This is a shorter and easier version of the Kilrie and Balmuto walk. This shorter version is just 3 miles and utilises farm tracks and quiet road.
Start from the car park at Kilrie Woodlands on the B9157 Quarry Road at grid ref NT 239 893. Unfortunately the car park has been somewhat neglected and is not the most attractive place from which to start a walk.
Leave the car park on the surfaced path (which is actually a cycle track) heading in a westerly direction. After about 350m you will reach the exit from the woods.Take extreme care and cross the busy and fast road. Turn left for a short distance to reach a track on your right hand side. Take this track and then turn left onto the tarmac public road.
The road is relatively quiet but keep a look out for vehicles. Turn left on to a track opposite a large farm. If you have a dog with you, take note of the notice asking you to keep dogs on a lead at this point. Follow this farm track across open fields for just over a kilometre to reach a junction with another farm track. Turn right onto this next track.
Follow the beech hedged track northwards for about 500m until you reach Balmuto Castle (now a private house) on your left. At the castle turn right onto another farm track. This track initially passes through a wooded area until it reaches Gamekeepers Cottage (don’t worry about the private signs – this is a core path) after which it passes through unfenced fields so again if you have a dog with you keep it close to you or better still, on a lead. The track then goes downhill until it reaches the public road.
Turn right on to the road which initially goes uphill before flattening off. After about 1km you will reach the large farm that you passed earlier. Keep straight on at the farm until you reach the track to your right (signed as a cycle route) which leads down to the main road. Carefully cross the road and turn left to reach the entrance to the woods on your right hand side. You are now back on the cycle track through the woods. Follow the surfaced track which will bring you back to your starting point.
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