Walk 16
6½ mile Circular Walk from Egdon

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A pleasant 6.5 mile circular walk from Egdon. An easy walk with the opportunity to ramble over open fields and enjoy the beautiful countryside of Worcestershire. If time allows explore White Ladies Aston and visit it's church with interesting spire. During the walk, you will follow a section of The Millennium Way which is marked by the green Millennium way waymarkers. Find out more about the walk by clicking on the information icon.

Worcestershire County Council are in the process of carrying out essential maintenance work, which directly affects the path of the MILLENNIUM WAY.

The MILLENNIUM WAY has been rerouted and amendments have been made to our Circular Walk in order to accommodate this temporary diversion. This has led to a small increase in the length of the walk to 6 miles..

During the walk, you will follow a section of The Millennium Way which is marked by the green Millennium way waymarkers.

A Turn right out of the car park of The Berkeley to reach the main road (A44). Turn left up the main road in the direction of Worcester and after approx 100 yards you will see footpath sign left with the distinctive green Millennium Way waymarker. Take the kissing gate left then go forward and take mid hedge kissing gate / bridge into field. Stay ahead parallel with power cables to find hedge gap. Take gap over ditch then go left with hedge left then at hedge corner follow around left to follow grassy track with green topped barn left. The grassy track turns left immediately after the barn but instead continue ahead under power cables then go ahead under more power cables turning left to come to gap by power pole leading to drive by red brick building (Kits Kitchen). Go left on drive to road. Cross road and keep ahead on bridleway. After 25 paces, you will come to a waypost with several waymarkers, including a Millennium Way disc pointing right, through an orchard. Ignore this footpath (here, we leave the official Millennium Way due to a temporary Worcester CC path closure) and instead continue directly ahead up the bridleway. Go past metal gate left and continue up bridleway track with plantation right, until it ends. At the end, the track swings left into a field with a stand of trees to your right. Go left into the field and go down field edge with hedge left to the hedge corner. On reaching this hedge corner, by a corner tree, bear right and continue ahead across large field.

AnimalsB Stay ahead to reach and cross a large brick built bridge over the railway line and through the large metal gate. Stay ahead with wire fence then hedge left through another large metal gate into large paddock. Stay ahead towards a long barn to exit by an old metal gate onto a farm bridleway. Continue through farm to turn sharp right on track directly in front of the farmhouse (Windmill Hill Farm). Pass between more barns / stabling and down through gap, passing a pond on right eventually to reach a metal gate at the bottom corner of field. Go through gate and follow the footpath alongside a wood left with hedge right. At the end of the wood the track swings left then right, to go over a red brick bridge then though metal kissing  gate. After the gate bear right, to follow the hedge line with stream right staying on the main track to a kissing gate just beyond the overhead power lines. Take gate then turn left and go up field with hedge left. At the top of field go left between hedges and follow this to find a metal gate on your right. Take gate then path between fence and hedge to another metal gate into churchyard. Go ahead through churchyard keeping to right of St. Edmunds Church, and exit by a double metal gate to reach road. Turn right onto wide track and pass last house on left to take wooden kissing gate ahead at end of the grassy track.

Enter field and bear half right across field to walk under power lines to reach the protruding hedge corner ahead. On reaching the hedge corner turn right staying in the same field and walk gently downhill with hedge left to reach corner footbridge and stile. Take the stile then cross narrow field to take large metal gate ahead. Take the left hand waymarked footpath and go diagonally across corner to field (or go left around edge if field heavily cropped) to eventually reach a stile on left. Take stile, carefully crossing the railway line and take another stile into field. With your back to this stile go diagonally half right across a very large field keeping well right of the largest tree ahead. Stay on this same line.

C Shortly you will pass over an ill-defined path leading from left to right which you took earlier on the route at point B. Keep going gently uphill through this large field (no wayposts and often no visible path) and eventually a farmhouse with two visible chimneys will appear on the horizon. Head about 100 yards to the left of this farmhouse to exit from field by gap / fingerpost to road.
Cross over road to take footpath opposite through wooden gate. Go across small field to take second wooden gate then go diagonally 1/2 left across next field towards wide gap in hedge. Take gap then turn left on farm track, and stay in field to pass in front of group of houses ahead to reach the main road.

Rolling LandscapeD Go directly across the busy main road and proceed along driveway of Wolverton Hall Farm. Ignore the first footpath left and continue down drive. On reaching the farmhouse go right on farm track following the waymarker. Stay on track which shortly veers left, eventually to take waymarked footpath left through a black metal kissing gate. Go straight across the field aiming approx 100 yds to the right of the large farmhouse and large brick wall which eventually comes into view on far left. Continue past waymarker on telegraph pole to cross a brook through two gates by a line of tall trees. Continue slightly left ahead up field with hedge far left to take further gate at top corner which will shortly come into view. Go with hedge right and after about 250 yds (at the brow) take wide gap right into adjacent field staying on same line but now with hedge left. Proceed gently down field to take large metal gate before continuing up the track ahead.

E Stay along track, ignoring footpath left. Go past farm buildings left, and eventually past Aston Moat where the track swings left. Go past the 30mph signs until you reach the road. Turn right on road towards the hamlet of White Ladies Aston. Continue along road past houses, through the Z bend eventually reaching a public footpath on left, (Here, we re-join The Millennium Way). This footpath is situated next to a red brick barn. Go up this path with wall then hedge right. Leave woodland path when it swings left, and continue with same hedge right to find and cross a corner stile / bridge to field.

F  Go left here and walk through three fields, past house left, eventually arriving at a field corner. At the field corner go 20 paces right and take stile into private garden. Cross garden and exit by stile into small paddock adjacent to driveway. Cross paddock and exit by two tricky fence stiles, then go left to reach metal kissing gate. (Do not take kissing gate, do not exit field) Instead, turn your back to the kissing gate and go diagonally 3/4 left to pass field corner and take far kissing gate (adjacent to large metal gate) to road. Go right on road and after some 250 paces take gate left into narrow field. Go diagonally half way down field to take gate right into adjacent field. Go diagonally to far corner field stile leading to road. Go left on road to arrive back at The Berkeley pub.


Points of Interest - What to know and what to see.... by John Rae

On your way south westwards towards the railway line you may just see to the northwest at about a kilometre away the new monastery of Mucknell Abbey dedicated as recently as 2011 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams. The abbey was formerly a derilict farm and was purchased by the community after they had sold their former property in Burford. A large part of the ethos of the community is ecological sustainability this includes high grade insulation, heating supplied by a biomass boiler, photovoltaic panels, solar water heating, rain water harvest and sewerage digester.

The railway was constructed in 1852 and opened as the Oxford Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway and opened to traffic on 3 May 1852. It became the West Midland railway in 1860 and merged with the Great Western in 1863.

St Edmund ChurchStoulton parish church dedicated to St Edmund King and Martyr is Norman and dates from 1120. The windows date from the 13thC and the tower was rebuilt in 1936. It has a peel of 6 recast bells. H B Kingford donated much to this church in memory of his father who was onetime vicar here. The carved panelling and stained glass came here from St Helen’s Worcester. The woman spinning in one window is a portrait of Rev Kingsford's daughter, Madelaine Chaytor. In the churchyard are the memorials of two local families the Blizards and Hemus’. These generous benefactors left a charitable fund to supply bread to villagers, a practice that continued up to the time of rationing in wartime.

Village Hall StoultonThe old vicarage dates from the 17thC and was rebuilt in 1820.

The village formed part of the Eastnor Estate until 1917.

The old school house was once lived in by Gustav Holst's half-brother, who played the cello, and taught music in local schools. The village school was opened in 1877 and closed in 1933. Today it is used as a village hall.

The Mount was a staging posting house on the London Road. Is now Grade II listed Several windows were bricked up in the days of window tax but are now reopened. A yearly Wake was held outside the inn, with stalls, backsword play and shin kicking. The landlord presented copper kettles as prizes.

St John Baptist White LadiesThe name White Ladies Aston derives from an order of nuns who were granted land in the parish The church of St. John Baptist was enlarged with the aisle and vestry in 1861 but it stands largely unaltered since the 12th C. Windows have been inserted in the 14th century and another in the 15th. The round-headed south doorway is 12thC , The font, probably of the 13th century, is of a dark red sandstone with a twelve-sided bowl. There are three bells: the first dated 1707; the second 1636; the third inscribed 'Sancte Jacobpe, ora pro nobis,' with a crowned female head and a cross.

The village has many half timbered thatched houses. At the south end of the village lies Moat Farm complete with a moat. Aston Court was formerly the residence of the Good family.. During the Civil War the Goods took the Royalist side, and Aston Court was plundered. 'The Puritan commander', noticing a pretty Miss Good, became very rude in his attentions, and to save herself from outrage she fled into a neighbouring wood, where she climbed into a tree and shrouded herself among the thick foliage and thus escaped further notice.