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The Cock Inn and Chess Valley

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The Cock Inn and Chess Valley
Author: hallandwoodhouse, Published: 09 Apr 2013 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Hertfordshire, Sarratt
Walk Type: River or lakeside
The Cock Inn and Chess Valley
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A 3.5 mile circular pub walk from The Cock Inn in Sarratt. A delightful walk through the Chess Valley. Enjoy the rolling hills, riverside paths, open meadows and woodland tracks. A pleasure at any time of year.

The route follows a mixture of field, woodland and riverside paths some of which can be quite soft underfoot after wet weather. There are a few gentle slopes within the route along with several kissing gates and two stiles. Approximate time 70-90 minutes.

The walks starts and finishes at The Cock Inn on Church Lane, Church End, Sarratt in Hertfordshire. Approximate post code WD3 6HH.

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Walk Sections

Start to Concrete Track
Start to Concrete Track

Start point: 51.6751 lat, -0.4983 long
End point: 51.6807 lat, -0.5102 long

From the pub, with churchyard ahead, turn left along Church Lane. After 60 yards, bear right and walk past gothic brick cottages to left. Turn right at footpath sign and walk through churchyard. Follow gravel path past church for 60 yards and pass through wood kissing gate.

Bear left and head along left edge of field. After 200 yards, cross stile to left of metal gate and bear left past footpath sign. Walk downhill along left edge of field for 350 yards. In field corner, cross stile and head through trees for 40 yards. Turn right at footpath sign and follow made up path with trees to right.

60 yards on, continue ahead past houses on to tarmac lane. Continue for 300 yards and lane heads gently uphill between trees. 60 yards on, ignore turning to right and continue ahead along Sarratt Bottom. 250 yards ahead, you will reach T Junction with concrete track to left.

Concrete Track to River Chess
Concrete Track to River Chess

Start point: 51.6807 lat, -0.5102 long
End point: 51.6803 lat, -0.5166 long

Turn left at T junction on to concrete track and follow between water meadows.

After 400 yards, pass cress beds to left. Continue ahead towards river and bear left to reach a footbridge over River Chess.

River Chess to North Hill
River Chess to North Hill

Start point: 51.6803 lat, -0.5166 long
End point: 51.6696 lat, -0.5043 long

Cross footbridge over River Chess and continue on tarmac path gently uphill for 130 yards. Turn left at footpath sign and, 20 yards ahead, pass through wood kissing gate to right of metal gate. Follow path ahead through trees (may be soft underfoot in places).

After 400 yards, path curves to right and heads gently uphill. 100 yards on, path levels out. 200 yards ahead, pass fallen tree trunk to left. Continue for 280 yards, pass through small metal gate and exit woods.

Bear right at fork ahead and follow path with water meadows to left. After 350 yards, pass through wood kissing gate to left of wood gate. Continue ahead on grass track for 350 yards with trees to right and meadows to left. Pass through wood kissing gate to reach lane (North Hill).

North Hill to End
North Hill to End

Start point: 51.6696 lat, -0.5043 long
End point: 51.674 lat, -0.499 long

Cross over lane and continue ahead past house. 60 yards ahead, bear left before metal gates and follow path gently downhill. Continue for 270 yards with river to left and turn left across wood footbridge.

Follow path past tall trees to left. After 160 yards, path bends to left. 150 yards ahead, pass through wood kissing gate and cross over lane. Follow made up track with trees to left and field to right for 250 yards then turn right.

Walk for 40 yards and pass through wood kissing gate. Continue ahead steadily uphill along left edge of field with metal fence to left. After 220 yards, pass trees and laurel hedge to left. Pass through wood kissing gate, cross over drive and continue on path. Follow for 40 yards and pass through wood kissing gate. Bear right, walk ahead past church to left and cottages to right.

Bear left on to lane ahead and it’s just 60 yards back to the Cock Inn for some much deserved hospitality!

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3 responses to "The Cock Inn and Chess Valley"

This is a great starter walk, near enough to london. Can be done in just over an hour at brisk pace

By bennyd151 on 2014-01-05 12:59:10

Lovely walk along the River Chess and through woods and fields. The final leg involves a steep hill, but the views are delightful and the food at the Cock Inn made the effort worthwhile.

By docbbradshaw on 2015-04-06 17:01:11

Great Walk, Great instructions and a really relaxing walk on a warm spring day...fantastic!

By palmerr2002 on 2016-04-13 11:48:26

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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