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British Walking Federation

THE GADE VALLEY WALK ORGANISED BY THAMES VALLEY WALKING CLUB

CONTACT: Peter Tilbury, 116 Wykeham Road, Reading, Berkshire RG6 1PL
Tel: 0118 966 6523 Fax: 0118 926 6303 Email: BTreading@aol.com

ENTRY FEE: £1.00 per walker (Cheques made payable to Thames Valley Walking Club)
AWARoad: Cloth badge at £2.00 each
START VENUE: Road by School (Church Meadow), Great Gaddesden (Map: 166 GR: TL029113); Approach from the A4146, Hemel Hemstead to Leighton BuzzaRoad road.
CAR PARKING: There are no car parks in the village, but parking is available in a side road, Church Meadow, by the school
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Bus service within 1km of start. Limited service from Hemel Hemstead and Berkhamstead.
TERRAIN: Major and minor roads, farmland and woods.

ROUTE DESCRIPTION (updated 15 October 2009)

Return along Church Meadow road towards junction, turn right uphill for 250m. Turn right up flight of steps onto a short path and after 25m go through gap and continue ahead to pass through two kissing gates into overflow cemetery. Bear left to far end of church wall, through kissing gate and bear left uphill to kissing gate by metal gate and head diagonally uphill across field towards left hand end of wood. Through kissing gate and go ahead with woods on right to reach kissing gate and road. Turn left on road and after 20m, turn right on driveway, sign post – footpath Nettleden, just after “Amaravati Centre” sign

Q1. What is the “Amaravati Centre”?

At far end of drive, follow footpath ahead, passing field on right, continue along path, going downhill to reach road. Turn left into ‘Nettleden,’ and by “Pightle Cottage”, turn right uphill. The road soon becomes a rough lane and passes under a bridge. Continue over brow of hill, turn right through kissing gate and continue along farm track. Go through gate and continue straight ahead. At next fence/building ignoring kissing gate in front, turn left through kissing gate (with tree on path) to reach open field and follow left hand hedge downhill and into a narrow path. At far end turn left on road to Frithsden. Where road forks bear right to pass the AlfoRoad Arms public house. After 200m, turn right at road junction and follow right hand verge, then after a further 40m.

Q2. What is the name of the farm by the bridleway?

Cross road WITH CARE onto bridleway. Continue uphill for 250m and after passing under power lines, turn right immediately after wooden seat through kissing gate and ahead to reach another kissing gate. Continue ahead to reach another kissing gate/ farm track. Follow track to pass allotments and the Plough public house into ‘Potten End’. At cross roads, go ahead on Church Road passing village shop on right and at second cross roads turn left (this is Water End Road). Follow road for 1300m ignoring all side turnings to leave ‘Potten End’ and pass derestriction speed signs. Stay on left hand verge and follow road round left hand bend. At end of brown wooden fence on left, turn left on footpath by Marlowe House and with sign to ‘St Moritz’! continue to reach field, then bear right and pass through kissing gate. Ahead with hedge on left, at end of hedge bear right to pass to the right of two trees to reach gap in hedge and gravel track. Turn left signposted public footpath (Heizdin’s Wood) and downhill into woods, after 150m at waymark post, ignore paths to left and right and continue on good track to exit woods on your left. Ahead downhill across field to kissing gate and minor road, turn right on road and then left through kissing gate.

Q3. What long distance footpath are you on?

Continue through gate and ahead on left hand side of field with fence on left, after 250m, when fence swings left, ahead across field aiming for telegraph pole and then large wooden bridge. Cross over small plank bridge to reach large bridge over stream, DO NOT CROSS, turn left across water meadow and head up to kissing gate in far corner. Through gate and left uphill ignoring left hand path and continue into woods for 400m. Over brow of hill, by holly bushes and pit, turn right between holly bushes to footpath sign and leave woods to continue on footpath with hedge on right. On reaching gap in hedge, turn right to follow footpath downhill, with hedge on left, at end of hedge turn left along hillside to kissing gate. Through gate and bear right with wood on right, ahead to next kissing gate, through gate and ahead on track to reach road. Turn right on road & follow downhill for 275 metres passing large white house (Pipers House) on left, turn left into Church Meadow and end of walk.

When you have completed this trail please use the Permanent Trail Entry Form

The organisers are not liable for accidents, thefts and/or damage to property. Every effort will be made by the organisers to make this a safe, enjoyable and memorable event.

This trail is registered until 31 December 2017