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Millennium Way: Inkberrow and New End

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Millennium Way: Inkberrow and New End
Author: Millennium Way, Published: 24 Aug 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Millennium Way: Inkberrow and New End Walking Guidestar1 Millennium Way: Inkberrow and New End Walking Guidestar1 Millennium Way: Inkberrow and New End Walking Guidestar1 Millennium Way: Inkberrow and New End Walking Guidestar0 Millennium Way: Inkberrow and New End Walking Guide
Worcestershire, Inkberrow
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Millennium Way: Inkberrow and New End
Length: 8 miles,  Difficulty: boot Millennium Way: Inkberrow and New End Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: Inkberrow and New End Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: Inkberrow and New End Walking Guide
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An 8 mile (can be shortened to 6 miles) circular walk from the village of Inkberrow in Worcestershire. Inkberrow is well worth exploring before or after your walk, it has previously won the accolade of Worcestershire Village of the Year and is thought to be the model for Ambridge, the setting of the long running radio drama, The Archers. During the early part of the walk you will enjoy a section of the Millennium Way, clearly marked by the distinctive green waymarkers.

The route includes several steady gradients and follows a mixture of tracks, lanes, woodland paths and field paths. You will need to negotiate several gates, kissing gates and footbridges plus a total of 30 stiles (many of which dogs will need to be lifted over including some in double formation). Remember that this number of stiles will make the walk slower and more tiring. You may also need to negotiate some sections of electric fencing. There are a couple of road crossings that need care and you will be sharing some of the fields with livestock and horses. Allow 4 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 Inkberrow is located on the A422, about 11 miles east of Worcester and 12 miles west of Stratford upon Avon. The walk starts and finishes by the village green. Roadside parking is available. Approximate post code WR7 4DZ.

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Walk Sections

Start to B4092
Start to B4092

Start point: 52.2137 lat, -1.9804 long
End point: 52.2301 lat, -1.9658 long

Before or after your walk you will want to explore Inkberrow village, most famous for being the basis for the village of Ambridge in the radio drama, The Archers. With your back to the village green, turn left down the main A422 road past Lilac Cottage on your right, then turn right into Stonepit Lane. Continue gently uphill past Greens Croft Way and after approx 100 yards, turn right into a public footpath by a cottage. Keep ahead with a hedge on your left and houses on your right, eventually crossing a stile where you will see a Millennium Way waymarker. Go with the hedge on your left for 70 paces then, on reaching a waypost on your left, go some 20 paces right to the hedge end where there is another waypost.

At this junction of paths, continue ahead (keeping a hedge on your left) to reach the road via a metal kissing gate. Turn right on the road for some 250 paces to find a footpath left (just before a house). Follow the path into a sports field and go with the hedge on your left to find a corner stile. Cross the stile and go with a hedge on your left for some 40 paces to find a mid-fence stile. Take this stile and go ahead (with a hedge on your right) through two fields and take a gate to the road.

Go through the gate/gated gap to cross the road, then continue with a hedge on your left. At a bend in the field boundary, take a stile in the corner. Head diagonally down the field, passing a small stable on your far left, to the bottom corner, taking the hidden stile (a few yards left of a solitary tree), to the road. Go right for 10 paces then take a stile right and go directly up the steep slope to the top, where you will find a further stile. Take this stile and stay around the field edge (with a hedge on your left) to then take the first gate left. Go immediately right, following the hedge on your right, to find a further gate in the corner of the field. Take the gate then go ahead to the corner, go right for 20 yards and take a metal kissing gate left into a small thicket with a pond on your left. (Take care with any electrified fences in this section.)

Make your way through to the tree plantation, passing under power lines, to exit by a 3-bar fence stile into a field. Turn left then cross the field to the right of a large tree to reach a stile. Cross the stile and go with the hedge on your right to a gated bridge in the field corner. Cross the bridge and go diagonally right to cross a further double gated bridge by a telegraph pole. Go with the hedge on your right to find the corner gate (immediately beside a thatched cottage). Take the gate and follow the driveway to the road, the B4092.

B4092 to Coppice
B4092 to Coppice

Start point: 52.2301 lat, -1.9658 long
End point: 52.2269 lat, -1.9413 long

Cross the road, go over the stile (to the right of the private driveway) into a cottage yard then a field. Go with the hedge on your right to cross a stile, then continue across a second field. At the end of the second field, you will reach a corner thicket with a hidden gate. Take the gate, then go ahead through a plantation (keeping a hedge on your right) and, at the field corner, take the gate and continue with a hedge on your right to come to the road.

Turn right at the road, continuing past Middle Bouts Farm until you reach Big Bouts Farm, where you will take the farm drive left and follow the track round right, then through a gate. Ignore the next gate immediately on the right and follow the track, keeping a hedge on your right, until you come to another gate. Ignore this next gate ahead of you and instead, veer left in front of the gate, following the green waymarker to continue with a hedge on your right to another gate at the end of the track. Go through this gate, over a stream and straight over two fields to cross a footbridge over a ditch.

Continue ahead over a paddock with an attractive pond and jetty on your right. Take a stile and go ahead with a ditch on your left, walking through the garden to take a stile left of Mearse Farm, then go ahead some 10 paces to take a stile left. Go right (with the hedge on your right) to take the corner fence stile, then go diagonally left to cross a mid-fence stile, turning right through a coppice to the road.

Coppice to Mearse Lane
Coppice to Mearse Lane

Start point: 52.2269 lat, -1.9413 long
End point: 52.2276 lat, -1.9386 long

At this point you have two choices. If you wish to follow the shorter walk, turn right down the lane and then skip forward to pick up the directions in the section called Mearse Lane to End. For the full 8 mile walk continue the directions here.

Turn left up the road for 200 paces, take the unmarked wide gap left and follow the right-hand footpath, continuing with a hedge on your right. Approximately 100m before the field corner, take the gate right through a gap in the hedge and go left, continuing with the hedge now on your left. Continue ahead through the gap in the corner and on through a metal gate. Go ahead with the hedge on your right to reach the road. Cross the road then go over a stile into the next field. Continue with a hedge on your right, through several fields and over stiles, following the green Millennium Way waymarkers and maintaining your line ahead over a double-gated bridge. Stay ahead, with a hedge on your right, to cross two further stiles, eventually reaching a small gate leading to a passageway and on to the road.

Turn left past houses for about 100 paces to come to a road junction, then turn right to reach the main road with the Nevill Arms at the corner. Here we leave the Millennium Way and turn right down the main road (A441). When you reach Wood Lane, turn right and continue along the lane to the crossroads, then go ahead into Mearse Lane. At the T-junction, follow the lane round to the right, ignoring the footpath on your right which you took earlier.

Mearse Lane to End
Mearse Lane to End

Start point: 52.2276 lat, -1.9386 long
End point: 52.214 lat, -1.9802 long

NOTE: If you are following the shorter route, pick up the directions from this point.

Continue along the surfaced lane past Little Mearse Farm until you reach the main road. Cross the main road and take the track up towards the metal gate. Go through the gate and continue ahead along the grassy track. Where the surfaced area of the track veers right, continue straight on along the grassy track between two tall hedges and a caravan park on your right. Continue ahead and downhill along the field edge, keeping the hedge on your left. At the field corner, go through the gap and continue along the narrow path with a hedge on your left and a fence on your right, eventually emerging into a large field. Continue ahead along the edge of the large field with a hedge on your left. Follow the public bridleway marker along the track between hedges for about 100yds, to find a marked stile (which is easily missed) on your right. Take this stile and continue left around the field edge, going through a hedge gap by a small pond (sometimes dried up) and continue up to the metal gate and the surfaced lane.

On reaching the surfaced lane, turn right and take the first stile on the left (signposted Inkberrow). Go diagonally right across the field, walking gently uphill and keeping well to the right of the pylon near the field corner, to find a double stile. Take the double stile and cross a small field to pass under power lines and take a second double stile into the next field. Stay ahead on a rising path to the top of the hill, where you will have your first view of Inkberrow Church. From here, we descend gently towards a metal gate and stile, taking a rising track up towards the church. Descending towards the lane, cross over and go through a metal gate signposted to Pepper Street. Cross the footbridge over a small stream then go onwards through a metal gate in the field corner. Here you can enjoy a lovely view of Inkberrow church high above you on your left.

Go over the stile by the metal gate and continue up a rising lane back into Inkberrow, perhaps visiting the attractive church before you enter the village for some well-deserved refreshment. Archers fans will recognise the half-timbered black and white Old Bull near the village green as the well-known fictional Ambridge pub. It is said that William Shakespeare stayed here whilst on his way to Worcester to collect his marriage certificate.

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2 comments for "Millennium Way: Inkberrow and New End"

Really enjoyable walk. Did the whole 8 miles. Pretty much stiled out. Pete and Alicia.

By merricks on 25 Mar 2018

Great walk, probably one of the best we've done so far. 6 mile walk, with beaut scenery, and a great pint to finish the day.

By MattJane on 31 Aug 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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