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Millennium Way: Hawbridge and Drakes Broughton

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Millennium Way: Hawbridge and Drakes Broughton
Author: Millennium Way, Published: 18 Aug 2017 Walk Rating:star0 Millennium Way: Hawbridge and Drakes Broughton Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Hawbridge and Drakes Broughton Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Hawbridge and Drakes Broughton Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Hawbridge and Drakes Broughton Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Hawbridge and Drakes Broughton Walking Guide
Worcestershire, Pershore
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Millennium Way: Hawbridge and Drakes Broughton
Length: 8 miles,  Difficulty: boot Millennium Way: Hawbridge and Drakes Broughton Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: Hawbridge and Drakes Broughton Walking Guide
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A 7.5 mile circular walk from the small village of Hawbridge, just south of Stoulton in Worcestershire. The route includes delightful woodland and quiet open countryside, calling at several watering holes along the way. For part of the walk, you will enjoy the delights of The Millennium Way where you will be guided by the distinctive green Millennium Way waymarkers.

The route includes several gentle gradients and follows a mixture of field paths, tracks and lanes. In some of the crop fields the paths are not always reinstated by the farmers, so you may need to push your way through crops or divert around field edges at times. Whilst the vast majority of the fields are arable, you may come across horses in a couple of them. You will need to negotiate several gates, kissing gates, footbridges plus 11 stiles (several of which dogs will need a lift over). 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.

Hawbridge is a tiny village, just south of Stoulton and about 4 miles north-west of Pershore in Worcestershire. The walk starts and finishes outside Feli's Bar and Restaurant (previously known as The Fusion Brasserie). This is located on the slip road, just south of Stoulton, off the B4084. Roadside parking is available on this slip road. Approximate post code WR7 4RJ.

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Walk Sections

Start to Wadborough
Start to Wadborough

Start point: 52.1423 lat, -2.1387 long
End point: 52.1265 lat, -2.1472 long

Go along the slip road, keeping Feli's Bar on your right, and after approx 100 yards take the public bridleway right. Here you are on The Millennium Way and will see the distinctive green waymarker. Go over a stream and take the rough track left to a field. Go ahead over the field to reach a lone tree. (Sometimes the farmer fails to reinstate the footpath across this field - we are trying to rectify this situation, but in the meantime you have to do the best you can, taking care.) At the lone tree, go diagonally right (1 o’clock) to find a footbridge over a ditch, just to the right of a large oak tree at the corner.

Go over the bridge and fence stile, bearing left through undergrowth to walk with the hedge on your left, passing by several cross-country horse jumps. On reaching the corner of the wood, continue with the wood on your left for 100 yards to exit the field by a stile (or the gate if this is open). Go ahead to exit the next field by a stile. Continue ahead in the large field (with woods on your left) to the field corner, do NOT exit the field by the corner stile, instead continue around the field edge (with the hedge on your left) passing to the rear of houses to exit via a large gated gap to the road.

Go right on the road for some 200 yards then take a stile left into a field. Go through the field with the hedge on your left, then over a stile and through what is marked as private garden (but is more like a small orchard), to take a stile to the road. Go left on the road into Wadborough, passing The Mason's Arms on your right.

Wadborough to Crabbe Lane
Wadborough to Crabbe Lane

Start point: 52.1265 lat, -2.1472 long
End point: 52.1172 lat, -2.1281 long

Continue straight ahead, ignoring a road on your left (Mill Lane). Where the road makes a sharp right turn, leave the road and continue straight ahead down a bridleway. Cross a small wooden bridge, and follow the bridleway through the wood, ignoring a crossing path. At the sharp left turn (by the single way post), do NOT cross the plank bridge, instead swing left and continue on the woodland track, passing farm buildings on your right to reach the road.

Cross the road and go 20 yards right to take a footpath left. Ignore the entrance to the wood and go ahead into the field. Go with the wood on your left and, after some 200 paces, find a hidden waymark on your left in the hedge (this is sometimes difficult to find in the undergrowth). At this waymark, go right directly across the field (you may need to look carefully to see where the farmer has defined the footpath) to find a footbridge and stile. Cross the stile then continue ahead across the field, passing close to a lone tree and aiming for a hedge gap to find the road. Go left on the road for approx a third of a mile until you reach Crabbe Lane on your left. (Here we leave the Millennium Way.)

Crabbe Lane to Drakes Broughton
Crabbe Lane to Drakes Broughton

Start point: 52.1172 lat, -2.1281 long
End point: 52.1337 lat, -2.1096 long

Turn left along Crabbe Lane and, opposite the entrance to Crabbe Farm, take a stile right to a waymarked path and go diagonally right across the field to find and take a metal gate in the hedge. Follow the direction of the yellow waymarker of the left-hand path to cross the next field, keeping the wood on your far left. Exit the field just to the right of an oak tree via a hedge gap and follow the waymarker into the next field, to walk along the field edge with trees and scrub on your right. Cross a wooden footbridge over a stream and continue directly ahead over the next field, keeping to the left of a lone tree. On reaching the wide hedge gap, do NOT go forward through gap, instead turn right along the field edge, keeping the hedge on your left. At the field corner, take the metal gate to the road.

Cross the road to take the stile opposite. Stay ahead (with the hedge on your right), go through the wide gap and continue into the next field. When you are almost past the farm buildings, ignore the footpath ahead and go left, staying in the same field following the waymarker and continuing along the field edge (with a hedge on your right) to reach the corner of Lodge Wood.

Stay ahead, following the waymarker and keeping the wood on your right. Where the fencing turns sharp right, you should continue straight ahead following the direction of the yellow waymarker. Once across the field, you will reach the corner of a wood. Keep ahead to cross the stile in the field corner by the metal gate. Stay along the narrow path with a woodland on your right until you reach the road. Cross the road and go right for 30 paces to take Stonebow Road on the left.

Drakes Broughton to Egdon Lane
Drakes Broughton to Egdon Lane

Start point: 52.1337 lat, -2.1096 long
End point: 52.1436 lat, -2.1199 long

Just past the school, take the lane left to continue through the school car park to find a footpath in the far corner. Go ahead between the fence and hedge to take a metal kissing gate into a field. Keep ahead to exit the field by a corner metal gate and continue along with a wooden fence on your left. Where the fence ends, stay ahead through an area of woodland, emerging into a large field. (At this point, if you wish to detour to The Plough and Harrow pub, stay ahead with the hedge on your left to reach the gap to a minor road. Turn left towards the main road and turn left again. After 100 yards you will find the pub on your right.)

If you decide not to visit the pub, turn right here for approx 100 yards until you reach the corner of a tall hedge. Take the wide gap right to enter the next field, then turn immediately left down the field edge with trees and then a hedge on your left. At the field corner go through a metal gate, following the damaged waymarker slightly right then left to reach the fence by the field corner. Go right here along the field edge, keeping the hedge and fence on your left. On reaching the field corner go through the gap, then continue ahead across the field heading towards the hedge corner in the distance (just to the right of three small white-topped wooden posts). Continue in the same direction with a hedge on your left to reach the field corner.

Go through the gap and turn immediately left through a wooden kissing gate into a large grassy area at the rear of houses. Proceed diagonally right to take a further wooden kissing gate in the far corner. (NOTE: This small paddock may be a collection of enclosed fences blocking your access, but it should be easy to walk around the right edge and pick up the walk at the far corner). Go left after the kissing gate for a few yards to find a corner stile to the road, Egdon Lane.

Egdon Lane to End
Egdon Lane to End

Start point: 52.1436 lat, -2.1199 long
End point: 52.143 lat, -2.139 long

Turn right for 30 paces down the road then go left down Windmill Lane. Ignore a footpath left and continue ahead along a rough track bridleway, passing the entrance to both Windmill Hill House and Windmill Hill Farm (pictured) on your right. Veer slightly right to keep a low brick wall to your right and then go forward to pass between metal barns/stables and go through the gap ahead into a field. Stay forward, keeping the hedge on your right and ignoring a gap. Pass a small pond on your right and continue ahead with a hedge on your right. Go through the corner metal gate and follow the yellow waymarker, keeping ahead for a while with a hedge on your right.

After entering then emerging from a short area of woodland, cross a brick footbridge and continue through a metal kissing gate to take the right-hand footpath and go with the trees on your right. Keep ahead, eventually to pass under power lines, to find a narrow gap and metal kissing gate in the far hedge. Take the kissing gate and go left to continue up the field with a hedge on your left. At the field corner, go left to walk between hedges and, after about 130 paces, look out for a metal gate on the right.

Go through the gate to proceed through a walkway between fences. At the end of the walkway, take a metal gate to the churchyard then keep ahead to exit via the far ornamental metal gate to the road. Here go left to pass in front of St. Edmund Church and continue along the lane to reach the main road. Turn left at the main road, cross over and after 200 yards, continue down the slip road to arrive back at your starting point.

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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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