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Millennium Way: Upton Snodsbury and Broughton Hackett

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Millennium Way: Upton Snodsbury and Broughton Hackett
Author: Millennium Way, Published: 24 Dec 2016 Walk Rating:star0 Millennium Way: Upton Snodsbury and Broughton Hackett Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Upton Snodsbury and Broughton Hackett Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Upton Snodsbury and Broughton Hackett Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Upton Snodsbury and Broughton Hackett Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Upton Snodsbury and Broughton Hackett Walking Guide
Worcestershire, Worcester
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Millennium Way: Upton Snodsbury and Broughton Hackett
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Millennium Way: Upton Snodsbury and Broughton Hackett Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: Upton Snodsbury and Broughton Hackett Walking Guide
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The circular walk is a little over 3 miles, mostly flat across open countryside and through farmland in Worcestershire. It is an ideal gentle stroll for a sunny weekend, before taking refreshment at one of the two pubs mentioned. During the walk, you will enjoy a delightful section of the Millennium Way, the route being clearly marked by the distinctive green waymarkers. This route starts from The Oak pub in Upper Snodsbury, but if you prefer you can adapt the route to start and finish at The March Hare in Broughton Hackett (waypoint 3).

The route is relatively flat. You will need to negotiate several gates plus two stiles (which are suitable for dogs). You are likely to come across livestock in some of the fields so take particular care with dogs. Allow 1.5 hours.

The Millennium Way is a beautiful 100 mile walk in the heart of England, from Pershore in Worcestershire to Middleton Cheney in Northamptonshire. The route was created by the 41 Club as a community project, with something to offer every walker or rambler across Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire. This is one of 44 circular walks, each of which incorporates a section of the Millennium Way and is published in partnership with 41 Club.

Upton Snodsbury is located 5 miles east of Worcester. The walk starts and finishes in the car park for The Oak pub, on the A422. If you are not visiting the pub, there is also street parking available nearby in the village. Approximate post code WR7 4NW.

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Walk Sections

Start to Bow Brook Footbridge
Start to Bow Brook Footbridge

Start point: 52.1885 lat, -2.0907 long
End point: 52.1838 lat, -2.1065 long

Our walk starts from the car park of The Oak, on the A422 just outside the village of Upton Snodsbury. Cross the stile at the bottom corner of the car park then go diagonally left up the field keeping Upton Snodsbury church on your left. Take the metal kissing gate at the top of the field then go half right, towards the corner of a concrete wall to the right of a barn. Here you will find a wooden gate post, and see the first green Millennium Way waymarker. Go 20 paces, keeping the barn to your left, to pass through a metal gate. Continue ahead through farm buildings to find the driveway leading to a road.

Cross the road and continue ahead, to reach the end of the farm track to find two large gates. Take the small gate adjacent to the right-hand gate into a field. Stay ahead across the centre of the field to take the mid-hedge gap by a wooden waypost. Go directly ahead towards the copse, then continue through the copse and across the next field to find a metal footbridge over the river (Bow Stream). The footbridge is about 100m to the left of the farm buildings.

Bow Brook Footbridge to March Hare

Start point: 52.1838 lat, -2.1065 long
End point: 52.1875 lat, -2.112 long

Once across the footbridge follow the Millennium Way waymarker, quarter left up the field just to the right of a large lone oak tree and towards a wire fence ahead of you (where you will find a waymarker on the fence posts).

(Here you will leave the Millennium Way which goes left along the same fence). Turn right at this fence marker post, staying in the same field, and keeping the wire fence on your left. You will reach a large metal gate in the field corner. Go through the gate and continue ahead under power lines towards a track in the dip ahead. Cross the cattle grid and proceed up the surfaced lane to the main road, turning left to reach The March Hare.

March Hare to End
March Hare to End

Start point: 52.1875 lat, -2.112 long
End point: 52.1887 lat, -2.091 long

Continue past The March Hare and take the first lane on the right. Ignore the footpath left at the top of the lane, and follow the lane around to the right. Turn first left just after the black and white cottage (signposted Crowle). Take the marked footpath right, through the churchyard of St Leonard's Church, and head for a gap in the top right-hand corner to continue along a narrow path between hedges.

Go through the kissing gate and continue ahead with a hedge on your left. Take the hedge gap ahead and follow the path left, along a wide grassy area between low hedges. Take the metal kissing gate ahead on the right then continue down the field with a hedge on your left. Here you will see Upton Snodsbury Church ahead in the distance.

When you reach the end of the hedge, continue directly ahead to pass under power lines to reach a farm track. Go slightly left to cross the track, taking the waymarked path and continue with a hedge on your right. On reaching the corner, take the stile then go half left to cross the metal footbridge over the river. Take the metal gate into the paddock ahead, then just before a green metal gate ahead, go left in front of the gate (as waymarked) to follow a fence beside a small lake. Take the metal gate at the end of the paddock, turning immediately right to follow a fence up the field. Take the stile then skirt left around the farm buildings to join the farm track through a small metal gate. Go along the track which bends right to reach the main road, then turn left to arrive back at The Oak where the walk began.

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