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Millennium Way: Flyford Flavell and Dormston

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Millennium Way: Flyford Flavell and Dormston
Author: Millennium Way, Published: 02 Feb 2017 Walk Rating:star0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Worcestershire, Worcester
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Millennium Way: Flyford Flavell and Dormston
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A 4.5 mile circular walk from the village of Flyford Flavell in Worcestershire. The walk takes in attractive countryside and open farmland. The second half of the walk incorporates a section of the Millennium Way, where you will be guided by the distinctive green Millennium Way waymarkers.

The route is mostly flat easy walking, with just some gentle gradients. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates and 16 stiles (some of which are enclosed so dogs will need a lift over). You are likely to come across livestock in some of the fields. 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.

Flyford Flavell is located about 9 miles east of Worcester in Worcestershire. The walk starts and finishes outside The Boot Inn, at the T-junction between Radford Road and Bishampton Road. The pub has its own car park if you are having refreshments there, otherwise roadside parking is available. Approximate post code WR7 4BS.

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Walk Sections

Start to Plank Bridge
Start to Plank Bridge

Start point: 52.1925 lat, -2.0292 long
End point: 52.2032 lat, -2.0307 long

Directly opposite the T-junction alongside the pub, you will find a public footpath sign and a stile. Take this stile and go diagonally left up the field to take a gate into a grassed area in front of two houses. Go diagonally across this grassed area to reach a corner metal gate. Take the gate into a small field and continue ahead with a hedge on your left. Take the gap ahead on the left, then continue gently down the field keeping more or less in line with the power lines, eventually curving around the lower left hedge and passing through a metal gate (at the rear of a car dealership) to reach the main road.

Cross over the main road to take the large metal kissing gate opposite, into a field. Go slightly left, diagonally across the field to take a double-gated footbridge across a stream. Go diagonally left for 20 paces and then pass through a metal gate. Go right up the field, keeping a hedge and wire fence on your right. At the top-right corner of the field take a slightly awkward fence stile (with no footplate) to reach a surfaced track. Turn right down the track, passing over a cattle grid. Where the track turns right, take the stile on the left and then go right around the edge of the field (keeping the hedge on your right). Eventually you will reach a metal kissing gate at the field corner. Take the gate then walk ahead to reach a plank bridge and metal kissing gate.

Plank Bridge to Bridleway
Plank Bridge to Bridleway

Start point: 52.2032 lat, -2.0307 long
End point: 52.2106 lat, -2.0372 long

Do NOT take this gate, instead turn sharp left up the field edge (keeping the hedge on your right) to take a metal kissing gate at the top. Once through this gate stay gently up the edge of the field (keeping a tall hedge and trees on your right). Quite soon these trees merge into a large wood on your right. Stay along the edge of the field following the edge of the wood. Eventually you will reach the field corner where there is a metal kissing gate. Go through the gate and continue with the hedge and trees on your right. Pass under power lines and reach a fence corner. Turn right here and walk 8 paces to reach a wooden gate (which leads to a bridleway).

Bridleway to A422
Bridleway to A422

Start point: 52.2106 lat, -2.0372 long
End point: 52.2049 lat, -2.0094 long

Go through the gate and continue along the bridleway, ignoring metal gates opposite each other, until you reach a surfaced drive. Stay forward on the drive past houses to reach a road. Turn right on the road then almost immediately turn left down Dormston Lane. Continue along the lane ignoring the first two footpaths on the right. Go past a red post box for approximately 100 metres to take a bridleway on the right (just after Moat Cottage). Enter a field through a double metal gate.

Once into the field, go ahead keeping a hedge across to your right, passing under power lines. Ignore the footpath on the right and stay ahead towards a metal-gated gap in the hedge directly ahead. Go through the gap and stay forward across the field to pass under low level power lines, then go through a large metal gate into the next field. Continue directly ahead across the centre of the field. At the top of the field take the far gated-gap directly ahead of you (ignoring the first gap on the right). After entering the corner of a field, turn sharp left to follow the edge of the field (keeping the hedge on your left). Take the stile at the field corner gap, cross a footbridge and stay forward across the next field. Take a wooden stile into a pasture just at the side of Hill Farm. Stay directly ahead, keeping to the left side of the field to exit the pasture via a wooden stile onto the road.

Turn right on the road (you have now joined the Millennium Way and will be guided for the rest of the walk by the distinctive green Millennium Way waymarkers). Stay on the road for 0.3 miles to reach a T-junction (ignoring a footpath right). Cross the main road (A422) and take the metal gate opposite into a field.

A422 to End
A422 to End

Start point: 52.2049 lat, -2.0094 long
End point: 52.1928 lat, -2.0294 long

Go diagonally right across the field (the path across this field is sometimes badly maintained, overgrown and poorly delineated) towards the right of the buildings on the horizon, to find a double-gated bridge over a stream. Cross the bridge, go right up the field under a low single power line to find a stile. Cross the stile and go across the narrow field to take a double stile and plank bridge. Go ahead to take a further double stile and plank bridge then head diagonally left to take a large metal gate in the hedge. Proceed directly ahead, keeping to the right side of the field (with a fence enclosing a tree growing area on your right) to find a stile. Cross the stile and continue diagonally left (with a house to the left) to exit by the far left corner metal fence stile onto the road.

Go directly across the road to follow the Millennium Way sign through a gap into a field. Go with the hedge on your left (ignoring a bridge stile left) and continue around the field edge to reach the top field corner. Go right for approximately 15 paces to take a stile in the hedge gap into the next field. Continue directly ahead across the field. In the left-hand corner of the field, cross a wooden stile between two fenced ponds then stay across the centre of the field towards a mid-hedge gateway. Cross a stile (which is just to the left of the gateway) and continue ahead with a hedge on your right. At the end of the field, take the gate and cross a narrow field (with a fence on your left) to reach a metal gate. Take the gate (or the adjacent stile if the gate is locked) and turn right on the road to arrive back at The Boot Inn in the village of Flyford Flavell where the walk began.

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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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