A streamside and farmland stroll with fine views to Sutton Common.
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) Leave the Hanging Gate by walking between the pub entrance and the outside toilets. Bear right through a kissing gate and follow the partly paved path through two more kissing gates. After a narrow path behind a white house, descend some stone steps to emerge on Meg Lane.
(1) Turn left and after 25 yards turn left again down a small lane, passing in front of the white house. Continue down the lane and at a Y junction bear right (the left is a private track to Pot Lords Farm) until you approach Smallhurst Farm, now a private dwelling. Follow the sign to the left, following a stone wall as it swings right, then descend steps to your left and cross over a stile. Cross over a small stream by the timber bridge, then bear right immediately and head for the ladder stile over the stone wall directly ahead. Cross the stile (or, more likely, go through the gap beside it) and bear slightly right down to the bottom right-hand corner of the field, then cross a timber stile immediately adjacent to the brook on your right. Follow the tree line, but skirt the small pond and continue walking close to the trees on your right. Eventually, you will reach a partly hidden timber stile. Cross this with a stone wall on your left; follow this for 10 yards then follow the contour of the bank on your right, again keeping the trees and brook on your right, and eventually swing left down the hill, keeping well to the right.
(2) At the bottom of the hill, cross the brook by the timber footbridge, and cross a timber stile to emerge onto a farm track. Go through the metal kissing gate opposite. Cross the field diagonally to your left towards a second kissing gate. Beyond this, skirt the trees on your right until you come to a third kissing gate at the end of the field. Go through the gate and descend behind the converted old chapel to emerge in Hollin Lane.
(3) Turn right, passing the old Dyehouse Cottages on your left then a barn on your right, and turn right at the signpost through the farmyard. Cross over a timber stile next to a wooden gate and bear left up the hill, keeping right of the first telegraph pole before meeting a fence, which you follow to the right. Cross a timber stile in the fence on your left and bear right to cut the corner of the next field to a footbridge and stile. Follow a fenced path to a further timber stile. Head uphill to the top left-hand corner of the field, and cross a stone and timber stile. Keep the trees and fence on your left and head up the field through a gap in the tree line in the left-hand corner. Cross the next field, still keeping the trees on your left. A clear view of the Hanging Gate can be seen away to your right. Continue for approximately 300 yards keeping parallel with the trees, then cross a timber stile in the stone wall on your left. Follow the right-hand field edge, keeping the stone wall on your right, until you reach the end of the field.
(4) Climb over a timber ladder stile and emerge onto Meg Lane. Turn right and walk along the lane until you reach the white house passed at the start of the walk. Pass this and climb the steps onto the narrow footpath behind the house back up to the pub.(D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 1066ft - Hanging Gate
1 : mi 0.12 - alt. 988ft - Ridge Hill
2 : mi 0.88 - alt. 728ft - Brook
3 : mi 1.13 - alt. 699ft - Hollin Lane
4 : mi 1.92 - alt. 915ft - Ridge Hill
D/A : mi 2.37 - alt. 1066ft - Hanging Gate
Wet grass and muddy/boggy sections after rain.
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