A 5.5-mile walk

A 5.5-Mile Walk with wonderful views

 

Sturdy shoes or boots are recommended.

This route is clearly signed (signposts and waymarkers)

Pets should be kept on leads at all times.

 

The walk starts at the Gate Inn. Adjacent to the pub car park is the footpath to the Church. Follow this path through two fields and into the churchyard. Keep to the left-hand edge and exit at the kissing gate. Follow the road round to the right until you arrive at the T-junction at the cemetery. Opposite you will see a stile in the right-hand corner near to the cemetery fence. Over this stile and another stile into the main field where you will follow the hedge on your left-hand side until you arrive at the stile onto the Mickleton Road. TAKE GREAT CARE when crossing this road.

 

Over the next stile into the field. Do not follow the direction of the signpost as this is incorrect, but head towards the railway bridge in the far left corner of this field. Over another stile and out onto Stratford Road. Turn right and, TAKING GREAT CARE, walk (facing the oncoming traffic) under the two railway bridges.

 

Immediately after the second bridge turn right onto the bridleway. Pass by the cattle grid and follow the tarmac surface to a large field gate. Pass through and follow the track up the hill. When you get to the footpath signpost at the top of the hill, turn around to admire the view – a lovely spot for a picnic (but remember to take your litter home with you!). You will see Honeybourne church below, and sweeping views including (from the left) Cutsdean Hill (305 m high), Oxenton Hill (223m), Dumbleton Hill (168m), Forest of Dean (up to 290m) with the Black Mountains (up to 886 m) behind, Bredon Hill (299 m) and the Malvern Hills (up to 425 m high).

 

Turn left and follow the footpath sign along the top of the hill with the fence on your right-hand side (hedge on left), you will pass through two large fields before passing a large barn and arriving at the Pebworth Road near the top of Baylis’s Hill. Look over your right shoulder to see Meon Hill.

 

TAKE GREAT CARE to cross the road and pass through the field gate. This is not a right of way, but you have permission to pass through on this walk *. Walk along the stone track to the left-hand corner of this field, then turn right with the hedge on your left and head towards the metal gate; and then on to a stile in the far left-hand corner of this field.

 

Step over the stile and ditch bridge; cross the driveway, and look for a wooden ditch bridge near the left-hand hedge, then straight-ahead until you reach a ditch bridge leading onto a stile into the next field. Over the stile and straight-ahead to the next stile on the opposite side of the field. Over the stile, then straight ahead to the next stile (to the left of the track). Over this stile then walk straight-ahead with the hedge on your right until you meet a small metal frame that you should take care to climb over. Continue in the same direction until you meet another stile leading onto the road. Turn right and follow the highway for 200 meters to the church. Enjoy a stroll around the grounds before retracing your steps back to Honeybourne.

 

We hope you have enjoyed your walk today, and that we have whetted your appetite for a variety of future walks in and around the Parish of Honeybourne.

 

 

* To obtain permission to access this and other walks in the Heart of England Forest telephone 01789 491 391

 

Email steve@stephenbullen.com for copies of any walks, to express concerns, or seek advice on how to best enjoy Honeybourne’s Rights of Way.

 

March 2017