On to numbers 8 and 9, which are both marked on maps, so should be easy to find. Number 10 is a bit special, and will feature in a future post.
8. Church Lane to Moss Lane
I’ve found this one to be the most used snicket of the selection I’ve shown you. It can get a bit muddy in the winter as a result of the through-traffic.
As you walk past the lovely Pinner House (built in the 17-18th centuries, now a nursing home) on Church Lane, which leads off the top of the High Street, you’ll see to your left a small road called Ingle Close. The footpath is signposted clearly and is made even more obvious by the pavement vanishing after this point. There are often conkers to collect around the entrance in the Autumn.
9. Wakeham’s Hill to George V Close
This snicket is an old favourite of mine. We were sent running round here and over Nower Hill when I was at school and this is was definitely the toughest, but prettiest part.
If you’re coming from #8, you simply cross Moss Lane and head left up into Wakeham’s Hill, which is quite a steep ascent. Keep going with the Squirrels on your right and you’ll reach the top of the hill. There’s a fine viewpoint from the stile just off the road on the left over Hall’s Farm towards Hatch End and Old Redding. Carry on down the hill until you reach a dead end and the allotments.
The snicket is to the right of the allotments and passes alongside Pinner New Cemetery and Nower Hill High School’s extension field. There’s a lot of flora and fauna, including squirrels, green parrots and the odd friendly cat. The ground is generally fine (cyclists use this path), but uneven and muddy in places. You might have to push back an encroaching bush here and there. Do note that this snicket is totally unlit and not one to attempt in the dark, due to its length.
Images of both snickets featured today:
Chuffed to have someone message me on Twitter to say he was trying out a snicket from part 1. Do let us know if you decide to go snicketting @imule or by leaving a comment.