The Bell and two Churches is a 5.1 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, and nature trips.

Distance: 5.1 km Elevation Gain: 93 m Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

nature trips

walking

running

river

views

historic site

pub walk

On leaving the Bell pub carpark or front door, turn left and continue along the pavement alongside the road leading out of the village of Alderminster (It’s quite a busy road so please take care.). At the end of the row of houses you will see a small gate on your left with a yellow directional arrow signalling straight ahead. Go through the gate down the hill, mind the little step down over the bridge (which can get a bit boggy if the weather has been bad) and head across the field to the next bridge that you’ll see in the distance to the right. Continue over the bridge, which crosses the River Stour. On the other side, bare slightly right and head for the metal gate with the yellow arrow next to it, positioned diagonally across the field to the right, next to the tree. Go through the gate and walk along the side of the next field with the hedge on your left (there is often live stock in these fields so please keep dogs on their leads). At the end of the hedge go through the small metal gate and keep on the left-hand side of the field, continuing to walk alongside the hedge. At the end of the field there is a wooden gate, pass through it and head up the lane until you reach a T-junction with another lane at the top. Turn left, following the yellow arrow. Pass the farm and the neighbouring houses and at the end of the last garden you will see a metal gate with a yellow arrow, pointing across the field. It is at this point you can choose to continue straight along the lane, or to take a short 'out and back' diversion to the to the beautiful St Mary's Church, the first of the two churches on our walk. This route takes you diagonally across to the other side of the field. After taking a look around, you will return the way you came, back across the field. When you return to the lane, turn left. Continue along the lane with the hedges on your left hand side. After a while you will come to two houses on your right. There is a kissing gate opposite them with a yellow directional arrow indicating the footpath. Cross straight across the field towards the houses and pass across the white metal bridge. Head up lane and meet the road where you will turn left and walk along the pavement. Shortly you can take a little road (Old Road) on your left to come off the main road for a short stretch. As you walk past the houses on Old Road, you will see the Old Forge House on the left hand side and Howard’s End with a lovely clock on the outside of the building, the road than meets the main road again where you continue left along the pavement back towards the pub. Just before the finish of the walk, you will pass by the beautiful Church of St Mary and the Holy Cross. A few more yards and you are back at the comfort of the Bell pub, ready for a well earned bite to eat or thirst quencher.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a lovely walk that has the benefit of finishing at a pub, which always helps. With lots of lovely views, it is a combination of a small amount of pavement but predominantly public footpaths a quiet country lane and a couple of little foot bridges crossing the River Stour.