This flat and easy walk can be started in the centre of the village – you can arrive by bus, train or car (there is a free car park near the church). Walk towards the railway and turn onto Grove Road (wrongly called Woodhayes Lane on the map below). A lot of this walk is ‘on road’ but they are quiet lanes so fairly safe and you can hear traffic approaching.
You will pass a Cemetery on a sharp bend, and there is a stile on the left, clearly signposted with a footpath marker. Follow the footpath across open fields to another stile and lane opposite.
Turn left into the lane and follow it a short way before taking the signposted footpath on your left. This path leads you towards the railway line. Take great care crossing the unmanned crossing over the tracks.
You can then follow the footpath signs to the station, and from the station there is a footpath alongside the tracks back to where you began.
This walk is long enough and open enough to feel like you’ve got out in the open but short and flat enough to be good with children of all ages. As it never goes far from the viuallgae centre you have lots of options for food/snacks/toilets/drinks etc.
If you want to finish with a park trip there is play equipment for small children in Slewton Crescent, and a more advanced ‘obstacle trail’ across the stream from there in the playing fields.
Whimple’s parks have featured on the blog before!