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Millennium Way: Heronfield and Temple Balsall

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Millennium Way: Heronfield and Temple Balsall
Author: Millennium Way, Published: 01 Aug 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Millennium Way: Heronfield and Temple Balsall Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Heronfield and Temple Balsall Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Heronfield and Temple Balsall Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Heronfield and Temple Balsall Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Heronfield and Temple Balsall Walking Guide
West Midlands, Solihull
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Millennium Way: Heronfield and Temple Balsall
Length: 7 miles,  Difficulty: boot Millennium Way: Heronfield and Temple Balsall Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: Heronfield and Temple Balsall Walking Guide
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A 7 mile circular walk from the small settlement of Heronfield within the Solihull district of the West Midlands. The route explores the surrounding farmland and countryside, including a stretch of the Grand Union Canal and a visit to the hamlet of Temple Balsall. For the first and last part of the walk, you will follow a stretch of the Millennium Way where you will be guided by the distinctive black and white waymarkers.

The route is relatively flat, with just gentle gradients. You will need to negotiate several gates, kissing gates, footbridges plus 5 stiles (a couple of which dogs will need a lift over). The farm land is a mixture of crop fields and pastures so you may be sharing the paths with livestock including cattle and horses. Allow 3.5 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 walk starts and finishes at the Black Boy Inn. The pub sits on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, a couple of miles south of Knowle and is accessed from the A4141 Warwick Road. The pub has its own car park which you can use if you are taking refreshments after your walk. Approximate post code B93 0EB.

Walk Sections

Start to Ford
Start to Ford

Start point: 52.3703 lat, -1.7183 long
End point: 52.3651 lat, -1.6863 long

From the pub’s left-hand car park (left of the pub, bridge and recycling bins), take the gap onto the canal towpath and go left along the canalside (with the canal on your right), following the distinctive black Millennium Way waymarker. Continue under Bridge 68 and when you reach Bridge 67 go left, to take the kissing gate into a field. (Here we leave the Millennium Way for the time being.)

Go ahead into the field, keeping the hedge on your left, to cross a footbridge over a stream. Continue across the next field between fences towards a pylon, then pass under power lines to take a metal kissing gate ahead and continue along the wide grassy path which soon becomes a farm track. Keep ahead to take a metal kissing gate to a lane. Go left on the road (Arbour Tree Lane) and stay on the lane which bends sharply right by Netherwood Lodge Farm to reach the main Warwick Road. Go left on the main road past Arbour Tree Farm then take the waymarked path right, just on the bend. After passing through the two gates, stay ahead keeping the hedge on your right.

Where the hedge ends, continue along keeping the metal railings on your right, soon to take a stile on your right into the next field. Go left along the field edge keeping the hedge on your left then cross the corner stiles to the lane. Go left for 100 paces to take a kissing gate on your right and continue along between a fence and a hedge. Take the next kissing gate, then continue ahead with a fence and hedge on your right. Take the waymarked metal gate into the next field then go over a stile and continue ahead with a hedge on your right. Exit the field by a metal gate and go left along the lane to pass Chadwick Barns on your left. When you reach the junction, turn right and continue down the lane to cross the ford.

Ford to Fen End Road
Ford to Fen End Road

Start point: 52.3651 lat, -1.6863 long
End point: 52.3814 lat, -1.6923 long

Continue gently up the lane to find a public footpath by two metal kissing gates on the left. Take both kissing gates, and go ahead into the field then ahead (with the hedge and fence on your right) to take a metal kissing gate and footbridge in the corner of the field. Head right (with a hedge on your right) walking gently uphill. At the top corner of the field, ignore the kissing gate on your right and go left, continuing down the field with the hedge on your right. (You have now joined The Heart of England Way.) Soon you will bear slightly right through a corner copse, then go gently downhill with a hedge on your left until you reach the hedge corner. Go ahead across the field, over a ditch then continue uphill across the middle of the next field. On reaching the waymarker post, go directly ahead to reach a surfaced track and continue with a hedge on your right until you reach the road.

Go right on the road and, a few paces past Barracks Cottage, go immediately left along a signposted path to continue along The Heart of England Way. Go along the narrow path with a ditch on your right and fence on your left, to emerge into a large field, continuing ahead with a hedge on your right. Stay ahead through the next gap and go with a hedge on your right towards pylons in the far distance. Take the boarded gap into the next field to eventually reach a crossroads of paths (here we rejoin The Millennium Way). Turn left, staying in the same field, continuing along with the hedge on your right for just under half a mile to reach the road.

Fen End Road to End
Fen End Road to End

Start point: 52.3814 lat, -1.6923 long
End point: 52.3704 lat, -1.718 long

Turn right down the road and after approx 100 paces, turn left down a lane then through a metal gate and down a farm track. Follow the farm track around to the right and, just before the farmhouse entrance, take a stile on your left to go on a track parallel to power lines. Cross a small stream into the next field, staying parallel to the power lines, and follow the track into the next field as it bears left (here you will be guided by the black Millennium Way waymarker) Continue with the hedge on your left to reach a kissing gate at the end of the fields which leads you to a road.

Turn right on the road for a short distance to the junction, then go right on Chadwick Lane. On reaching a house with a large pond, turn left on a path to the right of the driveway. This leads to an enclosed track, which at times can be muddy. However, you will find a couple of elevated walkways on your left which can now be used to bypass some of the muddy areas. Continue on to reach a farm track then turn right. Go under power lines and, where the track turns right, go ahead through the gate and follow the path past The Dial House to the main road. At the road, turn left and after some 250 paces take a driveway on your right back to The Black Boy Inn where your walk began.

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1 Comments for: "Millennium Way: Heronfield and Temple Balsall"

This is a beautiful walk across quiet farm land. Mostly well maintained, a few muddy parts but to be expected. There are a couple of fields with livestock roaming and one with a large group of what seems to be young horses that have full access to the path you are walking. Do be careful here as they seemed keen to approach (some at a trot) which may seem intimidating to people who are nervous of horses. Keep your dog on a lead! Other than that the instructions were easy to follow. Spot on at 3.5 hours at a leisurely pace. A couple of busy roads but generally off road or quiet lanes.
Thoroughly enjoyed and would definitely consider again!

By Hannah2017 on 28 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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