Stroll through watermeadows and along a hollow way to a ridge-top village, returning via Watling Street
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) From the front door of the Stamford Bridge, turn left and walk out to the Barrow Road. Turn left along the pavement, past the sign for Barrow. When the pavement ends, cross over and continue along the narrow-verged road for a further 200 yards, before turning onto a signposted footpath through a kissing gate on the right. Follow the hedge down to a footbridge over Milton Brook.
(1) Beyond the bridge, turn right and follow the stream to the far end of the field. At the end (marked by an owl box on a pole), turn left and walk away from the stream, along the end of the field towards the church. In the corner, go through a kissing gate and over a footbridge to join a sunken track between hedges.
(2) At the top of this attractive section, turn left if visiting Great Barrow church, otherwise turn right through a wooden barrier and follow the path beyond out to the road. Turn right past the village hall into Mill Lane. Follow the road to its end at the gates of Barrow Mill, and walk up the gravel drive to the right of the building.
(3) Behind the mill house a signposted footpath leads up some steps and along the edge of the field beyond. Cross a stile and footbridge in the corner and turn left to a similar bridge and stile.
(4) Beyond the hedge, turn right and walk down to another stile. Cross and continue in the same direction along a fence and then a hedge with trees. Negotiate another stile and bridge at the bottom, and turn right. You are now following the line of Watling Street, a Roman road. Continue in an appropriately straight line for four fields, then after a stile pass to the right of a farm building, with a ditch on your right. This leads to a kissing gate into Lansdowne Road.
(5) Turn right to return to the Stamford Bridge Inn.(D/A)
D/A : km 0 - alt. 15m - Stamford Bridge Inn
1 : km 0.62 - alt. 14m - Bridge
2 : km 1.42 - alt. 30m - Great Barrow church
3 : km 1.98 - alt. 19m - Mill house
4 : km 2.44 - alt. 18m - Hedge
5 : km 4.25 - alt. 17m - Lansdowne Road
D/A : km 4.57 - alt. 15m - Stamford Bridge Inn
Wet grass and muddy/boggy sections after rain.
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