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Hagley Bridge / Waterrow walk

Posted on December 18th 2014 by

Hello there!

You are ideally situated for walks at The Rock Inn at Waterrow, in particular the West Deane Way which goes past our very door!

Here is a description of some of the walk that relates to Waterrow.

Hagley Bridge / Waterrow – 1 mile (the anti-clockwise version)

Start at The Rock Inn, turn left to cross a road bridge over the River Tone, then take a minor road to the right signed to Hurstone Country Hotel.  Permissive route after a house on the left, turn right through a “stone squeeze” onto an enclosed path, then through a gate into a field.  Keeping close to the trees on the right, cross two fields (going through two “squeezes”).  Still keeping close to the wood on the right, cross another field.  At the end of the gorse bushes, turn half right downhill to a gate leading onto a minor road.

The section you have just done from the Rock Inn is on a permissive path.  Should this path not be available, there is an alternative route by turning right along the main road to Bampton (B3227) and then taking a footpath on the left through the Waterrow Touring Park.  On reaching the lane, turn left and follow the lane for a short distance to reach a wide track on the right.  Cross the road to a wide track.  In approximately 10 metres take a narrow path on the right, through trees and close to the River Tone.  Follow this path as it winds through the trees to a point of interest “the metal cross” – made from pieces of metal from the dismantled railway viaduct.  A metal plate makes a bridge, and two pieces of metal set into an old oak provide resting places – all parts of the old railway.

Follow the path uphill, passing between the piers of the dismantled railway viaduct.  The path now skirts around the edge of a disused quarry, and follows a wire fence uphill to a stile.  Cross the stile, turn right, and follow the main path downhill, ignoring a path on the left.  The path then levels, and continues to eventually emerge from the wood at a gate and stile.  Go straight ahead over a field with trees to the right to a stile.  Follow a narrow path between trees and over another stile to join a gravel drive at Leat Cottage.  Turn left to walk up the drive to a road.  Turn right and follow the road to Hagley Bridge.

Happy Walking!

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