Weekend walk -Great Cransley

THIS week's walk starts and finishes in Great Cransley and meanders past picturesque Cransley Reservoir and through the village of Thorpe Malsor.

Park in Great Cransley and start from the crossroads. Walk down Bridle Way and follow it for about a mile until the gate at the end. Go through, cross the field and the next stile.

Continue under the disused railway, over the stile and along the left-hand side of the field ahead. Keep direction over two more stiles and over the next field on a track, which should be visible within the crop.

At the A14, turn left along the field edge with the hedge to the right and go over two stiles down to a fenced track and over a footbridge. Turn left across a stile and follow the stream to the field boundary.

Turn right this side of the hedge, walk up to and cross the stile to the left. Continue along the right-hand side of the left-hand field with the hedge to the right, crossing the stile at the top.

Walk up to the road ahead signed Thorpe Malsor, turn left through a small gap in the hedge into the second field on the left. Carry on up the field edge parallel to the road. Fork left just before the top corner and cross the field boundary next to a market post. Keep on over the next two fields.

At the junction, go straight on along Church Way in Thorpe Malsor, turning left at the signpost just past the church. Carry on through the kissing gate and round the double bend to the field boundary.

Turn left down the right-hand side of the field to the reservoir, bear left for for a short way, then right over the dam. Bear right between the railings past the front of the clubhouse, continue through the kissing gate and up the left-hand side of the field to the road.

Turn right past the farm, go over the old railway bridge and past the wood to a footpath sign on the left. Cross the stile and the field in the arrowed direction, go down the fenced track to Londdington Road in Great Cransley. Turn left to the village centre and your vehicle.

Distance: 4.5 miles

How to get there: Great Cransley is a mile north of Broughton, off the A43.

Walk reproduced by kind permission of Clive Brown.