Distance 5.89 miles (9.47km) Duration 3hrs Calories 1,000
Its possible that we should have named this walk the Warburg Nature Reserve walk, as thats where the walk starts and ends but we chose the prickly named Nettlebed a village along the route for the walk instead, various theories exist for the villages name ranging from Roman soldiers who were thought to rub nettles, which grow in abundance in the area (though we didn’t come across them), on their legs to keep warm on marches, to the 18th century when the thread nettles yield was used to make linen cloth. Of greater interest today is the Nettlebed Kiln a relic of the villages long association with the brick making industry which stretchs back to the Middle Ages and its 14th century pub (now a bistro) the White Hart exudes an outer charm consistent with its age and a good place to stop for either a tea or ale.
If you’re interested in a more traditional pub atmosphere then the 16th century 5 Horseshoes in Maidensgrove with its two beer gardens and amazing views of the valley below retains much of what you come to expect in a rural pub.
The walk starts in the beautiful Warburg Nature Reserve offering a visitor centre, bird hides, picnic area, parking and toilets though no café facilities. The nature reserve is home to an incredible range of habitats sheltering thousands of species, and each season there is something interesting to experience. There are roadworks in the area requiring changes to access the parking. For those using Sat Nav please use the post code RG9 6BJ, then continue up the valley until you reach the car park.
The walk takes in both woodlands and fields, there are some steep sections of paths with loose flint, and the valley bottoms can become muddy after rain.