Monday, June 19, 2023

Saturday 17th June Kimpton walk led by Lynn


Unfortunately Lynn's walk coincided with a coach trip to Wisley which attracted many members.
Therefore only Sharon walked with Lynn.

The Boot | Kimpton | Hertfordshire | England

Having been given permission from the landlord of the The Boot Inn to park there, Sharon and I set out walking up Pam’s Lane next to the school. We walked past the allotments and turned left to walk along the back of the houses, then along the edge of the field to the top corner by the road. After crossing the road (very carefully) the path heads down to go through Claggbottom Wood to the open fields of the Ayot Estate. We were not able to go into the Palladian church as the entrance was closed off due to an Art Show being held there, so we walked round to the ruins of the old church to have our elevenses on the bench there. This is always a lovely spot but it was especially nice as there was a very colourful display of roses around plus a local nursery had a plant stall there to raise money for charity. 

From there we followed the Hertfordshire Way to Codicote Bottom and then along the ancient track* alongside the River Mimram from where Codicote Mill was to Kimpton Mill. (*For anyone reading this that may decide to do this walk, there is an information board at the start of this section, which is very interesting).
Still on the Hertfordshire Way, the path turns right, then left on a track towards Rye-end cottages, then goes alongside the river again and on to meet a road. At that point we turned left into the Hoo Park estate and soon after the bridge we turned left into a field and walked up the hill. The path continues alongside a couple of small woods to Hoo Park cottages and shortly after, where the Hertfordshire Way turns right, we turned left to reach a small copse in the middle of the field then turned right to reach Cuckold’s Cross. 
After crossing the B651, the path goes along the field edge next to the wood then on to the field boundary, where we turned left to head back towards Kimpton. A short way on, we turned right through the wood, out into the open to first pass Park Farm, then the cricket club and tennis courts and through the houses back to our start point where we had a very welcome cold drink and tasty lunch.
  Track of walk in blue

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