The walk is covered on the following maps:
- OS Landranger Map No 102 – 1:50,000 scale
- OS Explorer Map No 286 – 1:25,000 scale – preferable for walking
The route is described from the junction of Tunbrook Road and Elston Lane
Join FP1 on Elston Lane, opposite Tunbrook Avenu, just before The Hermitage.
Over the stile, to FP15 - about 100 yards.
This land is farmed by a local farmer for whom environmental sustainability is an integral part of his ethos, taking special measures to protect diminishing ground-nesting birds and other wildlife.
Over another stile and turn right.
A large range of biodiversity is present in this area, from pygmy shrew to roe deer. The field forms a natural wildlife corridor between two important Biological Heritage sites – Wood Top in the valley of Tun Brook and Grimsargh Wetlands.
Follow the field along and around the rear of the Hermitage - a striking old building with a long history in the Village – dating back to at least 1680, it has been school, restaurant, and is now a private home. An Area Tree Preservation Order is in place covering all of the trees on the Hermitage land – many of which, such as the coast redwood, are quite rare.
Cross to Woodfold Farm.
Over stile at Woodfold Farm and turn left along the lane (FP 21).
Continue to stroll along the lane. From here you are accorded lovely views across the open pasture land to the edge of the Village.
|Just before Chapel House Farm, turn left along another lane. From here you can enjoy the view of Our Lady and St Michaels Church - most often referred to Alston Lane Church.
When you reach the main road, turn left to return to the Village. When you reach Alston Lane - do cross the road and take a quick stroll up to the Grimsarh Wetlands - always worth a visit!