A circular walk from Boxworth - with four lovely churches to see
Getting There Take the A14 TOWARDS Huntingdon, and come off at the turn to Boxworth/Cambridge Services/Trinity Foot/Swavesey. Drive through to the top end of Boxworth.
Parking Park carefully opposite the Golden Ball, not blocking entrances or in the Golden Ball.
The walk is about 6½-7 miles, and will take about 2½-3 hours. Good under foot and well signed.
Pub(s) The Golden Ball, Boxworth
Walk back down the village street towards the A14, and turn left at first footpath sign, across pasture field, bearing right round hedge to the right, and head towards the church. Through gate, cross lane, into churchyard, with the church to the left, and then down towards the main road. At the road turn left, and almost immediately left again along a track labelled Conington 2 miles.
Follow this track, passing a barn on the right, and soon afterwards a sharp left hand turn, then a sharp right hand turn. After nearly two miles turn right on to the road, and soon turn left at a junction: after a telephone box turn left down a track signed to Elsworth: you may divert to the church on your right at this point.
Eventually you arrive in Elsworth, over a bridge into a housing development: left and into a passageway leading into a close. Turn right, up to the main road. Turn left, and then almost right up The Drift, with the church on your right. Follow this path through to Knapwell. On approaching the village, bear left at the end of a high hedge where the track turns sharp right, and walk down a grassy track to the main road.
Turn left, and soon afterwards turn right down towards the church, and follow down, emerging on to a field. Take the diagonal track across the field heading for the far corner of the woodland to your left. At this corner, turn sharp left, to find a stile in the corner, turn right up the track, and follow this track first with the hedge on your right, and then on your left. Through a kissing gate on to a grassy track, up to the road, and turn left, back into the top end of Boxworth, and the Golden Ball.
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 June 2003