HARLINGTON – UPPER SAMPSHILL- CIRCULAR

An interesting circular walk from Harlington venturing out to the hamlet of Upper Sampshill, noted for its Bunyan connections and returning along byways and across fields to Harlington.  O S Explorer 193

Route

1  From leaving Village Hall Car Park walk straight across Bury Orchard and emerge onto Barton Road.  (Wonderful views over Sundon Hills to the right).

2  After crossing Goswell End Road, walk with extreme care 25 yards along Barton Road and take the footpath on the left signposted to Bunyan’s Oak.

 3  Emerge with glorious views over countryside and Bunyan’s Oak in the distance.  Take path bearing left (signposted Pulloxhill) down hill and pass through kissing gate.

4  Proceed through new woodland and fields with new houses and pond to your right onto junction of paths.  Here you cross straight over the field towards Upper Sampshill farm in the distance.  (This footpath is signposted but sometimes not reinstated after ploughing). 

5  Carry on eventually across an uphill field (sometimes containing cattle) and emerge by the farm.  Take a right, distant views across to Barton Hills and Knocking Hoe.  Take the footpath amongst the trees which wends and bends its way downhill eventually emerging on Barton Road by Mill Farm.

6  Turn right and cross, with care, walk a short distance and take signposted path on the left which follows the route of the road.  This eventually emerges back on the road, which you cross and then go straight round/across field.  (Again , depending on time of year, the footpath either goes directly across the field as on the map or if it is not reinstated walk around edge of field). 

(photograph looking back)

7  You will arrive at the foot of Harlington Hill.  Climb back up to the top of the hill and you will find yourself at point 3 above.  You can then retrace your steps back to the village hall car park.

5.5k  1 ½ hours

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