Footpaths

Chrishall is fortunate in having a network of pleasant footpaths enabling walkers to explore the village and the surrounding countryside.

Local Walks. A number of excellent local walks can be found on the Great Shelford village website, including one around Chrishall here

For more walks around Chrishall and Saffron Walden click here

'County Tops' The highest point in Essex is at the southern tip of the parish, south of Chiswick Hall, and Cambridgeshire's highest point is also within walking distance of the village, at Great Chishill. Walkers are therefore able to enjoy good views in most directions.

Here is a walk of about 8 miles which takes in both of these high points (text and diagrams courtesy of Robert Walden):
The Two Peaks Walk description
The Two Peaks Walk diagram

The Footpath Map has been split into two sections. The public rights-of-way shown are generally signposted from the village but an OS map is recommended when walking a route for the first time – especially across farm land. Always obey the country code.

Chrishall's heavy clay soils mean very muddy boots in wet weather!

Chrishall Footpaths Map

Parkhouse Lane (off Church Road) is also known as The Icknield Way Path. The Icknield Way is an ancient neolithic trackway (3000–1800BC) which ran along the higher and therefore drier ground of East Anglia, from north Norfolk to south west England.

Starting near Holme in Norfolk and running via Thetford and Newmarket, it also passed through the village of Ickleton, just a few miles east of Chrishall and through Heydon to the west. It ran through the chalk hills south of the A505 to Royston and on to Dunstable and Luton on its way to Wiltshire. In reality it was often a series of trackways running roughly parallel with each other along the wide chalk ridge.