Pete's Walks - Studham Common and Roe End (page 1 of 2)

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Google map of the walk

I did this roughly 5 mile circular walk on Saturday, 20th October 2012. I have not been able to go for any walks recently as I have been suffering from pains in my left leg - I probably need some changes to the orthotics (special insoles) that I need to use. But I felt OK to do this shortish local walk.

I set off from the car park on Studham Common (Grid reference TL 027156) about 2.10pm, walking along the top of the common to a corner, where I turned left and followed the edge of the common downhill. In the valley bottom I turned right for a few yards along a surfaced track, then turned left along a public byway (initially with a waterworks on my right). I followed the hedge-lined track for about a third of a mile (somehow it seemed shorter than usual) until it turned right, when I went straight on through some trees and followed the edge of Byslip Wood on my left.

Studham Common

 

Looking towards Fareless Wood from Studham Common

 

Near the start of the public byway to Roe End, passing the waterworks on the right

 

The public byway to Roe End - I turned off this track where it turns right

 

The path beside Byslip Wood

 

The path curved right and continued on beside the wood (which at some point became Fareless Wood), with a large field of stubble on my right. At the end of the wood I continued ahead on a farm track, soon passing some farm buildings at  Buckwood Stubbs. After the next field the track turned right, but the footpath continued ahead along a grassy headland to a gate in a field corner. The path continued along a hedgerow on the right and finally ran between overhanging hedges beside a garden to reach Buckwood Road.

 

The path continuing past Fareless Wood

 

The path continuing past Buckwood Scrubs

 

The path continuing from Buckwood Scrubs towards Markyate

 

The path continuing from Buckwood Scrubs towards Markyate

 

The path to Markyate

 

View towards Markyate

 

The final section of the path to Markyate

 

I turned right and followed Buckwood Road the short distance to Markyate. Immediately before the first house on the right, a path went right, between fences and a hedge. At a path junction I went half-right, following a hedge-line on my left gradually uphill. After about half a mile I reached a field corner, where I went through a kissing-gate and followed another hedge going half-left, with Roe End Farm over to my right. The path ended in the next field corner, where another kissing-gate brought me to Roe End Lane.

 

Buckwood Road, approaching Markyate

 

The path from Markyate to Roe End

 

The path from Markyate to Roe End

 

The path approaching the hamlet of Roe End

Part 2 of this walk

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