The lost village of Linstead Magna

This easy circuit, starting in the quiet village of Cratfield, is well-known to local people and in the autumn provides lots of blackberries!  It is a quiet and peaceful circuit through farms cultivating grains, oil seed, and sugar beet, in an area which used to be Linstead Magna, the village on the hills above Linstead Parva which lies in the valley below.

c.4.5 miles; 2 hours

The Poacher, Cratfield

The Poacher, Cratfield

OS Explorer Map 231, 1:25,000

OS Explorer Map 231, 1:25,000

The walk starts at the fingerpost, in Bell Green, 50 yards away from The Poacher.

Looking back across the field at the start of the walk

Looking back across the field at the start of the walk

A bridge over the 'Cratfield' stream which joins the Blyth River at Huntingfield

A bridge over the ‘Cratfield Stream’ which joins the Blyth River at Huntingfield

quiet fields between Cratfield & Linstead Magna, with good waymarks

Quiet fields between Cratfield & Linstead Magna, with good waymarks

The hedgerows everywhere were filled with berries, nuts, fruit, and rosehips

Bullaces

Bullaces

Horse chestnuts

Horse chestnuts

Hawthorn berries

Hawthorn berries

Apples

Apples

Rosehips

Rosehips

Linstead Hall, hidden in the trees, is moated and immediately opposite the Hall is another moated square, also surrounded by trees.

Linstead Hall

Linstead Hall

A corner of the dry moat around Linstead Hall

A corner of the dry moat around Linstead Hall

A very old oak tree on the corner of the moat opposite Linstead Hall

A very old oak tree on the corner of the moat opposite Linstead Hall

Church Farm, Linstead Magna

Church Farm, Linstead Magna

The Church of St Peter, Linstead Magna, was in disrepair by 1924, the date of the photograph below, and in 1960 the remains of the tower and part of the north aisle were bulldozed down.

The Church of St Peter, Linstead Magna, 1924

The Church of St Peter, Linstead Magna, 1924

A slight bump in the field, marking the site of St Peter, Linstead Magna

A slight bump in the field, marking the site of St Peter, Linstead Magna

A cross to remember the Church of St Peter, Linstead Magna

A cross to remember the Church of St Peter, placed on the nearby field boundary

The waymarks around Magna Farm have been removed, and the fields were ploughed, so I followed a broad grassy track along field boundaries (shown on the map above in purple), and struck off towards the raised pond where I rejoined the public footpath. (NB: finding the line of the path may be tricky here when the crops have grown, as the pond will not be visible, so either use common sense, or a compass!)

The fields around Magna Farm

The fields around Magna Farm

The broad, grassy track between Magna Farm and Church Farm

The broad, grassy track between Magna Farm and Church Farm

The raised pond at Church Farm

The raised pond at Church Farm

Crossing the ditch between Church Farm and Linstead Farm

Crossing the ditch between Church Farm and Linstead Farm

Looking back at the raised pond, with Magna Farm in the distance

Looking back at the raised pond, with Magna Farm in the distance

From Church Farm the path crosses Linstead Farm, dropping down to the ‘Cratfield Stream’ again

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A ride on Linstead Farm

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Well-marked path

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At the ‘Cratfield Stream’ again, looking back up the hill

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Cross over this stile and turn left for the centre of Cratfield.

Towards Cratfield

Alongside the road to Cratfield

The site of the Methodist Church in the centre of Cratfield

The site of the Methodist Church in the centre of Cratfield

The Old Post Office

The Old Post Office

The former Village Pump

The former Village Pump

And an enjoyable stopping point at the end of the walk!

The Poacher, Cratfield

The Poacher, Cratfield

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