A circular walk from Litlington, taking in Abington Pigott, Guildern Morden and Steeple Morden
Take the A505 TOWARDS Baldock, turn right to Litlington soon after roundabout at end of Royston by-pass. Litlington is straight ahead after about 2 or 3 miles
Parking Park carefully in lay-by outside senior citizens bungalows opposite church at far end of the village
Explorer 208 GR 310428
Pub(s) Waggon and Horses, Steeple Morden
Pig and Abbot, Abington Pigotts
The Walk is about 6 miles, and will take about 2 / 3 hours. Can be very wet under foot: signage pretty good. Some cross-field paths not good after wet weather, as we know to our cost!
Bear left round corner away from village, heading NW. Very soon, on right hand side, head off on cross field path, and soon after path heads down hill take right fork towards hedge, cross bridge and head in slight left diagonal, and at hedge* go through, turn left and then right and head left cross field. Half way across the field turn right at cross path, and head to corner of field. Turn left up field side, cross ditch and turn right, passing moat to reach elegant farm and stunning gatehouse: hit tarmac track and go straight on to minor road.
Turn left, and if wishing to see village, ** bear right following the road, to arrive at fine looking pub, The Pig and Abbot [open many lunchtimes, but do check 01763 853515], and soon after turn left to church. Retrace steps to ** and go straight ahead up drive to two cottages, walk on with wood to right. Soon after wood ends turn right, and then left before wooded mound [Mill Hill], head on down hill, through hedge and turn left, cross bridge, head up hill to reach road, Turn left, and almost immediately right down hill to Woodlands Trust wood passing alpacas, swing right and then left over brook, and walk on with woods and fine house on left.
At road, turn right, and then left in front of the church, and opposite far end of churchyard turn left down lane, cross open ground, and turn right at end of houses. Just before emerging on to road turn left and follow path through narrow defile, then cross field to reach track. Follow track round to reach broad byway, and turn left.
Reach road, and if wet, head up road in front, right at the cross roads, and head through village main street to church, but if dry, turn right down path by stream, and soon take diagonal path cross fields to church, diddling round the back of the school.
Take Litlington Road out of the village, left turn opposite church, and soon after road [Brook End] on the left, take footpath at finger post on left to reach broad track : turn right and enjoy good surface and fine views all around to reach major path junction. Go straight on down hill, and through copse. On emerging from the copse the path goes straight ahead, but is currently blocked by rabbit fence and unre-instated crop field. We are working to get line of path restored, but for time being turn left and struggle a bit along the right hand side of hedge, to reach point *. Turn right and head to bridge, over bridge, and straight ahead to Litlington Church.
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 2010