On Oakeley Mynd Baht 'At

Bishop's Castle → Totterton → Bishop's Castle

5.3 miles, mostly off-road, circular, lots of stiles.

Out …

As ever we start with a pint of home-brewed ale in The Six Bells.

From the front door of 'The Bells' cross the road and head down Brampton Road past the church heading for the high school and the A488, but after a couple of hundred yards turn left into Bowling Green Close. Follow the cul-de-sac right to the end then walk down the path alongside the last bungalow on the right. At the end of this path turn sharp left through a gate on to the least attractive path in BC. Follow this path next to the factory units until you reach the A488.

Carefully cross this 'A' road and pass through the kissing gate into the field opposite. Cross the field towards the old barn over on the left-hand side. Pass to the right of the barn then cross the first stile and walk down between a couple of rows of trees. At the end of these trees cross another stile into the field on the right.

Follow the hedge until it wraps around the far end of the field then pass over another stile into the next field. It can be boggy here so take care, then skirt the lovely reed-filled pool noticing the bird boxes on stakes at the water's edge. Follow the hedge along side the left-hand edge of this field until another stile takes you on to a dirt road. After 100 yards on this road follow the well-defined path straight across the middle of the field on the right. Head for the right-hand edge of the wood opposite.

At the wood pass through a hole in the edge then straight across the middle of the next field heading for the far corner. There you will find a hidden stile which takes you on to the tarmac lane to Totterton. Follow this up the hill and down the other side past Totterton Farm until you see a narrow tarmac lane to the right signed 'Narrow lane with very tight bends'. Turn right here then keep left at the 'V'. Follow the bend to the left into the hamlet of Totterton, then 90 degrees to the right by the beautiful black and white cottage. Almost opposite this cottage pass through the gate next to the workshop on the right and into the field. After climbing up from the gate head upwards across this field to a stile in the middle of the top hedge.

And Back …

Cross the farm road and over the matching stile on the opposite side. This is half way and a good place for a rest.

Head up hill across this field. The next stile is next to a vehicle gate in the far hedge. (When I did this walk last the stile's steps had collapsed, but the gate was open.) Keep going roughly across this next field until you reach a further pair of stiles either side of strange narrow strip field. Cross both and on into a long narrow field with a forest on the right. At the far end of this field climb up to another stile and on into another field.

There are good views up here over to Heath Mynd and the hills above Churchstoke.

Walk across this field then pass over another stile in the opposite fence, then over the next field then through yet another stile on its far side. In the next field go diagonal and down-hill heading for two dead trees. Here you will see a stile which takes you into the wood. Follow the steep path which takes you diagonally down through the wood.

Climb one more stile with a good view as you leave the wood then continue down heading towards the house you can see. Once on the level, keep to the right of the hedge on the left and head directly towards the house. Beware, this is another boggy patch. Go through the kissing gate then turn left on the farm road.

After a short while the road bends right, then take a sign-posted path through the bushes on the right. This leads you to a series of well-defined cross-field paths which lead through sheep fields then directly back to the first field of the day, and hence to 'The Castle'.

As always, I encourage you to refresh yourself with a well-deserved pint in 'The Bells'. Should I be in, please do say hello. Mines a 'Spikey'.

Click here to see route on route on OS Map.

Click here for sketch map of the route.

If you have Google Earth installed use it to open this file to see the walk.

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