Short Walks from the Half Moon Car Park – Route 3
Route 3 Distance 6.3Km Total ascent 71m
Leave car park and turn L along West Street. At the Market Square go L through the churchyard passing to R of the church then turn R along path to Cow Square, with its restored Edwardian cattle trough. Go ahead along New Street for 400m and just past the Old School House descend track to L of Cockspurs. When track joins a tarmac road, go ahead to T-junction and turn L (SP Street). Go along the pavement crossing the bridge over the river Cary, with a fine view of the railway viaduct, and 100m beyond turn R (SP Lytes Cary). After 300m along this busy road, bear L (SP Hurcot) and follow the lane alongside and then under the railway as it snakes around the side of the Cary valley. 30m beyond the bridge go straight up the track to left of cottage (SP Copley Wood), over stile and continue along L boundary to reach tarmac lane (GR 502 298). Turn L and follow tarmac track for 500m passing to the R of modern house, then straight across field to descend bank to stile to wooded area. Go through wooded area and cross stile on L, then bear R and continue with hedge on R to emerge on the busy B3151. Go L with great care for 300m then turn R into Littleton for 200m to reach pond. Turn L and go to L of buildings and through small gate into field. Through gate ahead and continue close to the L boundary to cross another gate. At the next gate, with a view of the viaduct, cross and immediately go R to descend with fence on R to go to R of line of shrubs to reach and cross bridge over the river Cary. Continue ahead between fishing lakes and at car park go ahead to ascend a steep footpath. At the top go through a kissing gate, climb steps, cross the tarmac road by the beech tree and follow path past the cemetery to emerge at road. Go L, cross to metal gate and follow path by railway to reach West Street adjacent to car park.