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The Robin Hood Way: Farnsfield to Southwell via Robin Hood Hill

8 Aug

 

For my first post about The Robin Hood Way I tackle  the walk from Farnsfield to Southwell via Robin Hood Hill

Look for these waymarks to guide you

Start: The Green, Farnsfield. The main bus stop for buses to Mansfield and Nottingham. Close to the church and opposite the Lion pub.

Finish: Near Southwell Minster on Queen Street

This loop wasn’t part of the original Robin Hood Way but is a nice addition with good views from much of it.  It goes from Farnsfield, through Combs Wood and across fields to Halam and Southwell.

Distance: 17 km (10.6 miles) if including the detour to Robin Hood Hill.  Otherwise about 14km.

Map of the Route

The Walk

From The Green and the bus shelter if facing the road go left and almost immediately round a corner. After 50m the road bends sharply right uphill but we carry on straight across a cul-de-sac entrance onto a tarmac path to join the Robin Hood Way.  This path goes straight on between houses on the left and a high wall with trees on the right.

After 250m you reach Beck Lane which you cross to reach a wooden gate.  Go through this into an open grassy area with animals in fields on either side of the path.  There are often rare breed sheep and alpacas here.  The path goes straight on, slightly uphill, between wooden fences for 400m until you reach a narrow exit through a hedge by a bench with views back to Farnsfield church.

Go into an arable field which you cross bearing slightly left for 100m to reach a narrow path under trees.  Follow this path for 200m to come to another bench and a narrow farm lane called Combs Lane.  Turn right.

Stay on this lane for the next kilometre.  You can make a short detour to the Halifax Bomber Memorial which is signposted 150m along the lane.  This adds about 900m as you will be returning to Combs Lane.

About 600m from where you joined  Combs Lane a path is signposted which goes uphill on the side of a field to a wood, Combs Wood.  Ignore this path and continue along the lane between hedges for another 400m.  At the next field entrance on the left follow a signed footpath going diagonally across the large arable field towards the wood.  This goes down and then up for 400m to a stile into the wood.

Once in the wood follow the obvious track through the wood which goes straight for 80m, though this can often be wet, then turns right across wooden planks which once formed a footbridge.  The main path turns left straight after this but is often wet so it is better to go straight for another 20m along a narrow path into the trees then turn left to follow a path parallel to the main track which joins it again about 150m further uphill where it is dryer.  This narrower path can be slightly overgrown with brambles.  The main track then comes to a stile.

Go over the stile into a grassy field which occasionally has cows in it.  Go up a steep climb along the left hand side of the field for 150m, initially over a few small rocks, to the top of the field where you go over another stile.

This takes you onto a firm track.  Turn left going slightly uphill along this gravel track under trees for 150m where you see a footpath sign on the right. The main Robin Hood Way route goes straight on here but for the worthwhile diversion to Robin Hood Hill which returns here adding about three kilometres to the walk follow the route described in italics.

Go through the gap in the hedge on the right by the footpath sign past a large log which takes you into a large field.  Turn right to follow the field edge by a hedge for the next 600m.  There is no worn path but the grass is short and the walking easy.  Turn left at the first corner you reach where the hedge goes left for 20m to a wide gap.

Go right through the gap into another large field with good views ahead of the country to the west as the ground slopes away.  There is a clear track ahead across the field for 150m.  Then turn left along another path for 300m to the end of the field, passing a small area of trees on the right.  Leave the field by a gate and go out onto a quiet road, Greaves Lane.  Go straight across and to the right of a gate opposite.

You reach a wide track.  Follow the track away from Greaves Lane towards a large tree 200m away.  The track is firm and quite a good surface to walk on running between fields. Go under the tree. 100m past the tree before the track starts turning look for a footpath going up the slope to the right to the corner of a wood. Take this path for 50m to the corner of the wood and then follow the edge of the field next to the wood keeping the wood to your left. There is no clearly defined path here but the way just follows the border  between field edge and wood for 300m making one sharp turn to the left and right on the way. You then descend to a metal kissing-gate which takes you from the large arable field you have followed around the wood, into a grassy field.

You have now entered an area which was once a ancient hill-fort, Oldox Fort. You are at the bottom of a steep, grassy slope. In the summer this grass can be quite long unless it has been cropped by the sheep which are sometimes there. In springtime take care to avoid disturbing the sheep if there are lambs around. You can go straight up this slope to the top of the hill but it is quite a tough (but short) climb. I prefer to go straight on at the bottom of the slope aiming for a round mound ahead.  This is another part of the fort and is a more gentle climb. The top gives excellent views for miles around, particularly to the west where the ground falls away quite steeply. The area immediately beyond is flat before rising again a few miles away. This allows extensive views for  twenty miles.  To the north-west you can see the redbrick villages of Rainworth and Blidworth. Further south are large areas of forest. if you look closely you can see the spire of Annesley church to the west. To the south is Calverton and in the distance Dorket Head at the edge of Nottingham. To the east a valley restricts the views but it is an attractive grassy, wooded valley. For me this is one of the finest views in Nottinghamshire.

Oldox Fort

Oldox Fort

View from Robin Hood Hill

View from Robin Hood Hill

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There are paths around the encampment. From the top of the mound turn back the way you came but instead of  going straight back bear to the right to make your way up to the top of the hill. This way to the top is less taxing than going straight up from the field entrance. The hill is called Robin Hood Hill on the maps although I am not aware of any stories connecting him to the site. There are a few trees at the top but they don’t obstruct the view much. This is the highest point of the walk and for many miles ( metres high).  You can see why it was used as an encampment with the views it allows. From here retrace your steps to Greaves Lane and Combs Wood.

Returning to the main route you should walk along the wide track in the wood which is in some places composed of loose white stones.  Stay on this track, which narrows, for 600m until you reach a junction of paths.  Turn right downhill through an open barrier and go more steeply downhill on quite a narrow path with steep sides and trees close by.  The path is usually in good condition though in wet weather there may be a few slightly muddy patches.  After half a mile the path reaches a metal gate and you go out to a quiet road (Greaves Lane).

Turn left and follow the lane for 300m where you see a house on the right.  Go to the drive of the house.  After ten metres look for a footpath gate on the left and go through it onto a grassy area.  Turn right to go up the hill with a field on your left and the house and outbuildings on your right. The grassy path rises straight up for 150m to the end of the field and then turns sharply left to go into a strip of trees.  The path here goes uphill and is narrow next to a field before going along a sunken path between two banks.  Follow this path for 200m until you reach a gate. At the side of the gate is a narrow gap with a metal piece which can be lifted up to pass through, which I find slightly quicker than using the gate.  Just after the gate look to your left for a gap in the hedge. If you go through you will find an information board about the Robin Hood Way mounted on a large stone plinth.  There is also a bench which you may well want to take advantage of as it gives great views back to Farnsfield.

Resume our walk by going to the top of the path just a few yards up from the plinth where it joins a farm road  Officially this is Carver’s Hollow although there is no sign to this effect.  Bear left to go straight along the farm road along the ridge with good views to the north.  After 200 yards you meet a wide track coming in from the right.  Turn along this track which approaches a farm after 80m or so.  As you get close to the farm the track turns to the left.  Keep following the track, which is these days a good one, almost straight for 400m with hedges on either side.  In places on the right you may be able to see through gaps in the hedge where you can see over to the next ridge.  At the end of the track you pass the mound of a small reservoir on the left and reach a farm road.

The road drops quite steeply in both directions but we want to go straight across it and into the field opposite.   Follow the hedge along the top of the ridge for the next 600m.  The path isn’t clearly defined but is easy to follow if you just keep the hedge immediately to your right.  It can be slightly uneven in places but is pretty reasonable.  The views to the left are good as the field falls away down the slope.

At the end of this long field you go through a kissing gate and into a small copse.  Go down the path through the trees with a hedge on your left.  After 80m pass a red brick house on your right and enter an open field with a few trees in it.  Continue straight on down alongside the hedge to the bottom of the field and then turn left to go along a narrow path with a solid wooden fence to your right and a hedge to your left.  After 50m the path drops to a concrete bridge over a stream surrounded by trees.  Cross the bridge and go out into a small grassy area near a tennis court.  Go straight across the grass and through a gate onto the drive to the house.  Carry on ahead along the driveway for fifty yards until you reach the road.  This is the main street in Halam (Church Lane).  If you wish to finish your walk in Halam turn left for 500m until you reach the main road from Southwell where you can catch buses either onwards to Southwell or back to Farnsfield and beyond

To continue walking to Southwell turn right and follow the road which very soon turns sharply left and then right again.  Take care here as there is no pavement although the road is quite wide and you can keep well to the side.  As the road straightens out again to leave the village you should look to the left for a footpath.  Turn along this path which goes away from the road rising steadily.  The path is narrow and runs between tall hedges.  Occasionally it is a little overgrown but generally is in reasonable condition.  The path curves to the left and after 150m reaches a kissing gate at the bottom of a large field rising quite steeply up a hill.  The field often contains cows.  Go into the field and go up the hill bearing slightly to the right aiming for the far corner at the top of the hill and keeping a fence across the field immediately to your right.  At the top take a few minutes to look at the view back to where we have walked earlier (pictured here).

Looking West to Halam and our route beyond.

Go through the gate away from the field and go on up into an old orchard now occupied by fruit being grown in polytunnels.  Go straight on through the field keeping the tunnels to your left and tree-lined hedge to your right.  After 200m leave the field in the corner and go into a well-manicured area of grass which is actually the large garden of a house.  Keep straight on along the edge of the grass and pass a rather lonely looking bit of fence.  You are now alongside the driveway to the house and should follow the grass next to it all the way to the drive entrance.

Leave the driveway and go onto a narrow road (Saversick Lane).  Turn right and follow the road for 300m until it rises to meet the Oxton-Southwell road.  Go straight across the road, taking care as it can be quite busy with traffic, and then go down a steep slope along the narrow road opposite (Leachcroft Hill).  After 200m the road bends sharply to the left and you should follow this turn.  You are now entering the Westhorpe area of Southwell.  After another 100m turn right at a road junction.  Follow this lane (The Holme) as it goes slightly uphill and then after a couple of bends past houses downhill to the bottom of a hollow.  Cross the bridge over a stream and immediately after the bridge turn left along a footpath.  At first the path rises to reach a field.  Follow the path straight on alongside the hedge and trees on your left and a large field rising to your right.

Through the trees on your left is a classic example of a dumble, a stream at the bottom of a wooded slope.  This feature even gave its name to a nearby pub.  If you want to have a look at the dumble take the steps down from the path you are on when another footpath crosses it after 200 yards but return to this junction of paths.

Go uphill on a path for 400m where you reach a hedge on your left and the top of the hill.  Go straight on downhill for 300m and through a gap in the hedge.  There is an information board here.  Turn right for 80 yards to the field corner then turn left to climb uphill for 300m by the field edge.  Go through a gap and wooden gate at the end of the field and enter another one, affording fine views.  Go straight on uphill for 150m next to a hedge on a good path to the top of the hill.  There are fine views of Southwell, including the distinctive pepperpots of the Minster, behind you.  Also prominent are the towers of Staythorpe power station a little further to the right.  At the entrance to the field there is also an information board,

 

View of Southwell and Southwell Minster

View of Southwell and Southwell Minster

You will see a gap in the hedge which you should go through.  Turn left along a narrow lane and and continue along the lane for another 400m until we come to the main road.  Carefully cross this and turn right for fifty metres to reach an entrance road into Brackenhurst College.  Ignore this one but after another 250m you reach the main entrance road to the college.  Turn left along this road and enter the College complex.  Stay along this road for 400m to a junction near a car park.  Turn left along a road under trees with football pitches on the left for 200m and another car park on the left to reach a junction with a road from the left by some more buildings.

On the right there is a grassy track and a signpost with a Robin Hood Way marker.  Turn along this track where you soon have to negotiate two metal gates with a farmyard on the left.  Carry straight on across a small grassy area to a wooden gate.  Go through this and onto a quiet, narrow road.  Go straight on along this for 50m to the next bend in the road where you leave the road to go into a large field.  Bear left diagonally across the arable field on a clear path for 300m.  At the next field bear right on a clear path for another 250m to the corner of the field by a hedge where you turn sharp left to follow another hedge.

This soon starts to go downhill quite steeply and reaches a fence next to school playing fields on the left.  The path is squeezed between this fence and the hedge and is quite narrow.  After 300m you reach the bottom of the hill and the end of the playing fields.  Go under trees to reach a wide path and turn left for a short distance to reach a surfaced road.  This is a private road and won’t be busy.  Turn left along the road across a stream, the Potwell Dyke, which when you see it will probably find hard to believe it caused so much chaos when flooding a few years ago.

Carry on along the road on an avenue of lime trees going past a playground on the right, bowling green and tennis courts on the left for 250m to the corner of the park and the arches of the War Memorial.

Southwell Minster

Southwell Minster

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Turn right out of the park, along a short section of road and then along a path past houses on your left and into the grounds of Southwell Minster.  Fifty yards further on turn right towards the main entrance of the Minster.  If you have never been to the Minster before you really should take this opportunity to go inside and look round.  If you don’t wish to go inside then walk along the path  around the outside of the minster, turning right and then take the first path on the left which takes you out onto Church Street where the main bus stop is very close.  This side of the road is for buses to Mansfield and over the road you can go to Newark.

Walks in Central Notts – Walk 28: Circuit of Halam

17 Aug

This is a relatively short walk starting from the centre of Halam and going up to the higher ground near the village before returning to your start point.  There is the option of a small additional loop up another hill.

Start: Church Lane, which is the main street in Halam. Try to park near the main crossroads in the centre of the village if coming by car but it doesn’t matter if you are a little further along Church Lane. Church Lane is quite wide and you should be able to find somewhere to park easily enough. If you are coming by bus then get off at the main stop in the village near the village school and pub, The Waggon and Horses, now known as The Waggon.

Distance: 3.5 miles

Map of the Route

If you have parked on Church Lane then walk to the crossroads with the main Southwell road and turn left. This takes you to the bus stop where walkers coming by bus can pick up the route. Just past The Waggon pub the pavement runs out and you should cross over the main road to the school side of the road where there is some pavement. Follow the pavement for nearly 100 yards, passing the village hall, until you just round the bend. On your right is a footpath at a gate but you are going back across the main road to join another path.

Back on the other side of the road you will see a hedge with a metal kissing gate in it. Go through the kissing gate into a grassy field and go straight across the field for about eighty yards. Go through another metal kissing gate in the hedge at the end which takes you into a second field. On my last visit the grass in this field was quite long but had been trampled enough so that the route across it was reasonably obvious. Follow either the trampled grass or the left edge of the field next to the hedge going roughly straight on for 100 yards.

At the end of this field you come to an area of mown grass.  Carry on for a short way before bearing right to go over a wooden stile into what seems to be a garden. Carry on to the end of the garden to the hedge near a hut and at the hedge turn left to go along a narrow path between a brick building and a stream. Go through a metal kissing gate onto what can be a rather overgrown bit of path. This is only very short and you soon come to a very quiet road, Gray Lane, at a bridge over the stream.

Turn right to cross the bridge and carry on along the road going uphill on a straight course away from the village. As you pass a house on the left after 500 yards the road becomes a track.  The track is narrower than the road but is wide enough and in good enough condition to make walking easy unless it has been very wet when it can become muddy.  The way has been rising steadily since leaving Halam but after half a mile on the track starts to climb more steeply until you reach the end of the track where it meets a lane.  Here the views which have been largely restricted by the hedges on either side of the track become better and you can see for miles to the east and south in particular.

At the lane turn left and follow it for 300 yards until you arrive at a crossroads of tracks which I have described in previous walks.  Here there is a wide track to the right and to the left a path along the edge of a field which takes you back into Halam.  However, this time our route carries straight on along the lane which now descends quite sharply.  As you reach the bottom the lane which has become a little rougher turns sharply to the right and then left before climbing steeply again for 500 yards until you reach the top of the hill.  Here  you reach a junction with a wide track on the left and a narrower one to the right.  Take the track to the left and follow it for 500 yards with fields to either side, between tall hedges.

After a slight rightward bend in the track look for a wooden signpost on the left of the track indicating a footpath.  Go over a stile into a field and for 200 yards follow the hedge just to your right going downhill.  At the end of the hedge continue going straight on downhill across the field to the bottom of a dip where you reach a wooden bridge.  The bridge crosses a stream bed which depending on the weather may or may not have some water in it.  On the other side of the bridge you reach a field which may well have cows in it and is often muddy by the bridge.

Carry straight on in the same direction now going uphill for 100 yards.  Go into another field and go straight across this for 100 yards.  Leaving this field you reach a small copse and carry straight on for a short distance where you reach an orchard.  You are at the bottom of the slope with lines of apple trees extending uphill  to your left.  Keep going straight on with a hedge to your right but not far into the orchard, just past the third line of apple trees, you should look on the right for a stile.  If you reach the large wooden gate on your right you have gone a little too far.  Leave the orchard and go into a field where you are at the top of the slope.  Walk along the top of the field with the orchard and hedge immediately to your left.  After 100 yards you cross a driveway track and then reach a well cultivated grassy area with well-ordered trees spaced regularly to your right.

Go as far as you can straight on until you reach a tall hedge, with a house just to your left.  Turn right to go down the hill with the hedge to your left.  At the bottom of the hill leave the field and follow a narrow path for a short way until you come to a small bridge over a stream.  Cross the bridge and go out onto a grassy area which you go straight across.  Go through a gate onto a driveway and go almost straight on to follow the drive until you are back on Church Lane in Halam.  Here if you wish you can turn left and return to the starting point of the walk.  For those interested in walking a little further I will describe an extra loop to the walk which adds around half a mile to the walk but has good views from the top of the hill.

For those doing the extra section, as you reach the main street cross the road, turn right and follow the road which very soon turns sharply left and then right again.  Take care here as there is no pavement although the road is quite wide and you can keep well to the side.  As the road straightens out again to leave the village you should look to the left for a footpath.  Turn along this path which goes away from the road rising steadily.  The path is narrow and runs between tall hedges.  Occasionally it is a little overgrown but generally is in reasonable condition.  The path curves to the left and after 150 yards reaches a kissing gate at the bottom of a large field rising quite steeply up a hill.  The field often contains cows.  Go into the field and go up the hill bearing slightly to the right aiming for the far corner at the top of the hill and keeping a fence across the field immediately to your right.

If you don’t like crossing fields where cows are in your way then at the bottom of the field you can leave by a different footpath.  Do this by walking just a few yards on from where you entered the field and then leaving through another gate on your left before going down a wide track which takes you straight down to the Church Lane again.

Looking West to Halam and our route beyond.

If you have climbed the hill leave the field at the top and look round to admire a fine view of the hill on the other side of Halam which you walked up earlier (see the picture).  Turn left and follow a narrow path between the hedge on your left and trees on your right. This soon starts descending and turns to the left in a small wood where the slope is steeper.  At the bottom of this wood you reach the entrance to a grassy field. Head diagonally across this field downhill aiming just to the right of the church. You leave the field and enter the churchyard. Go through the churchyard on a firm path going straight on down to the main street in Halam (Church Lane) where you turn right to return to your starting point.

 

Walk 11: Southwell Trail, Norwood Park, Westhorpe, Halam and Edingley

28 Nov

This walk goes along the disused railway line from towards Southwell before heading across  Norwood Park, entering the Westhorpe of Southwell and going through Halam. We then return to the start via Edingley and across fields.

Distance: 7 miles

Start: Kirklington Station car park. You can extend the walk (by about three miles) if starting from Farnsfield by walking along the railway track to the car park as described in walk. Finish by returning the same way or by walking back from Edingley across the fields using the route in Walk 3. The car park is situated by the old Kirklington station. The station is rather in the middle of nowhere lying nearly half a mile to the north of Edingley and south of Kirklington off a quiet country road.  There is usually plenty of room in the car park and there is also a picnic site next to it.

Southwell Trail at Kirkington station

Southwell Trail at Kirkington station

Winter on the Southwell Trail

Winter on the Southwell Trail

Start the walk by leaving the car park eastwards along the main track by which you enter the car park from the road. The track becomes a road for a very short section by the house. As you reach the junction with track that  goes up a slope out of the car park we carry straight on the old railway track under a large brick bridge. The track is a good one for walking on and is now only muddy in short patches and that is only rarely.  The track is tree-lined and pleasant but is at the bottom of an embankment on each side so the views are very restricted.  Carry straight on for the next mile and a half.  At first you are under the embankment but after 400 yards you pass under another brick bridge and soon after that the sides of the path that have loomed above you start to decrease in height.

Before long you emerge from the embankment area altogether. However, the track is still contained by trees and hedges of hawthorn and blackthorn on either side of you. This restricts the views somewhat although you now can see through to the fields next to the track. Occasionally you will come across crossing places where tractors can pass between fields on different sides of the track. These give a better opportunity to have a look at what lies beyond the confines of the track. In winter these are often good places to see fieldfares and redwings. At all times of the year you may hear and see buzzards.

Maythorne

Maythorne

After a mile and a half on the track if you look to the left you will see the tall mill building of Maythorne. Just before you reach the road you come to a metal barrier. You emerge quite suddenly at the road. Although it is a quiet road you should be ready for this in case of traffic. The railway track continues straight ahead on the other side of the road, going all the way into Southwell. The road itself takes you into Maythorne if you turn left (see Walk 6 for a way back from Maythorne to the railway track near Farnsfield). However, on this walk we turn right along the road. After 80 yards the road turns right and then very soon left. After another 100 yards you come to the main road into Southwell. This can be quite busy so take care crossing and then turn right on the far side where there is a verge and then a footway.

After 100 yards you reach the entrance to Norwood Park. Norwood Park has been much developed in recent years so that it now features a golf course and associated buildings.  It is still a nice walk however. Turn into the entrance to Norwood Park and follow the path on the right hand side of the metal fence which runs alongside the drive for cars.  You are now walking between the metal fence and a practice golf hole but fortunately there is a high, mesh fence protecting you from any stray golf balls. After 200 yards cross the road bearing right to the car park and continue straight on.  Carry on ahead under the trees ignoring all further road turnings for another 200 yards where you emerge from the trees and see the house on your right and golf course to the left. At a crossroads look just ahead of you to your left and you will see a footpath sign and rather obsolete stile.  Follow the sign and go round the stile along a wide avenue between apple trees.  At first the path goes slightly downhill before climbing again.

Norwood Hall

Norwood Hall

Norwood Park

Norwood Park

At the top of this rise you have good views to the right of Norwood Hall and behind you to the left of the golf course.  Ahead of you are the massed ranks of polytunnels used for cultivating fruit.  Depending on the time of year the polytunnels will either be skeletons with only the frames showing or a series of long plastic tubes. Carry on ahead between them going downhill again. Shortly you reach the end of the tunnels and come to a field. Follow the edge of the field straight on down the hill with a treelined hedge on your left. At the bottom you go through a narrow gap in a thick hedge and emerge on the pavement next to the main road from Halam to Southwell. Take care crossing the road as it can be busy and having done so go straight ahead over a ditch into a large field. The path goes straight on up the hill through the field and is usually well- defined. At the top of the field keep just to the right of the row of houses as you come to the Oxton to Southwell road.  At this point you can turn right along the road to cut out the next little section but the road can be busy and although there is a grass verge I prefer the quieter detour described here.

Cross this road and almost straight ahead on the other side you will see a narrow footpath going between the houses. Go down this footpath for 200 yards until you reach the road at the bottom.  This is a quiet, pleasant  road in the Westhorpe of Southwell. Turn right for 300 yards and at the end of the road turn right again going quite steeply up a narrow hedge-lined road. After 200 yards you are back at the Oxton road at a crossroads. Cross the road and go straight along the road opposite (Saversick Lane).  After 200 yards you come to a house on the left with a wide tree-lined driveway.

Turn down the driveway but move over to the left to follow the fence on the grass next to the drive. After 100 yards you pass the house which is to the right of you. Pass a bit of wooden fencing and then keep straight on by the hedge on the left until you reach the corner of the field. Go through the gap in the corner and enter another field containing fruit in polytunnels.  Keep going straight on following a path which passes the ends  of the tunnels. This can be a little muddy in small areas but you can get around those patches. After 200 yards you reach the end of the polytunnels. Go  straight on along a narrow path between trees next to hedge which in twenty yards takes you to the top of a steep grassy field. The view from here is excellent with the steepness of the field ahead seeming to accentuate the height of the hill beyond.  If you wish you can go straight ahead into the field and down the hill where there are paths at the bottom which take you into Halam.  This field often has cows in it and the last time I was there they were blocking the way into the field. This meant that I took a different, and in a way more interesting, route down to Halam.

Looking West to Halam and our route beyond.

Looking West to Halam and our route beyond.

To take this route don’t enter the field. Instead turn right along a narrow path between the hedge on your left and trees on your right. This soon starts descending and turns to the left in a small wood where the slope is steeper.  At the bottom of this wood you reach the entrance to a grassy field. Head diagonally across this field downhill aiming just to the right of the church. You leave the field and enter the churchyard. Go through the churchyard on a firm path going straight on down to the main street in Halam.  Cross the road and turn left along the pavement for two hundred yards.

As you get towards the sharp left bend in the road at the end of the street (you are still in the village) look to the right for a footpath going along a drive at Manor Farm. Take this path and head towards tennis courts. Pass to the right of them over some grass. You cross a footbridge over a stream then turn left along a narrow path for thirty yards before entering a grassy field at the bottom of a hill.  Turn right and go up the hill next to a hedge on your right. After 200 yards leave the field next to a house (Machin’s Farm). Carry on straight up the hill passing the house and then enter a narrow tree-covered path for 100 yards. Emerge from this small copse through a kissing gate into a large field. You now walk along the ridge with the hedge immediately on your left.  The views are very good as you are now high up relative to the surrounding countryside. As you get further along the ridge you can look behind you to the east and often see plumes of smoke from Newark. Walk straight along the ridge for 400 yards until you reach the road at Newhall Lane.

Turn right along the lane passing the entrance to the caravan site at Newhall Farm. Then go downhill and then uphill again along the very straight lane. Pass a few more dwellings as you descend to the junction of Newhall Lane and Little Lane.  Turn left onto Little Lane but after only fifty yards down the hill take a slightly rougher road to the right. After another fifty yards look for a footpath on the left going downhill diagonally across a field. Take this path, which is usually well-defined, and go into another smaller field. Follow the path across and leave this field, going onto a short pebbly drive next to a house. Scrunch your way the short distance to the road. You are now in Edingley.

Cross the road just to the left of the junction opposite where another road meets the main one. Turn left along the pavement for twenty yards where you come to the corner of a large field, most recently containing small saplings. The field is slightly lower than the pavement. Go down into the field and walk along the edge of it away from the road alongside the dyke containing Edingley Beck. After 400 yards you reach the end of this field. Go over the stile into a much smaller field and carry on in the same direction across this and another two small fields. You come to a farm road. Cross this into the field opposite and carry straight on by the dyke through this large field and three small ones. The path continues almost straight all the way until you climb the steps up  the embankment taking you back onto the railway track at Kirklington station where you started.