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30 November 2019: Terling to Maddox HallDead standing maize

Start point grid reference: TL 771 150GPX file

Eleven of us actually started this walk from the Rayleigh Arms in Terling. This advertises itself as a gastropub. Don’t be put off by this. They are happy to cater for ramblers and the food is excellent. I only recorded the route on the GPX file from and to The Dismals. (I’m intrigued by the name. What are its origins?)

It rained very heavily during the week, so as we drove to the pub I was pleased to see that all the mud in the fields appeared to be frozen hard. I should have known better. By the time we started rambling the sun had warmed the fields up and we had to cope with a number of muddy bits.

Most of the fields we walked around either were newly ploughed or already had the next crop showing through. The exception was the patch I photographed, where the corn was completely dead but not cut down. We assumed that it had been left like that for the pheasants. It is a popular shooting area. (I ate game pie at the pub later.)

We walked some way along Terling Hall Road. This turned out to be quite busy, so there were frequent calls of “Car!” We stopped to have coffee by a small clump of trees where a footpath leads north. The footpath sign appears to point along the left side of the hedge but the path is actually to the right.

We took footpaths as far as Waltham Road and then turned towards Gambles Green, which only has a few houses. We took a small detour on footpaths to the north of Gambles Green, which gave us a good view of the disused windmill. We then returned to the road and made our way back to Terling via the cricket ground.