The Monarch's Way
Start: Chaddesley Corbett
Length: 11.2 km / 7 miles
Weather: Damp and gloomy
I've had my Monarch's Way guide book for a couple of years now without actually doing any section walks from it. So, back in the Midlands for Christmas, I was determined to do some of the walk.
Looking back to Chaddesley Corbett.
Dark clouds gathering to the north - the direction I was heading.
The first water obstacle of the day.
Harvington Hall, slightly off-route but worth making the detour. Unfortunately it was closed. It is well known and notable for its vestment-hide and seven priest-holes, four of which are built around the main staircase.
The Monarch's Way markers can be spotted up and down the country. The route starts in Worcester and eventually ends in Bridport, Dorset, via Wolverhampton and the Cotswolds - some 615 miles in total.
Looking over to Titterstone Clee Hill with snow on top of it.
Bellington Farm. Shortly before this I had had to walk across a field where there was a pheasant and partridge shoot taking place. Luckily they stopped and waited for me.
Near Fishers Castle farm.
Fishers Castle farm shop. Read more
The view from Barnett Hill to Harborough Hill.
Walking in the woods by Stakenbridge.
Mill cottage near to Brake Mill farm.
Cottage near to Brake Mill farm.
Brake Mill plantation.
The Birches House, off in the gloom.