Point2 Guides: Bucknell Circular Walk

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Written byAndy Stevenson

Bucknell Circular Walk | 4.8 Miles | 2.5hrs +

Andy Stevenson developer of Point2 Guides shares a wonderfully picturesque Shropshire circular walk in the borders that take in pinewood bedecked hills, wide-open sheep pastures and the meandering course of the little River Redlake.

Starting point

Forestry Commission Bucknell Wood car park at SY7 0AL.

The walk step by step

Illustration of Castle Ditches settlement near Bucknell
Illustration of Castle Ditches settlement near Bucknell Source: Andy Stevenson

The first part of the walk takes you down and over the River Redlake aside a ford, and then left on lanes to a closed gate. Go through and turn right uphill on small tracks as you slowly ascend the wooded Bucknell Hill. You then cross a lane and follow a covered bridleway/holloway down to ‘Mynd’. The route continues here on a secluded minor lane that you follow as you skirt along the lower edge of the hill to Mynd Farm, where you turn left uphill.

The walk continues slowly uphill: initially on open tracks and then into the lush pine woods surrounding the hilltops here. The path eventually joins a more formal forest road that you follow as it snakes off right around the hilltop woodlands. It’s worth noting that downhill to your right near this point is the earthwork remains of the once wooden palisaded and ditched ‘Castle Ditches’ Iron Age settlement [see illustration].

 

The track continues around the right and eventually emerges down at a crossroads of trails where you take the gate into the field on your left near a miniature corrugated shepherd’s barn. The panoramic views at this point up and across the valley of the River Redlake [Pic 01] are spectacular on a good day.

Brace yourself. Open views across the valley of the River Redlake Source: Andy Stevenson

You then descend through open sheep pastures to a set of stiles as you pass behind Honeyhole Farm. The route continues down and bears left to Upper Lye, where you take a left turn through a stile just before the house/farm and then bear immediate right to continue downhill through open pastures down to the lane at the bottom of the valley.

 

Glide down through open sheep pastures to a set of stiles Photo: Andy Stevenson

Go left at the lane and continue down to where the road takes a sharp right turn over the river. You take a left through farm gates and then an immediate right along a track that roughly follows the River Redlake again along a raised terrace. In summer, you can look down from here at numerous little plunge pools on the river’s course (which can be very tempting for cooling off those well-walked feet on a warm day). You continue along this raised terrace and track until you reach a gate that you’ll be familiar with from the start of your walk [Pic 03].

Way marked – Bucknell Circular route Photo: Andy Stevenson

Continue back along the rural lane here and then bear right back over the bridge and ford over the river to the road leading back into Bucknell. Carefully head across the road here and up the last bit of track to your start point at the little car park on the edge of Bucknell Wood.

Post-walk refreshments

It’s about now that the walker’s reward of a refreshing drink at a pub or similar comes to mind. Thankfully this walk’s finish is just a few minutes’ drive from the excellent country inn, The Baron at Bucknell, where you can be sure of a relaxing end to your time out walking.

Download route map

Step-by-step directions are also available on the free to download Point2 Guides A4 .pdf route map at: https://payhip.com/b/k1pgK or http://www.point2guides.com

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