Walk 7
4½ mile Circular Walk from Flyford Flavell

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An enjoyable short walk starting from Flyford Flavel The walk takes in attractive countryside and open farmland. Mostly flat easy walking, but not all stiles are dog friendly. Refreshments are available at The Boot Inn in Flyford Flavell. The second half of the walk incorporates a section of the Millennium Way, where you will be guided by the distinctive green Millennium Way way markers. Find out more about the walk by clicking on the information icon.

A Over the hills and far away.Our walk starts from the The Boot Inn at Flyford Flavell which is situated on a corner by a T- junction in the village of Flyford Flavell. Directly opposite the T-Junction you will find a public footpath sign and stile. Take stile and go diagonally 1/2 left up field to take a gate into grassed area in front of two houses. Go diagonally across this grassed area to corner metal gate. Take gate into small field and continue ahead with hedge left. Take the gated gap ahead on left then continue gently down field keeping more or less in line with power lines, eventually to curve around lower left hedge to pass through metal gate (at rear of car dealership) to reach main road.

B Cross over main road to take large metal kissing gate opposite, into field. Go slightly left diagonally across field to take a double gated footbridge across stream. Go 1/2 left for 20 paces and then through metal gate. Go right up field keeping hedge and wire fence on right. At top right corner of field take a slightly awkward fence stile ( with no footplate ) to surfaced track and turn right down track over cattle grid. Where the track turns right, take the stile on left and then go right around edge of field keeping hedge right. Eventually you will reach a metal kissing gate at field corner. Take gate then ahead to reach a plank bridge and metal kissing gate.

Quiet CornersC Do NOT take this gate, instead turn sharp left up field edge keeping hedge right to take metal kissing gate at top. Once through this gate stay gently up edge of field keeping tall hedge and trees on right. Quite soon these trees merge into a large wood on your right. Stay along edge of field following the edge of the wood. Eventually you will reach the field corner to reach a metal kissing gate. Go through gate and continue with hedge and trees right. Pass under power lines  and in 20 metres cross over A - framed stile on your right into field.

D Head 30 paces towards metal gate ahead and pass through turning right to continue along enclosed bridleway until you reach a surfaced drive. Stay forward on drive past houses to reach road. Turn right on road then almost immediately left down Dormston Lane. Continue along lane ignoring the first two footpaths on right. Go past a red posting box for approx 100m to take a bridleway on right (just after Moat Cottage) entering a field through a double metal gate.

Secluded Properties E Once into the field go ahead keeping hedge far right, passing under power lines ( ignore the footpath right ) and stay ahead towards metal gated gap in hedge directly ahead. Go through gap and stay forward across field to pass under low level power lines then through large metal gate into next field. Continue directly ahead across centre of field. At top of field take the far gated gap directly ahead of you (ignore first gap right) and after entering corner of field turn sharp left to follow edge of field keeping hedge left. Take stile at field corner gap, cross footbridge and stay directly forward across next field to take wooden stile into pasture just at the side of Hill Farm. Stay directly ahead keeping to left side of field to exit pasture via wooden stile to road.

F Turn right on road (you have now joined the Millennium Way and will be guided for the rest of the walk by the distinctive green Millennium Way way markers). Stay on road for 1/3rd mile to T-junction ( ignoring footpath right.) Cross main road (A422) and take metal gate opposite into field.

Stunning ViewG Go diagonally 1/2 right across field (the path across this field is sometimes badly maintained, overgrown and poorly delineated) towards right of buildings on horizon to find double gated bridge over stream. Cross bridge, go right up field under low single power line to find stile. Cross stile and go across narrow field to take double stile and plank bridge. Go ahead to take a further double stile and plank bridge then 1/2 left to take large metal gate in hedge. Proceed directly ahead keeping to right side of field with fence enclosing tree growing area on right to find stile. Cross stile and continue 1/2 left ahead with house to left to exit by far left corner metal fence stile to road.

H Go directly across road to follow the Millennium Way sign through gap into field. Go with hedge left, ignoring bridge stile left, continuing around field edge to top field corner. Go right for approx 15 paces to take stile in hedge gap into next field and continue directly ahead across field. In the left hand corner of field cross wooden stile between two fenced ponds then stay across centre of field towards mid hedge gateway. Cross stile which is just to left of gateway and continue ahead with hedge right. At the end of the field take gate and cross a narrow field with fence left to metal gate. Take gate ( or if padlocked , the adjacent fence stile ) and turn right on road to arrive back at The Boot Inn in the village of Flyford Flavel.


Points of Interest - What to know and what to see.... by Andy Botherway

Flyford Flavell

The village is not separately entered in the Domesday Survey, being then included in the estate of North Piddle under the abbey of Westminster.

St PetersWhitsun Brook, flowing east to west, forms the southern and the Piddle Brook the north-western boundary of the parish.

The parish church of Flyford is dedicated to St Peter. With the exception of the 15th-century tower it was rebuilt in 1883.

The Boot Inn started life as a farm, with bits that date back to 13C. The restaurant was originally the farm dairy. I’m told that the pub has friendly poltergeist and visitors have reported feeling ‘cold gusts of wind’ from time to time!

Moat FarmMoat Farm, which is passed on Dormston Lane is a fine timber-frame 17C farmhouse. It is Grade II* listed, together with a nearby dovecote from the same period.

Hill FarmHill Farm House at Dormston, a former working farmhouse, has been converted to Bed and Breakfast accommodation.

St. James Kington

For the church enthusiast, and since this is a short walk, a diversion to Kington may be of interest, as the small parish church has a fine timber-frame tower dating from the 13th Century.

St James

 

The OS map indicates this church as a church without a tower which appears correct when viewed from the front , however, when viewed from the north-west this does look more like a tower.