Pete's Walks-Deacon Hill and Pegsdon (page 1 of 2)

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Google map of the walk

I did this circular walk of about 3.6 miles on Saturday, May 25th, 2019. It was a repeat of a walk I first did in May 2015, the aim of the walk being to allow me to visit the Knocking Hoe nature reserve to see the Burnt-tip Orchids there. This time, though, I chose to start from the car park at Pegsdon rather than the one on the B655 near Deacon Hill (I've marked it on my Google map)

I started walking at about 10.50, following the lane away from the B655 and turning right along the dead-end lane through Pegsdon. At the end of the lane I turned left along a long drive (initially with houses on my right), heading to Pegsdon Common Farm. The drive turned right and then left. Shortly after this latter turn, a footpath went right, across a field of green corn. The path then went up some steps, and carried on uphill beside a wood on my left and with a view to Deacon Hill over to the right. The path continued alongside a hedge with another field of corn on my left, and then turned left to follow another side of the same field for several hundred yards. It then turned right, with a fence on my left separating me from the Knocking Hoe nature reserve.

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The lane through Pegsdon

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The lane through Pegsdon

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The footpath to Knocking Hoe, along the drive to Pegsdon Common Farm

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The footpath to Knocking Hoe, just before it turns right from the drive to Pegsdon Common Farm

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The footpath to Knocking Hoe

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Looking right to Deacon Hill

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The footpath to Knocking Hoe

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The footpath to Knocking Hoe

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The path continuing next to the Knocking Hoe nature reserve

As I came to a junction with a bridleway, I went through a gate on the left and spent a pleasant 35 minutes or so in the nature reserve, successfully looking for Burnt-tip Orchids and Pasque Flowers (actually I only saw one of the latter this year). On returning to the junction with the bridleway, I turned left. After a couple of hundred yards or so I turned right, following the edge of a large corn field (on my right) all the way back to the B655 road. I crossed over carefully, and turned right, following the road for maybe a quarter of a mile to reach a small car park.

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View over the Knocking Hoe nature reserve

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Burnt-tip Orchid

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Burnt-tip Orchids

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Pasque Flower

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The path after I turned right, heading to the B655

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The B655 (before I crossed over)