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Harcamlow Way

Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire

227 km / 141 miles
A figure-of-eight walk, mainly on tracks and green lanes passing many places of historic interest, crossing low hills, woods and arable land via Standon and Manuden to meet the cross-over point at Newport. It continues through Saffron Walden and over the low Bartlow Hills to Horseheath and the Fleam Dyke, to enter Cambridge, the return route passing through Melbourn and Chrishall to Newport, continuing via Debden, Thaxted, Takeley and Hatfield Forest. Originally devised in the 1970s by Fred Matthews and Harry Bitten, their guidebook is long out of print, though OS maps showed the route. It has inspired local author Phoebe Taplin to produce two updated 2014 guides listed below.

The waymarked Five Parishes Millennium Boundary Walk (15 miles) is a circular route using part of the Harcamlow Way at Tilty. The waymarked Wimpole Way (11 miles and on OS mapping) goes across farmland and through the villages of Caldecote and Kingston to the eighteenth-century Wimpole Hall and Park and is part of the Harcamlow Way. With the Clopton Way it links the Greensand Ridge Walk with Cambridge.


Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Attributes: Easy
Start and Finish: TL445113 - Harlow, Essex View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Harcamlow Way - Tim Bertuchi

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Harcamlow Way 1 - Scenic Walks in Hertfordshire and Essex  (Phoebe Taplin  - 2014 )
Guidebook Harcamlow Way 2 - Country Walks Around Cambridge  (Phoebe Taplin  - 2014 )
General Interest Book Cambridge colleges  (History Press  - 1988 )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 153, 154, 166, 167
OS Landranger Active 153, 154, 166, 167
OS Explorer 174, 183, 194, 195, 208, 209, 210, 226
OS Explorer Active 174, 183, 194, 195, 208, 209, 210, 226

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Route Profile:

218.8 km (136.0 miles)
1,965 m (6,447 ft) ascent
151 m (495 ft)  maximum height

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