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|Highgate Common, Bobbington and Six Ashes Circular Trail|
|Author: Sammy, Published: 10 Jun 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|This is a 9 mile circular trail that starts at Highgate Common, heads past the Red Lion Pub in Bobbington then heads out to Six Ashes, before returning to Highgate Common via fields and byways. The walk encompasses many fields and quiet country roads, and also goes past Halfpenny Green airport. Lots of wildlife is visible along this route, including an unexpected animal between Broadfields Farm and the Ponds at Mere Farm. |
There are stiles and gates to negotiate along this route, and a few footbridges over streams/brooks. Some bridges are in a state of disrepair, the paths can be overgrown and some tracks are at the lowest point between fields, leading to some very wet patches. It is suggested that this walk not be attempted soon after heavy rain. Some fields will have animals and while the roads are generally quiet, they often lack pavements/footpaths. If you would like refreshments along the way, you will pass The Red Lion at Bobbington.
By car: free parking is available in the car park on Camp Hill Road, adjacent to Enville Golf Club. Take the A458, turning off at Chester Road, then taking Enville Common Road before turning left onto Camp Hill Road. (Or, take the A449, turning down Doctors Lane, then Ashwood Lower Lane, before climbing the hill onto Camp Hill Road.)
|Start to Clearing|
Start point: 52.505 lat, -2.2447 long
Depart the car park and turn right, walking 500m up Camp Hill Road, turning right onto Crab Lane then keeping right onto Gospel Ash Road at the junction. Just after the turning on the right, White House Lane, take the stile to the right of the metal gate, and cross onto the Staffs Way.
|Clearing to Crab Lane|
Start point: 52.5163 lat, -2.2344 long
After entering the third clearing, take the path on the left, back into the woods. The field will be visible on your right. After 550m, continue straight down Forest Lane. Follow this track past some houses for a further 700m, until you reach Gospel Ash Road. Take the road to your left, opposite, Water Lane.
|Crab Lane to Bobbington|
Start point: 52.5112 lat, -2.2592 long
Cross Crab Lane and enter the farm driveway opposite. The stile is in the left hand corner, by the hedge. Cross this into the pastoral field. Continue on for 250m, going through the metal gate and keeping left.
|Bobbington to Footbridge|
Start point: 52.5129 lat, -2.2812 long
Turn left and walk along Six Ashes Road. On your right you will see the Red Lion Pub. Walk along the road for 250m. Take the turning on the left, by the small road "island" with the postbox, and follow it between the two sets of houses.
|Footbridge to Six Ashes Road|
Start point: 52.506 lat, -2.2857 long
After crossing the stile, follow the field boundary on your left. Head towards the far right corner of the field, about 450m away. Cross the stile, then follow the tracks past the mound. Cross another stile then join Six Ashes Road. Follow the road left for 250m. After the house on the right, take the stile immediately preceding the road sign and reflective bollards.
|Six Ashes Road to Hay Farm|
Start point: 52.5025 lat, -2.2953 long
Cross the stile and follow the boundary fence of the field to your left. The woods on your right are likely to be overgrown. Continue on for 200m, then go through the metal gate into a field. This section had quite high vegetation at the time of writing.
|Hay Farm to Broadfields Farm|
Start point: 52.4948 lat, -2.3017 long
Turn right down the access road, from Six Ashes Road. Follow this road for 850m, until the point at which it bends sharply right. Continue straight on, down the avenue of trees. After 300m, enter the field on the left and follow the boundary, keeping it on your right, for 450m. Climb the short slope at the end to cross a stile. Keep to the right hand boundary of the next field.
|Broadfields Farm to Ponds|
Start point: 52.5024 lat, -2.2803 long
Turn right and walk down through the farm yard. Follow the path through the field, diagonally, to the hedge. Continue on through the next two fields, then turn right along Lutley Lane.
|Ponds to End|
Start point: 52.5009 lat, -2.2602 long
Cross the lane and go through the metal gate opposite. Keep the hedge to your left and follow the path for 220m. After heavy rains, this section can be very wet, so take care.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author sammy_benbow and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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