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Millennium Way: Barston and Balsall Common

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Millennium Way: Barston and Balsall Common
Author: Millennium Way, Published: 13 Jan 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Millennium Way: Barston and Balsall Common Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Barston and Balsall Common Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Barston and Balsall Common Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Barston and Balsall Common Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Barston and Balsall Common Walking Guide
West Midlands, Solihull
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Millennium Way: Barston and Balsall Common
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Millennium Way: Barston and Balsall Common Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: Barston and Balsall Common Walking Guide
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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.

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Walk Sections

Start to Barston Lane Stile
Start to Barston Lane Stile

Start point: 52.4005 lat, -1.6973 long
End point: 52.3999 lat, -1.6806 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.

Bear half right to go diagonally across the field, passing just to the right of a small clump of trees in the centre of the field, then take the metal gate or kissing gate ahead. Go along the edge of the field with a hedge and trees on your left. Continue through the gated gap ahead, then bear right to cross a footbridge over a stream. On the other side of the bridge, go immediately left then right through the wooded area to find and take a stile into a field. Go with the trees on your right to take a kissing gate in the corner.

Go immediately left to walk along a narrow track between wire fences to find a metal kissing gate. Take the gate and cross the gap to take the next kissing gate and continue along the tree-lined path, eventually entering a small field. Continue ahead (with a hedge and trees on your left) to exit the field by a low fence gap. Go right along the driveway of an isolated house (with an interesting eyebrow roof feature) to reach the road, Barston Lane. Go left on the road for some 250 yards to find a stile adjacent to a metal gate on your right.

Barston Lane Stile to Path Crossroads
Barston Lane Stile to Path Crossroads

Start point: 52.3999 lat, -1.6806 long
End point: 52.3858 lat, -1.6854 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.

Go ahead with the hedge on your left, to exit the first field by the far corner gap. Approximately three quarters of the way along next field, find the waymark post on your left with numerous waymark signs. Turn right and join The Millennium Way. (For the rest of this section, you will be guided by the black Millennium Way circular waymarks).

Go down the field to find the bottom left stile. Take this stile and go ahead across the field taking the mid-field bridge, then continue forward to exit the field by a hedge gap. Once through the gap, bear right into the fenced area and continue along (with the hedge on your right), to pass through the corner gap (with a disused stile). Stay with the hedge on your right to take the corner stile onto the road. Go left along the main road, passing houses on your right. Just before Ye Olde Saracen's Head pub, turn right into Magpie Lane (passing Jessamine Cottage) and, after a few paces, take the metal kissing gate right and go around the left field edge (with a hedge on your left and fence on your right – ignore any gates on the right within the fence).

Eventually you reach a kissing gate which leads out to a lane. Go left along the lane and, after about 85 paces, take the stile (or open gate) on your right. Go with the hedge on your right, at the corner ignore the small hedge gap ahead, but go left with a copse on your right to follow round to a large open field. Go straight across the centre of the field to take the footbridge and kissing gate ahead. Continue ahead over the field to find a further kissing gate, then continue ahead with a short length of hedge on your left to a hedge stile. Take the stile and go ahead with a hedge on your left, under power lines to a corner gap.

Path Crossroads to End
Path Crossroads to End

Start point: 52.3858 lat, -1.6854 long
End point: 52.4006 lat, -1.6972 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.

Continue ahead across the field (passing a mid-field waymark post along the way) and, on reaching the waymark post by the River Blythe, bear right keeping the river on your left. Where the river bends left, go ahead, cutting the corner of the field to reach a footbridge. Cross the footbridge into the next field. Go diagonally quarter right and exit via a mid-fence stile (or open gate). Keep ahead up the next field (with a hedge on your left) and exit by the corner wooden kissing gate, then head back towards the churchyard. Go on to reach the road and then turn left back to The Bull's Head where the walk began.

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1 comments for "Millennium Way: Barston and Balsall Common"

Lovely peaceful evening walk. The rivers are beautiful. even saw a kingfisher.

By Hannah2017 on 02 Sep 2017

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Grade (Boots)

The grade of a walk is an indicator of how difficult the terrain is that you will encounter along the way. This does not take into account the walk length but does suggest how challenging the walk will be. It takes into account things like hills, path surfaces and obstacles (like stiles, gates, steps and rock scrambles). An easy walk, graded as 1 (and shown as 1 Boot) indicates a walk that is essentially flat, has no sharp hills to climb, has no stiles, is easy to navigate (probably along a well-worn path) and is suitable for most levels of fitness. A difficult walk, graded as 5 (and represented by 5 Boots) indicates a walk that is strenuous and involves steep ascents and/or descents. It may be technically challenging involving difficult terrain or obstacles that require scrambling with your hands. Please note that the grading for walks is subjective and open to interpretation and should only be used as a guide when selecting a walk.

NOTE: Do be aware that the level of stamina required for any walk will vary depending on both the walk length and the difficulty grade - you should only walk within your limits.

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