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Sarratt WI - Walk Number One

About 4 1/2 miles through fields and woods, slightly marred by M25 noise along one section.


With your back to the Village Hall turn left, past the Cricketers and the Post Office and up the Green.
Look out for the Boot Public House on your right.
 
Take the narrow footpath to the right of The Boot as far as the kissing gate and follow a diagonal path though 3 fields to the tennis courts.
Go through the kissing gate and continue forward to the stiles at Old Cottages onto Deadmans Ash Lane.
 
Walk left along the road for 60 yards, then turn right along Newall Farm drive signposted Bucks Hill.

Opposite the metal barn, at the farm, turn right along a wide path. This track is believed to have been part of the roman road from St. Albans (Verulamium) to Silchester. After about 500 yards go left into a field, straight ahead and along by the edge of the wood to the kissing gate into Great Wood, at least 600 years old. In times past it was probably used for keeping pigs. It has now been re-planted with mainly Lodgepole Pines, with patches of Oak and Hazel.

At the end of the wood cross the stiles, turn right and walk to the Sarratt Road. Cross the road and over the stile into a field and go slightly left, almost parallel with the M25 to Sarah's Bridge, where you turn right.
 
When you reach the field turn right and walk along its edge until the diagonal path on your left. Leave New Model Farm on your right (some interesting old farm buildings and a large barn) and walk downhill to a stile, then uphill to emerge onto Church Lane.
 
Turn right along the road towards the 12th centurn Holy Cross Church then left past Day's Almshouses ('newly-built by Ralph Day of Sarratt Hall in 1821' on the site of previous almshouses which had fallen into disrepair) and go into the churchyard.
 
The inscriptions on the gravestones have been documented and are available in booklet form from Hertfordshire Family and Population History Society.
 
With the church on your right, walk through the churchyard, over the stile/kissing gate to a grazing field.
 
Keep the holly hedge on your left, cross the stile and continue forward downhill, via an avenue of fine trees.
Note the evergreen holm oaks, with long narrow leaves having felted white undersides, brought from the Mediterranean about 400 years ago - photo left.

At the crossing path, go straight ahead round the edge of the field.
 
On your right is a very old double hedge with a wonderful variety of species; spindleberry, field maple, dogwood, old man's beard, dogrose, blackthorn, hawthorn, bramble.

A profuse display of flowers adorns this chalky south-facing bank in summer; hedge bedstraw, toadflax, vetches, wild marjoram, field scabious.

Cross the stile on your right into the next field and, with the hedge on your left, proceed to the kissing gate and step down into Dawes Lane.
 
Turn right up the lane and soon, take the footpath on your left into Dawes Common. Walk uphill through the common and at the path crossroads, go straight ahead and over a stiles into a field.

Keep walking forward with the hedge on your right until you reach a stiles onto a gravelled drive and join the Green at Morton's Pond.

Morton's Pond supports many species of insects; dragonflies, water boatmen, pond skates and marsh-loving reeds and sedges.

Turn right and walk along the Green to the Village Hall.

 

 

The countryside Management Service is helping local volunteers to manage the Green to encourage native flora; at least 12 different species of grass can be identified.
  
 
 
A meadow-grass