An undulating linear route passing four pubs
8.5 miles (13.6 km)
A stretching walk from Hatfield station, over the tops to West End, Essendon and via Wildhill back to either Brookmans Park or Welham Green. Ideal if you want to leave the car at home and have a few pints along the way. The route can be muddy in places after rain. Some gentle hill climbing involved.
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- Leave Hatfield station and cross the road and head east down Arm And Sword Lane that runs alongside The Great Northern pub.
- At the bottom of the lane, turn left on Park Street and go under the viaduct. Ccontinue along keeping right until you reach The Old Hertford Road.
- Turn right on The Old Hertford Road until you meet Hertford Road, turn right, cross over the A414 and take the footpath on your right as soon as you cross the bridge.
- Continue along this footpath until you reach Bush Hall Lane. Continue past Mill Green Mill on your left.
- At the point where Bush Hall Lane joins the A414 to Hertford take the footpath to your left, which continues along the north side of the A414 heading east. This bit of the walk is a bit noisy, but it is less than 10 mins.
- When you reach Gypsy Lane (just past the Mill Green Golf Club), turn right and cross the A414 (needless to say great care is required to cross this busy dual carriageway). Head south down the lane opposite, past a wood mill on your right, and down to a bridge over the River Lea (this is Hatfield bridleway 75).
- As soon as you cross the River Lea turn left and follow the road until it turns sharply to the right.
- At this point you take the track straight ahead (Essendon bridleway 6) which follows the southern bank of the River Lea. Follow this until you reach open fields and, soon after, a bridleway on your right (Essendon bridleway 10) which heads south. At this point you will have walked 2.5 miles since the start.
- Turn right and continue heading south on this bridleway until you emerge on West End Lane.
- Here you turn left, (if you want refreshments, turn right and visit The Candlestick - do check opening times first). Back on the route, head down West End Lane, past a duck pond on the left and look out for a bridleway on the right. This is a BOAT (Byway Open to All Traffic), so there could be vehicles using it - but rarely. This is Essendon BOAT 14.
- Take the BOAT and continue along for about a mile until you come to West End Lane again.
- Turn left, drop down the hill until you reach Wildhill. Turn left at Wildhill and refreshments can be taken at The Woodman. Check opening times.
- Continue through The Woodman car park heading for a gap between the higher and lower parking areas. Take this footpath (Essendon footpath 84) through a gate, across a footbridge (note, this bit can be boggy, so take care). Continue through another gate, across a field down to a small footbridge, cross the footbridge, turn first left, go through another gate and then turn right.
- Keep the hedge on your right and the field on your left until you reach a gap in the hedgerow on your right. Go through this gap and head straight up the hill with the hedge on your right and the field on your left. You will soon see a diagonal path cut through the crops heading to the top of the hill. Take this.
- At the top of the hill go through the gap keeping the woodland on your right and the field on your left. You will come to another part where a path has been cut through the crop heading south to a metal gate and emerging on Grubbs Lane.
- Turn left and almost immediately right into another field where a footpath (Hatfield footpath 83) runs through the crops, across a footbridge, across another field, through a small copse (at this point, look out for the remains of the WWII Tett turret on your right), across another field and ends at the garage at the corner of Woodside Lane and the A1000, Great North Road.
- Turn left on Woodside Lane and cross The Great North Road with care and take the lane opposite, Bell Lane. (If you want, you can stop for refreshments at The Cock Of The North to your left or The Dutch Nursery cafe further along). Continue down Bell Lane passing Bulls Lane on your right and continue to the top of the hill where the lane bends left. Here you will see a footpath on your right (North Mymms footpath 33).
- Take this path as it heads west with the fields on your right and woodland on your left. Soon after a footbridge look out for a path on your right heading north-west across the field and down to Bulls Lane (North Mymms footpath 35). Take this path down to Bulls Lane. At this point those heading for Welham Green turn right and those heading for Brookmans Park turn left.
- If you are heading for Welham Green turn right on Bulls Lane, then left on Foxes Lane (20a) and head north-west along North Mymms BOAT 84. Continue along this lane and byway ignoring a footpath on your right (21a) until you return to Welham Green where you turn left to reach the station. If you are returning to Brookmans Park turn left on Bulls Lane until you reach a footpath sign on your left (North Mymms footpath 33). Cross the small footbridge on your left, and then turn right continuing west with the hedge (and Bulls Lane) on your right and the field on your left. You will emerge at Skimpan's Bridge.
- Go under the bridge and turn left along a footpath that runs to the right of the railway (North Mymms footpath 34).
- Follow this footpath south until it branches slightly to the right and goes through woodland. There will be a football pitch on your left. 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.
- Turn left on Station Road and follow it for about a mile to Brookmans Park Station. There are several shops, cafes, restaurants and a pub serving refreshments in the village.