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Along the Moors - Rodway

The Infamous ‘Rood Way’

Rodway
Rodway

Several modern day roads onto the Weald Moors follow the course of ancient causeways once used by farmers from surrounding villages to drive their cattle into the area for grazing. The riverside settlement of Rodway probably takes its name from just such a thoroughfare, which linked the nearby settlement of Cherrington to the River Strine. According to the former Rector of Kynnersley, Rev Philip Kynaston, the Rodway had a history of attracting far more than wondering local cattle and their drovers and was once infamous as a last resort of ‘footpads and lesser breeds of highwaymen’! It seems the track was a favourite getaway route for scoundrels and outlaws, who were able to make good their escape across the moors to Kynnersley ‘by ways unknown’ to their pursuers, whom they presumably left stranded on the boggy wetlands!