A medium length walk over fairly flat terrain through woodland and across fields.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) With your back to the pub turn left and walk along Chalkhouse Green Road for 60 metres, carry straight on past a lane on the right and St Nicholas Church on the left and then continue on in the same direction along Wood Lane towards Cane End and Gallowstree Common. After 250m and before the sharp left hand bend in the road bear right on to a footpath marked by a finger post set back from the road in a grass driveway next to a house called Norton Lee. Follow the footpath for just over 400m, ignoring other paths, until you reach a lane (Hazelmore Lane).
(1) Bear left and walk along the lane until reach a main road. Cross the main road with care into the lane opposite called The Hamlet and continue on for about 150m until the lane bears left, leave the lane bearing right and enter the woods through a hole in the hedge next to a bungalow called Elsinore.
(2) Here you will see three paths – take the left hand path and walk on through the mixed woodland. After about 600m the path turns sharp left through a gap in the fence (see white arrow on tree). There are 3 paths take the middle path marked by a white arrow on a tree and continue close to the top of a field until you reach Kate’s Cottage. Close by Kate’s Cottage is the site of the gallows tree that gave Gallowstree Common its name. A few metres north of Kate’s Cottage are the well preserved remains of an Iron Age hill fort.
(3) Cross the road by Kate’s Cottage to the path signposted to Cane End, pass through the kissing gate and proceed straight ahead through the wood. Follow the way-marked route (white arrows on trees) taking care to take the left fork at a V junction (again marked by a white arrow on a tree) and continue to follow the arrows. Keep on straight ahead past an open swampy area, past a wooden signpost which reads Wyfold in the reverse direction and Cane End in the forward direction. Go straight ahead in the Cane End direction and arrive at the end of the wood.
(4) Ignoring a path coming in from the left, go through a metal gate; proceed in a diagonally left direction across paddocks behind a house, through two more metal gates until you reach a lane. Turn left and walk along the lane for 250m until you reach a main road (Horsepond Road).
(5) Taking care turn left and walk along this main road past the entrance to Beryspytle on the right, then just after a house called Owls Wood leave the road, by crossing over a stile on the right and taking a footpath across a small field. Exit the field by another stile and then follow the same line and footpath across a much larger field toward a gap in the hedge line. Go through the gap and continue across another large field toward two dissimilar sized trees and then follow the path round the larger tree as it bears slightly to the left. Follow the path into a small field with a memorial stone by the path and carry on to exit the field via a wooden kissing gate into a lane.
(6) Turn right and follow the lane round a left hand bend and then further on a sharp right turn and continue on into the centre of Kidmore End retracing your steps back to the pub.(D/A)
D/A : km 0 - alt. 96m - The New Inn
1 : km 0.78 - alt. 99m - Hazelmore Lane
2 : km 1.43 - alt. 104m - Fork
3 : km 2.44 - alt. 125m - Kate’s Cottage
4 : km 3.49 - alt. 125m - Wood
5 : km 3.89 - alt. 110m - Horsepond Road
6 : km 5.33 - alt. 108m - Wood Lane
D/A : km 6.06 - alt. 96m - The New Inn
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