Great Yeldham Footpath Walks,
11a: Poole Farm, Railway Meadows, clockwise walk.

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Walk 11a Route map

2 hours. About 4¼ miles.

There is one stile to climb.

Start: Great Yeldham Village Green.

Go up Leather Lane. Shortly beyond where Butlers Way branches off on the right, there is a length of hedge on the right followed by an opening with a garage.

Cross over by the concrete footpath sign and go up the path which is to the left of the garage. It is a narrow path between trees on each side. Follow the path ahead as far as you can ignoring unofficial branches off to the right into the next field. The path then goes right and continues on the field side of the hedge for a very short distance to a footbridge.

Cross the footbridge and turn right. Follow the farm track with the hedge on your right. Follow the track where the boundary first turns left ignoring the gap on the right, follow it as it bends right and left again before going through a gap on the right to a farm road with a concrete slab on the left, and then with hedges on both sides. Follow this short, straight track to a gap just before the gate at the end.

Go through the gap and down the middle of a cultivated field aiming for a gap at the bottom with a post just visible from a distance. This and the next field are often left for some time after ploughing or cultivating before the path is restored. It is heavy clay soil and can be very muddy. Cross a footbridge into the next field and continue up the middle of the field to the corner of the wood at the top.

Go ahead along a wide grass track passing the wood on your left. At the far side of the next field go right through a kissing gate, over a footbridge and left over an unmade farm track. This track can be very muddy.

Where the track joins a hard farm road go left away from Poole Farm and towards Kirby Hall, just past a thicket on your right go right at the way-marked junction up a hard, grassy farm track. Go ahead past the end of a hedge on your right onto a narrower path between two fields. When you come to a hedge on your left go diagonally across the field to cut off the corner. Follow the boundary ahead and down to a pylon at the bottom left corner.

Go under the pylon and out into Kirby Hall Road. Go right along the lane. When opposite a footpath sign on your left, go right into the narrow end of a field. Go along the field end and go right along the longer lower field boundary. At the far corner go over the footbridge and left into the next field. Go a short way down to the corner and cross a rather rickety, way-marked stile into a meadow.

Go right and along the top boundary with the hedge on your right. The river is along the opposite boundary of this long, narrow meadow. On the other side is the recreated and preserved Colne Valley Railway. Keep along by the top hedge through a gateless gap and two way-marked gateways to Poole Farm yard. Go ahead a short way then go right to leave the yard up a hard farm road.

From the top of the slope return the way you came from the village: go left along an unmade track which can be so muddy as to be almost impassable. At the next field entrance go right over a footbridge and left though a kissing gate. Continue along a wide grass track towards Yeldham with the hedge on your left.

You will pass a small wood on your right. At the far corner of the wood keep ahead across a cultivated field, over a bridge in the gap at the bottom, and up another cultivated field. Both these fields may be left for some time after being ploughed or cultivated before the path is restored. They are a heavy clay soil and can be very muddy.

Go through the gap at the top of the field and go right (ignore the gate on the left which goes down Spayne's Hall drive), along a farm road with hedges on both sides into the next field.

Go ahead through into the next field. Continue with the hedge on your left as it turns right, left and right again, to the far side of the field. Go left across a footbridge and follow the path as it immediately goes through a gap on the right from the field side of the hedge to the inside of an overgrown green lane. Follow the path between the trees to Leather Lane. Go left down the road to the Village Green.

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6 Apr 2013