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Charsfield Short Walk

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Charsfield Short Walk
Author: blackcoffee, Published: 05 Jul 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 UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Suffolk,
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Charsfield Short Walk
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A 4 mile walk around the pretty village of Charsfield which initially climbs to give good views over the village and then travels along quiet country lanes and wide footpaths crossing orchards and arable land. The classic book 'Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village' by Ronald Blythe is based upon the village of Charsfield. The Three Horseshoes public house makes a good refreshment stop after the walk.

There are no stiles or gates to negotiate and whilst the lanes carry little traffic, care should be taken along these sections. Approximate time 2 hours.

Charsfield is 3 miles west of Wickham Market just off the B1078. Cars can be parked by the church or by the village hall. Approximate post code IP13 7PY.

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Walk Sections

Start to Baptist Chapel
Start to Baptist Chapel

Start point: 52.1618 lat, 1.2942 long
End point: 52.1588 lat, 1.3006 long

The walk starts at the Saint Peter's Church. Walk down the road and take the first left onto The Street. Go straight ahead passing the village hall and the Three Horseshoes pub. On reaching the Baptist chapel take the road on the left to walk up Chapel Lane.

Baptist Chapel to Charsfield Hall
Baptist Chapel to Charsfield Hall

Start point: 52.1588 lat, 1.3006 long
End point: 52.1615 lat, 1.2696 long

Climb the hill passing the Alan Pedrift Memorial Field on your left (another area for parking).
As you reach the summit, watch out for good views to your left over the village.
The road then meets a 'T' junction. Turn right at The Homestead up the road for 100m then turn left onto Magpie Street. Walk up this lane passing orchards on your left and watch out for Pear Tree Farm which appears after the lane climbs slightly on your left. Take the footpath to the left, 100m after the farm.
Follow the footpath which then goes down the left of the field with a hedgerow to your left. At the end of the field the path turns to the right and crosses the bottom of the field again being well marked with waymarks.
Go straight ahead on this wide grassy track which starts to go between orchards and becomes a tarmac track. Again go straight ahead.
The track eventually starts to drop and goes through some trees to reach a road. Across the road you will see a large house which is called Charsfield Hall.

Charsfield Hall to Wide track
Charsfield Hall to Wide track

Start point: 52.1615 lat, 1.2696 long
End point: 52.158 lat, 1.2839 long

Turn left along the road passing on your right Number One Hall Cottages and further on Park Farm.
A road joins from the right followed by a small bridge over a beck. Keep straight ahead. Approximately 350m after the road junction take the wide grassy track to your left marked with a footpath sign.

Wide track to End
Wide track to End

Start point: 52.158 lat, 1.2839 long
End point: 52.1616 lat, 1.2939 long

Follow this wide grassy track up the slope between the fields. At a junction of tracks take the surfaced track which bends to the right. You will now see Charsfield Church in the distance. Keep on this track which eventually turns to grass and narrows. Go straight ahead to pass the primary school playground on your right and join the road opposite the church.

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1 responses to "Charsfield Short Walk"

We parked in the Three Horseshoes car park with the permission of the landlord at 11am. The walk was very pleasant and interesting with the village and orchards and there was a nice friendly pub at the end for lunch. PS the pub closes st 2pm.

By tony1r on 2016-10-15 17:20:39

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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