Stoulton

Circular Walk 37  (7 Miles)

Walk Overview

This 7 mile circular walk starts in Hawbridge, just south of Stoulton and includes delightful woodland and quiet open countryside. Park in the slip road at or near to Feli's Bar & Restaurant (previously known as The Fusion Brasserie) just south of Stoulton off the B4084.

Refreshments can also be taken at the Plough & Harrow Drakes Broughton and The Mason's Arms, Wadborough (check website for restricted opening hours). For part of the walk, you will enjoy the delights of the Millennium Way where you will be guided by our distinctive green waymarkers.

Walk Details

  • Start: Feli’s Bar, Hawbridge, Nr Stoulton WR7 4RJ
  • Start Grid Ref: SP906 491
  • Parking: Slip road off B4084 south of Stoulton
  • Refreshments:
    • Plough & Harrow, Drakes Broughton WR10 2AG (01905 841830)
    • Masons Arms, Wadborough (01905 841457 - if open)
    • Feli’s Bar (01905 840647 - if open)
  • Maps: OS Explorer 190 or OS Landranger 150
  • Distance: 7 Miles
  • Time: 3 Hours
  • Stiles: 8 (not all 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 October 2023

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Walk Instructions

Section A

We begin our walk from Feli's Bar, which is not always open. Go along road keeping Feli's Bar on your right and, after 100 yards, take the public bridleway right. Here you are on The Millennium Way and will see the distinctive green waymarker. Go over stream and take rough track left to field. Go ahead over large field to lone tree just to right of farm buildings (sometimes the farmer fails to reinstate the footpath across this field - we are trying to rectify this situation). At lone tree go 1/4 right to find footbridge over ditch just to the right of a large oak tree at corner. Go over bridge and fence stile bearing left through undergrowth to go with hedge left passing by several cross country horse jumps. On reaching corner of wood continue with wood left for 100 yards to exit field by stile (or gate if open ) then ahead to exit next field by stile. Continue ahead in large field with woods left to field corner, (do not exit field by corner stile) instead continue around field edge with hedge left to pass to rear of houses, to exit via large gated gap to road. Go right on road for 200 yards then take stile left into field.

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Easy parking to start

Section B

Go with hedge left then over stile and through what is marked as a "private wildlife garden" (on occasions you may encounter a number of electric fences in this section - please look carefully for the insulated handles with a hook that enables safe passage through this fencing - DO NOT attempt to climb over it). Eventually take stile to road. Go left on road into Wadborough, passing the Mason's Arms on right. Continue straight ahead past the road junction left (Mill Lane). Where the road makes a sharp right turn, leave the road and continue straight ahead down bridleway. Cross small wooden bridge, and follow the bridleway through the wood ignoring crossing path. At the sharp left turn (by the single way post) do not cross plank bridge but swing left and continue on woodland track, passing farm buildings right to reach road.

Section C

Cross road and go 20 paces right to take footpath left. Ignore entrance to wood and go ahead into field. Go with wood left and after 200 paces find hidden waymark left in the hedge ( sometimes difficult to find in undergrowth.) At the waymark go right directly across field (You may need to look carefully to see where the farmer has defined the footpath) to find footbridge. Cross footbridge then continue ahead across field passing close to lone tree aiming for hedge gap to find road. Go left on road for 1/3 mile until you reach Crabbe Lane on left (leaving the Millennium Way for a while).

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Beautiful Open Country

Turn left along Crabbe Lane and on the right hand side, opposite the entrance to Crabbe Farm take the metal gate to a path going diagonally ½ right across field to find and take metal gate in hedge. Follow angle of yellow waymarker of left hand path to cross next field keeping wood on far left. Exit field just to right of oak tree via hedge gap and follow waymarker into next field to walk along field edge with trees and scrub right. Cross wooden footbridge over stream and continue directly ahead over next field ( sometimes heavily cropped with an indistinct footpath ) keeping to left of lone tree. On reaching the wide hedge gap, do not go forward through gap but turn right along edge of field keeping hedge left. At the field corner take metal gate to road.

Section D

Turn left on road which is Chevington Lane. Walk to the junction with Mill Lane and go right to the main road ( marked left to Worcester and right to Evesham and Pershore.) Cross road and go left towards Worcester. Go past the Plough & Harrow pub and carry on towards Worcester to a minor road junction on your right marked " No Entry " for vehicles.

Section E

Turn right up this road to find footpath sign on right. Turn right and follow ahead with hedge right to reach the edge of woodland. Turn left here for 100 paces until you reach the corner of tall hedge. Take wide gap right to enter next field, then turn immediately left down edge of field with trees and then hedge left and caravan site left. At field corner go over stile following the wooden fencing left to reach a track which leads into a caravan park on your left. Go right here on the track keeping wire fence left. On reaching field corner go through gap then continue ahead across field, veering slightly left,  heading towards hedge corner in distance just to right of small blue topped wooden post. Continue in same direction with hedge left to reach field corner. Go through gap and turn immediately left through wooden kissing gate into large grassy area at rear of houses then proceed diagonally 1/2 right to take a further wooden kissing gate in far corner. (This small paddock may be a collection of enclosed fences so no access, but easy to walk around the right edge and pick up the walk). Go left after gate for a few yards to find corner stile to road.

Section F

Turn right for 30 paces down road then go left down Windmill Lane. Ignore footpath left and continue ahead along rough track on bridleway passing entrance to both Windmill Hill House and Windmill Hill Farm on right. Here you have re-joined The Millennium Way. Stay forward to keep low brick wall to your right and then pass between metal barns / stables and go through gap ahead into field. Stay forward keeping hedge right and ignoring gap. Pass small pond on right and continue ahead with hedge right. Go through corner metal gate and follow yellow waymarker forking slightly right then keeping ahead for a while with hedge right. After entering then emerging from short area of woodland, cross brick footbridge and continue through metal kissing gate to take right hand footpath and go with trees right. Keep ahead eventually to pass under power lines and then forward for 40 paces to find narrow gap and metal kissing gate in far hedge. Take kissing gate and go left to continue up field with hedge left. At field corner go left to walk between hedges and after about 130 paces look out for metal gate right. Go through gate to proceed through walkway between fences. At end of walkway take metal gate to churchyard then ahead to exit via far ornamental metal gate to road. Here go left to pass in front of St. Edmund Church and continue along lane to reach the main road. Turn left at main road, cross over and after 200 yards continue down slip road to arrive back at your starting point.

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St. Edmund's Church
Stoulton

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

by Andy Botherway
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Stoulton Parish Church

Stoulton parish church dedicated to St Edmund King and Martyr is Norman and dates from 1120. The windows date from the 13th Century and the tower was rebuilt in 1936. It has a peel of 6 recast bells. H B Kingford donated much to this church in memory of his father who was onetime vicar here. The carved panelling and stained glass came here from St Helen’s Worcester. The woman spinning in one window is a portrait of Rev Kingsford's daughter, Madelaine Chaytor.

In the churchyard are the memorials of two local families the Blizards and Hemus’. These generous benefactors left a charitable fund to supply bread to villagers, a practice that continued up to the time of rationing in wartime.

The old vicarage dates from the 17th Century and was rebuilt in 1820. The village formed part of the Eastnor Estate until 1917. The old school house was once lived in by Gustav Holst's half-brother, who played the cello, and taught music in local schools. The village school was opened in 1877 and closed in 1933. Today it is used as a village hall.

The Mount was a staging posting house on the London Road. Is now Grade II listed Several windows were bricked up in the days of window tax but are now reopened. A yearly wake was held outside the inn, with stalls, backsword play and shin kicking. The landlord presented copper kettles as prizes.

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Village Hall

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Deerfold Wood

Wadborough is a small old farming community, with its nearest church a mile away in Pirton. Wadberge is first mentioned by King Edgar in 10th Century when the village belonged to Pershore Abbey. Wad is derived from old English woad and berge being a hill. Woad dyes were produced out of main towns (Pershore is 4 miles away) due to the dreadful smell.

Wadborough railway station was to the west, but shut down in 1965. Pevsner describes Wadborough Park Farm as a medieval moated site now a dramatic ruin.

Croome Perry Wood is the home of a rare tree the Sorbus domestica. In the early 19th Century a poacher burnt a specimen down and was transported to Australia for his crime

Deerfold Wood was a refuge for nightingales and a census 1934 showed 40 birds singing over a 12000 acre range here

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Windmill Hill Farm

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