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A growing collection of free walks suitable for all ages, from an hour-long potter to half-day hikes. We have walking tips for those new to rambling and a comment box beneath every walk for your feedback - you may need to disable any ad blocker to add comments.

Walk 92: Much Hadham South Loop

Rolling hills, quiet valleys, and woodland paths

5 miles (8km)


The path through Mill Wood at point 3 on Walk 92: Much Hadham South Loop Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The path through Mill Wood at point 3 on Walk 92: Much Hadham South Loop
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

This is an undulating walk through some open countryside, woodland and along a river. At one point you cross the dismantled Buntingford branch line. The walk starts and finishes in the village of Much Hadham. Refreshments can be taken at The Bull, or Hopleys Cafe. Best check for opening times.

Walk 91: The Wadesmill East Loop

Exploring the River Rib valley

5.5 miles (8.9 km)


The River Rib along Walk 91: The Wadesmill East Loop
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An enjoyable undulating ramble through some wonderful Hertfordshire countryside following the valley of the River Rib through open fields, woodland, across a ford, and through parkland with magnificent trees.

Six routes on this site affected by footbridge closure

Major repairs required on popular route


The footbridge along Essendon footpath 16 crossing over Wildhill Brook  Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The footbridge along Essendon footpath 16 crossing over Wildhill Brook
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Hertfordshire’s Countryside Management Service (CMS) says a well-used local footpath will be closed until further notice while a footbridge along the route is totally dismantled and rebuilt.

The work is expected to take at least six months. The public right of way features on six routes on this site. Signs are to be put up indicating the section to be closed.  

Walk 90: Heartwood Forest Loop

England’s largest continuous new native forest

5 miles (8 km)


The wild flower meadows at Heartwood Forest Image by Hertfordshire Walker shared via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The wild flower meadows at Heartwood Forest
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A picturesque and varied walk taking in a part of Heartwood that attracts fewer walkers - because it's further from the car park - but which is an area rich in wildflowers and butterflies and well worth a visit. This Woodland Trust reserve has several smaller circular walks dotted around the 347-hectare (858-acre) site all close to the free car park.

Walk 89: Welwyn North NE Loop

Rolling hills, cute villages, loads of pubs

7 miles (11.2 km)


The path between points 6 and 7 below Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The path between points 6 and 7 below
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

This is an excellent walk that goes through deep woodland, across open fields, has sweeping views over rolling Hertfordshire countryside, passes through several cute villages with interesting pubs, has an really good restaurant at the halfway point, and the whole walk can be done via pubic transport starting and finishing at Welwyn North station.

Walk 88: Ermine Street East Loop

Five nature reserves, deep woodland, and a Roman road


7 miles (11.3 km)


Photograph of a gate along the walk. Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

This is a fascinating walk that takes in five nature reserves, passes the site of an ancient moated encampment, and ends with a two-mile stretch along Ermine Street, a former Roman road which passes through deep and shady woodland. In between are rolling hills with open views.