A circular walk through Tarrant Crawford
About 5 miles - 3 hours and varied scenery, mostly on the level. Parts can be muddy in wet weather.
Walk along the trailway for a pleasant mile towards Spetisbury . On your right you get a glimpse of the watercress beds. On your left you will then see Spetisbury School & Church. Before the school, turn left down the slope to the road. Turn right, along the road, and cross straight over the A.350, with care. You are on part of the Stour Valley Way.
Through Clapcott's Farm, follow the footpath signs, to the left of the private garage, over the raised narrow footbridge (over the gardens of "Mill House" - quite a sight in any season). Then pass close by the Mill, over the millpond, & through a number of iron gates.
After the iron gates the meadows of the flood plain open out; head straight across to a couple of bridges to cross the River Stour before passing the buildings of Keynston Mill. Opposite the disused farm shop, turn right into a field and follow the right-hand boundary through into a second field. The path bears left to reach a metal gate and road; the Tarrant stream is on your right.
Cross the road into a paved track that brings you to Tarrant Crawford Church (13th C.) with its mediaeval wall paintings; it is well worth the time to walk across the old churchyard and experience a place to meditate, and step back in time! When you come out turn left towards the old buildings of the Abbey Farm and in a few metres go left over a stile into a field to walk uphill and come out again on the road just north of Crawford Farm.
Cross the road and go through a gate, keeping straight ahead along the edge of two fields. Cross a concrete track (access to local sewage farm, but don't let that put you off). You will pass under the route of overhead power lines, and over a stile. Follow the blue arrow sign around the field until you reach a road. Turn right and follow the road to cross the River Stour by the Crawford Bridge
Walk up to the crossroads, and cross the main A350 with care, and continue up the road opposite (Louse Lane) for about 50 metres to a gravel track on the right. This is the start of the trailway back to Charlton Marshall.