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A collection of free walks in the Hertfordshire countryside


Photograph of a footbridge over the River Mimram on Walk 55: The Ayot North East Loop
The footbridge over the River Mimram on Walk 55: The Ayot North East Loop
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

We now have 60 walks in the Hertfordshire countryside for you to enjoy, all featuring local pubs. All are free to download and use for non-commercial purposes. Some, such as Walk 6: The Sculpture Trail, are short and ideal for children and the elderly. Others, such as Walk 22: The North Mymms Way are half- to full-day walks. Why not work your way through the index on the right (not mobile).

For smartphone users, the easiest way to see the list of all the walks on the site is to scroll down this page until you reach the bottom. At that point you will see a 'View web version' link. Click it and you will see all the walks in the right hand column. Pick the walk you want and you will be taken to it on the mobile version.

Many of our walks can be completed in a couple of hours, and range from 3-5 miles, others will need half a day, and cover 7-10 miles. Most are circular routes, because we prefer those, but there are a few linear.

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If you want to get in touch, there is a contact form to the right of every page. And if you want to comment on the walks, there is a comment box below every walk (comments are moderated, so there will be a delay in seeing your comments go live). You can also rate the walks using the five rating boxes which you can see below. (Those boxes apply to the walks and not this introduction to them).

We hope you enjoy our walks as much as we have enjoyed creating them, testing them, and revisiting them many times since.

Dave and Ellie Brewer - January 2018



Walk 60: The Sculpture Walk

Ideal for young and older walkers

An easy 1km loop



Photograph of sculptures along Walk 60: The Sculpture Walk

Photograph of sculptures along Walk 60: The Sculpture Walk


The Sculpture Trail in Broxbourne Woods is ideal for children and those who are finding long walks and lots of ups and downs too much. It's a gentle walk, with lots to see and plenty of benches for rests. Ideal for the young and old of heart.

See if you can spot the wooden wild boar with her piglets, or the Roman centurion. Or can walk to the space where several piece of metal line up to create a Hertfordshire deer? Give it a try. Click here for a PDF of the walk.

Photograph of the notice board and map for Walk 60: The Sculpture Walk

Photograph of sculptures along Walk 60: The Sculpture Walk

Photograph of sculptures along Walk 60: The Sculpture Walk

The nearest pubs for refreshments are The Woodman and Olive at nearby Wormley West End, and The Farmer's Boy at Brickenden.


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Walk 59: The Burn's Green Loop

Shaded paths, open views

4.2 miles (6.7 km)


Photograph of footpath, fences and fields along Walk 59: The Burn's Green Loop

An enchanting mix of shaded footpaths and byways, woodland and wide open views across beautiful, undulating Hertfordshire countryside.

Map for Walk 59: The Burn's Green Loop

Directions


  1. Park in Burn's Green just south of Benington. We found a spot down a cul-de-sac called Goodey Meade at the side of Ernest Doe & Sons on Whempstead Road.
  2. Head east down a road called Burn's Green, which is to the left of The Lordship Arms as you look at the pub.
  3. Continue heading east as the road becomes a byway, and then, eventually, becomes a narrow footpath. Follow the path as it weaves south-east, ignoring a footpath going off to your left.
  4. Cross over High Elms Lane and continue heading south-east on the footpath opposite.
  5. Keep left at a footpath junction and head south-west.
  6. Follow the path through Gregory's Farm (the views behind you just before you reach the farm are spectacular)
  7. At the end of the farm lane, where it weaves right, you turn left down a path to the right of a barn and continue walking north-west alongside Loefield Grove.
  8. Soon after passing Loefield Grove the path splits, take the left hand fork and continue heading north-west.
  9. When you reach Whemstead Road turn right for a short distance and look out for a path to your left (not signposted) that heads through Comb's Wood and Customs Wood. There are two paths heading into the woods, take the right hand one.
  10. At the end of the woods head north climbing the hill.
  11. When you reach the woodland take a left turn down a shaded path and continue heading north north-east downhill, go through a gate, follow the path across the field, cross a wooden bridge and continue crossing the field.
  12. After climbing the hill to a gate, turn left and follow the path (ignoring another path to your right) and continue back to Burn's Green. As well as The Lordship Arms in Benington you could also visit The Bell.



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Walk 58: The Wadesmill Loop

Steady climb, open views

6 miles (9.6 km)


Photograph of footpath along Walk 58: The Wadesmill Loop

A walk over undulating countryside with wide open views, well-signposted paths, a few quiet country lanes, and a stretch along a deep cut river hidden by woodland and hedgerow.

Map for Walk 58: The Wadesmill Loop

Directions


  1. Park in the village of Wadesmill. There are several spots where (as of September 2016) you can park free of charge. But do please check in case the parking restrictions have changed since this guide was written.
  2. Walk south-west on Anchor Lane for a short distance looking out for a footpath sign on the right. Take this path.
  3. Continue uphill heading north until you reach a junction with a path going off to your left and one going straight ahead. Turn left here.
  4. Follow this path and continue walking south-west until you reach a marker directing left and north-west across the field. Take this path.
  5. Continue walking north-west following markers, crossing a lane, and then reaching woodland, where the path turns left and heads south-east with the woodland on your right.
  6. At the end of the woodland the path heads west, crosses the Chelsings Tributary and passes a farm on your left. At the end of the farm buildings turn left then right and continue heading north-west along a wide and well-defined bridleway.
  7. When you reach a lane, turn right and head north and east until you reach the village of Sacombe.
  8. When the lane splits, keep left and continue heading north along a bridleway until you reach St Catherine's Church.
  9. Turn right just before the church and follow the path north-east as it skirts the churchyard, turns left through the woods and emerges in a field.
  10. Cross the field (which can be boggy) and head north-east and then north until you reach Sacombe Green Road. Turn right.
  11. Follow the road and take the first turning on your left, Rowney Lane, following it as it heads east.
  12. At the point where Rowney Lane turns sharp left, you continue straight heading east along a bridleway emerging on Lowgate Lane.
  13. Continue along Lowgate Lane looking out for a footpath sign pointing due south (just before the junction with Whitehill).
  14. Continue heading south crossing a field until you reach woodland. Keeping the woodland on your left and the fields on your right continue down this path. There are some spectacular drops on your left where the river, The Bourne, has cut an impressive gorge through the land.
  15. Cross Marshall's Lane and continue down the footpath signposted Wadesmill 3/4 mile.
  16. Continue heading south until you reach the road, turn right and head back into the village. There are a number of places for refreshments in Wadesmill, including The Feathers and The Anchor.



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Walk 57: Chapmore End Loop

A river walk, open views and woodland

5.2 miles (8.4 km)


Photograph of a stile over a stone wall on Walk 57: Chapmore End Loop

A lovely, undulating circular walk through woodland, a nature reserve, along a quiet river, across parkland, and with great views across the Hertfordshire countryside.

Map for Walk 57: Chapmore End Loop

Directions


  1. Park in the village of Chapmore End. A good spot is up by the duck pond. Refreshments are available at The Woodman pub and the Buttercup Tearoom. Check opening times to avoid disappointment.
  2. Head south-west through Chapmore End until you reach a sharp left bend. Here you go straight ahead along a bridleway continuing south-west.
  3. The path bends slightly, and eventually reaches a five-way split. You carry on straight, heading west towards the distant woodland.
  4. When you reach a footpath junction, take the path on the left (straight ahead) which dips down into the old quarry and then climbs up the other side to reach Sacombe Road.
  5. Cross the road and enter the Waterford Heath Community Nature Park directly opposite. Once in the reserve, turn right and head north-west keeping the fence and Bullsmill Lane on your right.
  6. Look out for some wooden steps on your left. Go down the steps. At the foot of the steps turn right and follow the path until it reaches Bullsmill Lane.
  7. Turn left and walk along Bullsmill Lane until you reach a lane on your right, which is just before the small bridge over the River Beane. Take this lane and head north.
  8. The lane eventually becomes a bridleway at the point where it veers right. You continue along the bridleway heading north looking out for a path on your left that dips down to the River Beane. This is the Hertfordshire Way. Take this path and continue heading north.
  9. You eventually reach Stapleford and emerge in the churchyard and then on Church Lane. Turn right then immediately left on Clusterbolts.
  10. Continue along Clusterbolts until you reach the last house. To the left of the house you will see a path and a sign hidden in the hedgerow which reads "Hertfordshire Way". Take this path heading north with the River Beane on your left. This is a pretty path which follows the river north, until it reaches a stepstile and a wooden gate (see image above). Go through the gate and continue across parkland and through a metal kissing gate until you reach a gravel road by a bridge.
  11. Turn right on this gravel road and follow it south as it climbs towards Stapleford.
  12. Take the third path on your left at the junction with a lane which goes off to your right. Cross a field and emerge to the right of a house on Stony Hills.
  13. Turn right heading south along Stony Hills until you reach a path on your left just before woodland on your left.
  14. Take this path and follow it at first with the woodland on your right and fields on your left until it opens up at the end of the woodland. Continue straight, heading south-east with the hedgerow on your left and the field on your right until you return to Chapmore End.


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Walk 56: The Great Wood, Northaw

Shady well-defined paths and a river walk

2.8 miles (4.5 km)


Picture of a clearing in the trees at Walk 56: The Great Wood, Northaw. image by Yusaini Usulludin released under Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0

The Great Wood at Northaw is one of our favourite walking spots. There are three, well-signposted trails. And in the middle you will find picnic tables. There are toilets at the car park, and you need to take a £1 coin for the car park honesty box.

Map for Walk 56: The Great Wood, Northaw

Directions

This is the longest of three circular routes in The Great Wood, Northaw. The other two are the blue and red routes - all three are well signposted. The yellow route takes you on the widest sweep of the woods along permitted paths. You can do it clockwise or anti-clockwise - either way it's downhill to start until you reach Cuffley Brook and start climbing back up again. Quite a good workout that should take a fit walker less than an hour.

The image above is courtesy of Yusaini Usulludin and released under Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0.

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Walk 55: Ayot North East Loop

Great views across the Hertfordshire countryside

3.25 miles (5.25km)


Photograph of a footbridge over the River Mimram on Walk 55: Ayot North East Loop

A pleasant circular down to the River Mimram and back up to Ayot St Lawrence mostly on footpaths. Great open views across the Hertfordshire countryside. There is an option at the start and finish point for refreshments at The Brocket Arms. Check opening times.

Map for Walk 55: Ayot North East Loop

Directions


  1. Park along the lane at Ayot St Lawrence close to The Brocket Arms. Head west on the road outside The Brocket Arms. At the first bend, when the road turns right, you turn left down a driveway to Ayot Park and then immediately turn right down a footpath.
  2. Follow this path as it heads in a straight line to Brimstone Wood and then becomes a cart track.
  3. At the bottom of the hill you reach a farm gate leading to Kimpton Road, a quiet country lane. Turn left and then turn right at the road junction up Heath Hill.
  4. Walk north along this lane for a short distance, cross a bridge over the River Mimram at Codicote Bottom, and then look out for a path on your left heading north west. Take this path. Continue along this path, through Heath Plantation until you come to a footpath sign and gate on your left.
  5. Take this path as it drops down to a bridge over the river. Cross and continue through the next field. Cross another footbridge over the river and emerge on Kimpton Road.
  6. Turn right and then take the footpath on your left opposite Kimpton Mill. Follow this path uphill until you reach Tanyard Lane.
  7. Here you turn right and follow the lane round until it bends left. At this point you will see a path straight ahead. Take this path with the field on your right and the hedgerow on the left.
  8. When you reach a kissing gate, turn left into an open field usually populated by sheep. Head south towards the church.
  9. Go through the next gate near the entrance to the church and take the path on your left back to Ayot St Lawrence.
  10. When you reach the lane, turn left and head back to your starting point.


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Walk 54: Symondshyde Loop

Shaded and deep byways, open views

4 miles (6.5 km)


Photograph of a deep, shaded byway along Walk 54: Symondshyde Loop

A wonderful four-mile walk along old deep and shaded byways which weave their way through fields and woodland, some of which - according to a local pressure group Save Symondshyde - are threatened by development. This is one of the most attractive walks in our collection, so try it soon in case proposed building plans are given the green light.


Map for Walk 54: Symondshyde Loop

Directions


  1. Park alongside Coleman Green Lane in one of the many lay-bys used by walkers. Head north east along Coleman Green Lane and past the John Bunyan pub on your left, looking out for a byway sign on your right by John Bunyan's Chimney - all that's left of the cottage where he is said to have stayed and preached.
  2. Take this byway as it continues north-east, ignoring the first path on the right and looking out for a second path signposted to the right. Take this path.
  3. The path you are now on heads south-east uphill with the hedgerow on the right and fields on the left. As with a lot of this walk you can enjoy excellent views across the open Hertfordshire countryside.
  4. When you reach the top, you go through a gate and cross fields emerging at a five-point footpath/bridleway/byway crossroad. Care is needed here to ensure you take the right path. Having an Ordnance Survey map will help. You take the path heading almost due south, with the hedge on your right and the field on your left. This path enters woodland and becomes another deep byway. Follow this byway until it reaches Hammond's Lane just past Symondshyde Farm.
  5. Turn right on Hammond's Lane for a short distance looking out for a footpath sign on your left. take this path. Continue south-west through Symondshyde Great Wood until you reach a bridleway T-junction
  6. Turn right and head north west until you emerge on Hammond's Lane again.
  7. Turn right and head north-east along Hammond's Lane for a short distance looking out for a footpath sign on your left just before the drive to a house.
  8. Take this path and head north-east and continue with the fields on your left until you reach a footpath sign pointing north-west through the crop. 
  9. Take this path, and continue heading north-west along this path as it cuts through the crops until you reach a gap in the hedge. Go through into the next field keeping the hedge on your left and the field on your right until you reach Coleman Green Lane and your starting point.


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Walk 53: Essendon East Loop

Undulating walk over to Howe Green

3.5 miles (5.6 km)


Photograph of the footbridge on Walk 53: Essendon East Loop


A stretching three and a half mile walk from Essendon eastwards to Howe Green then south to Little Berkhamsted and back. This walk involves crossing the golf course twice and a fair amount of up and down.

Map for Walk 53: Essendon East Loop

Directions


  1. Park in the village of Essendon either on Church Street near the church or down School Lane and walk west on West End Lane until you reach a footpath on the right just after the last house.
  2. Take this path and walk diagonally north, north-east across the field until you reach the B158, Essendon Hill.
  3. Cross the road and take the footpath opposite as it weaves over the golf course emerging on the other side via a footbridge and on to Bedwell Avenue.
  4. Turn left and walk north looking out for a footpath sign on your right. Take this path which heads east, climbs a hill and crosses a field. You emerge on country lane. Turn left and continue as the lane curves round to your right.
  5. At the next bend, just before it swings left, you will see a footpath sign on your right just after a house.  Take this path. Continue across a couple of fields until you emerge at the top of a lane by a farm. 
  6. This is a dead end for the lane, but your way is straight ahead along a footpath which heads almost due south and climbs up to Little Berkhamsted.
  7. After a small footbridge the path forks. You take the right hand fork and continue south climbing up to Little Berkhamsted until you reach Little Berkhamsted Lane. At this point you could head into Little Berkhamsted for refreshments, either at the village store or at The Five Horseshoes.
  8. Turn right and head south west following the road round to the right before you reach a bridleway/lane on your right.
  9. Take this path and continue until it becomes a footpath dropping down through woodland as it heads north.
  10. When you reach a cottage on your left veer slightly left and head west across the golf course climbing until you reach the golf club buildings where you turn right and follow the path round as it bends first left and then continues west across the fairway eventually emerging on Essendon School Lane.
  11. Turn left and return to the village. If you need refreshments, the Rose & Crown is to your left a short way down the B158, Kentish Lane.



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Walk 52: Wildhill SE Loop

A hornbeam wood and ridge walk

4.5 miles (7.3 km)


Photograph of the path along the ridge on Walk 52: Wildhill SE Loop

A circular walk starting and ending at The Woodman, Wildhill taking in some old byways and a ridge walk with great views. Involves a section of lane walking with a short stretch without a footpath.

Map for Walk 52: Wildhill SE Loop

Directions


  1. Park in the car park at The Woodman, Wildhill, and head for the bachelor gate at the south-east end of the beer garden. Enter the field and walk diagonally uphill, heading south-east until you come to a gate in the hedge. Go through this gate, cross the next field, go through a third gate and, keeping the woodland to your left and the field on your right, follow the path as it continues south-east through the crop to the hedgerow and out onto Kentish Lane the B158.
  2. Cross the road with care and turn left, walking north along Kentish Lane until you reach the bend. Just before the bend, cross the road a second time at a point where you can see and hear the traffic - cars take this bend at speed, so extra care is needed.
  3. Continue walking past Wildhill Road on your left and continue on the left side of Kentish Lane as it heads north-east until you come to a track on your left just before some cottages.
  4. At this point, cross the road a third time and head south-east down Hornbeam Lane until it reaches a stables on the left and a large house on the right. Here Hornbeam Lane becomes a path. Continue along the path as it heads east alongside and through the edge of Nine Acre Wood until it emerges on Cucumber Lane.
  5. Turn right on Cucumber Lane and follow it south-east until you reach Tylers Causeway.
  6. Turn left on Tylers Causeway and walk north-east a short distance until you come to a track on your right with a lodge on the east side of the track. Follow this track due south until you reach a footpath on your right just before a bend.
  7. Take the path and head south-west along the track, past Barbers Lodge Farm, then Woodfield Farm (where you have to walk to the left of the large black barn), and eventually emerge on Kentish Lane, the B158.
  8. Cross the B158 and head west along Grubbs Lane walking on the footpath on the left (south) side of the lane. At one point, for about 100 yards, there isn't a footpath along this road and you have to take extra care. Best to walk single file and look out for idiots driving at speed down and up the dip along this short section. This can be particularly bad at rush hours because this lane is a bit of a rat run from Hatfield to Essendon and Newgate Street. After climbing the dip, look out for a footpath on your right, just after Westfield House, heading north across the fields. 
  9. Take this path to the end of the field where you will have wonderful views over to Wildhill. At this point you will have the woodland on your left and fields on your right. Go through the gap in the hedgerow just to the left of a tree and cross the next field slightly diagonally north-east aiming for the hedgerow. Note: At times this path will be overgrown with crops, although the landowner is usually good in making sure that the path is clear. If the path is blocked simply follow the edge of the woodland on your left and you will rejoin the path.
  10. Keep walking with the field on your right and the hedgerow on your left until you reach the end of the field. There will be a track off to your left heading north. Don't take this, it's not pubic. Instead, turn slightly right at the end of the field and immediately look out for a gap in the hedgerow. Turn left and head north-east alongside the next field with the hedgerow on your left and the field on your right.
  11. Follow this path as it bends round to the right, again keeping the hedgerow on your left and the field on your right, until you reach the fourth oak on your left. Here you will find a bachelor gate leading into the field. Go through the gate, cross a small footbridge, continue north-east through the field heading for another bachelor gate, go through the gate, over a second wooden footbridge (it can be muddy after the bridge) and then another bachelor gate leading to the car park at The Woodman, Wildhill.



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Walk 51: Mymmshall Wood Loop

A hill climb and quiet valley

3 miles (4.7 km)


Photograph of bridleway taken along Walk 51: Mymmshall Wood Loop

A pleasant circular walk through woodland, over open fields and down quiet footpaths through deep hedgerows.

Map for Walk 51: Mymmshall Wood Loop

Directions


  1. Park in the access lane that runs parallel to Swanland Road, and cross Swanland Road (with care - it's like a race track at times). Head for the footbridge over the A1(M). Cross the footbridge.
  2. After crossing the footbridge, turn right and follow the path as it heads north alongside the motorway. Continue along this path as it bends round to the left and then the right. Continue walking north-west, passed a footpath heading off to the right (there should be a small wooden bench here if you need a rest), and continue until you reach a footpath/track on your left.
  3. Turn left and head south-west down a footpath with fields on your left and right. Soon you will come to Cangsley Grove woods on your right. Continue along this track as it widens and you reach a field on your left. Keep going straight along the path for a short distance with the field on your left and Cangsley Grove on your right until you reach a gate on your left opening into the field.
  4. Here you enter the field and cross it diagonally heading south-west. Aim for a small footbridge at the bottom of the hill. Cross the bridge (a plank, really) and continue south-west heading diagonally across the next field aiming for the far right corner where you emerge through a footpath gate onto a track.
  5. Turn left and follow this track through Redwell Wood and Hawkshead Wood heading south down the hill towards Blackhorse Lane. Just before reaching Blackhorse Lane you come to a small cottage on the left.
  6. Immediately after the cottage, turn sharp left and head north-east up the track, over the hill, through Mymmshall Wood and down to the footbridge over the A1(M) where you cross and return to the starting point. Refreshments can be taken in nearby Water End at The Woodman Inn.


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Walk 50: Bayford Linear

Undulating, great paths, good views

8.3 miles (13.4 km)


Photograph of the footbridge through Bayford Wood on Walk 50: Bayford Linear

A linear walk from Bayford station going through Bayford, across fields and through woodland to Howe Green, over the golf course to Essendon, via West End, down to Wildhill via a secluded byway, and west to Brookmans Park over the fields via Bell Bar and Welham Green. Undulating, great paths and highly recommended.

map for Walk 50: Bayford Linear

Note: If you find the map above too hard to follow, and if you have a smartphone, you can download a more details map of the above and follow it on your phone.

Directions


  1. Leave Bayford station and head west along Brickendon Lane watching out for traffic. There isn't a footpath along this road, but you can walk along the grass to the side of the road in places. Continue along Brickendon Lane to Bayford village.
  2. After passing the car park of The Baker Arms on your left, you come to a road junction with Ashdene Road going off to your left. Your way is almost straight on down the road that heads north (with the village pond on the left). This road, Well-Row, passes houses on the left and heads towards the church on the bend.
  3. At the left-hand bend continue with the road (taking care because there is no footpath) as it soon bends again, this time to the right by a cottage.
  4. Immediately after the cottage you will see a footpath sign on your left. Take this and head west through some paddocks, up the slight hill to some trees.
  5. Keep going slightly north-west for a short distance looking out for a path through the crops heading south-west to Bayford Woods.
  6. Take this path as it weaves its way through Bayford Woods and over the river via a wooden footbridge.
  7. When you emerge in the field, turn left and follow the path round heading south and then bending west through a gap in the hedge and up the hill. Keep heading west with the hedgerow on your right and the field on your left until your reach a track.
  8. Turn right on this gravel track and head north towards a large house. Just before you reach the house take the footpath on your left. Continue along this path heading west and then south until it reaches a small lane (Stockings Lane) where you turn right and head north-west.
  9. You will pass a large house on your right and, soon after, some cottages on your right. Here the lane bends to the left. Continue until you see a footpath on your left. Take this and follow the path until it emerges on Robins Nest Hill.
  10. Turn left on Robins Nest Hill and walk south for a short distance until you reach a cottage on your right. Again take care here because there isn't a footpath alongside the road.
  11. Immediately after the cottage on your right you will see a footpath. Take this and follow the path down the track as it heads west alongside Culver Wood and then bends north-west.
  12. You soon pass farm buildings on your right and you continue along the track until it reaches a field. Climb the hill and continue over the field with the large tree on your right until you reach a stile at the other side.
  13. Cross this stile and turn right following the path north until it reaches the lane in Howe Green.
  14. Continue along the lane heading west past cottages on your left. Ahead is a cottage on your right. Soon after this take the path straight ahead of you (just where the lane bends right) and continue down the hill with the quarry on your right until you reach Essendon Golf Course.
  15. Follow the markers and continue west across Essendon Golf Course until you emerge by the local primary school in Essendon village. Continue along the road, past the community centre until you reach the B158, Kentish Lane. Here you have the option of turning left for refreshments at the Rose & Crown, Essendon.
  16. Cross Kentish Lane and turn left heading south for a short distance until you reach a footpath sign on your right heading across Essendon Cricket Club.
  17. Follow this path west, through a gate at the back of the cricket club, through woodland, down a hill and eventually emerging at a small wooden bridge across an often dry brook.
  18. Cross the bridge and follow the path up the hill heading west until you reach a bridleway. This is a BOAT (byway open to all traffic).
  19. Turn left. At this point there is the option of taking a path on your right to The Candlestick for refreshments.
  20. If you are not visiting The Candlestick, continue south down the BOAT following it round until it emerges on West End Lane. Here you turn left and follow the lane round as it drops down to Wildhill. Here you can have refreshments at The Woodman.
  21. Leave the car park via the bachelor gate at the south end.
  22. Cross the field, go over a footbridge, through another bachelor gate, across another field, another footbridge and emerge into a large field via a third bachelor gate.
  23. Turn right keeping the field on your left and the hedgerow on your right until you reach a gap in the hedge.
  24. Go through the gap and head slightly diagonally to your right keeping the field to your left and the hedge to your right as you climb the hill.
  25. Soon you will see a path to your left cutting diagonally through the crop and climbing to the top of the hill.
  26. At the top follow the path with the woodland on your right until the path goes through the crop and emerges at a gate on Grubbs Lane.
  27. Turn left and, almost immediately, turn right and take the footpath that cuts through the crop, goes over a small footbridge, cuts diagonally across the next field, through a small cops, across a third field and emerges on Woodside Lane by the garage on the A1000.
  28. Cross The Great North Road with care and take the lane opposite, Bell Lane.
  29. If you want, you can stop for refreshments at The Cock Of The North to your left or The Dutch Nursery.
  30. Continue down Bell Lane until you reach Bulls Lane on your right.
  31. Walk down this lane, past Foxes Lane on your right and continue heading west until you see a footpath sign on your left.
  32. Take this, go through a bachelor gate, turn right and follow the path with the hedge on your right and the field on your left.
  33. At the fence turn right, take the small footbridge on your left, and continue west with the hedge on your right and field on your left.
  34. You will emerge at Thunder Bridge. Go under the bridge and turn left along a footpath that runs to the west of the railway.
  35. Follow this path south until it branches slightly to the right and goes through woodland. There will be a football pitch on your left.
  36. At the end of the path go down some steps and turn right crossing a small river. Continue along this path until you reach Station Road.
  37. Turn left on Station Road and follow it for about a mile to Brookmans Park village.
  38. There is a pub, a number of cafe's and restaurants and several shops selling refreshments in the village.


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Walk 49: Ayot Short Loop

An easy walk on the flat

1.5 miles (2.5 km)


Photograph of the old church at Ayot St Lawrence part of Walk 49: Ayot Short Loop

A flat, pleasant and easy walk around the north side of the village of Ayot St Lawrence circling round Ayot Park and round the back of Shaw's Corner.

Map for Walk 49: Ayot Short Loop

Directions


  1. Park opposite The Brocket Arms and head north-east along the lane until you reach the bend. Here you take the bridleway on your left and head north with Ayot House on your left.
  2. Continue along this path until you reach a group of houses. Here the path turns left and heads south-west.
  3. In the corner of the field you come to a gate, go through and head south towards the new St Lawrence Church.
  4. Go through the gate at the end of the field and enter the churchyard. Walk past the church and follow the path south until it hits Bibbs Hall lane.
  5. Turn right on Bibbs Hall lane and look out for a path on your left. Take this heading south.
  6. You will reach a bend to the left and a footpath T junction. Take the left turn and head east until you reach the Bride Hall Lane
  7. Turn left and follow the lane past Shaw's Corner, and, keeping right, back to the village. On your way you will see the ruins of the old church on your left.


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Walk 48: Kimpton Loop

Woodland, quiet paths, open views 

5.3 miles (8.5 km)


Photograph of footpath, trees and fields taken along Walk 48: Kimpton Loop

Rolling hills, wonderful quiet paths and tracks, woodland, views, and two pubs, one three quarters along the route and the other at the start and finish.

Map for Walk 48: Kimpton Loop

Directions


  1. Park in the lane outside The Brocket Arms and head east until you reach the bend. Take a left turn and head north down a driveway until you reach a fork with the drive going off to your left. You head straight on, continuing north.
  2. When you reach some cottages, turn right and head north-east for a short distance before taking a path on your left which continues north. Continue along this path with fields on either side until you reach Kimpton Road.
  3. Cross the road heading slightly to your right and take the lane almost opposite which continues north with the Mimram River on your left.
  4. At Rye-end cottages continue to the north walking to the right of the cottages and follow the path round until you reach the lane.
  5. Turn left and continue north-west along the lane a short distance before turning left down another drive which is open to walkers. Continue south-west along this drive, over an ornamental bridge and, soon after, as you leave the woodland, look out for a gate on your left to the side of the drive.
  6. Go through this gate and continue heading west up the field to the gate at the top of the hill. 
  7. Keep walking west with the woodland on your right and the field on the left as the path leaves the woodland and, after another field, skirts Hoopark Wood (on your left).
  8. At the other side of the wood cross an open field and emerge on a farm road at Hoo Park Cottages. Turn left and follow the farm road down to Kimpton.
  9. When you reach Hitchin Road in Kimpton, go straight across and take the footpath round the back of the houses.
  10. You soon come to a footpath sign pointing left (south). Take this through a pleasant residential area until you emerge on Church Lane. 
  11. When you reach High Street, the B651, you turn right and then first left taking a footpath up the hill. (At this point, if you want a break, you could turn left at High Street and head along to The White Horse (closed at the time of writing) for refreshments, or, alternative, turn right and visit The Boot.) Continue the walk up the hill with the rugby pitch on your left. At the top the track bends round to the changing rooms, ignore this and head straight on and up and follow the path through the hedge turning left when you hit the field.
  12. Follow this path round past Kimpton Recreation Ground on your left (hidden by trees) and continue west then south-west and then south as the path heads up alongside and to the left of the B651, Ballslough Hill.
  13. When the path emerges on the road take the bridleway opposite and head south-west over fields down to Claggbottom Wood. This field is sometimes sown with rape and, although the path is well-defined, it can be slippy after rain and the clay sticks to your boots. But don't worry, you can clean them up in the woodland.
  14. Walk through Claggbottom Wood, across an open field to the gate on the far side. Continue walking to the right (west) of the new St Lawrence Church and continue down the track.
  15. Look out for a path on your left cutting back, across the fields, to Ayot St Lawrence. When you reach the lane, turn left and head back to the car.


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Walk 47: Mimram Valley Loop

Circular walk taking in the Mimram

3.3 miles (5.3 km)


Photograph taken on a footpath through wheat fields on Walk 47: Mimram Valley Loop

A circular walk from Tewin down to the Mimram Valley and back via Home Wood. This walk takes in part of the route for Walk 45: The Tewin West East Loop but heads down to the River Mimram instead of crossing the fields.

Map for Walk 47: Mimram Valley Loop

Directions


  1. Park near the village green in Tewin, walk towards the Rose & Crown. Just before you reach the pub, head west then north-west along Back Lane.
  2. After a pond on your right, turn left and head south-west until you reach a footpath crossroads.
  3. Here you continue straight heading south-west until the path drops down and meets a track at a T junction. Turn left.
  4. Continue heading south-east along this track until you reach Churchfield Road. Cross the road and enter the footpath on the south-east side of the road and continue until you reach another track T junction. 
  5. Turn right and head south. Follow the signs through Tewin Bury Farm and emerge at the other side by the bridge over the River Mimram. 
  6. Just before the bridge turn left and continue along the track on the north side of the river heading west. Follow this path past fish farm until you reach Archers Green Lane.
  7. Turn right along Archers Green Lane and soon after it veers south-east look out for a footpath on your left. 
  8. Take the path north. 
  9. At a footpath T-junction turn right and head east until you reach another path on your left heading north across the field.
  10. Take this path through Home Wood and across a field until it emerges on Hertford Road.
  11. Turn left on Hertford Road and walk west back to Tewin village green.


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Walk 46: Tewin North Loop

Woodland walking, open views

4.67 miles (7.5 km)


Photograph of footpath through the fields on Walk 46: Tewin North Loop

An undulating circular around the village of Tewin with open fields, hills and some paths at the back of houses. Starts and ends in a pub beer garden.

Map of Walk 46: Tewin North Loop

Directions

  1. If you are intending to buy refreshments at the Plume of Feathers in Tewin, you will be able to park in the pub's car park. It's always nice to pop in and let the staff know that you are parking there and will be stopping for a drink after the walk. Your path leaves from the pub car park heading to the left of the pub and turning right before reaching a field at a step stile. You will see the beer garden on your right. This is where you will return. Cross the stye and immediately there will be two choices, a left turn or going straight ahead. Go straight ahead across the field dipping down and then climbing up again to another stile. There are horses in this field, but they seemed friendly enough and didn't bother us.
  2. When you cross the stile at the other side of the field you will have more choices, a left turn, a diagonally left turn and straight on. Go straight on heading north until you reach woodland at the back of the houses in Tewin. This is probably the least interesting part of the walk, but it's fine. You will be walking north down a narrow track with the backs of gardens on your left and fields on your right.
  3. Eventually you emerge on a private road with a house on your right. Turn slightly right and follow the path along the left chain fence boundary of the house, climbing some wooden steps and turn left at the top heading north-west past some fields and bending left and west towards Burnham Green Road.
  4. Here you turn right for a short distance looking out for a footpath on the other side of the road heading north-west. 
  5. Follow this footpath until it emerges on Coltsfoot Lane. 
  6. Turn left and head west along Coltsfoot Land until you reach Coltsfoot Retreat. 
  7. Look out for a path on your left soon after and head south-west down this path over open fields with great views.
  8. You emerge on White Horse Lane. Turn left and head south into the village of Burnham Green. Note that you pass the White Horse Inn which has a nice beer garden. At the second green in Burnham Green head south along Orchard Road looking out for a footpath on your right, accessed by a step stile. Take this path.
  9. Here you have two options, heading south on the left hand fork or taking the right hand fork. Take the right hand fork heading south-west to a footpath marker post. Turn right and follow the path until you reach an old track. Turn left and continue along this track heading south and west through Little Hill Foot Wood.
  10. You eventually meet a footpath T junction, turn left and continue south-west.
  11. At the end of this track you reach Pennyfathers Lane and Vera Lane. Turn left and head south-east as the lane become a track. Follow this track down the hill and up again through Dawley Wood emerging at the other side, over open fields and downhill.
  12. Look out for a path on your left heading back north-east to Tewin.
  13. When you reach a T junction in the track turn left and head north with the cricket pitch on your right. Soon after the cricket pitch there is a path along its north-west edge. Take this path. You will emerge on Orchard Road, Upper Green. Cross and take the path immediately opposite as it heads north with woodland on your left and fields on your right. Continue until you emerge in a field. Turn right and follow the field round until you reach the second stile you cross at the start of the walk.
  14. Cross the field with the horses in again heading for the step stile back to the pub and into the beer garden or car park.


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Walk 45: Tewin West East Loop

Woodland paths and open views

4.2 miles (6.8 km)


Photograph of woods and path from Walk 45: Tewin West East Loop

This is a pleasant circular walk from the village of Tewin that loops first west, then south and east before returning to the start of the walk. Good paths throughout and some fairly decent ups and downs.

map for 45: Tewin West East Loop

Directions


  1. Park near the village green in Tewin, walk towards the Rose & Crown and, just before you reach the pub, head west then north-west along Back Lane.
  2. After a pond on your right, turn left and head south-west until you reach a footpath crossroads.
  3. Here you turn right, and climb up hill heading north-west to Dawley Wood. Continue through Dawley Wood until you reach the clearing on the other side and a steep drop downhill.
  4. Soon you come to another footpath crossroads. Turn left and continue south-west until you reach a third footpath crossing.
  5. Turn left again and head south-east uphill, through the woodland and then down along a wide track. Continue until you reach Churchfield Road. 
  6. Walk across Churchfield Road and follow the path into the woodland beyond. Continue along this path, past another footpath crossing, and continue east, through the churchyard, past the old church, and out into the field beyond. Continue along this path heading east to Archers Green Lane.
  7. Cross the lane and continue down the path heading east through Lamb Dell Wood. After Lamb Dell Wood you enter open fields. Look out for a path on your left heading north.
  8. Take this path until it renters the wood again. At the other side of the wood the path enters an open field and climbs the hill to Hertford Road.
  9. Turn left along Hertford Road, looking out for a path on your right immediately after the first house on your right.
  10. Follow this path around the back of the houses as you head north before turning left and west heading back to Hertford Road in the village of Tewin where you turn left and head south back to the car.


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Walk 44: Bramfield Loop

Woodland and open fields

3.65 miles (5.85 km)



Picture of poppies in a field along Walk 44: Bramfield Loop

An undulating walk through farmland and deep woodland with the option of refreshments at a pub at the start, finish or both.

Map for Walk 44: Bramfield Loop

Directions


  1. Park in the village of Bramfield. There are many options along Winding Short.
  2. Walk down Bury Lane, past The Grandison, and on until you reach a gate at the end. Here you turn left down a path keeping the hedge on your right and follow it round Bramfield Park Wood heading south-west. The path bends west and then heads north through woodland before opening up with fields on your left and woodland on your right. Continue heading north.
  3. When the field on the left ends, you will walk between Beal's Wood on your left and Bramfield Wood on your right. Continue north until you reach an open field. The path climbs steadily uphill heading north-west to Tewin Hill, a quiet country lane.
  4. Here you turn right along the lane heading north-east until you reach a T junction with a B road. 
  5. Cross the road and enter the path immediately opposite heading north-east through Nicholson's Wood.
  6. Continue along this path through woodland until you reach a major path crossing.
  7. Turn right and head slightly south-east through Alexander's Wood then bending south through Beanfield Wood and eventually emerging on the road back to Bramfield. 
  8. Here you can either turn left and walk along the road to the village, or, if you want to avoid walking along the road, look out for a gap in the hedge on your left just before the junction. This path follows the road back to Bramfield Village.


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Walk 43: Datchworth Loop

Woodland, a Roman Road, and quiet paths

5.15 miles (8.3 km)


Photograph of footpath along Walk 43: Datchworth Loop

This walk is the first in this series north of the A414 and east of the A1 (M). It doesn't actually feature a local pub along the route, however the Horns in Bull's Green is near enough to the start and finish of the walk and can be reached by taking a slight detour via Backlane Wood and Moathouse Farm. Parking is difficult, but there is a good spot for several cars at the junction of Bramfield Road and Queen Hoo Lane.

Map for Walk 43: Datchworth Loop

Directions

  1. Park at the start of the footpath on the north-east side of Bramfield Road next to Green's Wood.
  2. Walk through the wood until you reach a footpath T junction. Here you turn left and follow the path north and through Backlane Wood.
  3. After leaving the wood, continue heading north-west until you reach a footpath sign to your right. This point is a footpath crossroads, and you head east for a short distance before taking a footpath on your left and head north across a field.
  4. When the path reaches Watton Road, which is a Roman Road, cross the road and continue heading north-east along a bridleway.
  5. When you reach a clearing, look out for a path to your right heading east and then turning north-east. Follow this path, into another wood, Stocking Grove, and look out for a path on your right soon after a track leaves on your left. 
  6. Take this path heading due east down a hill and then up the other side past Broom Hall Farm.
  7. Follow the track around the farm and over a few fields until you reach Watton Road again. This road can be busy, so instead of risking walking along the road, look out for a path on your left that runs along the north side of Watton Road heading east eventually emerging on Watton Road opposite Church Lane.
  8. Cross Watton Road and walk down Church Lane to the point where it turns left over a railway bridge.
  9. Here you turn right and follow a paved track past Watkin's Spring North and past Watkin's Hall Farm. You will pass two duck ponds on your right.
  10. Just past the last farm building take the right hand fork in the track and head slightly south-west following the path as it first bends left then right again and heads straight over several fields until it reaches Back Lane.
  11. Here you turn right then immediately left ending up where you parked the car.


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Walk 42: Brookmans Park to Hatfield

A linear route north from Brookmans Park

7.35 miles (11.82 km)


Picture of fields and trees on Walk 42: Brookmans Park to Hatfield

This walks starts at Brookmans Park station, heads over to Water End, turns north along the A1(M) to the village of Roestock, over to Sleapshyde, and ends at Hatfield station,  where you can catch a train back to the start.

Map for Walk 42: Brookmans Park to Hatfield


Directions


  1. From Brookmans Park's Bradmore Green head west, cross the railway bridge and follow Station Road north until you come to Bradmore Lane where you turn left.
  2. Follow Bradmore Lane until just before the bend where you will see a footpath sign on your right. Take this path and you emerge in a field. Keeping the hedge on your right and the field on your left head north.
  3. Keep on the path as it bends to your left and heads west then bends again heading south-west. All the way the hedge will be on your right and the field on your left. You will come to a wooden post on your right with a white painted top and an arrow pointing into the woods. Take this path as it drops down to a small brook, crosses a footbridge, and climbs up to a field.
  4. When you emerge in the field turn left and continue along the path heading west with the hedge on your left and the field on your right. The path bends round to the right slightly. Continue along, cross a path junction and keep heading straight until you reach the cycle path along Swanland Road. Here you turn left and head south until you come to the junction with Warrengate Road.
  5. At this point you will see a footpath sign on the west side of Swanland Road. (Here you have the option of turning left down Warrengate Road to visit The Woodman Inn.) Cross with care and take the path over a footbridge crossing the A1(M) and emerge on Tollgate Road. Here you turn right and head north towards the lodge and the entrance to North Mymms House.
  6. Walk past the lodge until you reach Tollgate Road. 
  7. Cross the road, turn left, head north, and take the footpath close to the bus stop. Continue along this path until it emerges in a field. You head diagonally left and walk through the field heading north towards the side of the A1(M). The path reaches steps over a farm road. Take these steps and then drop down the other side continuing north along the west side of the A1 (M) until the path turns left, crosses a farm track, and then heads west through the crops towards an electricity pylon.
  8. Immediately after the pylon the path splits. Take the right hand fork and head north-west towards Tollgate Road.
  9. Turn right and continue walking along Tollgate Road until you reach the bend. Here you take the right hand fork and head north along Bullens Green Lane. 
  10. Continue past a junction and look out for a path on your left just before a row of houses. Take this path. The path continues with the hedge on your right and field on your left until the hedge turns right. You continue straight across the field to the hedgerow on the far side. Once you reach the hedge turn right and follow this path, with the hedge on your left and the field on your right until you reach Roestock Lane. (Here you have the option of turning left to visit The Chalkdrawers Arms.)
  11. Cross the lane and take the path directly opposite. This path bend to the right and, almost immediately afterwards you will see a path to your left. Take it and take the middle path of three heading north-west across the field.
  12. Continue until you reach a patch of woodland. Head straight through the woodland emerging on the A414 North Orbital Road. Cross with care and continue north down Sleapshyde Lane until you reach The Plough pub. (Here you can take refreshment before continuing along the footpath just past the pub.) 
  13. This path forks. You take the right fork across the fields emerging on The Smallford Trail, which is the route of the old railway.
  14. Turn right and follow this trail heading east until you reach The Galleria in Hatfield. As you cross the A1(M) look out for the path dropping to your right on the other side and then turning left under the road and continuing into Hatfield.
  15. The route of the old railway continues with signs to Hatfield station. Keep following the station signs until you reach your destination. 
  16. Here you can buy a single ticket back to Brookmans Park.


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Walk 41: The Northaw Loop

Footpaths, fields, woodland and a ridge

13.13 miles (21.13 km)



Flowers along a footpath on Walk 41: The Northaw Loop

This circular walk starts and ends in Brookmans Park, first heading south to Little Heath, then east to Northaw, north through Cuffley, on to Newgate Street, and west to Wildhill before heading south-west back to Brookmans Park. It's a pretty walk with plenty of shady paths, woodland, and ups and downs. But a warning. The walk includes some stretches along busy roads. Most have pavements for pedestrians, but, in one section, the climb up Carbone Hill from Cuffley to Newgate Street, there isn't a pavement. This means that for about 10-15 minutes you have to walk against the traffic and keep on the verge. In a few places that verge is thin, and you will be facing traffic, but you can lean into the bushes when vehicles approach. Walk with care.

Map for Walk 41: The Northaw Loop


Directions


  1. From Brookmans Park's Bradmore Green head south along Bluebridge Road taking the second road on your left, Bluebridge Avenue. Head to the end of Bluebridge and enter Moffats Open Space via a gate. 
  2. Turn right and continue heading south towards a gap in the hedge, go through the gap and turn left heading east across the field keeping the hedge on the south of the field to your right.
  3. When you reach a bachelor gate go through and head south through the Leach Fields down a path until you reach a T junction of paths, turn left. Follow this path as it heads east then turns south. You will have fields on your right and a hedge on your left. At the bottom of this field turn left into Gobions Woodland. Turn right once you are in the woodland, cross a wooden footbridge, turn right and then, soon after, take the left fork in the path heading up hill to a T junction in the paths. 
  4. Turn left and head east through a small plantation until you re-enter Gobions Woodland again. 
  5. Turn right into a field and head diagonally south-east towards Folly Arch crossing three fields and one footbridge. The downside of this route is that the way is not clear, the grass is often long and sometimes wet, and you can emerge at the end soaking wet. Alternatively you can stay in Gobions Woodland and follow the path around the southern edge of the wood until you reach a gate into the same field but further along. Here you will find a path heading up to Folly Arch. This is probably a better route for most people. Either way you will reach Hawkshead Road at Folly Arch. Turn left and then turn left again down Swanley Bar Lane.
  6. At the end of Swanley Bar Lane you will meet the A1000 Great North Road. Turn right and follow the road south, heading up the hill until you reach a right-hand bend. Although busy at times, this road is okay to walk along because there is a good path alongside.
  7. On the bend you will see a footpath sign on the other side of the road (the east side), cross with care (this can be difficult) and take that path heading first east and then turning south-east. It's a narrow path with fields on your left and a hedge on your right. Continue along this path until you reach a patch of woodland. Here you will see a path go off to your left. Ignore it. Your way is straight ahead through the woodland with a small brook on your right.
  8. At the end of the woodland you will come to a footpath T junction. Here you turn left and, keeping the garden fences on your right, head east until you emerge on the B156 Coopers Lane at the junction of Well Road and Judges Hill.
  9. Cross the road with care, and then head east along Judges Hill, the B156. Again, this road has a good pavement for pedestrians. Follow this road until you get to Northaw. There were two pubs in Northaw if you need refreshments, The Two Brewers and The Sun (but checking Trip Advisor in January 2018 I notice that The Sun is reported as closed and ringing the number got a 'number not recognised' automated response.)
  10. When you reach The Sun, turn left and head north-east down Vineyards Road until it swings left (north) by some woodland and a layby on your right. Here you will see a footpath sign on your right. 
  11. Take that path and head east. This is a pleasant tree-lined path with fields on both sides. Continue along it. Soon it will turn sharp right. Follow it round as it heads south-west for a short distance. You will soon come to a junction. You turn left and follow the path up a steep, tree-lined hill heading north-east until you reach the B157, The Ridgeway, in Cuffley.
  12. Turn left and cross the road continuing west until you reach Hanyards Lane on your right. 
  13. Turn right here and head north-west along Hanyards Lane dropping down to Hill Rise. 
  14. Turn left on Hill Rise and head north and continue until it reaches Tolmers Road. 
  15. Turn left on Tolmers Road and follow it to the end where you will enter Home Wood. There is a nice bench here if you want to stop for a snack. Continue through Home Wood until you reach Caborne Hill where it crosses Cuffley Brook. 
  16. Turn right and follow Caborne Hill north-east until you reach Newgate Street. Note: This part of the walk needs care. There is no pavement for pedestrians. For much of the way there is a verge, so you are fine, but there is one section as you approach Newgate Street where the verge disappears. Proceed with caution. If traffic approaches push into the hedgerow (there is enough space), but traffic does race along this road and you will need to be alert.
  17. When you reach Newgate Street Village turn left. At this point you have the option of stopping for refreshments. There are two pubs and a restaurant. The pubs are The Coach & Horses and The Crown.
  18. Soon after turning left in Newgate Street you will see New Park Road on your left (just to the left of a restaurant on the corner). Follow this road as it heads west and eventually becomes a farm track. Keep walking with the farm on your left and fields on your right. This is a lovely stretch with great views on both sides.
  19. When this path turn sharp right continue on it, ignoring a path to your left, and head north until you reach Tylers Causeway. 
  20. Turn left, cross the road with care and, after passing a few houses on your right, turn right and head north-west along Cucumber Lane. Continue along Cucumber Lane (there is no pavement for walkers, but it's quite and there are many opportunities for walking on the verge when traffic approaches.
  21. At a right hand curve in the road look out for a footpath sign on your left. Take this path and head north-west keeping Nine Acre Wood on your right. You will be walking through a Hornbeam Woodland. Continue as the path drops down and emerged on a track called Hornbeam Lane. Follow the track up hill until you reach the B158 Kentish Lane.
  22. Cross the road and head south-east until you reach the junction with Wildhill Road. Here you should cross the B158 with care (this is a dangerous bend) and head south down the east side of the B158 until you reach a footpath sign on your right,
  23. Take this path which leads you across three fields and down to the car park at The Woodman. 
  24. Once you are in The Woodman car park you will see a bachelor gate at the west end. To find this gate walk from the pub to the end of the car park but take the right hand branch which leads to the path. Go through the gate, cross the first field (this first bit can be soggy), cross a footbridge, go through another gate, cross another field, another footbridge, another gate and then emerge in a field.
  25. Turn right, keeping the hedge on your right and the field on your left, and continue as the path curves round to the left and heads south.
  26. Soon you reach a gap in the hedgerow. Turn diagonally right and head south-west with the hedge on your right and the field on your left climbing the hill with woodland straight ahead. 
  27. Soon you will see a path cut through the crop. Follow this to the top of the hill. From here there are wonderful views back towards Wildhill. Continue south following the path until it emerges on Grubbs Lane.
  28. Turn left on Grubbs Lane, and, almost immediately, take the path on your right into another field. Follow this path across two fields, through  to a small plantation, across a third field and emerge on Woodside Lane by a garage (where you can get refreshments).
  29. Turn left on Woodside Lane and then, immediately, cross the A1000 Great North Road at Bell Bar and head down Bell Lane. At this point you could turn left for refreshments at The Cock o' The North on the corner or further on at The Dutch Nursery.
  30. Continue down Bell Lane until you reach Bulls Lane. Turn right and follow this down until you go under the railway bridge. 
  31. Immediately after the railway bridge take the footpath and follow it, keeping to your right as it heads south alongside the railway, to the right of a football pitch, turns south-west through woodland, turns right and emerges at the North Mymms Youth and Community Centre car park.
  32. Follow the track out of the car park and on to Station Road in Welham Green. Turn left and walk south along Station Road back to Brookmans Park where there is a pub, restaurants, a cafe and shops.



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