Via St Mary's Stratfield Saye

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Why do it?

This walk takes you past the 13c deconsecrated church of All Saints in the centre of old Stratfield Turgis and on to the 18c church of St Mary the Virgin at Stratfield Saye, two buildings with very different architectural styles. It is a gentle flat walk winding over fields and lanes crossing the river Loddon.

The Walk

Leave the recreation ground and turn left. Follow the footway for 30m and you will see a footpath marker partially hidden in the hedge opposite. Go through the small opening and follow the footpath up the edge of the field, keeping the hedge on the right, eventually turning right at the path junction. This track follows the ridge and you can see the old church down by the river. By the farm buildings turn left in front of them to the old church. At the church the footpath leads through the hedge into the old churchyard. This contains some fascinating markers including that of John Mears, padgroom to the Duke of Wellington. Leave the church and pass in front of Turgis Court, ducking under the towering willow. This takes you onto the bridleway leading alongside a small branch of the Loddon with a pretty weir part way along. At the end turn left onto the road leading across Broadford Bridge and into Stratfield Saye. Follow the road bearing right until you see large white gates on the right and the sign to the church.
Go through the gates and follow the road to the church. Information about the church is here.

Retrace your steps to the main road, turn left then follow the road bearing initially right then left.The optional route extension to The Iron Duke Pub means keep right (not left) and follow the road to the junction. Keep the pub on the right and you’ll see a footpath marker. Follow this and turn right back onto the road at the end.)

This leads eventually to a footpath marked on the left. Follow this, bearing left at the end of the first field and then, keeping the hedge on the right, to a large stile over the fence. After this head left across the field until you see another stile and bridge. Cross the bridge and you’ll see the church from where you can retrace your steps back to the start.

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