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Walk 70: Brookmans Park Linear NW

Good views over North Mymms from the north

4 miles (6.45 km)


Photograph of Poppies in the field described in point 5 below Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Poppies in the field described in point 5 below
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0


This walks starts at Welham Green station, climbs to a trig point with excellent views to the south and west, drops down to follow the route of the old Dellsome Lane, now reduced to a footpath, passes North Mymms Park, and returns to Brookmans Park via the swallow holes at Water End. The route covers part of a much longer walk on this site, the 12-mile North Mymms Way. The start and finish points can be reached by bus or train.

Map for Walk 70: Brookmans Park Linear NW created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker using elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors Note: There is a larger, more detailed map embedded at the end of this walk
Map for Walk 70: Brookmans Park Linear NW created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
using elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors
Note: There is a larger, more detailed map embedded at the end of these directions

Directions


1: From Dixons Hill Road close to Welham Green station, head north along Travellers Lane. The railway track will be on your right. Continue through the industrial estate until you reach Travellers Close on your left. Turn left here and walk west to the end of the close where you can cut through a path to Pooleys Lane.


Photograph of Pooleys Lane, Welham Green. Turn right here and follow it as it bends round to the left Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Pooleys Lane, Welham Green. Turn right here and follow it as it bends round to the left
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0


2: Turn right on Pooleys Lane and follow it round as it first heads north then bends to the left and heads west. Look out for a footpath sign on your right. Take this path and head north with the industrial estate on your right and fields and woods on your left. Continue along this path until you reach a footpath on your left just before the path your are on bends to your right.


Photograph of The footpath heading north from Pooleys Lane, Welham Green Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The footpath heading north from Pooleys Lane, Welham Green
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Photograph of The footpath that heads west north of Welham Green Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The footpath that heads west north of Welham Green
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0


3: Take this path and head west ignoring any other paths to your left and right until you emerge at the edge of a field at a four-way footpath junction, soon after you cross a small wooden footbridge (see image below). There will be a gap in the hedgerow to your left, a path straight on, and one climbing the hill to your right.


Photograph of A wooden footbridge just before the clearing and the four-way footpath junction in point 3 Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
A wooden footbridge just before the clearing and the four-way footpath junction in point 3
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0


4: Your way is straight on, but, if you want to see the trig point (grid reference TL 22426 06018) it's a short distance up the hill in the field on your right.


Photograph of The trig point above Welham Green Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The trig point above Welham Green
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Photograph of Detail on the trig point above Welham Green Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Detail on the trig point above Welham Green
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Photograph of Detail on the trig point above Welham Green Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Detail on the trig point above Welham Green
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0


After visiting the trig point, return to the path you were on and continue heading west with the hedgerow on your left and the field on your right. In the distance you will see an electricity pylon. Head in this direction following the path as it dips down to the corner of the field.


Photograph of field. Head for the pylon keeping the hedgerow on your left and the field on your right Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Head for the pylon keeping the hedgerow on your left and the field on your right
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0


Here the path goes through the hedgerow where it meets another four-way footpath junction. Turn right here (it can be overgrown with nettles), and drop down to the old Dellsome Lane, now a footpath thanks to the A1(M) which, when built, cut across the old road.



Photograph of footpath. At this point the path can be overgrown with nettle and brambles Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
At this point the path can be overgrown with nettles and brambles
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0


Photograph of The metalled surface of this footpath is what is left of the old Dellsome Lane Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The metalled surface of this footpath is what is left of the old Dellsome Lane
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0


Turn right and follow the path round as it bends left. Ignore the footpath off to your right. Continue until you reach the end of the Dellsome Lane footpath. You will see a sign pointing to a gate on your left. You are now close to the A1(M).



Photograph of The western end of the old Dellsome Lane where you turn left and head south across the fields Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The western end of the old Dellsome Lane where you turn left and head south across the fields
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0


5: Turn left on this path and follow it south through the fields until you reach a bridge over the A1(M). This field is rarely cultivated and the result is that during the summer months it's rich in wild flowers. The poppies are particularly impressive in June (see image at the top of this page). Cross the bridge and, immediately after, take the footpath on your left accessed via wooden stairs.



Photograph of The wooden stairs down to the footpath that heads south along the western edge of the A1(M) Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The wooden stairs down to the footpath that heads south along the western edge of the A1(M)
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0


6: Take this path and head south with the A1(M) on your left and the field on your right. Ignore the first path (soon after the steps) on your right heading west across the field. Continue walking south alongside the A1(M) until you see a diagonal path cutting across the crops towards a wooden gate leading into woodland.



Photograph of footpath. After leaving the path along the western edge of the A1(M) and crossing the field you reach a wooden gate Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
After leaving the path along the western edge of the A1(M) cross the field to reach a wooden gate
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0


Walk through the woodland and emerge on Tollgate Road close to the Octagon Lodge outside North Mymms Park.

7: Cross Tollgate Road and walk south along St Mary's Church Road, crossing the river and continuing until you reach a footpath on your left just after the turn off to the church.



Photograph of The footpath heading south-east off St Mary's Church Road Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The footpath heading south-east off St Mary's Church Road
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0


8: Take this footpath and head south-east until you reach the boundary of North Mymms Cricket Club. Don't go through the wooden gate at this point because your path heads to the left of that gate, across the field and over to another wooden gate leading through the hedgerow.



Photograph of footpath. Take the footpath out of the field, turn right, cross the A1(M) and then cross Swanland Road and turn left  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Take the footpath out of the field, turn right, cross the A1(M), then cross Swanland Road and turn left
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0


Turn right once you are through the gate and take the path over the footbridge that crosses the A1(M). Drop down to Swanland Road.

9: Cross the road with care and turn to your left heading north for a short distance with Swanland Road on your left and garages on your right. (At this point you could turn right along Warrengate Road and head for The Woodman Inn if you are in need of refreshments.)

10: Continue on the footpath alongside Swanland Road ignoring the first footpath on your right but taking the second.


Photograph of footpath. The path heading east off Swanland Road is not easy to spot with the sign partly hidden in undergrowth  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The path heading east off Swanland Road is not easy to spot with the sign partly hidden in undergrowth
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0


Follow this path as it heads slightly north-east with the hedgerow on your right and the field on your left. Ignore the paths off to your right and left and continue into the next field, again keeping the field on your left and the hedgerow on your right, heading for the wooden marker post in the far right corner of the field at the point where the path swings round to the left.


Photograph of footpath. Turn right at the marker post in the corner of the field at the point where the path swings to the left  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Turn right at the marker post in the corner of the field at the point where the path swings to the left
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0


Turn right here and follow the path through the woods and out to the swallow holes before it swings to your left and climbs to an open field. Here you turn right.

11: At this point you follow the path round to your right with the hedgerow on your right and the field on your left until you reach another marker post. Here your path turns to the left and then bends round to the right still with the hedgerow on your right and the field on your left. The Ordnance Survey map shows this path going across the field in an easterly direction, but it is rarely maintained and is difficult to find, often ploughed over and covered in crops.


Photograph of footpath. Head for the south-east corner of the field where you will find the path leading to Bradmore Lane  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Head for the south-east corner of the field where you will find the path leading to Bradmore Lane
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0


So your best route is the keep heading south, still with the field on your left and the hedgerow on your right until you reach the corner of the field and a path out to Bradmore Lane, where you turn left and follow the lane until it meets Station Road.

12: Turn right on Station Road and follow it round over the railway bridge to Brookmans Park village.

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