Rivers and woods around San­ton Down­ham and Bran­don

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From the leisure cen­tre car park, and with the build­ings on your right, fol­low the track through the yel­low bar­rier, pass­ing the ten­nis courts on your right and a chil­dren’s play area on the left to­wards the stanch. Go left over the river by the lock gates and turn right along the bank of the Lit­tle Ouse River and con­tinue to the A1065; cross the road, bear a lit­tle to the right to go along River­side Way.

Im­me­di­ately beyond the block of flats turn right along a signed bri­dle­way – Lit­tle Ouse Path to the river – then turn left over a bridge and con­tinue along the river bank to the road at San­ton Down­ham for about two-and-a-half miles. Some­times you might be for­tu­nate enough to see ot­ters at play in the river.

Cross the road and con­tinue along­side the river for another three-quar­ters of a mile, to the edge of a pic­nic site and park­ing area over to your left. Turn right on to a wooden bridge over the river, go ahead to a T-junc­tion, go right then im­me­di­ately left, fol­low the track to a mi­nor road and go across onto a nar­rower path.

At a cross­ing track turn left along a wide track and fol­low this to the B1107; cross over the road and con­tinue ahead along the left edge of a large field. At the far end veer a lit­tle to the left around a bar­rier and con­tinue ahead, shar­ing the route with a cy­cle track. At the sec­ond post with a No En­try sign (ap­pli­ca­ble to cy­clists only) carry on straight ahead.

Con­tinue ahead over a cross­ing track, pass­ing a for­est foot­steps path and a seat, and con­tinue ahead. At a tar­mac track con­tinue ahead skirt­ing around a black and yel­low bar­rier (you can hear the zip-wire of Go Ape over to your right). At a junc­tion of tracks and an open grassy area turn right. High Lodge is now on your right and you may choose to go and visit the cen­tre – there are toi­lets, shop and re­fresh­ments, plus ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren of all ages; re­turn the way you came back to the track.

Turn right, skirt­ing the edge of the High Lodge site; the track passes a con­crete reser­voir on the right stand­ing above ground and then soon joins the tar­mac ac­cess road to High Lodge. Con­tinue ahead on the tar­mac road to the en­try pay­ment bar­ri­ers. Then just be­fore a right bend in the road, turn left to join a cy­cle track and turn right onto

the Beta cy­cle trail. Keep ahead on this clear path. At the next Beta trail post be­ware of swing­ing to the right with the cy­cle track – con­tinue slightly left­wards on a less ob­vi­ous path, which will soon be­come clearer. Keep ahead, ig­nor­ing a left fork, then un­der­neath elec­tric power lines, go right­wards and left to pick up a track, grad­u­ally get­ting closer to, and even­tu­ally along­side, Green Road to meet the B1107.

Cross the B1107 and then through a nar­row strip of wood­land to a mi­nor road, turn right, ig­nore the foot­path go­ing into the hous­ing es­tate, but just be­fore the na­tional speed limit sign fork left along a foot­path, cross a drive­way, con­tinue to a cross­ing track with a bar­rier in front of you turn left. Just be­fore the track bends to the right, turn left into path along­side horse pad­docks. The path soon be­comes Gashouse Drove and even­tu­ally be­comes a nar­row tar­mac track. The track leads back to Bran­don High Street, cross and go slightly right into a nar­row al­ley­way marked with a cy­cle sign. Turn left along a road and when this turns to the left go ahead be­tween a wall and a hedge into a nar­row track, bear right along Vic­to­ria Av­enue and con­tinue back to the leisure cen­tre.

High Lodge in the for­est

Man­darin ducks

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