Hilton Woods, Whitstone
Start: Hilton Woods
Finish: Hilton Woods
Length: 3.60 km / 2.24 miles
Weather: Very wet, lots of rain.
I devise most of my walks by taking an OS map of a favourite area and joining-up footpaths, bridleways and lanes until I have a circular walk of between 5 to 10 miles. Often this is done with no previous knowledge of the area and whether or not the route exists in reality, rather than speculative lines on a map. 99.9% of the time my walks have been enjoyable and on well-defines routes.
This is a walk I devised whilst staying in Cornwall, on the spur of the moment. I wouldn’t particularly recommend following this route because the sections that were using public rights of way (footpaths) were very sketchy, ill-defined and in some instances, non-existent. Also, it didn't help that for most of the short walk it was pouring with rain.
But anyway, for the record, here is the walk for what it is worth.
Turn left out of Hilton Woods and follow the lane uphill.
At the top take a slight right and walk down towards a gate, with the school on your right, but not the gate on the right in this picture.
Go through the gate and head across a field to another gate.
Go through the gate into the graveyard of St. Anne's Church, Whitstone.
Go through the Lych Gate and turn left at the lane.
Heading back down the lane.
After negotiating the route through Luckham Farm and the delightful slippery slurry, go through a gate.
The route is well defined here by the presence of the electric fences.
After walking to the top of a field a very slippery and over-grown style takes you into the next field. I don't think anyone had used the style for at least 5 years.
Hilton Woods in the damp and misty distance.
Through the gate into the woods that time forgot
I had to beat a trail through the undergrowth, but was relieved to find the evidence of a public right of way, back when this was probably a medieval highway.