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Worcestershire Walk
Glasshampton Monastery and Astley Church from Shrawley

County/Area - Worcestershire

Author - Peter Lane

Length - 3.5 miles / 5.7 km    Ascent - 480 feet / 145 metres

Time - 2 hours 10 minutes    Grade - easy

Start - OS grid reference SO799663
Lat 52.294457 // Long -2.296138
Postcode WR6 6TF (approx. location only)
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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Glasshampton Monastery and Astley Church from Shrawley Photo from the walk - Glasshampton Monastery and Astley Church from Shrawley Photo from the walk - Glasshampton Monastery and Astley Church from Shrawley Photo from the walk - Glasshampton Monastery and Astley Church from Shrawley Photo from the walk - Glasshampton Monastery and Astley Church from Shrawley Photo from the walk - Glasshampton Monastery and Astley Church from Shrawley
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This rural walk through fields and woods offers an accessible experience of the Worcestershire countryside, away from the popular tourist traps. The starting and finishing point is the very walker friendly New Inn walkers car park on the B4196 near Shrawley, SO799663. The landlord welcomes walkers and charges a £3 parking fee, which can be redeemed against purchases for food and drink.

Glasshampton Monastery and Astley Church from Shrawley Glasshampton Monastery and Astley Church from Shrawley 
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Having parked, turn right out of the car park and walk up the lane towards Bonefields Farm until the tarmac turns into unmade road. Ignore the first footpath on the left at grid ref. SO797661 continuing to a kissing gate on the left (grid ref. SO796660). With no visible path on the ground, turn right after about a hundred metres and look for a kissing gate in the left hand corner of the field. Go through this and then on to another kissing gate opposite. Continue across another field to a stile with a marker indicating the way to Glasshampton Monastery.

Continue across this field and the next to pass a small wood on the right (grid ref. SO792660). The path follows the field edge. After turning the corner, a stile comes into sight. Cross this and turn immediately left, keeping the hedge close to the left, until a metal gate is reached. Take the downhill path to the right (grid ref. SO790661), heading towards a wood.

At the bottom of the hill, go past a concealed, algae covered pool bearing left to reach a bridleway (grid ref. SO788663). Turn right past the murky Nutnell Pool and follow this bridlepath Northwards into a field. There have been reports that fields in this area have been cropped with little regard to the right of way. The best course of action here is to follow the field boundary. Walk north through the field to pass through a gap in the hedge and continue north along across another field following a track to reach the approach road to Glasshampton Monastery (grid ref. SO788667).

Turn left along this approach road towards the Monastery. Just before reaching it, turn right along a bridlepath descending across a field and into another wood (grid ref. SO787671). The tower of Astley Church should be on the skyline in front of you as you descend to the wood.

Enter the thick woodland and follow the path over the now somewhat unfittingly named New Bridge. Take a look at the curtain veil of ivy dangling from the bridge. Head slightly left from the bridge, then right uphill in a sunken bridlepath with a large tree spanning the way, seemingly growing out of solid sandstone. At the end of the path, go through a metal gate and take the opportunity to look at Astley Church on the left, another typical example of the red sandstone churches in the area.

Retrace your steps to the metal gate. Cross a stile with three public footpath markers indicated (grid ref. SO689675). Go straight across the field ignoring the path on the left and the path heading half right. Follow the middle route across a field aiming for a gap in the hedge opposite (grid ref. SO791674) and into another field. Continue in the same direction with the hedge soon on your right. Passing ornamental an pond on your left and just before reaching Solhampton Farm, turn right along an enclosed bridlepath (grid ref. SO795674). Continue along this path, ignoring another route climbing uphill to the right (at grid ref. SO795669). Reaching a brook, turn left and follow the path back to the B4196 main road. Turn right along the main road and return to the New Inn and car park.

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