Linton, Hadstock and Rivey Hill

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Start: Linton Distance: 7.5 miles (12.0 km) Climbing: 160 metres
Grid Ref: TL 56353 46811 Time: 3-4 hours Rating: Moderate
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Statistics
Start: Linton Distance: 7.5 miles (12.0 km)
Climbing: 160 metres Grid Ref: TL 56353 46811
Time: 3-4 hours Rating: Moderate
GPX Route File Google Earth File
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)

The Walk: The Cambridgeshire village of Linton, with its lovely old houses and cottages straddling the River Granta, lies in a scenic valley with arable fields and woods climbing the slopes that surround it. The walk leads through the village, past the former market area, to the 16th century Guildhall and imposing church of St Mary before breaking out across rolling countryside to the picturesque hamlet of Hadstock which lies just over the border in Essex.

All Saints Church, PurleighAll Saints Church, Purleigh
Aerial view of HazeleighAerial view of Hazeleigh

From the church in Linton the walk follows thew slowly meandering river for a short way and continues past the site of an old mill and an old ford to reach Chalky Road, an old green lane which leads through cultivated fields until reaching a quiet lane leading past old houses into the village of Hadstock.

At the center of Hadstock is the village green, overlooked by the lovely Saxon church of St Botolph. a path leads up between cottages and their pretty gardens to the churchyard. The church is built after Abbot Botolph who built a monastery in East Anglia. He died there in 680AD. From Hadstock the walk continues through wide open fields back to Linton.

Passing Linton Zoo the walk continues to Little Linton, a pretty moated Elizabethan grange, almost hidden from view. Afterwards the last stage of the walk follows a roman road to Rivey Hill with its pepper-pot water tower. From the hill there are tremendous views of the surrounding countryside to be enjoyed before descending the hill and returning to Linton.


Acknowledgments: Text derived from the Out and Out Series; Discovering the Countryside on Foot. Pictures courtesy of Wikipedia.

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