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Harefield locks

Harefield Church to Springwell Lock 5 miles, 3 to 3.5 hours.

  • From Harefield Church continue up the driveway slope and emerge onto Church Hill, then turn right, past the Jacobean Almshouses.
     
  • At the public footpath sign turn left.
     
  • After 90 metres cross Dovedale Close, pass between the allotment gardens and old tip land to the stile.
     
  • Move ahead another 130 metres, then walk past another stile, crossing the farm track at the junction and turn south-west, over another stile, and proceed down the slope.
     
  • Cross the stile at the lower edge of the hedge/copse, then cross the field diagonally west, to the stile in the corner of the field, at the corner of Jack's Lane.
  • Keep on the roadway for 100 metres, then cross the canal at the bridge (number 178).
     
  • Walk along the canal towpath northwards and cross the bridge at the weir, continue to the Coy Carp Public House, refreshments are available here.
     
  • Go along the bridge over the canal, with care, enter Park Lane and after 150 metres cross Park Lane to enter Summerhouse Lane.
     
  • 350 metres along Summerhouse Lane, turn right at the signpost and go up the slope past Bellevue Terrace, through the anti-cycle barrier, up the path fenced on both sides, between two sections of Old Park Wood.
     
  • The differing levels create diversity of plants and trees. Bluebells, coral-root and goldilocks are abundant in spring and many birds may be observed. Look out for rabbits and foxes.
     
  • Proceed ahead, to Hill End Road, then cross the road, onto the pavement, turn left north and pass Hill End Pond.
     
  • The trial continues ahead for 200 metres and leaves the road at the signpost at the end of Maracus Cottage drive.
     
  • Follow the footpath over two stiles across the field. Re-join the road for 120 metres then turn left over the stile at the driveway of Springwell Farm.
     
  • Continue along the track, turning right north and go down the side of the valley.
     
  • Leave the track, bearing right, below this path and also on the far side of the road is Springwell Lane chalk pit.
     
  • Rejoin Springwell Lane. Turn left and follow the road to cross the bridge (number 176) over the canal at Springwell Lock.
     
  • The car park is just over the canal bridge.

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