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Terrain:- Moderate Hill walking
Refreshment:- The Black Venus Pub in Challacombe
Map:- Explorer OL 9

The Chains

Pinkery Pond

Long Stone

Moles Chamber

  The Prehistoric Chains Aprox 6 miles from Goat Hill or 10 starting at Challacombe

The Route:Cross Packhorse Bridge (built 1843 replacing an older wooden bridge), opposite Home Place Farm sign-posted Moles Chamber. At the top turn left at the gate, follow the track up the hill leaving the village to your left. Continue the gentle climb following the blue markers on the gates. After about 40 mins the path divides, turn left sign-posted Woodbarrow. Cross the main road and follow the path to the top of the hill, where you will find the burial mound on the left through the iron gate. It is worth taking in the view from the top of the barrow (You can take a detour from here to the ancient Longstone)

Then follow the signs to Pinkery Pond, the reservoir built by the Knight family in the early C19th.

At Pinkery follow the path sign-posted Chainsbarrow, turn right just before the barrow, sign-posted B3358 road. (Again its worth the detour to see the view from the top of the barrow). Follow the big sticks in the field marked with yellow tops back to the road.

At the main road turn left for 350 yards or so and then turn right down a farm track sign-posted Moles Chamber. (This is part of the ancient Harepath).

At Moles Chamber, so called because of the disappearance into the bog of the Reverend Mole and his horse in the C18th, turn left at the gravestone dated 1742 (or turn right for the short cut) and go through the gate and straight ahead on the lane. Note the views as you descend the hill towards Five Cross Way. At the crossroads turn right and follow the gated track back to Challacombe.

Afterwards why not enjoy a pint and good grub in the Black Venus.



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