No 10: ‘The Government Way’ from
Kings Ash to Chivery
By Rudi Kalveks
This short route may interest those who have been following the Ridgeway
paths discussion in recent Newsletters and remain curious to follow
Jack and Jill up the new motorways through Hale Wood and part of Wendover
I suggest the new paths be renamed The Government Way as a reminder
of how our government imposes ‘improvements’ regardless of local views,
common sense and arguably even property rights.
Allow 1 hour or so.
at the Cock & Rabbit PH. Take the road past Pipers.
right into Kings Lane. Stop to admire the unrestricted speed limit signs
newly placed on this quiet lane used by walkers, riders and cyclists.
reaching Kings Ash turn left into Chesham Lane and then after 100 yards right
onto the track towards Concord. The bridleway forks to the left just
before Concord and leads to an interesting descent.
before leaving Barn Wood turn sharp right and follow the Ridgeway bridleway
signs (blue arrow and acorn) to join the new cinder track. A long climb
leads to a long flat section through Hale Wood, with several wide sections
caused by the turning circles of the unsuitable earthmoving equipment used.
by Uphill Lodge where this section of The Government Way ends. Turn left
and follow Hale Lane downhill to The Hale.
past Hale Farm turn right up onto the grass verge and follow the narrow
bridleway, signed The Icknield Way, uphill. The lower section can become
overgrown. Halfway up the hill the pretty forest path is transformed into
a further stretch of new cinder track.
from this second section of The Government Way and turn right onto the
road through Chivery.
right by Coppice Farm into Taylors Lane. Another new unrestricted speed
limit sign blighting a quiet lane! Follow the lane downhill turning left
at the T-junction.
a second T-junction turn right uphill by a signpost to The Lee – 2 miles.
this lane through Swan Bottom and then continue straight over the cross
roads with Chesham Lane to return to The Lee.
200 ft through Hale Woods and 250 ft through Wendover Woods.
Don’t forget: Helmet, puncture repair kit, water, go slow
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