Bridleway 3 (Hatley St George)
Direction: roughly SW – NE, then NW – SE Distance: c. 1,500 m. Back to map
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continues northeast up a gentle slope towards Hayley Wood, crossing a
footbridge over a drainage ditch (TL 279519) after about 300 metres. It
continues alongside a ditch for a further 400 metres when, at the field
boundary, it turns sharply to the southeast (TL 282522). The fields in this area
still retain evidence of the medieval open field system. According to the Royal
Commission of Historic Monuments: In the N. of the parish around N.G. TL
283521 parts of three furlongs running N.W. to S.E. and one running N.E. to
S.W. (a complete furlong with 25 ridges), all well preserved, are now combined
in one field.
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The bridleway now follows the side of the field for a further 400 metres until it meets Bridleway 5 (TL 288522). This track takes you north towards Hayley Wood and Longstowe but Bridleway 3 turns south towards East Hatley. It follows the eastern side of a drainage ditch for about 400 metres until it turns east at the corner of the field (TL 289518). It then follows the northern side of a small plantation for 200 metres until it crosses a bridge and meets Footpath 17 which runs south into East Hatley. Bridleway 3 continues northeast for about 300 metres along the western side of the hedge until it turns southeast at the northern corner of another small plantation (TL 292522). It then continues along the north-eastern side of the trees for about 300 metres where it meets Footpath 19 (TL 294520) which leads northeast to Hatley Wilds.
The Ordnance Survey map shows another footpath at the end of the plantation heading west-southwest to meet up with Footpath 17. Bridleway 3 continues south-southeast for another 400 metres until it meets up with Bridleway 18 where it meets the source of Millbridge Brook at about 82 metres above sea level (TL 295517). Bridleway 18 takes you northeast up Croydon Old Lane towards Hatley Wilds and Ermine Street near Kingston Wood or southwest into East Hatley.