Route: Challock to/from Molash (3 ¾ miles)
This is the second longest section of the walk, but apart from a couple of short hills and a stile it presents no challenges. The starts from both churches on this route are along very quiet roads. Much of the route is along wide forestry drives but there are two crossings of busy main roads.
Please note that from 2019 the route is being altered slightly (giving more variety, not in length)
This has been underlined below, but bear in mind that the clockwise route will be route marked with red arrows in the opposite direction to that described.
N.B. These notes just give an outline of the route for which the way is specially marked out by large dayglow red arrows whose direction varies between clockwise & anticlockwise as shown in each year’s publicity. The following two descriptions starting from opposite ends finish at a single defined point, continuing from which it should not be difficult to read sentences in reverse order
(Start here to follow ‘Anti-Clockwise’ arrows). Molash church up to crossing A251 main road.
Leaving Molash church lane, the route crosses the busy A252 to a footpath across two fields to enter the Forestry Commission’s King’s Wood. After a steep descent, the route turns right on a wide grassy track which becomes a wide drive by a fenced pond & passes tree sculptures on the right. After ascending the slight gradient between bluebell carpeted slopes, turn right through a side gate into a lane passing a house to a kissing gate. This gives access to a path through trees with the forest floor solid with bluebells. Regain the forest drive & proceed to where a pleasant footpath exits half right to emerge onto grass paddocks before a narrow path to the very busy A 251. Cross it with care!
(Start here to follow ‘Clockwise’ arrows). Challock church up to crossing A251 main road.
As explained on its description page, Challock church is isolated from its village, served only by a quiet road which starts with a steep climb between wooded banks before levelling out between fields. Passing the school & houses to crossroads, it turns right to follow that road as far as the village hall car park. It then crosses a playing field diagonally past the cricket square to a gap in the hedge. Great caution is needed crossing the very busy A251 to a very narrow footpath.