undergoing refurbishment in April 2016.
|Image by: jw1200 |
Uploaded: 19 Nov 2016
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