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|The Red Lion Bradley Trail|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 03 Aug 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3.5 mile circular pub walk from the Red Lion in Bradley, Staffordshire. The Red Lion is a beautiful old village pub with plenty of character. The walking route explores the surrounding quiet lanes plus one stretch of bridleway which takes you through woodland and crop fields. |
The walking route is almost entirely flat with just a couple of gentle slopes. Whilst the bulk of the route follows tarmac lanes, the woodland and field bridleway can get very muddy at times. There are no stiles on route, just one single gate to negotiate, and you will not be sharing any of the paths with livestock. The lanes are very quiet, but do take care of any occasional traffic. Allow 1.5 hours.
Bradley is located about 5.5 miles south-west of Stafford. It is accessed via the A518 and then Bradley Lane. The roads within the village are very narrow so do take care when driving the last stretch. The Red Lion has its own large car park and is next to the village church on Church Lane. Approximate post code ST18 9DZ.
|Start to Shredicote Lane|
Start point: 52.7592 lat, -2.1799 long
Leave the Red Lion car park via the vehicle entrance and you will see a large stone or monolith within the grass verge on your right. This is one of a series of standing stones in the area…more of that later.
|Shredicote Lane to Woodland Belt|
Start point: 52.7545 lat, -2.1779 long
Follow this lane, passing the beautifully converted red-brick Home Barn on your right and then narrowing slightly. Some way further along, pass the property called Field View on your right and, 70 metres later (where the lane swings hard left), fork right onto a stone vehicle track. Stay with this track which immediately swings left, leading you between hedgerows.
|Woodland Belt to T Junction|
Start point: 52.7493 lat, -2.1964 long
Follow the obvious woodland path (which can get muddy), swinging left and then right and then crossing a small woodland stream. You will emerge from the woodland to reach the edge of crop fields. NOTE: This area is sometimes used for shooting game birds. Walk straight ahead to join the grass track, with a crop field to your left and a hedgerow running on your right. At this stage, the views have opened up to your left.
|T Junction to End|
Start point: 52.7585 lat, -2.2021 long
Turn right along the lane, signed to Bradley, still taking care of occasional traffic. You will notice that most of the local farmland here is used for dairy cattle and the milk from these herds supply some of the best-known brands of milk products such as yoghurt and rice pudding – Shimmy! Follow the lane winding ahead for about 0.8 miles to reach the houses on the outskirts of Bradley. Pass between the 20mph signs, ignore the side road called Chapel Lane on your right and continue ahead up the short hill.
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Jessica Wilkinson: Lovely walk, I completed this yesterday afternoon, the dog enjoyed it too!
|By Facebook on 2016-08-15 14:06:35|
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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