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Walk 19: Brookmans Park NE Loop

Fields, footpaths, woodland and lanes

9 miles (14.5 km)


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A circular walk from Brookmans Park to Wildhill and back. This walk is a mix of lane walking and footpaths. You cross fields, some of which can be muddy at certain times of the year, and wander through woodland. There is a pub, The Woodman at Wildhill at the halfway point.

Map for Walk 19: Brookmans Park NE Loop Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors Note: There is a larger, more detailed map embedded at the end of these directions
Map for Walk 19: Brookmans Park NE Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors

Note: There is a larger, more detailed map embedded at the end of these directions

Directions


There is restricted parking in Brookmans Park village centre and surrounding roads (check signs), but you can pay to park in the station car park.
  1. Start in Brookmans Park and walk up Brookmans Avenue until you reach Golf Club Road (North Mymms footpath 68) on the left.
  2. Turn left and continue along Golf Club Road until you reach the clubhouse. At this point turn right down a track (still North Mymms footpath 68) that heads north-east past Chancellor's School (on the right).
  3. You emerge at the top of Pine Grove. Keep going straight along the track slightly veering to the left keeping the houses on your right.
  4. When you reach Bell Lane turn right and right again walking south alongside the west side of the A1000 keeping the houses on your right. Look out for a footpath sign on the opposite (east) side of the road which leads to a footpath (North Mymms footpath 37) that runs along the north side of the Brookmans Park Transmitting Station. Walk along this path until you reach a footbridge. Cross this bridge, turn slightly to your right and then to your left keeping the field on your left and the hedge on your right as you follow the footpath (Hatfield footpath 86) north-east. Continue along this path until it reaches Grubbs Lane. 
  5. Turn right on Grubbs Lane and head east until you reach Kentish Lane the B158.
  6. Cross Kentish Lane and take the bridleway (Hatfield bridleway 87) and continue heading east until you reach a farm.
  7. Look out for a sign just before the barn that directs you right and then left. Keep following the signs and continue along the bridleway until you reach a junction, with one path going right and the other left.
  8. You turn left on the byway (Hatfield restricted byway 88) until you emerge on Tylers Causeway.
  9. Turn left for a few yards and then turn right on Cucumber Lane. Keep walking along Cucumber Lane until it veers to the right at which point you will see a footpath sign marked Hornbeam Lane, Wildhill on the left. 
  10. Take that bridleway (Essendon bridleway 88) and continue along this track until you reach the last house on the left where you will see a footpath sign. 
  11. Turn left on this footpath (Essendon footpath 20) and continue south-west until you reach the corner of the field.
  12. Here you turn right on another footpath (Essendon footpath 19) and head north-west until you reach Kentish Lane.
  13. Turn left on Kentish Lane and follow the roadside footpath heading south with Kentish Lane on your right.
  14. Look out for a footpath sign on your right (Hatfield footpath 85) and follow it through a field until you reach a gate.
  15. Go through the gate and across a second field until you come to a second gate. Go through the next field and then drop down to The Woodman car park (the horses in this field can be a bit playful at times).
  16. When you reach the pub car park you will see that the parking area splits. The lower area, just beyond a few out-buildings, leads to a gate in the south-west corner (Hatfield footpath 84). Take this footpath. As you look beyond this gate you will see another a small wooden bridge and then another gate almost straight ahead. Note: This field is often very muddy and churned up by horses so tread carefully. Go through this second gate and head almost straight ahead but slightly diagonally to the right. To help with navigation, head in the direction of the Brookmans Park transmitter on the distant horizon. The path crosses a small plank footbridge before climbing left to another gate. Note: Be careful just after crossing the footbridge because the path you want swings to the left and up to the gate, and doesn't go straight ahead along a path that's been trodden by the horses. Go through the gate and turn right, keeping to the right-hand boundary of the field with the hedge on the right and the field on the left. Skirt the field and follow the hedge round as it veers left.
  17. You soon reach a gap in the hedge and a post with yellow arrow, just after a small stream. The post suggests you go straight across the field, but the last time we were there it had been ploughed up, so the best route is to turn slightly right and then, keeping the boundary of the field on your right, skirt the field keeping the field on your left and the hedgerow and ditch on your right and continue slightly uphill as the path climbs to the woods ahead.
  18. Depending on the season, the path sometimes heads diagonally to the left, through the crops towards a beech tree at the edge of the wood. Alternatively, you can continue skirting the boundary of the field keeping the field on your left and the hedgerow, ditch, and woods on your right, until you come to the corner of the woods. Here you can walk through a gap in the boundary of the field and continue walking with the woodland on your right. At this point you will see the Brookmans Park transmitter to the south. Look back for excellent views over to Wildhill and Essendon. Keep walking, heading to a point slightly to the right of the distant transmitter mast until you reach a gate leading out to Grubbs Lane.
  19. Turn left on Grubbs Lane and almost immediately take the footpath (Hatfield footpath 83) on your right which leads across two fields and then goes through a copse. The footpath (now North Mymms footpath 66) continues straight until you meet Woodside Lane.
  20. Cross the A1000 heading for Bell Lane opposite. Head south down Bell Lane past Bulls Lane on your right and continue until Bell Lane makes a left turn. At this point you will notice a footpath on your right (soon after a large three storey house).
  21. Take this footpath (North Mymms footpath 33) and follow it west as it skirts Peplins Wood and emerges on Bulls Lane. Turn left on Bulls Lane, go under the railway bridge and look out for a footpath on your left.  
  22. Turn left on this footpath (North Mymms footpath 34) and follow it south and then south-west until it reaches the car park of the North Mymms Youth and Community Centre and continues to Station Road. 
  23. Turn left on Station Road and follow the path back to Brookmans Park where there are shops, cafes, restaurants and a pub.

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