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Circular Walk; Merlin's Bridge, Dreen Hill, via National Cycle Path

This walk takes you along the newly constructed Route 4 of the National Cycle network (no doubt built with a shed load of European funding), quiet lanes and a bridle way. The route is about 5 miles. The return route, from Dreen Hill, can be muddy in wet weather.

Directions to the Start of Walk; Map Ref 939143

Turn left out of the end of the drive. Go to the end of St Issells Avenue and turn right at the Tee junction. Continue under the railway bridge, to the traffic island (Macdonalds is on your left). Go straight on at the island (3rd exit) up Merlins hill. Turn left at the next island, into Scarrowscant Lane. In 400 yards, turn left again opposite to the second hand car dealers (still Scarrowscant Lane). As you leave the 30MPH zone, you will see Redhill Preparatory School on your left. About 50 yards later, turn left down a small lane. As you near the bottom of this lane, you will see a further lane, branching to the right, marked by a finger post. Park just before here in the small rough lay by opposite.

The Walk

Dreen Hill Map

Start your walk by continuing on in the same direction to the end of the lane, bearing left through a gate. Proceed downhill on this tarmacked path. At the bottom of the hill, turn right over the stone built bridge, onto route 4.

Follow the cycle path for 2 miles until you reach a lane. The cycle path bears right and follows the road for a few yards before crossing over to the next section. Ignore this crossing and continue on for a short way along the verge until you reach a road junction.

Turn right here and walk for just over mile until you reach a sharpish left hand bend by a farm. A little further and you will reach an even sharper left hand bend. Bear right here into the minor road that joins the crown of this bend. Go on downhill through the hamlet of Denant Mill. The road climbs upwards again, for about 400 yards, where you will arrive at a large farm. Turn right here, as indicated by a finger post, into a wide unmetalled lane.

NB. If you require refreshment, temporarily ignore this turning and continue for 200yards to the end of the road where you will see the Mason's Arms opposite.

This wide track eventually narrows down to a grassy bridle path.

The path finally reaches a tarmacked road. Turn left here and walk to a tee junction, where you will see your car opposite.