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Sarratt WI - Walk Number Two

About 3 1/2 miles  - Dawes Common - Rosehall Farm - Belsize - Plough Wood - The Old Forge   

A pleasant walk, mainly through farmland, with wonderful views of the Chess Valley and glorious bluebells in spring.

From the Village Hall head north up the Green, past The Cricketers, the pond, the post office/village shop, houses, Alexandra Road and Dawes Lane.
Just past the old Victorian Postbox take the footpath on your left at Mortons Cottage, along a stony drive to a stile into a grazing field.

Keeping the hedge on your left make for a stile in the far left hand corner, leading into the wooded Dawes Common (the bluebells are stunning in the spring).
Where the path meets a crossing track turn right through a kissing gate and through a small plantation to a squeeze stile into a field. 

On your right is a memorial seat to Les Dolamore, late husband of Ann, who was W.I. Walks Leader for many years.

 Two more squeeze stiles bring you to Moor Lane; cross the stile directly ahead and take the diagonal path to a stile in the right-hand corner. 
Cross the farm track (used by cows and often very mucky), another stile and walk alongside the fence to another stile onto Rosehall Farm Drive.
See Note 1 below
Turn left towards the farm and fork right just before the farm buildings, then turn right to Bragmans Lane. 

Cross the lane, go right and immediately cross the stile on your left and take the narrow footpath downhill to a stile onto Flaunden Lane. 

Go right along the lane to Belsize and The Plough Public House.

Keeping the small green on your left, go right up Poles Hill and about 50 yards along, cross the road to a hidden stile in the left-hand hedge.

Go half-right uphill to the stile in the corner into Plough Wood, another veritable sea of bluebells in spring. 

Follow the path through the wood until you are almost at the road, then turn left and walk in a roughly easterly direction through this lovely wood to Plough Lane, known locally as "Under the Heavens". 

Turn right along the lane and take the second footpath on your right uphill, just before Dellfield House. 

After two more stiles you will emerge onto the Sarratt Road at The Old Forge  Note 2 below
Turn left and half a mile further on you are back at the Village Hall.

1)  Rosehall Farm
 This is one of the manors of Sarratt, mentioned in documents in the middle of the 12th century.  In 1583 it was bought by William Kingsley, an official at the Court of Chancery and passed down to his family for many generations.
A fine alabaster effigy of the Kingsley family can be seen in Holy Cross Church, dated 1502.
Experts have concluded that the date 1502 is a misprinmt and should have been 1602!
The first prayer meeting held in connection with the present Baptist Church at Chipperfield was at Rosehall Farm about 1810.  It seems that milk cans filled at night were always empty by morning and a ghostly presence was blamed. It was hoped that a prayer meeting would solve the problem, whether it was caused by spirits or others!
2) The Old Forge
Records go back to 1500 in the form of a lease for an annual rent, as the building was owned by the owners of a house where Great Sarratt Hall Farm nows stands.  The original building was probably oak-framed with a thatched roof, dormer windows and an inglenook fireplace.