Thriplow Walk - Two Shorts or a Double
Getting there Through Little Shelford to Newton and down towards Fowlmere. Turn left, half mile beyond Newton, towards Thriplow and swing right at fast junction in village. Park on the left just beyond the school.
Explorer 209 GR 440468
Pub(s) The Green Man, Thriplow
These two walks can be done separately, each lasting about 1½ hours, or done as one longer walk, taking a short three hours.
Not particularly well signed, but generally good underfoot.
Makes use of a designated footpath, and permissive paths, courtesy of Thriplow Farms. Good views, and fine houses in the village.
Walks 1 and 2: From car, walk back to junction and turn right down Church Street. (If wanting to do walk 2 only, go on to Manor Farm, and turn right. Then follow instructions for 2 below.)
Walk 1: After about a quarter of a mile down Church Street, turn left along bridleway, with finger post sign. After a long half mile swing right with main track, to pass fishing lakes and in and out of poplar grove. Bear right, and then straight ahead to enter housing area, and on reaching A505 turn right along the verge, and shortly dive right, through hedge at finger post, and walk on headland parallel to the road till meeting a concrete farm track. Turn right and pass through extensive farm buildings, going as straight ahead as possible, along tree lined farm road.
Reach minor road (Church Street), turn right. For walk 1 only, carry on up Church Street and turn left along School Lane back to car. If wishing to do walk 2, take footpath to left at Manor Farm, then follow instructions below.
Walk 2: Follow this footpath past back gardens and tennis court to emerge on to road. Turn right and after 2/300 yards turn left along another footpath, passing gardens. Emerge on to road and turn left, and left again along tarmac road (Farm Lane). At next junction go straight ahead on farm track, and carry on forward with the smoke of the Pet Crematorium as a marker straight ahead, to substantial hedge.
Turn right, and walk with hedge on left to distant barn, to meet concrete farm track. Follow this track, with view of spires of Fowunere to the left and Thriplow to the right. At main road, turn right: there is a narrow pavement on the right hand side of this road. Follow road back into Thriplow and back to your car.
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 2011