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Millennium Way: Priors Marston and Marston Doles

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Millennium Way: Priors Marston and Marston Doles
Author: Millennium Way, Published: 25 May 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Millennium Way: Priors Marston and Marston Doles Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Priors Marston and Marston Doles Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Priors Marston and Marston Doles Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Priors Marston and Marston Doles Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Priors Marston and Marston Doles Walking Guide
Warwickshire, Priors Marston
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Millennium Way: Priors Marston and Marston Doles
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Millennium Way: Priors Marston and Marston Doles Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: Priors Marston and Marston Doles Walking Guide
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A 5.5 mile circular walk from the village of Priors Marston, close to the border between Warwickshire and Northamptonshire. This delightful walk is mostly across flat farmland and also passes through splendid woodland. During the first half of the walk you will enjoy the delights of The Millennium Way, where you will be guided by the distinctive black waymarkers.

The walk is quite easy-going, being fairly flat with only a few inclines. You will need to negotiate several gates and footbridges plus 18 stiles (many of which dogs will need a lift over). There is a half mile stretch of road walking that needs care. You will need to cross a couple of pony paddocks and you may be sharing some of the other fields with livestock. Allow 3 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 Priors Marston is located about 6 miles south-west of Daventry, within the county of Warwickshire but close to its border with Northamptonshire. The walk starts outside The Hollybush Inn on Holly Bush Road. Roadside parking is available. Approximate post code CV47 7RW.

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Walk Sections

Start to Tree Lined Track
Start to Tree Lined Track

Start point: 52.213 lat, -1.2848 long
End point: 52.2216 lat, -1.2909 long

With your back to The Hollybush pub, go left down the lane to reach the corner, then go straight ahead down the alleyway (signposted to the Church). Go through the gate into the churchyard and stay ahead, keeping St Leonard's Church (circa 1863) to your left, to exit via the gate ahead. Pass a thatched cottage on your left to reach a lane. Go straight across the lane and stay on a narrow path to pass the Old Vicarage on your right. On reaching a driveway go left, cross over the road and take the signed footpath just to the left of a red post box. Here you will see the first distinctive black Millennium Way waymarker and these will guide you along the first part of the walk.

Go down the track alongside Priors Hall and, at the end of the track, cross the stile and bear diagonally right to pass along the rear boundaries of houses to exit by another stile. Continue ahead to pass through two pony paddocks via stiles. On entering a larger field, cut across the near left-hand corner via a stile to reach a timber bridge ditch crossing.

Cross the ditch and bear slightly right. The next stile is visible beneath a line of trees. Cross this stile and go diagonally left to find the corner stile. Take this stile then cross the ditch bridge and go left on a turf track (a bridleway), bordered by lines of trees with a hedge and ditch on your left.

Tree Lined Track to Minor Road
Tree Lined Track to Minor Road

Start point: 52.2216 lat, -1.2909 long
End point: 52.2366 lat, -1.3182 long

Follow the way between lines of trees on a wide track. The path continues between lines of trees then climbs a shallow incline, and continues ahead. The path then descends, passing through a steel gate, eventually emerging into a field of pasture. Maintain the same direction down the field (with a fence on your left) towards the village of Napton, just visible through the trees. You will come to a full width metal gate. Go through the gate and head down to the far-right corner to find a metal gate.

Take this gate and walk with the hedge on your right for some 100 plus paces, to take another gate right (from here you have a lovely panoramic view with Napton-on-the-Hill just ahead ). Continue with the hedge on your left. Exit the field via the bottom left corner gap and continue ahead (with the hedge on your left) to reach a metal gate. Pass through the gate into another large field and continue along the edge of this field, with a fence and hedge on your right. Notice a farm appearing a few hundred yards to your left. When you draw level with the farm, take the large gate which leads to a minor road.

Minor Road to Welsh Road
Minor Road to Welsh Road

Start point: 52.2366 lat, -1.3182 long
End point: 52.2211 lat, -1.3201 long

Continue ahead up the road, passing Panthedge Barn on your right (noting the 1890 date mark etched in dark bricks on the side wall). You have fine views of Napton-on-the-Hill to your right. Stay on the road round a gentle bend and, approximately 50 yards before the junction (just opposite a metal-roofed barn), take the stile left into a field. (Here we are leaving The Millennium Way). Go diagonally left across the field, along an ill-defined path, aiming for a wide gap at the end of the tall hedge over to your left. Go through the gap passing a large wooden post (with no waymarkers) and continue on the same line diagonally across the next field heading towards a mid-fence stile. Take the stile into a field and go diagonally left towards the top left corner of the field. About 20 yards in from the corner, you will find a stile in the hedge gap.

Take this stile into the next field and go slightly left towards a large metal gate adjacent to the road. On reaching the gate, stay in the field and go along the field edge (keeping the hedge and trees on your left). Cross a field boundary (marked by a thin line of small trees) then eventually cross a small ditch, still walking parallel to the minor road that runs on the other side of the hedge. Shortly you reach a second large metal gate. Go past this gate and, after 50 yards, go slightly right to reach a mid-hedge stile, some 30 yards in from the corner of the field. Take this stile into the next field.

Go slightly left, in the direction of the yellow waymark, to find another waymarked stile at the top of the field. Cross the stile and continue directly across the centre of the field towards a visible waymarker disc, to take a mid-hedge stile and plank bridge into the next field. Go directly across the centre of the field aiming for large yellow waymarker disc to take the adjacent double-stiled wooden bridge across a ditch into scrub. Continue forward on a narrow path through the scrub, emerging into a field. Go ahead across the field to reach a hedge, then continue along with the hedge and a canal on your right, to exit the field by a gated field gap. Go ahead in the narrow field to exit by a large metal gate to a road (Welsh Road), a few yards to the left of a bridge over the Oxford Canal (which you can visit should you wish).

Welsh Road to End
Welsh Road to End

Start point: 52.2211 lat, -1.3201 long
End point: 52.2132 lat, -1.2848 long

Go left on the main road, Welsh Road then Southam Road, heading away from the canal for just over half a mile. The road climbs gently past Nedge Hill Farm and Cotswold Lodge. Where the road flattens out you will see a communications tower directly ahead and, approx 100 yards ahead on your left, take a gated gap (not waymarked) into a large field. Go right (with the hedge on your right) then cut diagonally left across the field corner to reach a mid-hedge yellow-topped waypost. Cross a wooden plank bridge into a field then go directly across the field, passing just to the left of a clump of trees then staying ahead to reach the field corner.

Turn right at the field corner to cross a small wooden bridge into short section of woodland. Go along the woodland path to emerge by a waypost. Cross the stile here and go diagonally left to cross the corner of the field, aiming to the left of a house, and take the mid-hedge stile to emerge between barns on your left and a house on your right. Continue forward between the barns and house then cross directly over a farm track and continue with a hedge on your left to head in the direction of the communication tower in the far distance.

At the field corner, go through a metal kissing gate, just to the left of large double wooden gates. Go slightly right across the centre of the field to reach the far-right corner. Here, take the kissing gate then a stile to the road. Cross the road and go ahead up School Lane, turning right at the corner into Holly Bush Lane and returning to your starting point at the Hollybush Inn.

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3 comments for "Millennium Way: Priors Marston and Marston Doles"

Great walk, lovely views. It was 9.35km long (according to my GPS), easy to follow directions. Quite flat however that last hill on the stretch of road was a little tiring but not hard. The tall grass over the fields made it a little hard going, good waterproof boots recommended. We got chased by some cows which made my heart race a bit, all part of the fun. Lovely all together and recommended! Nice to stop for a pint at the pub (hollybush inn) afterwards!!

By hugorose on 14 Oct 2017

I would agree with the previous assessment, not the best walk ever - too many awkward stiles to get a dog over and a dodgy bit on the fast road as well. Normally the walks on this app are brilliant, this one not so much.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Sorry to hear you were disappointed. Remember to read the intro paragraph of any walk so you know what to expect and to judge if the walk is for you; this one mentions the stretch of road walking and also the 18 stiles (and that dogs will need a lift over them).

By jerrywood on 20 Aug 2017

Many way markers missing, styles and pathways overgrown and in poor condition.

By sumcpherson on 30 Jun 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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