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Terrain:-Riverside and one gentle hill up through the woods.
Refreshment:- The Black Venus at Challacombe.
Map:- Explorer OL 9

Upper Bray valley

Challacombe Church

View over the Chains

  Challacombe to Challacombe Church - Approx 2.5 miles

The Route: Start the walk at the layby by the packhorse bridge opposite Home Place Farm. Take the signposted path opposite the bridge or, if wet underfoot, the alternative route via the Old School House. Follow the footpath with the yellow markings through the wicket gate and after a short while cross the little brook, then over the style into the meadow. Keep right signposted to the church and follow the path into the wood.

Follow the path up hill and out onto the open pasture fields taking time to stop and admire the views. Head across the field to the small wicket gate and cross another field towards a field gate. Then walk across a small track through another gate and to the church. The church was rebuilt in 1850 but the gothic tower is original. Go through the churchyard and turn right when you reach the lane.

Go just a few yards and turn right off the lane following the blue markers which indicate the bridleway that links Barton Town with Barton Gate. Cross the farmyard and continue up the path into the next field. Follow the hedge up to the next gate and admire the views over Challacombe Common. Then follow the path diagonally across the field between the remains of two old hedge banks. Go hrough another gate and cross the field to the gate in the bottom corner before turning right onto the road.

At the top of the hill into the village turn right through a field gate onto the footpath marked in yellow. Follow the path along the hedge admiring the views over the village then continue through a wicket gate down the hill returning to the packhorse bridge.



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