County Tops of England: Cambridgeshire

Great Chishill: 146 metres (Grid Ref: TL427386)
Route Statistics and Files
Start: Great Chishill Grid Ref: TL427386 Distance: 6.0 miles (9.6 km)
Climbing: 90 metres Time: 2-3 hours Rating: Easy
GPX Route File Google Earth File Map: 194 Hertford and Bishop’s Stortford
Statistics
Start: Great Chishill Grid Ref: TL427386
Distance: 6.0 miles (9.6 km) Time: 2-3 hours
Climbing: 90 metres Rating: Easy
GPX Route File Google Earth File
Map: 194 Hertford and Bishop’s Stortford
On the walk from Great Chishill to Chrishall Common
On the walk from Great Chishill to Chrishall Common (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

The Walk: From the start of the walk in the centre of Great Chishill walk east along Hall Lane and you will bag the county top of Cambridgeshire. No need to go any further then, ignore this walk and turn back. However, keep going and follow the route to reach the highest point of Essex which is located not too far to the south-east on Chrishall Common. There you are, two county tops captured in one walk. To achieve this I have designed a pleasant circular. On Hall Lane leave the road by The Hall and follow a path south-east on a lane and then across a field to the south edge of Monkshole Wood. Keep going past the wood in the same direction across another field to reach Building End Road near Lower Farm. Follow the road south to where it terminates to become Common Lane and keep going south to where another track forks off heading east across Chrishall Common on a slight ascent to Roughway Wood and around the fringe of the woods by first turning right at a junction of paths and then left at the next junction of paths you will meet the Harcamlow Way footpath and at the same time bag the county top of Essex.

Follow the Harcamlow Way north to Chiswick Hall and then head west on a path across a field and then north along a lane to reach Building End Road once more. Turn left along the road and take the first path on the right heading north west across fields back to Hall Lane which will lead you east back to Great Chishill.

The Walk I Would Do: This one. I could have designed a step out of the car to bag Cambridgeshire's high point and a short walk of less than a mile from Upper Green/ Langley to reach Essex's county top. But surely a nice circular walk in the boundary lands of the counties is the better option.


Information: Great Chishill is a village forming part of the civil parish of Great and Little Chishill in the south of the county of Cambridgeshire. The highest point of Cambridgeshire, at 146 metres above sea level, is about 800 metres east of Great Chishill church. The highest point of Essex, Chrishall Common and the triple point of Cambridgeshire, Essex and Hertfordshire lie close to each other and about 2 kilometres (1 mi) south of Great Chishill. (Source: Wikipedia)


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