Strolling around Hadstock
PUBLISHED: 08:12 24 March 2014 | UPDATED: 08:13 24 March 2014
This walk takes a route away from the Essex village of Hadstock, before briefly crossing the county border into Cambridgeshire, with some wonderful undulating countryside
1 From the road junction by the red telephone box, turn left towards Saffron Walden. Go uphill and, opposite Holly cottage, turn left onto the footpath leading to St Botolph’s church, which is open to visitors. Follow the stony path past the church and go straight on following the yellow arrow on the stone wall. On the right is an interesting information board illustrating the archaeology of Hadstock. Cross a little field of grass to a stile. Go left around the field edge. At the little wooden footpath sign, turn left down the steps and over the bridge. Continue along the edge of the field to the corner and cross another wooden bridge to the path junction.
2Turn right along a good wide path (Footpath 18) between hedges. Continue straight on past Footpath 26 and immediately after gaps on both sides take the Footpath 19 on the left. Enjoy the distant views ahead of you. Follow the rather uneven path along the edge of the crop field. It goes downhill to another footpath junction where you leave the field. Of the two path options, take the one on the right, which is Footpath 10, a shaded path leading to a lane.
3Turn right along the lane. Go past Footpath 4 and soon after, at the bend in the road, take the Bridleway on the left. This is a wide grassy path that runs between hedges. Proceed for some distance past the junction with Footpath 7, where the path opens out and the hedge on the right is replaced by a crop field. Ahead in the distance is the prominent landmark of the Linton water-tower. Further along on the right is a cottage and converted windmill. Continue between hedges and at the path junction keep right over a concealed stone bridge passing Windmill House and continue down the little lane past the quaint milling cottages to the road junction.
4Go straight on past Kyles Cottage and The Boundaries cottage then gently down to the main road. Turn left along the road called The Grip past some beautiful thatched cottages and then past the entrance to Linton Zoo. Opposite the Welcome to Essex sign, turn right onto the bridleway.
5Go uphill. The path levels out and after some distance take the footpath on the left over the wooden bridge. This is a long, nearly straight path between the crop fields, with excellent views of the countryside to the left. It leads directly back to Hadstock village. Just before you reach the main road, bear right along the raised path which runs alongside the road.
This takes you past the Kings Head pub and back to the little green where you started.