Start Point Netherton
Distance 7.5Km- Some very gently climbs
Terrain – Can be wet in wooded area
This is a relatively flat walk that is confined to the lower aspects of the hill it takes in two sites of local interest. The Q site a WW2 decoy airfield which was used to confuse German Bombers away from Throckmorton airfield,and Chapel Farm, a working farm with a 12th century chapel with evidence of prehistoric settlement
On leaving the main road to enter Netherton, after 400 Mtrs park in the parking area on your right opposite some stables and large farm buildings. At the start of the walk there is an information board about Chapel farm, a further board giving information about the chapel is back up the road on your right after about 150mtrs. To begin the walk, walk with your back to the hill through the farm yard for approx 200mtrs. Continue straight on through the metal gate with fields on either side of you. After a further 300 mtrs as before continue straight on through the metal gate with fields on either side of you.
Enjoy the views of the hill behind you and the open fields around you. On passing through another gate head in an 11 O’clock direction and proceed to a stile an cross a small bridge. Cross over the stream, across the meadow and follow the path with the hedge on your left. You will come to Smokey Lane with a house opposite the gate, turn right and leave the lane through a gate. Continue for approx 150 mtrs and as the path turns right you will be arrive at the Q decoy site with its small out building and description board.
On continuing down the path you will enter a field, bear left along a line of very old pollarded willow trees, after just under 300mtrs you will come to a metal gate on your left, take the path through the gate and follow the bridleway across the field at the next gate pass through and continue straight across the field.Then again through the gate and continue across the field at angle to your right(45 degrees)to a wooden gate at a junction of tracks.
(If you wish to do a shorter walk, turn right here and continue to follow the track back to the farm yard where you started the walk)
Bear left over the stream through a metal gate and continuing walking with the hedge on your right until you reach a road. Turn left walking alone the road for about 225mtrs until you reach a small wooden gate on your right just after the road junction. Follow the path with the wood on your left for about 600 mtrs until you reach a wooden gate. Enter the Wood (which in April/May is full of bluebells) and continue through the wood, which can be wet even in summer. You will exit the wood through a gate and cross a small field continue until you reach the road. Turn Right and after 200mtrs take the track to your right. This is part of the Salt Way which was used to bring salt from Droitwich. Continue along this track and cross the road with a barn and continue for a further 600mtrs and take the first track on your left, follow this track and this will bring you back to start of the walk.