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Berkswell Circular (East)

West Midlands Walk

County/Area - West Midlands

Author - Millennium Way

Length - 3.5 miles / 5.7 km    Ascent - 200 feet / 61 metres

Time - 2 hours 0 minutes    Grade - easy

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Walk Route Description

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An enjoyable short circular walk in the West Midlands which takes in some attractive countryside and farmland to the south and east of the village of Berkswell. The route is mostly flat with dog friendly gates & stiles. Refreshments are available at the well-known Bear Inn in Berkswell. The walk incorporates a short section of the Millennium Way, where you will be guided by the distinctive black Millennium Way way markers. Please Note: We have recently amended this route to avoid disruption from HS2 work. It is therefore very unlikely that you will encounter any diversions.

A - Our walk starts from the car park in Lavender Hall Road, Berkswell, not far from The Bear Inn. Emerging from the car park, cross road and go right past houses to find signed footpath left between two bungalows. Go along the narrow passage, between fences, to take wooden kissing gate into field and stay ahead with hedge right. Take kissing gate into next field and then a further kissing gate into following field. Continue with hedge right and just before field corner take further kissing gate right, then go left with hedge left. At the corner follow field edge around right, then take kissing gate left to continue up field with trees & fence left under power lines towards farm buildings. At the top take kissing gate and go ahead between concrete barns and onto track past the remarkable Ram Hall Farm (home of the famous Berkswell Cheese, made from Ewes' milk) on your right. (This is a working farm and during busy times, for safety reasons, a permissive route round the back of the left barn may be in use, re-joining the track over a stile.) Continue to the end of the farm track to reach a surfaced lane.

B - On reaching the surfaced lane cross over to take metal kissing gate opposite then stay ahead to cross directly over centre of large field. Go under power lines to hedge corner and continue ahead now walking with hedge right to pass through a metal kissing gate and over footbridge, directly under an oak tree. Having crossed the footbridge take the footpath left (ignoring the footpaths straight ahead & right) and follow the path keeping hedge left. At the top of incline follow way marker by oak tree diagonally right across field. Turn right onto farm driveway then after 50 paces cross stile on left. Keeping hedge left, continue under power cables to corner of field. Cross stile and continue 70 paces then through wooden kissing gate on left. Go right along driveway from Moat House Farm & Barn entrances and turn left onto lane.

C - Continue along lane for 100 paces then take the surfaced drive right, next to Jasmine Cottage, and go through large kissing gate into field to stay ahead with trees and fence left. Take corner kissing gate and continue forward along fenced path with hedge left, soon crossing a short section of boarded walkway then exiting by metal kissing gate to farm driveway. Go left along driveway to reach a road.

D - You are now on The Millennium Way and will be guided by our black and white way markers. Go left on road to reach a junction. Turn right here to reach the T-junction. Turn left onto Spencer's Lane and after 20 paces take driveway right to cross stile to vehicle track. Go ahead on track to take kissing gate and ahead to exit track by further kissing gate to field. Go to right of power pole to cross field and find top corner kissing gate. Take this kissing gate / plank bridge / kissing gate and go ahead with fence right & left, ignore kissing gates to left but continue ahead to find kissing gate / plank bridge / kissing gate, then ahead, over rough driveway, keeping hedge and trees right to pass under power lines.

E - Approximately 100 yards after passing under the power lines you will come to a crossroad of paths and a mid-hedge gap on right with kissing gate and a way post with several way marks. Stop. Remain in the field then turn left (walking away from the kissing gate and way post) across field to take ditch bridge located 10 paces in from right field corner. Continue ahead with wire fence left across field to exit by kissing gate. Go with hedge right to top right swamp boards and take kissing gate. Go with hedge right and at end of trees take ditch bridge and kissing gate right and then go left continuing with hedge left under power lines. At field corner go ahead over field aiming some 70 paces to right of white house to find corner gap.

F - Ignore gap (here we leave The Millennium Way) and instead go left to carry on around edge of same field with hedge right. After a few yards you will reach a large metal gate and fence stile. At this point go diagonally half left across field to reach far line of trees. On reaching line of trees take kissing gate and go directly ahead over next field to reach a hedge gap. Take gap then immediately bear 1/4 right to reach corner kissing gate and adjacent stile. Take the kissing gate into next field (ignoring the footpath which goes right) then stay straight ahead, first to pass a large lone tree on your left and continuing the same line to pass between a line of large trees in mid field. After passing these trees stay ahead on same line to field corner where the path descends slightly to reach a corner kissing gate. Take kissing gate through short passageway to road. Turn left on road to reach crossroads. You can stop here at The Bear Inn or continue across the crossroads to return to your starting point at the Lavender Hall Lane Car Park.

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