DISTANCE: 2.7 miles (4.3 km)
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Long hill and steep descent
PATHS: Country lanes
Hilly, but with the reward of wonderful views. Land saturated by wet weather creates mini waterfalls along Fordland Bottom and wild garlic abounds in season. College Lane can be very slippery in wet weather.
This walk starts from the Ide Community Shop.
Turn left and walk to the Huntsman Inn. Take the pavement along The College, said to be one of the longest fords in the country. Follow College Lane as it climbs steeply.
Stop for breather in one of the several gateways, taking account of the lovely views that appear on both sides of the lane.
Just before College Lane joins the main Moretonhampstead Road, turn sharp left down Haynes Lane. At the bottom of this steep hill, turn sharp left again, following the course of the Fordland Brook through its pretty valley.
Keep straight on following the brook, passing West Town Farm on your right and Ide cricket pitch on your left. Carry on up Station Road to the mini roundabout at the top of the village.
Turn left into High Street and walk down through the village to your starting point.
Points of interest
In the past, New Buildings Farm used to keep a dairy herd. They also raised and dressed poultry for the Christmas market. The old farm buildings have been replaced by New Barn house and garden.
Along Fordland Bottom were many small farms or holdings. Agricultural depression and abandoned farms meant the land was consolidated finally in West Town Farm.
Opposite Odams Cottages there used to be Chilleys, a thatched farm house which was destroyed by a German incendiary bomb in the Second World War.
The Poachers pub has been called the New Inn and The Railway Inn after the railway line was built in 1917.