Ickneild Way Ultra Route Directions

The Ickneild Way Ultra

 

Start to CP1

From the Lamb & Flag (G/R 528 938) exit going left on the road and soon over a humped bridge on the Old Bedford River.

At 0.8 miles cross another bridge on the New Bedford River, then going right on road.

At 1.86 miles keep right with the river bank to your right, sign posted L. T. Downham

At 3.6 miles take Hereward Way sign on your left (G/R 507 892) and continue with waterway on your right.

At 4.3 miles cross footbridge and then right over another bridge (G/R 514 885)

At 4.6 miles reach crossroads (G/R 513 881) continue ahead on track, sign ‘A’ Furlong.

At 5.4 miles cross railway line (G/R 517 869) through white gates, possibly overgrown with nettles.

At 6.0 miles reach lane and go right.

At 6.2 miles Hereward Way goes left (G/R 518 860), keep water course on your left, soon cross footbridge, keep water course on left.

At 6.7 miles go between hedgerows (G/R 521 852)

At 7.2 miles reach gap in hedgerow (G/R 522 844), continue over field to far right corner then ahead to houses, reaching a concrete path at 7.5 miles bearing right. Soon reach Park Lane and go left onto footpath, continue ahead past Bishops Close.

At 7.7 miles reach a road and go immediately over into Chapel Lane (G/R 522 839).

At 8.2 miles continue through metal gates heading towards Downham Road Farm.

At 9.4 miles (G/R 526 814) just after the golf course on your left, the path forks, keep left.

At 9.7 miles (G/R 528 809) meet the A10 and continue forward into West Fen Road.

At 10.4 miles (G/R 537 803) reach T-junction and turn right.

At 10.5 miles (G/R 538 803) reach T-junction and turn left.

At 10.6 miles (G/R 540 803) reach The Lamb pub which is CP1.

Navigation difficulty:
Route is reasonably well marked, terrain is flat and predominantly trail. Some seldom used sections can be a little overgrown.
Total CP distance = 10.6 miles

 

CP1 to CP2

From The Lamb pub bear right and continue down the high street.

At 0.3 miles (G/R 544 801), as road bends to the right, continue forward and bear left into Lisle Lane, passing Sainsbury’s and Travis Perkins.

At 0.6 miles (G/R 547 804), (just after Pecks DIY store) turn right on signed Hereward Way path.

At 1.1 miles (G/R 554 805) cross the railway line and continue on signed Hereward Way route.

At 1.3 miles (G/R 558 805) go through the grounds of Ely Enviromental and continue forward over cuckoo bridge.

At 1.6 miles (G/R 561 805) cross pedestrian bridge over the river to meet a road then turn right for approx 100 yards then turn left on signed Hereward Way.

At 2.7 miles (G/R 574 810) continue forward on the track in between a few houses.

At 3.5 miles (G/R 584 817) continue forward on track.

At 3.7 miles (G/R 587 810) as track forks, continue forward.

At 4.2 miles (G/R 592 821) turn right and right again past Hiam Sports & Social Club on your right, no footpath Take Care on quiet road.

At 7.3 miles pass Willow Farm on the right (G/R 624 783), then pass Prickwillow Rd on the left at 7.8 miles.

At 9.9 miles reach sign for Isleham Village.

At 10.1 miles reach the Griffin pub (G/R 643 743) which is CP2

Navigation difficulty:
Route is reasonably straightforward, terrain is flat and predominantly on road or footpath. Some seldom used sections can be a little overgrown.
Total CP distance = 10.1 miles

Total Race distance = 20.7 miles

 

CP2 to CP3

From the Griffin pub go right sign posted B1104, past the Co-Op, turning left into Malting Lane at 0.2 miles opposite Isleham Village Hall (G/R 643 740). Down to Beech Rd turning right, use footpath where possible.

At 1.5 miles take bridleway sign / track at (G/R 661 732), then soon bear right along the waterway.

At 1.8 miles track bears right to hedgerow and then left in between the two hedgerows (G/R 663 729)

At 2.3 miles reach lane and continue over (G/R 664 722)

At 2.4 miles reach cross roads and go left, immediate right up road towards Chippenham.

At 3.5 miles go left at road junction (G/R 660 703)

At 3.6 miles reach road junction go left signed Kennet

At 3.8 miles reach Tharp Arms (G/R 661 699) continue ahead on footpath past Chippenham Lodge Stud on your left.

At 5.4 miles pass Wild Tracks Activity Park on your left, then soon over bridge over the A11, down to an island, continue over sign posted A14 using grass verge where possible.

At 6.3 miles enter Kennet, stay on Station Rd on footpath.

At 7.0 miles cross Kennet railway bridge (G/R 700 672)

Reach cross roads and go over 7.4 miles (G/R 701 666) by the Bell Inn

Through Moulton and past Post Office & Shop on your right.

At 9.38 miles go past Dalham Rd on your right.

At 9.8 miles go right sign posted Ashley (G/R 703 632) quiet lane, enter Ashley Village continue on lane until reach road at 11.1 miles (G/R 698 616), bear left and shortly you will reach The Crown pub which is CP3.

Navigation difficulty:
Route is reasonably straightforward, terrain is flat and predominantly on road or footpath. Some seldom used sections can be a little overgrown.
Total CP distance = 11.1 miles
Total Race distance = 31.8 miles

 

CP3 to CP4

From the Crown pub continue across the road up the High Street on the B1063, past Ashley Stores on your right soon reaching Icknield Way sign (IW) on your right at 0.1 miles, go right here (G/R 697 615).

At 1.0 miles IW reaches road, go left on footpath (G/R 683 609)

At 1.3 miles IW goes right (G/R 684 604) just by the Cheveley Royal British Legion Club.

At 2.0 miles cross road and continue IW (G/R 674 598) through kissing gate, cross field into wooded area then left at hedge.

At 2.6 miles reach lane, go straight over (G/R667 594)

At 2.8 miles through gate IW continues on tarmac path.

At 3.1 miles reach lane (G/R 661 592), go right past church on left.

At 3.3 miles go right into Woodditton Rd (G/R 658 592), then IW is immediately on your left.

At 3.6 miles track bears right IW. (G/R 652 589), then shortly at 3.7 miles a low height IW sign goes left down steps at (G/R 651 591)

At 4.4 miles reach road and go left (G/R 641 584), then right and left, turning just before the Marquis of Granby pub (G/R 641 583).

Go past the Ellesmere Centre on the left, then at 4.8 miles take IW on the right (G/R 642 581)

At 5.1 miles cross footbridge (G/R 642 577), soon crossing second footbridge at (G/R 643 573)

At 5.3 miles (G/R 644 572) IW goes right (this is easy to miss), and continues along a very tight overgrown track.

 

At 5.5 miles reach and go around fenced paddock area, till you reach a lane at (G/R 641 565), continue over on track.

At 6.1 miles reach houses IW straight on (G/R 638 560), then at 6.3 miles IW goes right at the rear of The Bull pub. Reach road going left on footpath for a short way crossing over and following the lane signposted ‘Church’. Take the next lane on the left into Sheriffs Court (G/R 637 544), past houses then immediately on your right take the footbridge sign posted IW (G/R 636 553).

At 6.8 miles go over another footbridge bearing right (G/R 636 551)

At 7.1 miles over footbridge (G/R 633 547), then soon a second footbridge, reaching lane at 7.3 miles, IW goes right on lane which is the High Street. (G/R 630 547).

Stay on the footpath along the High Street, leading into Brinkley Road, where at 7.7 miles you will reach The Red Lion pub on your left which is CP4. (G/R 625 549)

Navigation difficulty:
Route is reasonably straightforward, terrain is flat and predominantly on road or footpath. Some seldom used sections can be a little overgrown.
Total CP distance = 7.7 miles
Total Race distance = 39.5 miles

 

CP4 to CP5

From the Red Lion go right back on the route you came in on.

At 0.3 miles go left at Coles Lane when you reach the IW sign (G/R 629 547)

Continue down Coles Lane, through several wooden gates, and continue on signed Ickneild Way route.

At 0.8 miles (G/R 626 539) meet road and turn right for approx 30 yards then left on signed Ickneild Way route.

At 2.3 miles (G/R 604 548) meet small tarmac lane and turn left on signed Ickneild Way route.

At 2.6 miles (G/R 602 544) as lane bends to the left, turn right on signed Ickneild Way route.

At 2.7 miles (G/R 601 545) turn left on gravel track.

At 3.3 miles (G/R 597 537) cross over small tarmac lane and continue forward on signed Ickneild Way route.

At 3.7 miles (G/R 594 530) cross road and continue forward.

At 5.4 miles (G/R 579 511) continue forward on tarmac lane.

At 5.6 miles (G/R 579 508) turn left on signed Ickneild Way route.

At 6.0 miles (G/R 586 507) bear right in between post office on right and butchers shop on left down Woodhall Lane, signed Ickneild Way.

At 6.9 miles (G/R 582 494) continue forward on signed Ickneild Way route.

At 7.3 miles (G/R 583 487) turn left down gravel track.

At 8.1 miles (G/R 594 483) meet road, cross over and continue forward.

At 9.0 miles (G/R 606 479) turn right towards the A1307.

At 9.5 miles (G/R 611 472) meet cul-de-sac and bear left to a T-junction and turn right.

At 9.6 miles reach De Montfort Arms (G/R 614 471) which is CP5.

Navigation difficulty:
Route is reasonably straightforward, terrain is flat and predominantly trail. Some seldom used sections can be a little overgrown.
Total CP distance = 9.6 miles
Total Race distance = 49.1 miles

 

CP5 to Finish / Campsite

From De Montfort Arms head back down Haverhill Road for approx 0.1 miles to reach kissing gate (G/R 612 471). After a few yards keep to the right hand side of the cricket pitch to meet a kissing gate in the hedge. Go through this and one more.

At 0.2 miles (G/R 612 469) meet a road. Cross this with care and continue forward.

At 0.4 miles (G/R 610 466) turn left on signed route.

At 0.6 miles (G/R 612 464) turn right down the field.

At 1.4 miles (G/R 601 459) meet gravel track, turn left then immediately right.

At 1.7 miles (G/R 598 455) continue forward as path splits.

At 2.0 miles (G/R 597 452) meet road and turn right.

At 2.2 miles (G/R 594 451) turn left down gravel track, under bridge and past house on the left onto grass track.

At 2.6 miles (G/R 595 445) at T-junction in track, turn left.

At 2.7 miles (G/R 596 445) turn right on track.

At 3.0 miles (G/R 594 441) as gravel track bends to the right, continue forward on grass track.

At 3.5 miles (G/R 591 434) continue forward on gravel track.

At 3.9 miles (G/R 592 429) meet road and continue forward on signed footpath.

At 4.2 miles (G/R 595 425) meet lane by windmill and turn left behind the windmill, past houses on the left, then bear right on grass path (the grass path is in the same field as the windmill).

At 4.4 miles (G/R 594 423) at a sign for Essex County Council routes pointing left and straight on, continue forward.

At 5.1 miles (G/R 588 419) meet a small tarmac lane and turn right.

At 5.2 miles (G/R 587 419) reach T-junction and turn right.

At 5.3 miles (G/R 587 421) reach the Rose and Crown Pub which is the conclusion of The Ickneild Ultra and the Relentless Camp Site

Navigation difficulty:
Route is reasonably straightforward, terrain is flat and predominantly trail. Some seldom used sections can be a little overgrown.
Total CP distance = 5.3 miles
Total Race distance = 54.4 miles