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

If you are considering walking this route yourself, please see my disclaimer. You may also like to see these notes about the maps.

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.

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Studham Common

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Looking towards Fareless Wood from Studham Common

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

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

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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.

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The path continuing past Fareless Wood

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The path continuing past Buckwood Scrubs

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The path continuing from Buckwood Scrubs towards Markyate

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The path continuing from Buckwood Scrubs towards Markyate

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The path to Markyate

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View towards Markyate

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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.

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Buckwood Road, approaching Markyate

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The path from Markyate to Roe End

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The path from Markyate to Roe End

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The path approaching the hamlet of Roe End