So, if I were a crow, I found, it would be 1.6 miles
If I walked via Latchley and Luckett, along paths that I mostly know already, but hadn't followed all the way: 3.58miles (sadly this is too far for Mollydog nowadays on her ricketty legs).
Then I saw an alternative route that goes across the river, that would be just 2.64 miles. That's odd, I thought. I don't think there is a bridge there, but the map thinks there is. So I went to Google maps and confirmed what I thought I saw last time I walked that way:
Yup, you can cut almost a mile off the walk if you swim the river. Or, I suppose, carry a canoe on your back, or perhaps whittle yourself a coracle from twigs as you walk through the woods... I wonder if in the summer the river shallows enough at that point that you can ford it? I must remember to go and look.