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Barston Circular

West Midlands Walk

County/Area - West Midlands

Author - Millennium Way

Length - 4.3 miles / 6.9 km    Ascent - 150 feet / 45 metres

Time - 2 hours 20 minutes    Grade - easy

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This circular walk is a little over four miles in length and traverses mostly flat farmland with 10 stiles to negotiate. During the walk, you will follow a short section of The Millennium Way. The start is the Bull's Head pub in Marston. Please remember to ask permission to park and drop in for a drink at the end of the walk.

A - Turn left down road out of the Bull's Head car park to find public footpath on right just past St. Swithin's Church. Go through the church gate into churchyard and keeping left of church. Go ahead to take wooden kissing gate in corner and continue between fences to then go half left to find wooden kissing gate in far corner ( ignore gate on your right. ) Continue between hedges to take metal kissing gate to field. Bear half right to cross field passing solitary clump of trees in centre of field to take metal gate / kissing gate ahead. Go along edge of field with hedge and trees left. Continue through gated gap ahead bearing right to cross footbridge over stream. Ahead through wooded area to take stile into field then ahead keeping trees right to take stile in corner. Go left joining Solihull Trans Link way with bank and trees right to find stile by gateway. Take stile, cross gateway and further stile to continue on tree lined path. Take gap and go right on driveway of isolated house with interesting eyebrow roof feature to road.

B - Go left on road for some 250 yards to find stile adjacent to metal gate right. Take stile and after some half a dozen paces cross stream left, and cross field to field border. Go right with hedge left around field edge. At field corner go left and continue with hedge left up field. At top of field go right (ignore stile to road). Go ahead with hedge left to exit first field by gap. Approximately three quarters of the way along next field find waymark post left with numerous way mark signs. You now join The Millennium Way. Go right down field to find bottom left stile. Take stile and go ahead across field taking mid field bridge to exit field by stile. Go ahead over two fields with hedge right to take stile to road. Go left along main road passing houses right. Just before Ye Olde Saracen's Head pub turn right into Magpie Lane and after a few paces take metal kissing gate right and follow path to go with left hand hedge then through kissing gate to lane. Go left on lane and after approx 85 paces take stile on right. Go around field edge with hedge right to come to large open field then go straight across centre of field to take footbridge ahead. Continue ahead over field to find stile then ahead with short length of hedge left to hedge stile. Take stile and go ahead with hedge left under power lines to corner gap.

C - Here we have reached a crossroads of paths and will leave The Millennium Way by taking the stile immediately on your right to continue along edge of next field with hedge and trees right to pass under power lines and exit to road via corner stile. Go left on road for a short distance and then take the footpath right over stile into large field. Continue ahead across field and on reaching the waymark post by the River Blythe bear right keeping the river left. Head towards next waymarker post in corner and cross footbridge to next field to go quarter right and exit via mid fence stile. Keep ahead up next field with hedge left and exit by corner wooden kissing gate back towards the churchyard. Go to road then turn left back to The Bull's Head.

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