Fletching Walk – June 2015
by Les Campbell
Take a Summer stroll along this peaceful 4 mile circular walk around Fletching, taking in the birdsong and beautiful countryside as you go.
This walk starts from the centre of Fletching village and follows field paths and relatively quiet stretches of country roads through peaceful countryside often with just birdsong for company. It is generally well signed and waymarked, but there are a few stiles to negotiate some of which might prove a little tricky for the less agile!
In 1264, Simon de Montfort stopped at Fletching for the Bishop of Worcester to bless the troops prior to the Battle of Lewes. Historians will know that he defeated King Henry III’s troops at this battle.
From the car park turn right, and follow through a housing estate, and at the far end, turn left on a concrete road then right just past house number 14. This leads into a burial ground, and ahead of you is a metal kissing gate.
Go through the gate and bear half right across a large field aiming for a protruding hedgerow. Go over a stile, and maintain direction to another stile, which you should go over and then turn right on a farm track. At the end of the track, go over a stile and bear half right as indicated by a waymark.
Soon the next stile comes into view; go over this, and go downhill through a strip of woodland to cross a substantial footbridge, and up some steps into a field. Cross the field to a stile and follow the waymarked path ahead going over the brow of the hill and downhill to a gateway. Bear half right to the hedge, which conceals a footbridge over a stream.
Go through a gate beside the barn ahead, and follow a concrete track out to join Daleham Lane at Dale Hamme. Cross to the signed path opposite, and follow the fenced path ahead. The path bears right and narrows leading into a field. Follow along a fence line with a pond on your right to join a shingled drive with a house on your left. Side step to your right, to find a confined path (indicated by a black arrow), and follow this out to Down Street by the Old Stables.
Turn left along Down Street for a little under a mile ignoring the turning off to your right, Picketts Lane, and carry on along Down Street. Just before the buildings of Black Ven Farm, look for a signed path on your left between two ponds. Go over a stile and into a field and keep close to the field boundary on your left, and aim for a gateway beside a pond.
Carry on ahead with a double fence line on your right to a conifer plantation. Follow around the plantation to a stile leading into a paddock, and go through a gap in the trees beside a house. Join an unsurfaced track going uphill, and shortly at a “T” junction, bear left and follow this track out to Bell Lane, a quiet lane between Nutley and Fletching.
Fletching was once the home of the actor the late Jimmy Edwards!
Turn left, along Bell Lane to the crossroads at Splayne’s Green, carrying on ahead to the centre of Fletching.