8 Walks Around Upton Snodsbury by Hilary Williams
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Written, researched and all photographs by Hilary Williams.
There are some lovely walks through the countryside around Upton Snodsbury. Walkers are often rewarded with expansive views alongside interesting evidence of ancient settlements, ridge and furrow, tracks, water mills, buzzards soaring, woodpeckers hammering and active badger setts. The parish, particularly Bow Wood, is home to several different species of deer. Woodlands are a mass of colour in the spring; firstly primroses sprinkled over the ground which is then carpeted by bluebells, followed by orchids, wild garlic and many other wildflowers. Later in the year the hedgerows are filled with colourful fruits and berries.
All walks described here are circular, starting and finishing at Upton Snodsbury Village Hall.
Broughton Hackett and Froxmere A lovely walk alongside orchards with magnificent views of Upton Snodsbury church from Broughton Hackett; eith glimpses of the Malvern and Bredon hills from Bow Wood. It passes through the interesting hamlet of Froxmere past the Grade 2 listed Froxmere Court, a jacobethan - style building with fantastic chimneys.
This walk is particularly lovely in the Autumn when Bow Wood turns in to a mass of reds, yellows and golds, although the short walk across the middle of the field near New Hall farm can get muddy. A cold crisp winter day is also a good time to do this walk when the ground may be hard underfoot.
Wolverton Hall & White Ladies Aston This walk heads to Peopleton then u a hill to Wolverton Hall, through the lovely villages of White Ladies Aston and Churchill. There are some great views over a large area and Upton Snodsbury Church can frequently be spotted on the horizon.
A section of the walk goes through Aston Hall farm where a series of permissive footpaths have been established which could be used to make a really interesting alternative route to that described.
This walk is lovely all year round but is particularly nice in the Spring when many fields are full of young lambs and trees are coming in to leaf.
Hill Court, Huddington A great walk that heads up a hill to Hill Court, a gorgeous late C16 red brick timbered house with part of the moat in front of the garden.
On a clear day the views from this hill are wonderful, across the valleys to the Malvern Hills, Bredon Hill and sometimes as far as the Cotswold scarp with Grafton and Upton Snodsbury churches standing out among the trees.
The walk is always lovely but a crisp, cold clear winter's day is best when the views can be outstanding and the short section of the route that crosses a cereal field is frozen hard.