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Berkswell West Circular

West Midlands Walk

County/Area - West Midlands

Author - Millennium Way

Length - 5.0 miles / 8.1 km    Ascent - 250 feet / 76 metres

Time - 2 hours 50 minutes    Grade - easy

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Walk Route Description

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An easy West Midlands walk from Berkswell that uses sections if the Millennium Way. The route explores the pleasant countryside lying to the north and west of Berkswell. The route of the HS2 rail link is affecting some of the footpaths on this walk but diversions are clearly signed. Please Note: The route of the HS2 rail link is affecting some of the footpaths in Section B of this circular. Properly signed diversions will be encountered - please follow these diversions.

A - Starting from the car park in Lavender Hall Lane, turn right up Church Lane towards the attractive 12th century Norman church of St. John Baptist (the crypt is well worth a visit). Continue ahead through the churchyard and two gates, then through a small wood and another gate and onto a long section of boarded walkway, with views of Berkswell Hall (built c.1815) to your right. Cross the bridge over a stream, continue to a kissing gate and turn immediately right. Pass through a small wood and follow the well-defined path up the field heading for corner kissing gate at edge of wood. You have lovely views of the lake and hall to your right.

Go through the broken kissing gate / gap at the top corner of the field into a small wood, then continue along wire fenced path keeping the hedge to your right (shortly you will meet the diverted Millennium Way joining from left). You need to go across hs2 up the a452 and after roundabout go right before marsh farm to re-join path down to stream (stay ahead with hedge right, the path eventually passing by a wood on your right, to arrive at a wooden kissing gate. Take the kissing gate then turn right to follow edge of field past two ponds with hedge right for 200 paces to take another kissing gate into wood. Turn left along the edge of the wood keeping to right of pond. Continue ahead along attractive woodland path and over wooden stile into field. Here you will encounter a slight diversion due to HS2 work. Cross the field to go through fenced gap with our way markers and arrive at a waymarked kissing gate in far corner of field.

B - Go through kissing gate, turning right as you do, then ahead to) cross bridge over stream. Then go ahead across small field between another fenced gap towards stile, where the HS2 diversion terminates. Go over stile and bear left along path at edge of quarry works on right. Take gap next to large metal gate to go right along surfaced track around two bends eventually passing through a wooden gate next to a large metal gate. After 200 paces you will come to a metal gate-in-gate on your left. Ignore this gate, as this is the point where you leave the Millennium Way. Instead, continue ahead on the surfaced track, past the drive to Park Farm until you reach a road junction.

C - At this junction take a kissing gate in the right hedge. Go ahead across the field to a gap in the hedge. Go through the gap and continue straight ahead across the field taking the stile in the far-left corner. Keep ahead with hedge right crossing over next stile then through a metal gate to reach the road.

D - Turn right onto road and after a few paces proceed through kissing gate on the left by the side of a double metal farm gate. Continue diagonally left across field to pass under power cables in far corner, then crossing stile to turn left, keeping to the edge of field with hedge left. Ignore kissing gate in first corner but continue around field edge, skirting wooded island with a pond, up the field to top left corner, then right for about 70 paces and take a hedge gap left by marker post. Then go right with hedge right to pass under power lines. Continue ahead to take corner gap in hedge turning left, keeping hedge left, along edge of field. Keeping to the left of another small pond go through wooden kissing gate and continue ahead over small wooden bridge turning sharp right to reach, after 10 paces, a junction of paths. Ignore path straight ahead and take the right-hand path to follow around edge of field keeping close to hedge right to reach kissing gate on right. Take kissing gate (replaced in August 2020) to join the Heart of England Way.

Continue along the track past Blind Hall Farm, through a kissing gate adjacent to cattle grid and stay along track until you reach the main road. Turn left for approx. 300 yards. Just before the houses take the footpath on the opposite side of the road, through kissing gate and go forward through second kissing gate and along path with fence right to go through two further kissing gates, eventually reaching Berkswell Church. Exit churchyard and turn left along Church Lane which will bring you back to the Car Park.

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