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Millennium Way: Upton Snodsbury and Flyford Flavell

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Millennium Way: Upton Snodsbury and Flyford Flavell
Author: Millennium Way, Published: 23 Aug 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Millennium Way: Upton Snodsbury and Flyford Flavell Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Upton Snodsbury and Flyford Flavell Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Upton Snodsbury and Flyford Flavell Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Upton Snodsbury and Flyford Flavell Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Upton Snodsbury and Flyford Flavell Walking Guide
Worcestershire, Worcester
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Millennium Way: Upton Snodsbury and Flyford Flavell
Length: 8 miles,  Difficulty: boot Millennium Way: Upton Snodsbury and Flyford Flavell Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: Upton Snodsbury and Flyford Flavell Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: Upton Snodsbury and Flyford Flavell Walking Guide
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A 7.5 mile circular walk from the village of Upton Snodsbury in Worcestershire. The route is through open countryside and farmland, passing several pretty churches along the way. During the early part of the walk you will enjoy a section of the Millennium Way, clearly marked by the distinctive green waymarkers.

The walk is relatively flat, with just a few gentle slopes. You will need to negotiate several gates, kissing gates and footbridges, plus 15 stiles (several of which are tall and enclosed so dogs will need a lift over, including some in double-formation). There are a few road crossings that need care and you will be sharing several of the fields with livestock. 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.

Nestling between low hills and farmland, the pretty parish of Upton Snodsbury lies 7 miles east of Worcester along the A422. The walk starts and finishes from The Oak pub. The pub has its own car park which you can use if you are taking refreshment there, but otherwise please use roadside parking. Approximate post code WR7 4NW.

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Walk Sections

Start to North Piddle
Start to North Piddle

Start point: 52.1883 lat, -2.0912 long
End point: 52.1889 lat, -2.0499 long

Take the stile in the far corner of The Oak pub car park then go left up the field to take a metal kissing gate. Go diagonally left across the next field heading towards the church. Take the kissing gate ahead where you will see the first green Millennium Way waymarker. Continue past houses on your left, through a wooden gate and pass a school on your right, down to the main road. (Upton Snodsbury Church is on the left. It is dedicated to St. Kenelm and includes some fine stained-glass windows, including several from the 1960s and 1970s by Francis Keat.)

Cross the road and take the alleyway between houses to a field, go with the hedge on your left for 200 yds then cross the field and a ditch to take a mid-hedge kissing gate ahead. Go diagonally right across the field, heading towards a lone tree, and when you reach the hedge, bear left (keeping the hedge on your right) through two fields to cross a corner stile to the road.

Cross the road to take a very narrow gap in the hedge, going through scrub to join a track and keeping to the left of farm buildings. Continue with a hidden river on your left on a cinder track to take the bridge. Go through a double metal gate then head diagonally right to a mid-hedge gap by a single tree. Go through another double metal gated-gap and bear slightly left, keeping the hedge on your right. Follow the hedge as it turns right at the corner to take a gap ahead between tall hedges. Enter the left field, go left for 15 paces, then turn right across the field centre to pass about 20 yards to the left of the mid-field double power poles, heading towards a gated-gap in the hedge ahead (ignoring a metal gate to the right). Take the gated gap and go ahead through a plantation to a gate onto the road.

Cross the road, go through a gate and continue along a grassy tree-lined path to the end where you meet a hedge. Turn right and after 20 paces go left to cross a wooden footbridge and stile. Continue ahead through a copse between two barbed wire fences and exit by a fence stile. Cross the field ahead to take a mid-hedge kissing gate to the road.

North Piddle to Flyford Flavell
North Piddle to Flyford Flavell

Start point: 52.1889 lat, -2.0499 long
End point: 52.1932 lat, -2.0321 long

Go left on the road to go over the crossroads at North Piddle. Continue up the road, passing Moat House on your right. After some 250 paces, take the signed footpath right through a gated fence gap. Go up the slope with a hedge on your right to take a double fence stile, then go ahead (with the hedge on your right) to exit the field by a corner stile. Go ahead (with the hedge on your right) to take a kissing gate, then go immediately right to take a further kissing gate.

Go left (with the hedge on your left) to take the far corner gate, then go ahead across the next field (keeping the hedge on your left) to take a metal kissing gate (ignoring the stile right). Go diagonally left up the next field towards a lone dwelling and exit the field by a corner stile (ignoring the gate left). Go left around the paddock towards the church, passing between two dew ponds. Take the stile, then a wooden gate and go left around the perimeter of the tennis court to take a driveway into Flyford Flavell.

Flyford Flavell to Butterfly Wood
Flyford Flavell to Butterfly Wood

Start point: 52.1932 lat, -2.0321 long
End point: 52.2016 lat, -2.0381 long

Go right on the road, passing Flyford stores, then just past the Boot Inn, take the signed footpath left. (Here we leave the Millennium Way and join the Wychavon Way). Go over the stile then diagonally left under power lines and take a wooden gate at the top of the field. Continue diagonally across a grassed area to take a corner metal gate into a field. Go ahead (with a hedge on your left) to take a gap then go downhill following power lines to take a metal gate to the main road (just behind a car dealership).

Cross the busy main road and take the metal gate opposite, then head slightly left (1 o’clock) to take a gated footbridge ahead. After the footbridge go immediately left, then through a metal gate and take the footpath right (the Wychavon Way). Go gently uphill (with the hedge on your right) and find a fence stile on your right. Take the stile to go left up the drive and go over a cattle grid to turn right in front of a house. Head over a grassed area to take a stile on the right, then go left (with a hedge on your left) towards Grafton Wood ahead. Continue along the edge of the wood to a take metal kissing gate left into the wood. (Here we leave the Wychavon Way to enter the wood.)

Butterfly Wood to Grafton Flyford Church
Butterfly Wood to Grafton Flyford Church

Start point: 52.2016 lat, -2.0381 long
End point: 52.1999 lat, -2.057 long

The woodland, Grafton Wood, is an ancient woodland and a butterfly conservation area affiliated to the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. Maintain your line ahead through the wood to exit by a large kissing gate at the end of the track. Go diagonally right across the field to go through a gap, just to the right of a metal trough. Take the gap following the waymark, and go ahead. After a few paces on the rough track, go through a metal gate/gap over a ditch on your left, and then go right along the field edge (with the hedge on your right).

Exit the field at the wide corner gap and continue ahead, with trees and a ditch on your right. Soon we can see Grafton Flyford church ahead, just to the left. Continue along the field edge towards farm buildings, to exit via a double-gated bridge in the corner, to the right of a large metal gate. Head up the field towards farm buildings, take a gate and go through the farmyard (with the buildings on your left). Go through the next gate in a gate and head down the drive towards the church.

Grafton Flyford Church to End
Grafton Flyford Church to End

Start point: 52.1999 lat, -2.057 long
End point: 52.1885 lat, -2.0912 long

After passing the church, ignore the footpath left and continue right down a track, passing the Old Rectory to reach the road. Turn left at the road, then immediately right through a gate into a field, keeping ahead with the hedge on your right. Take the corner gap then go directly ahead across the centre of two fields, to reach a footbridge. Go over the footbridge then go left (with a hedge on your left) until you come to a gap. Go right here, staying in the same field and head up the field towards the double power lines, keeping the hedge to your left. Go under the power lines towards the barns. Turn right on reaching the farm track to reach a public footpath sign ahead.

Go left here, passing a barn on your right. Go through a large metal gate and continue ahead with a hedge on your left, ignoring a stile left. Stay ahead to eventually find a stile adjacent to a lone oak tree. Cross this stile and go ahead towards a distant wood, keeping a hedge on your right. Cross a double stile in the top corner of the field, then go diagonally right in the next field towards the corner of the wood. As you reach the corner, take the gate directly ahead, ignoring the stile to your right.

Go ahead through the next large gate into a field and go with the wood on your left. At the next waymarker, go through the gap by a metal gate and take the bridleway diagonally left, keeping the edge of the wood on your left and buildings directly ahead. Proceed around the field edge towards buildings and exit to a drive through a metal gate. Continue a short way down the driveway, past Froxmere Court and, on reaching the right-hand bend (about 100 yds before a stream), go sharp left through a large metal gate (this is easy to miss, so keep a look out). Go up the field, along the bridleway, heading towards the edge of the wood.

Go through two metal gates into the next field then stay directly ahead, across a very large field, keeping a stream some 100 yds to the far right, and a narrow woodland area some 50 yds to your left. Head towards farm buildings, which will eventually appear in the far distance, then towards the corner, just to the left of the buildings (not the most picturesque of farms). Exit by two metal gates then stay ahead down the farm track to the main road. Turn left to arrive back at The Oak where the walk began.

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1 comments for "Millennium Way: Upton Snodsbury and Flyford Flavell"

Very muddy today but quite a nice walk

By dave4747 on 28 Jan 2018

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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