Easy walking on fairly level terrain. Rotherfield Greys – Peppard Common – Rotherfield Greys.
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) Take the footpath between the church and the pub (beside Williams Cottage) and follow the yellow arrow through two gates and across a field. Pass through another gate, stopping to read the notice about the Natural Burial Ground and then walk diagonally across the field.
(1) Pass through a kissing gate and turn left on to a broad track (Chiltern Way). After a short distance, pass through a gate and turn right on to Dog Lane. Walk along the track next to the Greys Green Golf Course for about 1.5km (1 mile), emerging on a main road (B481).
(2) Cross the road to the Red Lion for a break, or stay on the road and bear left into Church Lane and follow the lane past Peppard Primary school. Continue down Church lane until you reach All Saints’ Church.
(3) Walk past the churchyard on your left nearly to the end of the track and at a field gate, taking the footpath to your left. Step over a couple of rails and through the gap to follow a fenced path through a paddock. Go through a metal kissing gate leading to a track which you cross, bearing slightly to your left and onto a path which leads through fairly recently planted woodland across a golf course. Continue in the same direction for about 600m through a metal kissing gate and walk straight ahead, crossing a bridleway into woodland. Continue through the woodland, cross a lane (King’s Farm Lane) and proceed straight ahead (sign for Cross Lane Farm), past cottages until reaching a field gate. Go through a gate and proceed through the field diagonally left until meeting the hedgerow.
(4) Cross a fairly high stile and turn right onto Dog Lane and continue along the lane for about 0.8km (500 yards) until the junction with Greys Road. Turn left and walk along the Greys Road for about 400m (440 yards) to pass the Church and return to the Maltsters Arms. (D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 322ft - The Maltsters Arms
1 : mi 0.29 - alt. 305ft - Kissing gate
2 : mi 1.24 - alt. 341ft - B481
3 : mi 1.64 - alt. 325ft - All Saints’ Church
4 : mi 2.48 - alt. 322ft - Dog Lane
D/A : mi 3.16 - alt. 322ft - The Maltsters Arms
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All Saints’ Church, has been extended and altered over the years. It originates from the Norman period and the churchyard contains some very old yew trees. Significant restoration of the church took place between 1870 and 1908. One of the three bells in the bell tower dates from the 14th century. The interior of the church is worth a visit with a 12th century font, memorial stained glass windows and some unique wooden marquetry including the pulpit and a reredos depicting the Last Supper.
St Nicholas’ Church Rotherfield Greys is Norman in origin and was restored in 1865. It includes the 16th century Knollys Chapel and the Knollys family tomb. Sir Francis Knollys’ wife was a Lady-in-Waiting to Queen Elizabeth I.
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