Ashley Walk 2
Mill Road - Ashley Heath Stud
This walk starts at Mill Road in the middle of Ashley. You can park in Church Street by the pond or in Mill Road itself. A lovely walk past studs and through wooded areas before reaching the road to Cheveley.
Mill Road - Ashley Heath Stud
Duration: 2 hours
Distance: 4.5miles (7.2k)
Ashley walk 2
- Park up at the beginning of Mill Road alongside the pond.
- This walk starts and ends at the Wavier Pond in the middle of Ashley (image 1).
- Head northward up Mill Road. On the left hand side of the road, 200 yards before the “No Limit” sign and just after the last big house on the right, you will see a footpath sign on the left next to a wooden gate and stone wall (image 2).
- Follow the foot path to the other side of the field, pass through two gates and turn right (image 3 & 4).
- Follow the footpath to the corner of the field and go through the gap in the hedge on the left (image 5).· Turn right and walk down to the corner of this field where you will see a gate in the hedge (image 6).
- Go through the gate and turn left behind the hedge and follow the path for quite a distance before it joins the main road (image 7 – and image 8 which is looking back).· Turn left and walk up the road towards Cheveley. Take care as there are no footpaths on this road (image 9). You may notice a strong smell of pine from the large trees on the left.
- After around a quarter of a mile, when you see the electricity cables cross the road from left to right, you will see a footpath sign on both sides of the road (image 10).
- Take the right hand footpath through the stile/gate (image 11).
- Follow this path for quite a distance through open country side to the left with a hedge to the right (image 12).· This will lead you through a lovely wooded area (image 13 & 14).
- As you leave the woods, cross a stile (image 15) and a driveway, and walk straight up the broad well maintained grass paths of the stud (image 16).· You will eventually meet another drive that crosses the footpath in front of you (image 17). Turn left, and walk down the drive towards the main buildings of Ashley Heath Stud. You will see horses in the fields to the left and right of you (image 18).
- After you pass the stud buildings and when the drive deviates to the right, stay on the grass verge and follow the line of fencing past an attractive triple row of trees until you reach the gate within the fence that crosses in front of you (image 19). You can pull the bars of the gate across to the right to pass through.· Turn left and follow the path back down the hill. You will see that the original gate has now been removed and two wooden bars have been nailed across the path. Because of this, you will have to climb through them (image 20). You may see Muntjac Deer and squirrels appearing from the hedge on the left.
- Carry on down the hill and where the drive turns right, just before this on the left, you will see a gap in the hedge (image 21).
- Go through the gap and immediately on the other side of the hedge on the right, you will see the path winding down through the woods. This may not be apparently obvious in the summer months as it may be overgrown (image 22, 23 & 24).
- Carry on down through the woods until the path exits with a hedge on the left and a field on the right (image 25).
- Where the metalled drive crosses the path again, go straight on and follow this back towards the road (image 26).
- At the road, you will have to go through a small gate at the left hand side of the large main gate to the stud (image 27).
- Turn left and walk up the road for about a quarter of a mile until you reach the same point again where you left the road earlier – this time take the opposite path on the right towards Ashley (image 28).
- You will cross a stile on the right hand side of the metal gate just behind the hedge (image 29).
- Follow this path down to the Newmarket Road (image 30).
- Turn left and walk back into Ashley going past the Crown Pub towards the pond where you parked your car.
The route map for each of the walks are courtesy of www.openstreetmap.org