In Essex the Icknield Way runs through the isolated villages of Chrishall, Elmdon and Strethall. They now describe themselves as the Icknield villages. Although these were traditionally agricultural communities, by the 17th century many of the villagers worked in the new textile industry centred on Saffron Walden.
The riders routes and the walkers route diverge through these villages. It would good to have a local person to review the routes and consider if there is a better more ‘off-road’ route for riders.
These rather old leaflets give details of the Icknield Way riders route: Countryside Commission Leaflet 2 Telegraph Hill, Hertfordshire to Great Chesterford/Cow Lane, Essex (~7MB file), and Countryside Commission Leaflet 3 Balsham Wood, Cambridgeshire to Roundham Heath, Norfolk (~2.7MB file)