Friday, 21 August 2009

Stanton-by-Bridge Paths: Eastern side

Sign at the Stanton end of the Causeway.
Looks like this sign has been clattered by a vehicle at the Stanton end of the Causeway.

Route in Google Maps - an experiment.

Route: Stanton Oak - Derby Road south - Waterworks - Pylon - Wards Lane - Stanton Barn - Hollow Farm - Causeway - path back up to Stanton east of Hollies Farm.

I took the route above to check out a few paths that sometimes have problems. It's also a pleasant and interesting stroll that takes about 40 mins at a very leisurely pace.

As it turned out the most difficult part of the walk was crossing the main road after parking close to the Turkey Oak in Stanton. Turning into the track by the Waterworks I spotted an old footpath sign in the trees which had become engulfed in branches. The marker on the stile opposite had gone. The path moves uphill skirting a wood on your left until you reach a stile by an electricity pylon where you turn left. At this point there is a new byway notice prohibiting the driving of motorcycles - no doubt a problem here. The first property on the left always seems to house some very noisy dogs.

Walking down to Stanton Barn you spot a quarry on your left. I am always surprised how quiet and rural it is here considering you are not too far from the Causeway. The track leads back to the Causeway past a timbered house, yards and a small holding.

Crossing the busy main road again the path is not clear as the finger post has been clattered (above). The route then winds back to Stanton passing very close to well tendered gardens and greenhouses.

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