Trundling around Thaxted
PUBLISHED: 10:26 21 October 2014 | UPDATED: 10:26 21 October 2014
This four-mile walk takes us through lovely open landscape with wonderful countryside views around the ancient town of Thaxted
1 From the Farmhouse Inn, go back along Monk Street to the main road (B184), and turn left onto the wide grass verge alongside the road. After a short distance, at the next road junction, turn right sign-posted to Richmond Green. Follow this lane uphill and after passing the farm, take the ‘no through road’ on the left to Richmond Green. Then soon after, opposite the black and green barn, turn left along a footpath which leads into open fields.
2 Continue until you reach the post next to the hedge where you are guided sharp left, keeping the hedgerow to your right. Where the hedgerows meet further down, follow the footpath sign, crossing the ditch by the wooden planks and going right. Keep the ditch and hedge on the right. Bear right through the hedge at the end of the field and then at the next footpath junction continue straight on towards Thaxted. A good view of the church and spire can be seen. Proceed straight on down and then back uphill past a line of poplar trees. When you reach the footpath junction by the wooden fence, turn left. This short path leads to the road where you turn right (crossing the road) and head towards the village centre. As you descend the hill, a full view of the ancient Guildhall comes into sight directly ahead.
3 Continue through the town and pass to the right of the Guildhall and then take the little cobbled lane that leads up to the church. As you pass the entrance to the church and before you reach the road, turn left down the path past the pretty thatched cottages and at the bottom follow the sign to the windmill. This soon appears on your right. Carry on along the path by the cornfield and keep straight on for about half a mile. Look out for a fork in the path before the end of the field, by the cottage on the left. Take the left fork to the main road and turn left going up the road for a short distance back towards Thaxted.
4 Cross the road and a little way up on the right, take the footbridge crossing the brook. At the next footpath junction bear right still following the brook. When you reach the next footpath crossroads junction, go left across the field. The path bends sharp to the right and then descends down into another field and then past cottages to emerge at Folly Mill Lane, close to the junction with Monk Street. Turn left along Monk Street back to where you parked by the Farmhouse Inn