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|The Cricketers and Chess Valley|
|Author: Pub Walker, Published: 07 Oct 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5 mile circular pub walk from the Cricketers in Sarratt, Hertfordshire. The Cricketers overlooks the green in the village of Sarratt and is a great place to sit with a pint on a sunny day, watching the world roll by. The walking route takes in the surrounding classic Chiltern Hills, with peaceful rolling hills and valleys, the pretty River Chess, water meadows and plenty of wildlife to enjoy. |
The route includes several climbs and descents throughout. The paths cross fields and woodlands and so can be quite muddy in winter and after periods of rain so robust footwear is recommended (plus a change of shoes for the pub!). Several of the fields are likely to be holding cattle or horses so take care with dogs. You will need to negotiate several gates/kissing gates plus 3 stiles (all of which have open fencing at the side that most dogs should be able to negotiate). Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours.
Sarratt is located about 4 miles north of Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire. The walk starts and finishes from the Cricketers on The Green, which has its own car park. Approximate post code WD3 6AS.
|Start to Chiltern Way|
Start point: 51.6824 lat, -0.4918 long
Standing with your back to the pub’s front door, turn left to join the tarmac pavement which passes a sunken pond on the left. This pond, Cricketer’s Pond, has an interesting history. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the landlord of the Cricketers pub was also the village wheelwright and undertaker. The pond was used to shrink the newly formed hot iron rims onto the wooden centres of the wheels.
|Chiltern Way to Sarratt Bottom|
Start point: 51.6788 lat, -0.5002 long
Cross the lane diagonally left to pass through the kissing gate/stile combination into a field (which is likely to be holding cattle). Keep straight ahead close to the left-hand field edge and, as the fence swings away to the left, keep straight ahead across the centre of the field, taking time to enjoy the views of the surrounding Chiltern Hills.
|Sarratt Bottom to Chess Footbridge|
Start point: 51.6722 lat, -0.5035 long
Turn right along the level broad track and keep left at the fork to reach a gate which leads you into the next field (again likely to be holding cattle). Keep straight ahead through this field, with the River Chess running down to the left.
|Chess Footbridge to Rose Hall Farm|
Start point: 51.6801 lat, -0.5169 long
When you’ve finished enjoying the river, retrace your steps to the entrance for the watercress farm (now on your right). Take the left-hand of the two branches of the lane to continue your walk. The lane leads you up to the entrance of a stables complex. Immediately before the first building on the right, fork right across the grass and pass through a gate to join a path running under a tunnel of trees.
|Rose Hall Farm to Woodland Crossroads|
Start point: 51.6936 lat, -0.5113 long
Turn right along the track and keep right at the small junction. Follow the access lane between horse paddocks and out through the farm’s electronic gateway. As the access lane swings hard left, fork right through a gate alongside a disused stile (signed again as the Chiltern Way).
|Woodland Crossroads to End|
Start point: 51.6834 lat, -0.5014 long
Turn left here and soon you’ll reach a metal kissing gate into an open field (note: this field is likely to be holding horses). Keep straight ahead, heading for the corner of the hedge line that cuts into the field. When you reach this hedge corner, bear right to follow the path along the right-hand edge of the remainder of the field.
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lovely country walk! ... hills not that bad at all ... and the Cricketers is a very fine pub for food or just a welcoming drink :-)
|By Gary T on 09 Feb 2015|
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