Figure of Eight (about 3 miles)
'figure of eight' walk around roads and fields between Balsall
Common and Temple Balsall, with good views.
for most of the year, this route sticks to high ground and will
be passable except at the wettest times. It is suitable for older
children but the route involves significant lengths of Balsall
Street, where there is an excellent verge to walk on but traffic
is fast and heavy, and Fen End Road, where there is no verge and,
although light, some traffic goes faster than expected.
start is from a layby about halfway between Temple Balsall and
the Olde Saracens Head, on the southern side, formed from a length
of road bypassed by improvements.
are alternative start points for those
keen on post walk refreshment:
it can also be walked from the Car Park at Temple Balsall from
which it is a short walk up Fen End Road to join the route in
the third stage below. Then tea and cakes are available at Temple
Balsall on Sunday afternoons from Easter to end September.
or those with a prerence for something stronger can start and
finish near the Saracens Head and stroll down to Magpie Lane to
POINT: LAYBY, BALSALL STREET
the layby in Balsall Street, join the road and proceed along
its wide verge up the hill towards Balsall Common. On reaching
the cross roads, turn right into Magpie Lane. A timbered
building comes into view at the top of the hill and a stile
to a footpath on the left has been passed, when a stile
to the right beside a farm gate is seen (pictured).
this stile and follow the path, which keeps the hedge to
the hedge runs out, part way down the hill, a distinct path
can be seen crossing straight over the field ahead (pictured).
Follow this to the bottom of the hill and cross a stile
in the hedge..
over several more fields. The path (being the Millennium
Way) is very clearly marked, and going up the hill you keep
the hedge on your immediate left. On passing the pylon there
is another stile and field to cross before reaching the
crossroads (pictured) sees two paths cross in the corner
of four fields. Pass straight across and you are now on
the left hand side of the hedge to traverse the edge of
one more long field before reaching Fen End Road. You will
see a good view of the Temple Balsall rooftops ahead and
reaching Fen End Road, turn left and follow it for about
half a mile to the a cluster of houses.
Shortly after passing the track to Balsall Lodge Farm on
your right, you will come to a gap in the hedge on your
left, signposted as a footpath (pictured).
Follow this narrow overhung path between a fence and a small
brook for a short distance to the fields beyond.
straight on along the edge of the field with the hedge on
your right. Pass through a gap in the hedge (pictured)
to further fields.
Continue keeping the hedge to your right.
will see isolated trees and pylons on your horizon (pictured)
and you continue straight keeping to the immediate left
of the hedge. Before passing under the electric cables you
will pass through the 'crossroads' again. Then you continue
straight on, still to the left of the hedge, down the hill,
along the edge of a single field to reach Balsall Street.
you turn right for the short distance back to the layby.