A river, hills, views and woodland
5 miles (8 km)
This walk combines parts of two existing shorter walks on this site to make a new figure of eight with the option of refreshments at The Candlestick at the start and finish point.
Map for Walk 33: West End Double Loop
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Note: There is a larger, more detailed map embedded at the end of these directions
- If you intend to stop off for refreshments at The Candlestick before or after this walk they will be happy for you to park in the car park. Leave the car park and turn right. Almost directly opposite to the left is a small lane heading west and uphill.
- At the top of the hill you will see a footpath (Essendon footpath 11) on your right. Turn right here and follow the path as heads north and winds its way down to Hillend Cottages.
- Join the quiet lane here and continue walking almost straight north downhill, heading for the river. Continue down until the lane turns left.
- Here you turn right along a bridleway (Essendon bridleway 6) keeping the river on your left. The path bends slightly left, then right, but continues in a mainly straight line until you reach a bridleway joining from the right (Essendon bridleway 10).
- Take this path and begin a fairly steady climb south out of the valley and back up to West End.
- When you reach West End Lane, turn left and follow the lane north-east looking out for a byway sign on your right just past a large house. This is a byway open to all traffic, known as a BOAT for short.
- Take this byway (Essendon BOAT 14) and follow this track as it heads south. You will pass one footpath on the left, another on the right, and a third on the left. Ignore them all and continue south and then south-west until you reach West End Lane.
- Turn right on this quiet lane and follow it north as you head back to The Candlestick.
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