Saturday 6th March 2010
About 7 miles of walking, around half on the Weavers' Way
We walked back towards Sustead and rejoined the current route of the Weavers' Way by turning left onto a track at 193371. We passed a man repairing the rather waterlogged track with stones then, at Glen Farm, the track became a path, first signposted to the left behind farm buildings then down and over a stile to the right. We emerged onto a slightly squelchy meadow, merging with the former route to the Weavers' Way (to be our return route).
The path was clearly signposted to the left and the walking was initially easy, but we soon found ourselves in a narrow and extremely wet and muddy passageway, between two prickly hedges. We could see a better path through woodland to our right, but we assumed this was private land; as we got to the end of the passageway, a man was just getting out of a car and he said it would have been OK to follow the path through the woodland (but we never saw where this emerged, so perhaps we did the right thing).
The path turned first left then right, then left then right - with attractive snowdrops to admire - then we headed across the fields, with Hanworth Church visible to our left hand side and Alby Church visible to our right hand side - they're only separately by about 1km! We reached a minor road (the former route of the Weavers' Way) and turned left, past Manor Farm and Hanworth Church (St Bartholemew's). By the church we turned left, past what appears to be a newly formed lake and Hanworth Hall (which appears to be modern, perhaps built on the site of an older property).
We were soon back on Hanworth Common and we took a minor road to the right. We passed another pond then took a footpath straight ahead of us, just to the left of a house. We crossed a field and we were back on the very narrow Emery's Lane. We turned left and immediately right, back across the freshly ploughed field and the meadow, but turning right this time, to follow the old route of the Weavers' Way (very helpfully still signposted) around the edges of fields and down a track, back to the Church at Metton.