Walk B - Avoncroft Museum and St Michael's Church
This walk provides several unusual angles and it is worth bringing a camera. In summer shoes are adequate but boots are better in winter. There are now no stiles on the main path and just two stiles on the shorter alternative.
- Avoncroft Museum of Buildings - From car park turn right along Buntsford Hill. In order to stay off the road you can take the short footpath on the left hand side of the road by the security fence.
- West Croft Farm - Turn right at footpath sign. Go across yard to gate. Keep to main track through a second gate and then keep to right of hedge/fence. Go through a third gate into a field and then diagonally left to a kissing gate in hedge by edge of museum grounds below the windmill. Follow fenced path and around the perimeter of Wildflower Meadow, conserved by the Museum. Follow the chain link fence on your right as bears right, away from the meadow. Continue to footpath sign on Hanbury Road.
- Ewe and Lamb - Turn left and left again on signposted and made-up bridleway. Continue straight ahead where it becomes unmade. Cross River Salwarpe and go up drive to Fish House Lane (Bridleway sign). Turn right and right again through gate in brick wall. (Footpath sign)
- St Michael's Church - The present building dates back to the 12th century with a mixture of Gothic features, Early English, Decorated, Perpendicular and Victorian. Go through the churchyard past the War Memorial and through the lych-gate. Turn left into Hanbury Road.
- Navigation Inn, Stoke Wharf - Continue to the canal bridge and picnic site. Turn right along towpath (downstream). The towpath is not a public right-of-way but walkers are permitted to use it. There are refreshments at the café on the Metal Ores Ind. Estate, open weekdays and Saturday morning).
For shorter walk, turn left - see below.
AVONCROFT MUSEUM OF BUILDINGS
- Stoke Works, Boat and Railway - For more details of the history see the guide on Walk A and Walk H (John Corbett Way). Plaques outside Corbett Business Park also tell the story of the Works. At this point you can pick up the route for Walk A to Upton Warren for a longer walk. Cross bridge and turn right along Shaw Lane, passing under two railway bridges (for a shop turn right into Ryefields Road).
- Shaw Lane - As the road bends to the right continue straight on by footpath sign. Cross the footbridge over the River Salwarpe. The path runs into Brickhouse Lane.
- Ewe and Lamb - Cross Hanbury Road and go through gate opposite. Take left hand footpath through second gate towards cricket pavilion. Go round pitch and across school driveway. Follow enclosed path to the Redditch Road.
- Redditch Road - Cross road and turn right. Go past Avoncroft Guest House. Turn right into Buntsford Hill by the cottage to return to Avoncroft Museum.
Avoncroft Museum started as an emergency home for just one threatened Fifteenth century building from the town. It now it houses a windmill, chain making works, pre-fab and numerous other buildings. There are often working demonstrations and special events. Open Wednesday to Sunday (summer) and weekends only (winter). Check www.avoncroft.org.uk for more information. There is also an Edwardian tearoom, picnic site and shop. Allow at least 2-3 hours for a visit.
SHORTER WALK FROM AVONCROFT (3¼ miles)
Follow walk to Point 5 - then turn left along towpath (upstream) to Stoke Top Lock (number 28)
- Thompson's Bridge - Cross to opposite bank. Follow signposted path through three gates, alongside a paddock and into fenced path. Cross the railway into Fish House Lane. (F/P sign)
- Fish House Lane - Turn right and then left up Buntsford Hill to return to the museum.
Walk B will take about 1½ hours (and, if combined with Walk A, about 2½ hours). Allow 1 hour for the shorter circuit.
The weekday bus 141 Bromsgrove - Droitwich serves Points 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9.
If you encounter any problems, please 'phone Worcestershire County Council - Public Rights of Way Section on 01905 768289, or visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/countryside
For Tourist Information ring:
Droitwich Tourist Information Centre 01905 774312