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The Red Lion Bradley Trail

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The Red Lion Bradley Trail
Author: Claire, Published: 03 Aug 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star1 The Red Lion Bradley Trail Pub Walkstar1 The Red Lion Bradley Trail Pub Walkstar1 The Red Lion Bradley Trail Pub Walkstar1 The Red Lion Bradley Trail Pub Walkstar1 The Red Lion Bradley Trail Pub Walk
Staffordshire, Stafford
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
The Red Lion Bradley Trail
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot The Red Lion Bradley Trail Pub Walk
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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.

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Walk Sections

Start to Shredicote Lane
Start to Shredicote Lane

Start point: 52.7592 lat, -2.1799 long
End point: 52.7545 lat, -2.1779 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.

Turn left along the main lane (ignoring the left-hand branch of Smithy Lane). Ignore the sharp right turn to Church Eaton, instead continue ahead and you will pass Spring Grange Farm and then the Old Post Office on your right. The Old Post Office was formerly the Horse and Jockey Inn, before becoming the village Post Office. It has since been converted into a private dwelling, but you will notice it still has a tiny Royal Mail letter box set within the wall.

Keep ahead on the lane as it leads you out of the village, taking care of occasional traffic. Just after the 30mph signs, you will see a large example of a standing stone sitting outside the entrance for Lyndhurst. This stone is known as the Webb Stone. These monoliths are thought to have been boundary markers for the extent of the parish at some time. The Webb Stone and the standing stone are now things of folklore and legend and there are three longstanding myths associated with them. One is that the devil stole the stones from the church to try and rebuild hell; as he began to run away the stones became heavier and heavier until he could no longer carry the burden and they remained where he dropped them. Another piece of folklore has it that the stones can help young women to predict their future. It was local tradition for unmarried girls to make offerings of a small cake to the stones on 31 October and in the morning they would see the face of their future husband. The stones are also referred to locally as The Travellers and it is said that they sometimes turn around – so keep a careful eye on them!

Simply continue ahead on the quiet lane. Pass the national speed limit signs and then Ivy House Farm on your right, then turn immediately right into Shredicote Lane (signed to Shredicote and as a public bridleway).

Shredicote Lane to Woodland Belt
Shredicote Lane to Woodland Belt

Start point: 52.7545 lat, -2.1779 long
End point: 52.7493 lat, -2.1964 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.

Follow this track for just 200 metres and then look for a narrow gap in the hedgerow on your right. NOTE: This gap is level with the line of three trees sitting within the grass field on your right, however there was no waymark or sign when we walked so it could be easy to miss. Using the iFootpath App’s live map should help you.

Turn right through this gap to reach the edge of a large grass field. Walk straight ahead across this field, passing just to the left of the line of three trees that sit along the field’s centre. At the far side, a bridle gate leads you into a woodland belt.

Woodland Belt to T Junction
Woodland Belt to T Junction

Start point: 52.7493 lat, -2.1964 long
End point: 52.7585 lat, -2.2021 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.

Follow this track ahead for the length of two fields. You will pass a large sunken pond surrounded by beautiful trees on your left, before emerging to a junction with a quiet lane. Turn right along this lane, taking care of occasional traffic, and continue until you reach the T-junction with Barton Lane.

T Junction to End
T Junction to End

Start point: 52.7585 lat, -2.2021 long
End point: 52.7597 lat, -2.1802 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.

At the T-junction at the top you will see the Church of St Mary and All Saints in front of you. This is usually open every day and is worth a visit if you have time. The church dates from the 1200s and is Grade I listed. Within the grounds you will find the remains of a churchyard cross, with four octagonal steps surmounted by a socket stone. The rectangular head of the cross is now situated in the church tower. The tradition of the standing stones has been rather quirkily adapted in the churchyard, with monolithic stones forming the base for lanterns.

From the T-junction, turn right for just a few paces to reach the Red Lion for some well-earned hospitality.

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1 comments for "The Red Lion Bradley Trail"

Jessica Wilkinson: Lovely walk, I completed this yesterday afternoon, the dog enjoyed it too!

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