Pipers Hill, Hanbury Park & Wychbold Walk, Worcestershire Walks In England, UK
Pipers Hill, Hanbury Park & Wychbold walk was about 7.25 miles in distance. The terrain of this route included: woodland and parkland paths; pasture and arable field paths; a canal towpath; and some road sections. There were also 18 stiles to negotiate.
Piper’s Hill is also known by two other names, Hanbury Woods and Dodderhill Common. Whichever name you use, there is no doubt that it is a lovely place to go walking. Once a wood pasture where sheep or cattle grazed underneath a scattering of trees, the pasture is long gone but the trees have survived and it has developed into a splendid woodland that belongs to the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. Some of the oak, beech and sweet chestnut trees are 300 to 400 years old, and there are more older trees in the National Trust’s Hanbury Park nearby.
Starting from the car park at Pipers Hill, leg one headed south west along woodland and field paths, a road and parkland paths; then turned north on parkland and field paths to Astwood Lane. Leg two continued north by road; then north west along field paths, a canal towpath, a road and enclosed paths to Stoke Lane, Wychbold.
Leg three headed north east along roads, field paths, a track and a canal towpath to Hanbury Road at Stoke Wharf. To complete the walk the fourth and final leg zigzagged south east on roads, a track and field paths back to the car park at Pipers Hill.
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Pipers Hill, Hanbury Park & Wychbold Walk Route
The Pipers Hill, Hanbury Park & Wychbold walk route was circular in a clockwise direction with four legs.
On this first leg we started from the car park at Pipers Hill, heading south west on woodland and field paths, a road then parkland paths before turning north on parkland and field paths to Astwood Lane.
- We exited the car park onto Holmes Lane, turning right back to the B4091.
- We crossed straight over the road to the right of a house to enter woods at finger post.
- Following a woodland path, we emerged at the corner of the woods through a kissing-gate onto a track.
- Turning right along the track, we went round a left bend and soon went left through a kissing-gate at a right hand bend.
- Walking along a well-trodden path beside a hedge on our left, we ascended the field path to go through a kissing-gate.
- Continuing on the path we ascended another field to go through a gate to St Mary’s Church.
- Walking through the churchyard to the right of the church, we exited the churchyard by the main gate and proceed to road.
- Following a road away from the church, on a left bend we turned right at a road junction.
- After a few metres we turned left through a kissing-gate into Hanbury Park.
- We then followed a well-used path diagonally across the parkland field towards trees ahead and went through a kissing-gate.
- Just ahead at a path junction we forked right, walking beneath oak trees close to the park boundary.
- After the last of the oak trees we continued in much same direction as before.
- When the boundary fence began to move away to the right we kept straight ahead.
- We went through a kissing-gate and passed Brick Kiln Pool on our left to eventually arrive at a memorial.
- Here we turned right and soon passed a group of veteran chestnuts and oaks.
- Proceeding to cross a stile in a boundary fence we exited the park to enter a field.
- Walking beside the right boundary hedge we crossed another stile into another field.
- Continuing straight ahead beside the right boundary hedge we crossed this field and went over a covered stream in a gap in a hedge above.
- In the corner of the field we climbed over a stile next to a gate and walked along a short track to reach a road junction on Astwood Lane.
Having walked about 1.5 miles to this point, the second leg went north by road; then north west on field paths, canal towpath, road and enclosed paths to Stoke Lane, Wychbold.
- Keeping straight ahead we walked along the road opposite.
- After about 300 metres we went left through a kissing-gate into a field.
- Following a path across the field to the far left corner we went through a kissing-gate.
- Now in another field we followed the left boundary to cross a footbridge over a stream with a gate either side.
- In the next field we continue to follow the left boundary to go through a kissing-gate to reach the Worcester and Birmingham Canal.
- Turning left, we followed the towpath to bridge 40.
- Here we went up a ramp and turned right over the bridge along Astwood Lane and passed under a railway bridge.
- Just after the entrance to Astwood Manor Farm, we went left over a stile into a small field with farm equipment.
- Turning right here, we crossed a stile next to a gate into a field.
- Walking across the middle of the field we passed through gap between a hedge and a short row of trees.
- Again crossing the middle of the next field, we went through a gap with broken down gates.
- Crossing across the middle of another field we reached the Worcester-Birmingham railway.
- Here we crossed a stile, went down steps, crossed the railway lines, went up more steps and over another stile.
- Now in a small field we went straight ahead through a gate into another field.
- From here we continued straight ahead crossing this field beside the right boundary along a path enclosed by fences.
- In the corner of this field we crossed a track with a gate on our right and climbed over a makeshift small gate/stile ahead.
- Now walking along another path enclosed by fences and overgrown in places, we crossed another field.
- In the corner we crossed a stile to continue ahead on another path enclosed by fences onto Stoke Lane, Wychbold.
Having walked about 2.75 miles to this point, the third leg headed north east on roads, field paths, track and canal towpath to Hanbury Road at Stoke Wharf.
- Turning right along the road we passed Chequers Lane, Astwood Lane and Church Lane.
- After passing the church of St Mary de Wyche we turned left just in front of a traffic sign to go through a kissing-gate.
- Walking diagonally across a field we crossed a stile into a second field.
- Continuing along the same line, we crossed this field to go over a stile onto a track.
- Crossing another stile on the other side of the track, we crossed a third field along the same line to the far corner.
- Here we went over a stile, up steps to cross a footbridge over the Worcester-Birmingham railway, down steps and over another stile into a field.
- Here we turned left beside the railway along a track and went through a gap in the hedge to enter another field.
- Turning right with the hedge on our right we crossed this large field into the corner.
- Here we went up steps, over a footbridge to cross the Gloucester-Birmingham railway and down steps the other side.
- Following an overgrown enclosed path we reached Shaw Lane.
- Turning right along the lane, we then turned first left on Astwood Lane to reach Astwood Bridge 41 on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal.
- Crossing the bridge we turned left to descend steps onto the canal towpath and continued ahead to the north.
- We passed under two bridges before going under bridge 44 at Stoke Wharf.
- Here we turned right off the canal towpath up steps and went through a kissing-gate onto the Hanbury Road (B4091).
Having walked about 5 miles to this point, the fourth and final leg zigzagged south east on roads, a track and field paths back to the car park at Pipers Hill.
- Turning left along Hanbury Road, after about 400 metres we went right along an enclosed path through trees.
- After passing buildings we passed through a kissing-gate into a field.
- Following the left boundary of the field into the corner we turned right, still in the field, again beside the left boundary.
- In the next corner of the field we passed through a gap onto a track.
- At a right bend in the track we continued ahead off the track beside the left boundary edge by Westonhall Farm on the right.
- After going through a kissing-gate we crossed a field along the left boundary to go through a gate on the left.
- Now in another field, we followed a path near the right boundary behind a house.
- Where the boundary moved away to the right we continued ahead across the field to go through a kissing-gate.
- Here we continued along the same line across a lawn onto a driveway and onto Westonhall Lane, opposite Elms Farm.
- Turning left along the lane to the end of Elms Farm garden, we then turned right to go over a stile next to a gate.
- Following a path across the right boundary of a field, we went over a stile into a second field.
- Going slightly diagonally left to follow the path across the field to the far corner, we crossed a stile, a footbridge over a ditch and a second stile.
- Now in a third field, we walked beside the left boundary to go through a gate onto Astwood Lane.
- We turned left to follow the lane ignoring any turnings until we reached a T-junction with the B4091, Hanbury Road.
- We turned right along the road for about one kilometre, going through Pipers Hill, turning left on Holmes Lane, then immediately left back into the car park.
When Done & With Whom
I did this hike with my partner Anne whilst on a Worcestershire hiking day out during September, 2012. We drove from our home in Birmingham, West Midlands to the starting location of Piper’s Hill, Worcestershire, where we met our friends Richard, Debbie and Ian. We parked in a car park in woods off the B4091 at the junction with Holmes Lane, at grid ref SO959647, which was also the start location of the hike.
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