A wooded stroll with a visit to a rewarding church, passing a stately home (private) and some interesting remnants of its estate.
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, turn right along the main road, crossing Bleeding Wolf Lane and ignoring the turning to Moss Lane on the left.
(1) After 300 yards, turn right into The Spinney. Turn right at the first junction, then left at the second. Join a track into the wood beyond the gate after the last house and follow it downhill until you pass the end of Lawton Hall Pool.
(2) Immediately beyond the lake, turn right up a short slope onto a path that runs along the top of a valley with the stream below and to your right. Shortly beyond a projecting corner where the path bends abruptly left, turn right and descend steeply to the stream. Follow it downstream (left) to a footbridge.
(3) Turn left and climb out of the valley to a metal kissing gate, beyond which you cross a field towards the church. Follow the churchyard wall to the right. On reaching a fence by a water trough, turn left through a kissing gate and keep left to a second metal gate into the church car park.
(4) Having visited the church, cross the car park and take the path next to the small brick hut, which skirts the churchyard then bears left, with good views over lawns to Lawton Hall to your right. The path bears right, then left again, just beyond a private gate into the hall grounds (look out for the icehouse beneath your feet). The path skirts a field then swings right into the trees and descends to the lake once more.
(2) Cross the dam again (noting a ruined dovecote among the trees on the right) and retrace your steps up the track for 300 yards. Just beyond a crossing track, bear right into the trees at a waymark post. Keep right at a fork of paths then bear left, close to a field on your right within the wood. Follow the narrow and indistinct path to the right beyond the field corner, then walk to the left of a pond to a kissing gate into a residential road. Turn left, then right at the junction. At the main road, turn left to return to the Bleeding Wolf.(D/A)
D/A : km 0 - alt. 132m - Bleeding Wolf
1 : km 0.26 - alt. 129m - The Spinney
2 : km 1 - alt. 115m - Dam
3 : km 1.43 - alt. 107m - Footbridge
4 : km 1.87 - alt. 119m - Church
D/A : km 3.54 - alt. 132m - Bleeding Wolf
Woodland paths may be muddy in places; one short, steep descent.
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