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Sarratt WI - Walk Number Ten

Commonwood - Penmans Green - Chipperfield - Hillmeads - Plough Lane - Old Forge.  4 miles

A varied walk through beautiful woodland with some hills.

   
With your back to the Village Hall, cross the main road straight ahead and proceed along George V Way towards the playing field.
 
Next to the Village Hall is the Old School House of flint and brick, opened in 1862 with about 80 pupils; it is now a private dwelling. (pictured left)
 
 
At the corner of The Briars, take the narrow footpath alongside the playing field and tennis courts to a kissing gate on your left which you ignore.

 
Keep going forward, past a new conifer plantation, cross an awkward stile and walk down some steps and through a grassy field to another stile onto Bottom Lane.
 
Go left for a few yards, then right uphill to Commonwood.
 
Pass Commonwood House* (pictured below) on your left, and continue forward.  Its Tudor facade belies its age: it was built from mostly reclaimed materials between 1913 and 1932 for David Allen, a printer from Belfast.

Ignore Quickmore Lane and walk past the Cart and Horses (pictured right) and follow the road round to Penmams Green.
 
There is a footpath parallel to the road for much of the way.
 
At the junction with Hillmeads Farm Drive, go right along a narrowpath to Chipperfield Common.

Then left past some lovely houses; about 500 yards along turn left and then left again along Penmans Green back to Hillmeads Farm Drive, where you turn right. 

At the farm, take the footpath on your left over two stiles into a field.

 
Go straight ahead with hedges on your left and the midden on your right, cross another stile and walk diagonally downhill.
 
Cross the stile and walk forward past Dellfield House (pictured left) to Bottom Lane where you go right for a few yards and then left , over a stile into a field.
 
Climb uphill. over two stiles and emerge at the Old Forge.
 
 
 
Turn left and walk through the village for half a mile to the Village Hall.
 
* © Copyright Nigel Cox and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence