Turn L out of the Baron at Bucknell and follow the road round to the church.
Point 1Turn L in front of the church and follow the footpath past the churchyard and along by the river into the village. Cross the road onto a stony track opposite the Sitwell Arms, and pass through two kissing gates into the meadow beyond. Go to the far end of the field, through a gate and then bear half R to the second stile over the railway. Ahead of you is the wooded Coxall Knoll, which hides of an iron-age hill fort.
Turn L after the stile and walk along the edge of the field by the railway. Don’t go through the gap at the end of field, but turn R and pass under the power line until you reach the corner of the field by the end of the wood. Above you is a stile partly obscured by a tree. Cross this stile into the meadow beyond.
Head for the house and cross the stile in the far corner. Go straight ahead past a red brick barn to the corner of the field, then turn R and walk along to the finger post in the hedge. Cross the stile and turn R onto the road.
Point 3Follow the road for about 40 yds, then turn L at the next finger post into a gently sloping field. Follow the path up the hill (the only one on this walk – honest!) along a wide field margin, giving open views of the South Shropshire hills.
Go through the kissing gate, walk ahead for a few yards to a corner and then head half R to another gate on the far side of the field. Once through the gate go over the track and take the next gate ahead of you. To your R you will see a line of trees, below which there is a lake and a heronry. The herons seldom see people and are therefore very timid. Observe them by all means, but try to avoid disturbing the birds unnecessarily, particularly in the nesting season.
Continue on past the lake towards the disused square, red brick water reservoir, and then bear R and head for the kissing gate (between two obvious trees). Beyond the gate head for the gap in the far L corner. Pass through this gap and cross the next field to the gate in the corner. To your R is the hamlet of Buckton.
Once across the stile, do not approach the road junction, but turn L up the dirt track. This section can be wet and muddy after rain! Follow this track for about 1 mile as it snakes between two hedgerows, which are home to badgers and rabbits. Eventually you reach a metal field gate, which takes you into a large meadow, where you continue straight ahead to a clump of tall trees and a crossing of paths. At this point turn sharp L.
Aim for the wooden footbridge on the far side of the field. If the construction of the bridge appears over the top, you should see the river when it’s in flood! Turn L after the bridge and walk to the gate in the far R corner (by a large oak tree). Once through the gate you are now on Adleymoor Common, with its tussocky grass and gorse bushes.
To your R Jay Cottages enjoy a tranquil setting. Walk ahead to the dirt road, turn L and follow this track across the common. The track soon becomes a metalled road that takes you through the hamlet of Adley Moor. You follow this road for the next ½ mile.
As you leave the houses behind, the road curves to the L and you rejoin the river Redlake. Cross the bridge and immediately climb over the fence on your R. You are now back on familiar territory (Point 3).
Walk ahead along the field edge, past a brick barn and across a stile, then over the meadow to the stile on the far side. Cross the stile and turn down R, going round the end of the field to reach the railway. Turn L here and walk alongside the railway until you come to a gate across the tracks. Cross the railway here and then turn L to follow the remains of a grassy earthwork to a gate on the far side of the meadow. Pass through the gate and walk alongside the river back to Bucknell.