Over Hall Walk

Distance

3 Miles

Parking

Public car behind the Co-op supermarket in the High Street.

Refreshments

Various pubs and a tea room in Earls Colne.

Map

Landranger no 168

The Walk

Leave the car park, turning left and after a short distance turning left again up a small cul-de-sac with the house with a distinctive verandah on your right.

Go through the alleyway at the end of the cul de sac, turning right at the end and continuing straight ahead crossing "Hillie Bunnies" and onwards to the footpath ahead. Follow the footpath and head downhill enjoying the views over the valley( beware at this point of flying golf balls!) as you approach bridge crossing the River Colne.

Cross the bridge and keep ahead onto the railway path and turn right. After approximately 80/100 yards turn left crossing two stiles in quick succession and follow the path along the right hand edge of the field.

On reaching the road keep ahead turning off after a short distance along a footpath as the road bears right.

Follow the track to the wood ahead and continue through it until just before you reach the field beyond and take the footbridge over the stream to your right (on warm days you can see fish swimming in this stream) and follow the footpath alongside the stream.

Soon you cross another bridge over a weir and climb the stile beyond, keep ahead into the field and following the way marks continue along the left hand side of this pleasant meadow until you reach a road and turn right heading up Over hall hill.

After approx. 100 yards turn right following a footpath sign along a driveway to "The Barn", keep ahead and pass to the right of the farm buildings and climbing a stile follow the way marks through a small wooded area first turning right and then immediately turning left and climbing a stile to the right of a gate.

Keep straight ahead with the trees on your right and heading for a gap in the corner of the field opposite the stile you have just climbed.

Take in the wonderful views across the valley over towards Earls Colne as you climb a stile keep straight ahead along the top of the field go through a gate again continue ahead with the fence on your left and heading downhill to cross another stile and following the way marks bear right and head for the stile to the right of the left hand gate.

Climb the stile and follow the edge of the field with the hedgerow on your right, follow the field round as it curves to the left until you reach the corner and a stile climb over and turn left following the edge of the field to another two stiles ahead cross these to emerge on a road and turn right.

Follow this road soon it turns first left and then right, at the right hand turn keep ahead following the footpath and passing "Mill Cottage" to your left. Follow the left hand edge of the field crossing the two stiles ahead, cross over the railway path and climb another stile and following the way marks, bear right across the meadow and the footbridge over the River Colne and then retrace your steps uphill back to the village.