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Walk 58: The Wadesmill NW Loop

Steady climb, open views

6 miles (9.6 km)

Photograph of footpath along Walk 58: The Wadesmill Loop

A walk over undulating countryside with wide open views, well-signposted paths, a few quiet country lanes, and a stretch along a deep cut river hidden by woodland and hedgerow.

Map for Walk 58: The Wadesmill Loop


  1. Park in the village of Wadesmill. There are several spots where (as of September 2016) you can park free of charge. But do please check in case the parking restrictions have changed since this guide was written.
  2. Walk south-west on Anchor Lane for a short distance looking out for a footpath sign on the right. Take this path.
  3. Continue uphill heading north until you reach a junction with a path going off to your left and one going straight ahead. Turn right here.
  4. Follow this path and continue walking south-west until you reach a marker directing left and north-west across the field. Take this path.
  5. Continue walking north-west following markers, crossing a lane, and then reaching woodland, where the path turns left and heads south-east with the woodland on your right.
  6. At the end of the woodland the path heads west, crosses the Chelsings Tributary and passes a farm on your left. At the end of the farm buildings turn left then right and continue heading north-west along a wide and well-defined bridleway.
  7. When you reach a lane, turn right and head north and east until you reach the village of Sacombe.
  8. When the lane splits, keep left and continue heading north along a bridleway until you reach St Catherine's Church.
  9. Turn right just before the church and follow the path north-east as it skirts the churchyard, turns left through the woods and emerges in a field.
  10. Cross the field (which can be boggy) and head north-east and then north until you reach Sacombe Green Road. Turn right.
  11. Follow the road and take the first turning on your left, Rowney Lane, following it as it heads east.
  12. At the point where Rowney Lane turns sharp left, you continue straight heading east along a bridleway emerging on Lowgate Lane.
  13. Continue along Lowgate Lane looking out for a footpath sign pointing due south (just before the junction with Whitehill).
  14. Continue heading south crossing a field until you reach woodland. Keeping the woodland on your left and the fields on your right continue down this path. There are some spectacular drops on your left where the river, The Bourne, has cut an impressive gorge through the land.
  15. Cross Marshall's Lane and continue down the footpath signposted Wadesmill 3/4 mile.
  16. Continue heading south until you reach the road, turn right and head back into the village. There are a number of places for refreshments in Wadesmill, including The Feathers and The Anchor.

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