Speech House - The Roman Road - New Fancy - Speech House

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Starting at Speech House, follow Spruce Ride to Staple Edge, descend to Soudley, then to Blackpool Bridge, climb to Danby Lodge, to Moseley Green, New Fancy and return to Speech House. There are only two short road sections on this walk.

England - South West England - Gloucestershire - Forest of Dean

Features

Great Views, Industrial Archaeology, Pub, Public Transport, Woodland
07/06/2015 - Fran Brealey

Enjoyed this walk yesterday in warm and sunny weather. We went wrong like the previous walker at point 9 - the path off to the right is easy to miss. However with the help of the map and some helpful horse riders we picked up the route again. The detour to the viewpoint is worth doing. We had the unexpected treat of seeing several deer run across the path on the home stretch!

21/02/2014 - Frank Lee

My wife and I set out on this lovely walk knowing that it would be very muddy under foot after the recent heavy rain and flooding. We had great fun getting down some of the steeper tracks without slipping over and that all added to the fun. Good, clear instructions helped find our way. The only place that we had difficulty was at point 9 but we managed to get back on track eventually. The Rising Sun Pub was very welcome at about the 7 mile mark where there are friendly new owners who made us very welcome. Highlight for us was disturbing 6 wild boar on the last track back to the car and staring each other out for several minutes with neither party giving ground. Thanks for all the effort that has gone into planning the walk.

10/06/2013 - Paul Crampton

(10/06/2013) A fantastic walk made very special thanks the late carpet of bluebells. Directions and maps are very good. However, the 'kissing-gate' at point 7 has now been removed and the 'red arrows' referred to at points 13, 14 & 15 are no longer present. There is a yellow arrow painted on a large tree at the top of the climb approaching point 14 and a very 'tired' yellow arrow painted on a wooden panel to the left of a forest track running parallel to the wall of Danby Lodge. The bench referred to at point 14 has now gone but the map is excellent and easy to follow. In short, a great walk with two good pubs both doing food and good beer! Note: The wild boar have played havoc with the track surface in places and take extra care when following alternative routes around their wallowing holes, in particular keep an eye open for buried boundary wire just after the 'gully' noted at point 4.

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