A long and interesting walk mainly over flat countryside but some of the footpaths en route are currently quite badly overgrown.
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 Chequers car park, turn right, and then immediately right again and walk along the lane past Ivy House Farm, as the lane bends to the right carry straight on the footpath through Hollandtide Bottom towards Brightwell Baldwin. Continue for about 1.3km crossing a small track and then a paved lane and pick up the footpath opposite which eventually merges with a farm track, follow the track bearing left for about 200m and where the track turns sharp left, leave the track and continue straight on through a gate. Continue on in the same general direction past Whitehouse Farm for a further 1km until the path ends at a small lane (Cadwell Lane).
(1) Turn right and walk along the lane, after a short distance there is a junction with another road, turn left along the road and walk down hill towards the centre of Britwell Baldwin village. Walk past the church on the left and the Lord Nelson gastro pub on the right and continue on for a further 50m, then take the footpath on the left via a stile. The footpath takes you through part of the Brightwell Baldwin Estate parkland, continue to follow the path in the same direction, via two more stiles then turn left along a track to rejoin Cadwell Lane. (Alternatively you can cut off the corner by continuing to follow the footpath through a field).
(2) Turn right on Cadwell Lane and walk along the lane past Cadwell Farm for 1.6km, until you reach a main road, turn right and follow the road into Chalgrove. When you reach a junction bear left into the High Street then walk along the High Street.
(3) Immediately after passing Chalgrove Primary School on the left hand side of the road, turn left on to a footpath that goes between the school car park and a white thatched cottage. (Note if you reach The Crown pub then you have missed the footpath but instead just turn left into the drive to the left of the pub and follow it into the car park and then follow on from instruction (4) below). Follow the footpath for a few metres round to the right and after it emerges into a car park turn left. Walk through the car park and then through the concrete bollards past the skateboard and play area on the left. Follow the footpath to the right and over a concrete bridge then continue on in the same direction between two playing fields and past some bench seats. Continue on in the same direction along the edge of a field until you reach a public road (Mill Lane).
(4) Cross the road and pick up the footpath opposite and continue walking in the same direction for about 400m, through a line of trees, then bear left and continue on the same path around the rear of a large shed. Follow the path turning left then walk past a house (Hares Leap) and a small piece of woodland on the left, when you reach a unmade farm track turn right and follow the track for just over 500m.
(5) When you have almost drawn level with a small copse on your left, some way down a slope, turn towards it and take the unmarked footpath down the slope for about 250m to the side of the copse then continue on bearing slightly to right across a field for another 200m. Follow on in the same direction along a grassy track keeping to the left of a raised fishing pond. The path then enters into a thicket and is rather overgrown but you will very shortly emerge onto a wooden footbridge. Cross the footbridge and then bear left towards a gate on the far side of the field. When you reach the gate you will find a stile, climb over the stile and exit on to a public road.
(6) Turn right and follow road in same direction for about 0.5km until you arrive back at the Chequers. (D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 190ft - The Chequers Inn
1 : mi 2.06 - alt. 312ft - Cadwell Lane
2 : mi 3.24 - alt. 240ft - Cadwell Lane
3 : mi 4.15 - alt. 220ft - Chalgrove Primary School
4 : mi 4.59 - alt. 230ft - Mill Lane
5 : mi 5.59 - alt. 259ft - Small copse
6 : mi 6.14 - alt. 194ft - Berrick Salome
D/A : mi 6.41 - alt. 190ft - The Chequers Inn
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Brightwell Baldwin owes its name to a bright spring and an early Lord of the Manor Sir Baldwin de Bereford. It is a very picturesque village that has featured in Midsomer Murders on a number of occasions. St Bartholomew’s churchyard boasts a magnificent yew tree, and the earliest parts of church date from the 13th century with later additions in the 14th and 15th Century. The church was later restored in late Victorian times.
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