A bluebell walk near Therfield
Getting there Take the A505 TOWARDS Baldock, turn sharp left back towards Royston at western end of Royston by-pass [Little Chef] , and almost immediately turn right up hill, avoiding golf balls ! Therfield is straight ahead after about 2 or 3 miles
Parking Park carefully outside the pub Fox and Duck (Grid Ref. TL336372)
Pub(s) The Fox and Duck, Therfield
The walk is about 4¼ miles, and will take about 2 hours. Can be very wet under foot and good signs are rare.
Walk down the village street away from the pub, towards Buckland. At large grassy open space on right , turn right, and hit path past cottage. Continue down this main path, with numerous paths signed to right and left: it swings to the left, and becomes a sunken path.
Bear left where the temptation is to bear right, and soon after , at major looking junction near bridge, turn sharp right. Woods soon on the left, with abundant bluebells in season. After short while a T junction at wood edge: turn sharp right , with wood on left, and then small copse on right [a major deer area]. Go on past the copse but at T junction turn sharp right along good track: soon small track to left towards church may be visible*, but if not visible, or very wet, continue on main path. Eventually swing left on to metalled road, with curious 30mph restriction signs, and continue up road until it swings left, at which point ** turn right on to field edge path.
*continue to church, turn right in front of it, walk up metalled road, turn right, and right again to**
Now another church comes into view, with diverse ways of reaching it along series of cross-field paths: take your pick, so long as you reach the church. The paths are generally well marked by weed-killer.
At this church [do read inscriptions on biggest memorial] bear right, into delightful road leading to the Green and the Fox and Duck.
Neither the author nor his dog accept any responsibility for accuracy or for any injury or mishap that might befall any person who follows this walk. First published by "one man and his dog" in Great Shelford Village News April 2002