No: 8 -
A short circular walk from Lee Common School
By Chris Syer
This short walk will take around an
hour, depending on your speed, and is probably a bit less than three miles.
Some of these paths
can be muddy later in the year, but at the time of writing they are all
- Start from Lee Common
School, taking the unmade road past the side entrance of the School, and
enter the park.
- Go straight on
down the hill, heading towards the large gate at the woods below.
- At the gate go
straight on, ignoring first a path to left and right and then an unmade
road which leads to a house on the left. Your path passes behind Pipers
and emerges at Hunts Green.
- Here go straight
across onto Kings Lane and turn right just before the house with the thatched
- Take the next
left fork, which leads to the left of a white house (Church Farm). Go over
the stile and keep straight on to a metal gate.
- On the other side
keep straight on again, (signposted ‘Chiltern Link’), ignoring tracks to
the left and right. This path goes to the left of a small wood, and then
at the end of the next field on the right, just before a holly and two large
oaks, turn right and follow the hedge.
- Pass through the
corner of a small wood and then, at the stile and junction of paths, bear
right on the main drive, passing a house on your right.
- Further down,
this drive becomes paved and soon reaches the road from The Lee to Swan
Bottom. Here cross the road and take the footpath into the wood.
- Proceed straight
on, ignoring first a more minor fork to the left, and later turnings left
- At the end of
the wood the path goes straight on to the farm, and a right fork goes across
the field. Take the latter and arrive at the beginning of Oxford Street
in Lee Common. (If you cannot see the path across the field, an alternative
is to go straight on through the farm, turn right on to the road and rejoin
the route at Oxford Street).
- Go down Oxford
Street and arrive back at the School..