Things to do
Suggested Walks away from the Farm
As well as the circular walk, the area has many public footpaths and we thought we’d share some of our favourites with you. There are plenty of nature reserves & other walks in the local area. We also have a public footpath that runs through the farm.
This is situated about 3 miles from the farm and is a National Trust managed site.
To get there by car, leave the farm and continue down to the A41. Turn left on to the A41 and continue for about 1 mile until you come to the roundabout at Hampton. Take the last exit, signposted Bickerton, and continue down this round for approx. 1 mile until you come to a church on the left. Turn left at the church and carry on up this narrow country lane for about 3/4 of a mile. You will see a pond on the right hand side opposite Pool Farm on the left. Turn right up the track immediately after the pond, this will lead you to a car park. There are notice boards describing various paths from here. Please note that these walks can be quite strenuous with hill paths, steep inclines and drops. Dogs on leads are allowed.
This is about another mile further on from Larkton Hill. To get there, follow the Larkton Hill directions above until you reach the church. Turn right at the church and continue for approx. 300 yards until you reach a T junction at the top of the hill. Turn right here and continue for approx. 1/2 mile until you reach the Bickerton Poacher pub. Park in the first car park on the right before the pub. They do a great Sunday carvery at the Bickerton Poacher and have a large childrens play area. Walk across the road opposite the car park and there is a stile and way marker. Follow the path. There is also a board in the car park detailing the different paths that you can take. This is quite a strenuous walk with steep inclines. Dogs on leads are allowed.
Grindley Brook Locks
This Is situated about 3 miles from the farm and is easily accessible by car. From the farm drive to the A41 and turn right towards Whitchurch. After about 3 miles you will come to Grindley Brook. Here there is a great pub called the Horse & Jockey on the right. You can park here and there is a board in the car park detailing paths including stretches of the Sandstone Trail.
Alternatively, instead of parking in the pub, continue along the road for about 300 yards. There is a cafe on the right hand side of the road next to the canal locks. The cafe has a small car park, but slightly further up the road is a layby where you can park. Please note that the A41 is a very busy road and care should be taken. Once parked you can proceed to the canal towpath and walk along by the famous staircase locks. This walk is suitable for all age groups and abilities as it is flat and the terrain is easy going. As an added bonus you can reward yourselves with a well earned lunch, coffee or snack at the Lockside Cafe.
For more information on these and many other walks and local beauty spots, please ask either Sally-Ann or David. We’d be delighted to help.