From the Viper pub, walk in roughly a south-westerly direction down Mill Green Road to a bridleway signpost on the right. Here, turn sharp right and walk along the bridleway through woodland, keeping straight ahead where paths cross the bridleway – the bridleway descends and then rises slightly. Where the bridleway forks by a way-marked post, take the right-hand fork – in a very short distance you come to the edge of the woods – go straight ahead along a path across the field in front of you and on the far side, go straight across Ingatestone Road and enter a path on the far side by a footpath signpost. This path immediately turns left and follows the left-hand side of a field, initially bending to the right and following the edge of a wooded area to your left whilst descending, then straightening before curving more gradually to the right beside a ditch to your left. Before you reach the far left-hand corner of the field, bear left by a way-marked post and enter the adjoining field, then follow the right-hand edge of this field to the edge of a wood (Ellis Wood). Here, turn sharp turn left and follow a track along the right-hand side of a field, with Ellis Wood to your right. In the far right-hand corner of the field, descend and enter a lane, with houses either side, which leads you out into Cock Lane. Turn left and walk along the lane to a T-junction with Ingatestone Road. Turn left into this road and in a relatively short distance, turn right into a Metsons Lane, which has a sign ‘J Oddy & Sons’ (initially, the lane is lined by stacks of wood from a woodyard). Soon, Metsons Lane passes to the right of a fishing lake, then skirts the north side of Barrow Wood before arriving at a junction with Blackmore Road. Cross this road, bearing slightly to the right, and enter a track opposite beside a public footpath sign – the track passes through a wooded area and then runs to the left of a field before arriving at a T-junction with a narrow track (Old Barns Lane).