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Millennium Way: Inkberrow and Dormston

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Millennium Way: Inkberrow and Dormston
Author: Millennium Way, Published: 27 Aug 2017 Walk Rating:star0 Millennium Way: Inkberrow and Dormston Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Inkberrow and Dormston Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Inkberrow and Dormston Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Inkberrow and Dormston Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Inkberrow and Dormston Walking Guide
Worcestershire, Inkberrow
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Millennium Way: Inkberrow and Dormston
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Millennium Way: Inkberrow and Dormston Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: Inkberrow and Dormston Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: Inkberrow and Dormston Walking Guide
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A 5.5 mile 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 final 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, steps and footbridges plus 9 stiles (some of which are in disrepair, some in double formation and several of which dogs will need a lift over). A few sections of the paths are little walked and so are prone to becoming overgrown in the height of the growing season. You may come across livestock in some of the fields. 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 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 Withybed Lane
Start to Withybed Lane

Start point: 52.2137 lat, -1.9804 long
End point: 52.2166 lat, -1.9914 long

Take time to explore the village and church, before or after your walk. From the village green, turn left down the main A422 road past Lilac Cottage and Oak Tree Cottage, turning right into Stonepit Lane and continuing gently uphill past Greens Croft Way. After approx 100 yds, turn right to take a public footpath immediately after house number 22. Keep ahead on the partially grassed path, soon to walk with a hedge on your left and houses on your right, eventually crossing a stile where you will see a green Millennium Way waymarker. Go with the hedge on your left for 70 paces, then immediately turn sharp left where the hedge ends (there is a waymarker post here and you will notice that we leave the Millennium Way at this point).

Continue along the field edge with the hedge on your left. The headland margin here is often overgrown. Ahead you have a good view of the Malvern Hills. Continue around two sides of the field (with the hedge on your left) looking carefully on the second side to take a narrow gap on your left, with a waypost, to reach the road (Withybed Lane).

Withybed Lane to Dormston Church
Withybed Lane to Dormston Church

Start point: 52.2166 lat, -1.9914 long
End point: 52.2164 lat, -2.0205 long

Take the kissing gate on the opposite side of the road, then immediately take a gap right (with a missing gate). Go diagonally across the field to take a damaged/rudimentary stile in the far corner (or use the adjacent gated gap). Continue diagonally right on the same heading to cross the next field, passing under power lines to find a corner stile. Take the stile, and also the one immediately opposite, to the next field to continue along the field edge on an ill-defined path (with the hedge on your right) to pass under power cables. Approx 200 paces after passing under the power cables, look out for a wide hedge gap on your right. (This gap is about 40 paces after the second lone tree).

Take the gap then go left to continue on the same line but now with the hedge on your left, passing under power cables to reach a vehicle track at the field corner gap. Cross the track and continue down the field (with the hedge on your left) to eventually cross a double stile footbridge. Continue around the next field, keeping the hedge on your left. After approximately 250 yds (just past a group of trees), you come to a hedge gap on the left with a narrow path coming in from the right. Ignore the gap and turn right here to take this narrow path across the field to reach the hedge corner. Bear left, keeping a hedge on your left, to find the corner double fence stiles. Take the stiles into the next field then bear diagonally right towards the small barn, behind which you will find a waymarked gate. Take the gate, go forward to the T-junction and turn left along the track.

Continue down this farm access track to reach the road, then turn left. Pass by the entrance to Stockwood Lodge Farm (ignoring the wooden bridge left) and continue past the farm buildings and green railings to enter a very large field. Stay on the same heading, directly across the field towards the line of trees and a visible waypost at the hedge gap. Continue through this wide gap into the next field and cross the field between two lone trees, to reach the edge of the wood (where there is another waypost at the corner).

Turn left here, following the bridleway and keeping the wood on your right. Coming to another waypost, follow the waymarker slightly left (cutting off the corner of the field) to meet up with the edge of the wood directly ahead. On reaching the wood, bear left to follow around to a gap where you will see another waypost. Turn right at this waypost, keeping the wood on your right. At the field corner, turn right for a few paces then turn left to find a track. Go down the track (keeping a house on your right) eventually reaching an attractive church in Dormston.

Dormston Church to Farmhouse
Dormston Church to Farmhouse

Start point: 52.2164 lat, -2.0205 long
End point: 52.2136 lat, -1.9966 long

Go past the church to a T-junction and turn left onto Dormston Lane. Continue along the road for half a mile, passing the entrance to Dormston Manor and crossing a stream to stay gently uphill to reach Hill Farm House on your right and Hill Farm on your left. Next to Hill Farm, we turn left through a fence (by a metal gate) where you have now rejoined the Millennium Way and will again see the green Millennium Way waymarker. At the end of the outbuildings, continue ahead (with a hedge on your left) to reach a field edge gap. Continue ahead (with the hedge on your left) and, at the end of the hedge, find a waypost and bear slightly left across the field, to find a (barely visible) yellow-topped waypost, 15 paces in from the field corner.

Enter a small coppice, veering slightly left to exit by a gate into the right-hand field. Go diagonally across the field centre, towards another (barely visible) yellow-topped waymarker post at the top of the field, just to the left of the copse of trees. Go ahead through the gap on a partially grassed corridor, initially with a hedge on your left, then cross the field diagonally under two lines of power cables, to reach a wide gated gap with a visible waypost.

Go through the gated gap, following the green Millennium Way waymarker, then go forward to cross a narrow track towards a fence. Stay with the fence on your right to reach and take a large metal gate, then pass between barns (on your left) and a farmhouse (on your right).

Farmhouse to End
Farmhouse to End

Start point: 52.2136 lat, -1.9966 long
End point: 52.2138 lat, -1.9802 long

After passing between the barns and farmhouse, go left for 20 paces to find a metal gate on your right with a waymarker. Take this gate and go with a fence on your right to take a double stile and a wooden bridge (often overgrown) into the next field. Go directly across the field to take a stile and ditch bridge. Go diagonally slightly left (11 o’clock) across the field to take a wooden gate and continue for a few paces to take a stile in a hedge gap into the next field. Stay with the hedge on your left to take a wooden gate in the field corner, then stay ahead on the rough track past houses and take a further small wooden gate (to the left of a 5 bar gate).

Continue on a track to the road, then go slightly left to cross the road and take the steps up to the alleyway between properties. Continue past recently-built housing, until the walkway ends at the first public footpath previously walked near the start of the walk. Turn right, then turn left down Stonepit Lane to reach the main road. Turn left to arrive back at the village green, where the walk began.

Archers fans will recognize 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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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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