Dullingham Walk 2
Dullingham walk 2
- Starting from Cross Green. At the entrance to Dullingham Ley (image 1) proceed up the Ley past the small hamlet of Cross Green and up the hill passing Hope Hall Stud on your right.
- Continue along, round the bends (image 2) past Horseheath ponds (behind the wooden panel fence) and up the hill. You will reach civilisation again, with a beautiful “new” old thatched house on your right (image 3).
- Turn right just after this into what is locally known as Gypsy Hall lane. (image 4) This is part of the Icknield Way which claims to be the “oldest road in Britain”. It extends approximately 110 miles from Ivinghoe Beacon near Tring in Buckinghamshire to the start of Peddars Way at Knettishall Heath in Norfolk. Gypsy Hall Lane is a Byway and you may meet both walkers, riders (image 5) and very occasionally an off road vehicle.
- Just past Gypsy Hall itself (image 6), continue straight on along the mown strip between 2 fields (image 7).
- Follow the path as it passes behind some of the houses in Burrough Green and you will shortly come to the back of the Bull Public House (image 8). A timely spot for a drink or snack perhaps!
- Continue along behind the houses, across a strip of set aside and then left and almost immediately right.
- Follow the path around the edge of the field then keep to the left hand path when there is a split. The path crosses the field (image 9) parallel to the farm buildings on your right.
- When you get to the end, turn left by the tree and follow the grass track round to your right with the farm machinery on your left and then skirt round the edge of the wood.
- You will come to another sign directing you right, going straight across another field. You will see the most wonderful views from here (image 10) and every chance you may see deer, hares, pheasants and foxes.
- When you come to the end of the field, cross the footbridge (image 11) and turn left - you will shortly come back out onto Dullingham Ley.
- Turn left and follow the Ley along past Rosyground Stud and eventually to the point where you turned into Gypsy Hall Lane.
- At this point turn right and follow the footpath round the paddock and across another footbridge.
- Continue along between the paddocks, crossing an internal stud road, until you come to a junction.
- Turn left and you are now on a section of the Stour Valley path.
- Follow the path for approximately 500 metres, turn right over another footbridge and into an open grassy field (image 12).
- Follow the path along the side of Marmers wood and then the deep ditch until you reach the junction with what is locally known as Watery Lane (image 13). This is a Bridlepath so, again, you may meet riders as well as walkers.
- Turn left and continue along the path, with Aislabie Stud paddocks on your right, until you eventually come out on to the Ley at your start point.
The route map for each of the walks are courtesy of www.openstreetmap.org