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Wickhambrook Walks

This circular walk heads north out of the village and makes use of the green lanes in that area. Total mileage is about 5 miles (my pedometer read 9.8 miles: it may be due for re-setting) and will take around two and half hours at gentle pace. The circuit is best undertaken in the drier months. It is also enjoyable in the winter, just a bit more of a challenge.

This series of walks have been put together by Roger Medley.

If any of the walking notes are confusing or inaccurate or the information is wrong, please contact Roger. If they are helpful, or if you have any other comments, likewise.

The Wickhambrook W.I. Walking Group meets every Wednesday morning at 10am starting from the MSC car park for walks in the village or slightly further afield. We walk for about two hours and cover about five miles, depending on how much chatting is taking place and there are usually six of us, although we have had a dozen occasionally, and dogs are welcome too.

Walk 2 - Wickhambrook including Baxters Green

MAP » you might find it useful to view the map using this link »larger version« where you can also change the view from Streep Map to Satellite Map to view the route across fields, etc.

ROUTE » From the Car Park at the village hall turn right and take the footpath that runs beside the cemetery. Walk the plank over the ditch and continue in the same direction with the ditch on the right. Turn left at the corner and follow the edge of the field on the left. This will bring you to the road where you turn right. Danger. Ignore turnings to the left and right until you have crossed the little bridge and reached the de-restriction signs at the foot of the hill. 

Spot a partially hidden stile on the left. Climb this and head half left on a defined path crossing a bridge and veering right. Sometimes the grass is quite long and sometimes you have the company of sheep.

Cross a second stile and continue in the same direction walking along a headland with the stream on your right. Go through a hedge, along a path cleared for walkers through a growing crop (field beans currently), along a farm track skirting a small wood, through the crop again and follow the waymarks to the woods. There are fallen trees here which provide convenient seating for a coffee break. A pair of deer watched me pass through this copse.

Soon after entering the shade, cross a wooden bridge and then a second one and on meeting a wider track turn right. Follow this green lane, very pleasant walking, along the middle of a long ribbon of trees and with the stream by your side. Pass turnings on the left and right.

On emerging at the end, ignore the left turn and continue (rightish through a wet patch) straight ahead. The track, recently trimmed so thanks to the landowner, leads around Busses Farm. Join a metalled road and continue in the same direction (heading north).

To check that you are in the right place, you will almost immediately pass an attractive pond on the left with the standard issue moorhen's nest in a drooping Dog Rose bush. Ignore the bridleway sign on the right. This road joins a mainer road, still very quiet, and you should continue in the same direction, passing a turning to Baxter's Green and a signpost which shows Wickhambrook 2 miles back the way you have come.

On reaching a gentle bend in the road and Queens Cottage on the left (this used to be a pub and was purchased by Greene King in 1897 for £375) take the green lane on the left (Barbers Lane). This may give the impression of being a private drive but the new Byway sign is obvious.

Docks are quite high for the first 20 paces but the path soon clears. This green lane continues for some way. Ignore a new wooden bridge and chest expander stile on the left unless you wish to admire the young horses. This track again offers very pleasant but enclosed walking, eventually opening out at another track where you have to turn left or right. Turn left. Right leads to Ousden.

For the next mile the surface can be pitted so care is needed and it can be wet and muddy in the winter. Cross the road (left and immediately right) and continue along this green lane. The trees on the right soon drop away and there are good views over the far side of the valley - presumably the villages on the tops are Cheveley and Stetchworth. At the T-junction with Bury Lane turn left (right leads to Lidgate - a future walk?) and head towards the British Telecom masts.

Soon after passing the entrance to the compound find the hidden tunnel footpath on the right. If after 20 paces you still have not spotted it then turn round as the sign is more easily seen from this direction. This short path soon brings you out into the open and after another 40 paces turn left into Spring Wood. There is no waymark at this point but it is the only track available.

The path heads straight through the shade to give further pleasant walking. Step over several fallen trees and acknowledge the squirrels as you head towards a 5 bar gate. Duck under the bar at the side and continue in the same direction but not for long. This section appears to be regularly trimmed so thanks to this landowner. Where the hedge on the left ends you will find a waymark pointing left. If you overshoot you may have to explain your presence to the resident guard geese.

Take this direction keeping to the hedge on the right. Llamas have been seen recently in this area. In the next corner you will find a path which skirts the little wood and takes you under a large rookery. This was quiet on 10 June. On reaching the road turn right. Follow this road as it twists and turns past the entrance to Badmondisfield Hall until you reach a footpath sign forking right.

Take this through the growing wheat (this could be a strong contender for the title of the most boring footpath in the area). The landowner has cleared a path but recent outcrops of thistles can make a few short sections quite challenging.

The best views of the Hall can be seen over your right shoulder. There was a serious fire in this medieval hall in February 1995 as the current owners were having some building work done. When you reach the headland turn left and walk with the hedge on your left.

Re-join the road beside the little pink thatched cottage. Turn right and follow the road down the hill and up the other side to the car park.

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