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|Millennium Way: Barston and Balsall Common|
|Author: Millennium Way, Published: 13 Jan 2017||Walk Rating:|
|West Midlands, Solihull|
|A 4 mile circular walk from the picturesque village of Barston, near Solihull in the West Midlands. The route leads you through the outskirts of Balsall Common with opportunity to enjoy quiet open countryside and the delights of the Warwickshire landscape. During the walk, you will enjoy a short section of the Millennium Way, the route being clearly marked by the distinctive black waymarkers.
The route is relatively flat with only a few gentle gradients. You will need to negotiate a couple of narrow footbridges, several kissing gates plus 8 stiles (all of which should be suitable for most dogs to manage). Whilst most of the fields are arable, you may come across livestock in some of the fields. There is a short section of road walking, so take particular care of traffic on this section. 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.
Barston is located about 4 miles east of Solihull in the West Midlands. The walk starts and finishes outside The Bull’s Head pub on Barston Lane. The pub has a car park if you are having refreshments there, otherwise roadside parking is available. Approximate post code B92 0JU.
|Start to Barston Lane Stile|
Start point: 52.4005 lat, -1.6973 long
Turn left down the road out of the Bull's Head car park, to find the footpath on your right by St. Swithin's Church. Go through the gate into the churchyard then keep to the left of the church and go ahead to take a wooden kissing gate in the corner. Continue between fences, then go half left to find a wooden kissing gate in the far corner (ignore the gate on your right). Continue between hedges to take a metal kissing gate into a field.
|Barston Lane Stile to Path Crossroads|
Start point: 52.3999 lat, -1.6806 long
Take this stile and, after some half a dozen paces, cross a stream left and cross the field (bearing right) to reach the field hedge corner (diagonally opposite). At the field corner waymarker post, go left and continue with the hedge on your left, heading up the field. At the top of the field, go right (ignoring the stile to the road), staying within the same field.
|Path Crossroads to End|
Start point: 52.3858 lat, -1.6854 long
Here we have reached a crossroads of paths and will leave The Millennium Way by taking the stile (or gap) at the corner and go right to continue along the next field. Continue along the edge of this next field (with a hedge and trees on your right) to pass under power lines and exit to the road via the corner gap. Cross the road and take the the kissing gate ahead into another large field.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2017 by the author 41club and may not be reproduced without permission.
Lovely peaceful evening walk. The rivers are beautiful. even saw a kingfisher.
|By Hannah2017 on 02 Sep 2017|
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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Uploaded: 03 Sep 2017
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