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Millennium Way: New End and Cookhill

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Millennium Way: New End and Cookhill
Author: Millennium Way, Published: 04 Jan 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Millennium Way: New End and Cookhill Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: New End and Cookhill Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: New End and Cookhill Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: New End and Cookhill Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: New End and Cookhill Walking Guide
Worcestershire, New End
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Millennium Way: New End and Cookhill
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Millennium Way: New End and Cookhill Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: New End and Cookhill Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: New End and Cookhill Walking Guide
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An enjoyable 3.5 mile circular walk with opportunity to enjoy the attractive countryside in both Worcestershire and Warwickshire. During the walk, you will enjoy a short section of the Millennium Way, the route being clearly marked by the distinctive waymarkers. You will notice that the waymarkers in Worcestershire are green and those in Warwickshire are black, but the logo is the same on both waymarkers.

The route has several climbs and descents throughout. You will need to negotiate several gates, kissing gates plus 8 stiles (which are mostly dog friendly). There are a couple of sections of road walking and you will cross a couple of horse paddocks. Allow 2 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.

The village of New End is located on the A441, about 6 miles south of Redditch in Worcestershire. The walk starts and finishes outside The Nevill Arms in New End. If you are taking refreshments in the pub, then the pub has its own car park, otherwise there is roadside parking available. Approximate post code B96 6NB.

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Walk Sections

Start to Wood Lane
Start to Wood Lane

Start point: 52.2389 lat, -1.9266 long
End point: 52.2337 lat, -1.9304 long

Our walk starts at the Nevill Arms at New End, on the A441 just south of Redditch. Emerging from the car park of the Nevill Arms, turn right into Saltway and continue down to go left into Brandheath Lane. You are already on The Millennium Way and will be guided by the distinctive way markers. After 100 yards, just adjacent to the private driveway ahead, turn right down a hidden narrow passage.

Go through a metal gate into a paddock, exit by a metal gate into a further paddock and continue ahead to take the stile into a field. Maintain your line ahead to take the next stile and pass under some power cables at the corner of the field. Here we leave The Millennium Way for a while and go left, taking the footbridge with wooden rails and metal gates across a ditch and into a field. Stay ahead, with trees and a fence on your right, to pass through a large metal gate ahead with a fence stile adjacent. Stay ahead to pass through the corner gap and into scrub. Continue along the narrow path with a fence on your right and trees on your left. (From here you have a lovely view of the Malvern Hills on your far right.)

Emerge onto a grass and gravel track and take the gate to reach the road, Wood Lane.

Wood Lane to Evesham Road
Wood Lane to Evesham Road

Start point: 52.2337 lat, -1.9304 long
End point: 52.2253 lat, -1.9196 long

Turn right down the road to arrive at a crossroads. Here, turn left into Cladswell Lane and continue along the gently undulating lane for about half a mile. You will continue on past Lower Cladswell Lane and Cladswell Close, the lane gently rising to a point where it turns sharp left into Church Lane.

If you are walking on a summer weekend, nearby St Paul’s Church is normally open at this time and is worth a diversion along Church Lane. It was built in 1876 by noted local architect Frederick Preedy. The church is open to visitors during the weekends in summer months and contains some fine Arts & Crafts stained glass by Sidney Meteyard.

For the main route, do NOT turn into Church Lane, but continue on the same line into the cul de sac, following the public footpath sign. Stay ahead along the gravel driveway between houses. Where the main driveway veers right (just by a house called Lambrook), continue straight ahead to take the public footpath signed to Oak Tree Lane and go through a wooden kissing gate ahead. Stay along the footpath to exit by a wooden kissing gate onto a driveway.

Go left for 12 paces, take the wooden kissing gate on the right and continue along the path beside a large paddock with a wood and wire fence on your left. Emerge onto a driveway, pass a house called Crantock and, after 12 paces, take the narrow footpath left between fences and laurel bushes to reach the main road, Evesham Road.

Evesham Road to Wooden Bridge
Evesham Road to Wooden Bridge

Start point: 52.2253 lat, -1.9196 long
End point: 52.2317 lat, -1.9075 long

Cross directly over the main road and take the waymarked bridleway, signed to Alcester. Stay ahead with a pine wood on your left. Soon you will emerge into a field with glorious views ahead. Continue through the gap ahead and gently down the field, keeping a wood on your right. Stay ahead for some while, going downhill, not straying into the open field on the left, but past a waypost down a narrow track.

Once in a big field at the bottom of the hill, proceed ahead to another waypost under a large oak tree. At this point, stay forward for 15 paces ignoring the corner gap and instead, turn left within the same field to continue along the field edge with a hedge on your right. The path weaves a little left and right, but just stay along it, keeping a hedge and trees on your right. Eventually you will come to a wide gap on your right, marked with wooden posts and rail. Take the gap and go right, following around the edge of the field keeping the hedge on your right. Shortly you will come to a wooden bridge which crosses a ditch and here you will see the first of the black Millennium Way waymarkers as you have crossed into Warwickshire. (Do not cross this wooden bridge, but continue on with the hedge on your right).

Wooden Bridge to End
Wooden Bridge to End

Start point: 52.2317 lat, -1.9075 long
End point: 52.239 lat, -1.9265 long

You are now back on the Millennium Way and will remain so until the end of the walk. Continue along the edge of this vast field, ignoring any gaps on the right. At the end of the field, continue through into the next field with the hedge on your right and, after some 150 paces, take a large wide gap, continuing to maintain your line (now with a hedge on your left) and passing under power lines.

Exit the field by a metal gate (to the left of a brick outbuilding) and cross the driveway to take a metal gate, then go ahead up a track. Go left through a metal gate at the top of the track and bend right round the base of a field mound to pass to the right of an isolated brick building. Continue uphill, well away from the fence to your left, along a very rough vehicle way which is usually grassed over and leads steeply up through trees to a field.

Stay forward, now with trees on your left, to exit by a wooden stile ahead into woodland. Exit the woodland by a stile ahead and go left along a field edge to take a further stile (some 30 paces in from the left-hand corner) into woodland. (You will notice that the Millennium Way waymarkers have now changed back to green as we are back in Worcestershire.) Exit the woodland via a stile and go with the hedge on your right to take another stile to the road. Cross the main road to arrive back at The Nevill Arms where we can take some welcome refreshment.

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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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