Walk 39
8 or 6 mile Circular Walk - East of Inkberrow

Inkberrow Map

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A choice of walks allow you to enjoy a taste of the MILLENNIUM WAY, and the delights of the Worcestershire countryside. Both circular walks start from the village green in the delightful village of Inkberrow. A few yards from the start you will begin to follow an attractive section of the Millennium Way, where you will be guided by the distinctive green Millennium Way waymarkers.Find out more about the walk by clicking on the information icon.

Old Bull InkberrowPlease note that at Big Bouts Farm - Section C ( by arrangement with the farmer ) the path diverts slightly away from the official MW route, as shown on the OS map, in order to avoid walking through the garden of Big Bouts Farm. Simply follow the text & the green MW waymarkers and you will rejoin the MW route at the gated footbridge. Also in Section B where " take first gate left " is in bold letters you may notice that the farmer has diverted the official MW route to the other side of his fence so as to avoid livestock. The route is well waymarked and you should follow this very minor diversion.

 

A From the village green turn left down the main A422 road past Lilac Cottage on your right, then turning right into Stonepit Lane, continuing gently uphill past Greens Croft Way and after approx 200 paces turn right onto a public footpath immediately after house number 22. Keep ahead with hedge left and houses right, eventually crossing a stile where you will see a Millennium Way waymarker signifying that you have joined our main trail. Go with hedge left for 70 paces then, on reaching a waypost left, go some 20 paces diagonally right to hedge end where there is another waypost with a green Millennium Way waymarker. At this junction of paths continue ahead keeping hedge left to reach the road via a metal kissing gate. Turn right at road for some 250 yds to take footpath left just before house, follow path between hedges into sports field and go with hedge & trees left to find corner stile. Cross stile and go with hedge left for some 40 paces to find mid fence stile. Take stile and go ahead with hedge right through two fields to take gate to the road.

B Cross road to take footpath opposite, then continue with hedge & fence left. At a bend in field take stile in corner. Head diagonally down field, passing small stable far left, to bottom corner taking the hidden stile, a few yards left of solitary tree, to road. Go right 10 paces then take stile right and go directly up steep slope to the top where you will find a further stile. (Rest awhile to take in the lovely view from here.) Take stile and stay around field edge with hedge left to then take first gate left, then go immediately right following with hedge right to find further gate in corner of field. Take gate then ahead to corner to go right 20 paces to take metal kissing gate left into small thicket with pond left. (Take care with any intermittent electrified fences in this section). Make way through along narrow path, passing under power lines, to exit by 3 bar fence stile to field. Turn left then cross field to right of large tree to stile. Cross stile to go with hedge right to gated bridge in corner of field. Cross bridge and go half right to cross a further double gated bridge by telegraph pole. Go with hedge right to find corner gate immediately beside a cottage with thatched roof. Take gate and follow driveway to road.

C Cross the road, over stile to right of private driveway into cottage yard then field. Go with hedge right to the corner & through thicket to cross stile, then stay with hedge right across a second field. At the end of the second field you will reach a rather overgrown corner thicket with hidden gate up incline at the right corner. Take gate, then ahead through plantation keeping hedge right to find and take metal gate on right to emerge into small field and follow under power lines with hedge right eventually emerging onto road. Turn right at road, continuing past Middle Bouts Farm ( ignore first footpath left ) until you reach Big Bouts Farm where you will take farm drive left and follow track round right, then through gate. Ignore next gate immediately on right and follow the track, keeping hedge right, until you come to another gate. Ignore this next gate ahead of you and instead veer left in front of gate, following green waymarker to continue with hedge right to a green metal gate at end of track. Do not go through this gate, instead veer left towards a mid-hedge gated footbridge. Take this gated footbridge over stream and then go across field bearing very slightly right to take a waymarked large metal gate across the field. Stay across next field to cross footbridge over ditch. Follow left around garden/paddock between hedge and wire fence, noting attractive pond and jetty right. Take stile ahead and after some 10 paces take another stile on left. Go right with hedge right to take corner fence stile then go half left to cross corner of field to a hidden mid-fence stile, turning right through coppice to the road.

For the shorter walk we leave the Millennium Way here and turn right down the lane following directions from point F below.

D To continue the longer walk turn left up the road for approx 150yds taking unmarked wide gap on left and following the right hand footpath continuing with hedge right. Approximately 75 yds before field corner take makeshift gate on right through gap in hedge and go left continuing with hedge left. Continue ahead through gap in corner then onwards keeping hedge right  to metal gate. Go ahead between hedges to reach road. Cross road then over stile into next field. Continue with hedge right through several fields and over stiles following the green Millennium Way waymarkers and maintaining line ahead over doubled gated bridge. Stay ahead, with hedge right, to cross two further stiles eventually reaching a small metal swing gate leading to passageway to road.

Neville Arm New EndE Turn left past houses for about 100 paces to come to road, then turn right to reach the main road with Nevill Arms at the corner. (Stop here for refreshment if you wish). 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 ahead into Mearse Lane. At T- junction follow lane round to the right ignoring footpath on your right which you took earlier.

F Continue along 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 gate and continue ahead along gravel track. Where the surfaced area of the track veers right continue straight on along the grassy track between two tall hedges and caravan park on your right. Continue ahead and downhill along field edge keeping hedge left. At the corner of field go through gap and continue along narrow bridleway with hedge left and fence right, eventually emerging into a large field. Continue ahead along edge of large field with hedge left. At the field corner, follow the public bridleway marker along track between hedges for about 100yds to find waymarked damaged stile with finger post ( easily missed ) on your right. Take this damaged stile, ( which is now more of a gap, ) and go diagonally half left across field to pass through wide hedge gap and go under power lines to exit by stile to surfaced lane.

St Peter InkberrowG On reaching the surfaced lane turn right and take the first stile on the left signposted Inkberrow. Continue over stile and half right across field, walking gently uphill keeping well to right of the right hand pylon near corner of field to find a double  stile. Take double stile and cross small field to pass under power lines and take a second double stile into next field. Stay ahead on a rising path to top of hill where you will have your first view of Inkberrow Church. From here we go through tree gap then descend slightly left towards metal gate and wide boarded stile. Take stile then a rising track right, to cross a bridleway, up towards the church. Eventually, the track descends to go through a metal gate then across narrow lane through gated gap opposite. Cross footbridge over small stream then onwards through gap next to metal gate in corner of field. Here you can enjoy a lovely view of Inkberrow church high above you on your left. Bear a few steps right here, then go left 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.


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

Inkberrow

The earliest recorded version of the village is Intanbeorgan, from the 8th and 9th century. Charles I passed through the village on his way from Worcester , leaving his maps behind in the Vicarage.

Holberrow Green

The landscape in this area is dotted with black and white timber-framed houses from the 16th and 17th C, many of them listed. Although not all on the direct route of the walk, the following may be of interest to the architectural historian. All are nearby.

MEARSE FARM - Farmhouse. C18; possibly as enlargement of an earlier house.

Bouts FarmSHURNOCK COURT is a half-timbered black and white building started in 1300 as a hunting residence in Feckenham Forest. 

MORTON HALL is an impressive brick building dating from 1780.  MORTON HALL FARM is the original manor house, and is considerably older. The rear half of the house being dated between 1400 and 1500.

BOUTS FARM - Farmhouse. c1600 (illustrated).

New End

A hamlet at the junction of the Salt Way and the Ridgeway. The Salt Way was part of the historic Ryknild Street, so called because it was one of the routes used to transport salt extracted from the Droitwich brine springs all the way to Saltfleet on the Lincolnshire coast. The salt was then loaded onto ships and exported to France and Scandinavia for trading purposes.

The Romans also used the road that became the Upper Saltway as a frequent route between settlements and marching forts. The Ridgeway (now the A441 Evesham Road) was an ancient track between Redditch and Evesham, following the high ground above the valley of the river Arrow for security.

Returning to Inkberrow

Approaching the village, some stonework can be seen in a wood. This may be the remains of Inkberrow Castle, demolished in the 1200’s.

The Millennium Green at the foot of Church Hill is well worth a visit. Established to mark the Millennium Year, it is managed by Trustees as a natural open space for the refreshment and pleasure of all Inkberrow residents and visitors. It is a tranquil oasis containing interesting flora and fauna, ponds and a restored medieval moat from a demolished manor house.

St Peters ChurchSt. Peter’s Church

Dating from the 13th century, the church is the largest in the district, suggesting that even long ago it was the most populous settlement. The Savage family chapel is of interest.

The Old Bull

This pub contains several items of Archers memorabilia, following visits by members of the cast. The Bull Inn (note similar names) and a convenience store are across the main road nearby.