Start: Western Road, Hagley
Finish: Hagley car park
Length: 8.67 km / 5.3 miles
Weather: Damp, dull and dark.
This is a walk I devised to take in some of the coutryside that surrounds Hagley. We were lucky enough to have a driver willing to drop us off at the start and pick us up at the end, making it a linear walk. It could be easily adapted to make it a circular walk by parking in Hagley or using the train to get to Hagley and then walking up Western Road to where we stated.
The walk starts at the top of Western Road, where you turn off towards Field House. I don't actually know the name of this road, but we always knew it as Field House Lane. When I was growing up in Hagley, Field House was some kind of remand home for 'naughty' girls, who would regularly escape and make a break for it across the fields!
The Field House lodges. Cross the lane and head up Holy Cross Green (lane)
After a short while climb over a stile and walk over the fields on your right, towards Broome.
Walk down the lane to Broome.
The path across the fields at the Hundred Acres Farm track.
Walk through the wood by Knoll Hill House.
The path between the two mill ponds.
Harborough Hill House, taken near to the A456. There used to be a joke when I was at school in Hagley, What is the best thing to come out of Hagley? Answer, the A456. Well, it amused us.
At Stakenbridge Lane, go under the railway bridge and take a path on the right, beside the mill pool.
Cross Brake Lane and follow the path up towards The Birches. Now we are on part of the imfamous Haybridge High School cross country run, that we had to do in PE if it was too wet to play football!
Wychbury Hill seen through the murk.
The field of dreams - Hagley Haybridge High School playing fields, scene of many a sporting conquest apart from when we lost 11-3 against Harry Cheshire School.
The field of nightmares - Hagley rec, scene of many a skirmish with the boys from Hagley RC Scool. We all lived to tell the tale though.
The railway bridge at Hagley station, which Hornby used to create a scaled-down replica.