Exploring Chrishall and Elmdon
PUBLISHED: 22:39 21 July 2014 | UPDATED: 22:39 21 July 2014
In the northwest corner of the county are Elmdon and Chrishall, both blessed with beautiful architecture. This walk runs from one village to the other
1 From the pub, proceed to the road junction where there is a remembrance monument in the centre of the triangular green. Take the footpath on the other side along Loveday Close. Look for an alleyway on the right between the houses which soon runs between fences and then through an old metal kissing gate, emerging into a meadow. Keep the hedge to the left initially then get over a stile so that the field boundary is now on the right. At the end of the fence line, continue to the right of the ditch between large open crop fields with magnificent distant views. At the far end of the field you reach a path junction in the trees.
2 Turn right along the wide dusty track running between the trees. At the next path junction of crossroads, turn left. Further down look out for a metal gate on the right which is an unmarked footpath. This path bends left and takes you to the corner where you cross an un-bridged ditch and into a field. Keep straight on, keeping the hedge on your left. At the corner, go left still following the hedge line and towards the distant church. Continue to follow around the field edge into the far corner where you cross a stile and a bridge then two more stiles to the lane.
3 Turn right along the road but watch out for traffic on the blind corner. At the road junction at Elmdon village (you may wish to visit the church which is usually open), bear right past Carrier Cottage and along the High Street to the red telephone box. Here, turn right into Kings Lane past old thatched cottages. As the lane bends left, go straight on following the footpath sign and straight on again in the field, going gently up on the edge of the grass field to a T-junction of paths where you turn left. Follow the path between the ditch on the left and the crop field. The path bends right 90 degrees at the corner and then soon after you turn left crossing the ditch.
4 Continue down, passing Park Wood and then a long fence. At the bottom, where the fence ends, turn right on the other side of the hedge going uphill and alongside Park Wood. Continue for some distance, making the most of the lovely countryside views to the left, and at the end by the house, go left then veer right around the boundary of the property and soon after go through the church gate on the right.
5 Go through the church yard to the left of the church and down to the metal kissing gate on the other side. Cross the meadow and leave by another kissing gate and a bridge to the lane. Turn right up the road and then turn left along the next little lane. When you reach the water pump by the house, take the footpath on the right. Follow the field edge. The path swings left and then you go right, past the cottages on the Tarmac lane. This emerges at the Red Cow pub where you started.