New End

Circular Walk 2 (3.5 Miles)

Walk Overview

This short quiet walk, with a testing hill near the end, is an opportunity to enjoy the attractive countryside in both Worcestershire and Warwickshire. The walk incorporates a short section of The Millennium Way, where you will be guided by our distinctive waymarkers. The waymarkers in Worcestershire are green and those in Warwickshire black!

Note: The Nevill Arms have kindly supported the Millennium Way by displaying brochures and a certificate.

Walk Details

  • Start: The Nevill Arms, New End, Redditch  B96 6NB
  • Start Grid Ref: SP 051 600
  • Parking: The Nevill Arms if visiting, otherwise roadside.
  • Refreshments:
  • Maps: OS Explorer 205 &220 or OS Landranger 150
  • Distance: 3½ miles
  • Time: under 2 hours
  • Stiles: 5 (mostly dog friendly)
  • Download: Walk GPS (GPS Exchange Format, GPX)
  • GPS and GPX explained
  • Find a mobile app on the Apple App Store or Google Play

Updated November 2023

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Walk Instructions

Section A

Emerging from the pub car park, turn right into Saltway and you are already on the Millennium Way where you will be guided by our distinctive waymarkers. Go left into Brandheath Lane and, at the end before the private driveway, turn right down a waymarked narrow passage. Go through metal gate into field and then into a further field and continue ahead to take stile then a kissing gate into third field. Maintain line ahead with hedge and trees left to reach corner of field. Here we leave the Millennium Way and go left, taking the footbridge with wooden rails and metal gates across ditch and into field. Stay ahead along narrow path through metal gates. You will come to a lovely view of the Malvern Hills on your far right. Emerge onto a grass and gravel track and take metal gate (or gap as it is usually open) to reach road.

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Nevill Arms

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Open Country

Section B

Turn right down lane for 400 yards to arrive at crossroads. Here turn left into Cladswell Lane and continue along the gently undulating lane for 1/2 a mile. You will continue on past Lower Cladswell Lane and Cladswell Close, the lane rising to a point where it turns sharp left into Church Lane. Do not turn into Church Lane but continue on the same line into the cul de sac following the public footpath sign (incidentally you are on the Monarch's Way for about a mile). Stay ahead down the lane between the houses. Where the lane veers right, just by a house called Lambrook, continue straight ahead to take the public footpath signed "Oak Tree Lane" and through a wooden kissing gate ahead. Stay along footpath to exit by wooden kissing gate to track. Go left for 15 paces and take wooden kissing gate on right and continue along path with wood and wire fence on left. Emerge onto a driveway by a house called Crantock and, after 15 paces, take narrow footpath left between fence and laurel then through wooden kissing gate to reach main road.

Section C

Cross directly over main road and take waymarked bridleway signed Alcester. Eventually you will emerge into a field with glorious open views ahead. Veer slightly right (this changed in 2023) to go downhill on tree-lined track which is sometimes very muddy. You emerge into field and keep wood right until reaching the bottom right corner, under a big oak tree with a waypost at its base, where a narrow path goes off to the right. At this point stay forward for 15 paces ignoring the path and instead turn left in same field to continue along field edge with hedge right. The path weaves right and left, but go along keeping hedge and trees right. Eventually, 25 paces after a sharp left at a field corner, you will come to a wide gap on your right marked with wooden posts and rail. Take gap and go right following around edge of field keeping hedge right. Shortly you will come to a wooden bridge on your right which crosses a ditch. Do not cross this wooden bridge, but continue on with hedge right towards a yellow topped waypost where you will see the distinctive Millennium Way waymarker.

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Stunning views

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Quiet Tracks

Section D

You are now back on the Millennium Way and will remain so until the end of the walk. Continue along the edge of two large fields with hedge right following our waymarkers. 40 paces before the power lines, take wide gap on right next to a yellow topped waypost, continuing to maintain previous direction, passing under power lines, but with hedge now on left. Exit field by metal gate and cross driveway to take metal kissing gate then go ahead up track. Go left through metal gate at top of track and then after 100 paces bend right, up field mound on an ill-defined path. Continue steeply uphill, well away from fence left, high up just to the right of the trees. The steep section soons flattens out, now with trees and deep gorge left, to eventually take the metal gate ahead into a short section of woodland.

Exit woodland by stile ahead (these stiles are high) and go left along field edge to take a further stile 30 paces to the right of left hand corner, into woodland again. There is a picnic table off to the right (notice the Millennium Way waymarkers are now green as we are back in Worcestershire). Exit woodland by stile and go with hedge right to take another stile to main road. Cross the road carefully, to arrive back at The Nevill Arms which can provide welcome refreshments inside or outside.

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End of a Lovely Walk

Points of Interest - What to know and what to see...

by Andy Botherway
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Ridgeway - Milestone

Copyright Liz Stone - licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence

New End

A hamlet at the junction of the Salt Way and the Ridgeway.

The Salt Way was part of the historic Ryknild Street, so called because it was one of the routes used to transport salt extracted from the Droitwich brine springs all the way to Saltfleet on the Lincolnshire coast. The salt was then loaded onto ships and exported to France and Scandinavia for trading purposes.

The Romans also used the road that became the Upper Saltway as a frequent route between settlements and marching forts.

The Ridgeway (now the A441 Evesham Road) was an ancient track between Redditch and Evesham, following the high ground above the valley of the river Arrow for security.

St Paul's, Cookhill

The walk route takes you past the end of Church Lane. If you are walking at the weekend in the summer, a visit to St. Paul’s at the end of Church Lane is worth the diversion. It was built in 1876 by noted local architect Frederick Preedy. The church is open to visitors during the weekends in summer months and contains some fine Arts & Crafts stained glass by Sidney Meteyard (1868-1947) of Birmingham.

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St Pails, Cookhill

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Window - St Pauls, Cookhill

Sidney was an English art teacher, painter and stained glass designer. A member of the Birmingham Group, he worked in a late Pre-Raphaelite style heavily influenced by Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement. He lived at The Malthouse, Evesham Road, Cookhill with his wife Kate Eadie (1878–1945) herself a jeweller. They met at Birmingham School of Art when she modelled for his pictures.

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