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Walk 83: North Mymms S Long Loop

Hilly, with pine woods, and a remote valley


4.20 miles (6.8 km)


The footpath through Mymmshall Wood - August 2018
Image by Hertfordshire Walker, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

This is a gentle walk that starts and finishes at St Mary's Church, North Mymms, heads south climbing up through Cangsley Grove, crosses a quiet valley at Potwells, continues up through pine woodland in Redwell and Mymmshall Wood, then sweeps back passing an old well and windpump that once served the nearby farms and houses. There is a five minute stretch alongside the A1 (M), and then the path crosses a field where (sometimes) there is a bull warning (we have never encountered a bull in 20+ years). If there is a bull in the field you can always take the alternative lane route marked in red on the map below.

Directions


Map for Walk 83: North Mymms S Long 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 83: North Mymms S Long 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

1: Park along St Mary's Church lane (Grid reference: TL 22267 04543), making sure you don't block any of the gates leading to the fields. Head south along the lane until the paved part of the road swings to your right.

2: Continue heading south along a track with fields on either side. Be careful where you tread here because there are a minority of dog walkers that don't bother clearing up after their pets.

3: Keep heading south as the path climbs up through Cangsley Grove before reaching the top of the hill where you have a view over Potwells valley. Continue heading south across the valley. This is a fascinating area and you might want to read more about the geology of the landscape in a feature on our history site entitled The natural history around Water End.

The view over Potwells at the top of the hill near Cangsley Grove
Image by Hertfordshire Walker, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
4: As you climb out of Potwells valley you will enter Redwell Wood. Continue south, past Oak Lodge, and down the hill towards South Mimms.

5: When you emerge from the woods you will see a cottage on your left, take the first path on your left past the cottage and head north-east with the cottage on your left and a farm on your right. Continue following this path north-east and then east through Mymmshall Wood until you reach the A1(M).

The path through Mymmshall Wood between points 5 & 6 on this walk Image by Hertfordshire Walker, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The path through Mymmshall Wood between points 5 & 6 on this walk
Image by Hertfordshire Walker, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

6: Here you turn left and follow the path north-west alongside the A1(M) for a short distance. This path is called Love Lane.

7: You will spot a small round building on your left. This used to be a windpump. The well nearby used to serve the local farms and homes in Victorian times. You can read more about this in our feature about The wells, windpumps, and water towers of North Mymms.


The windpump and well on the west side of Love Lane, North Mymms Park - August 2018 Image by the North Mymms History Project released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The windpump and well on the west side of Love Lane
Image by the North Mymms History Project released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Continue heading north-west along Love Lane. Ignore the turning on your right (where there is a bench), and keep going until you reach a footpath crossing.


Love Lane between points 7 & 8 on this walk Image by Hertfordshire Walker, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Love Lane between points 7 & 8 on this walk
Image by Hertfordshire Walker, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
8: Turn right and head north-east along this straight track down to the A1(M).

9: Turn left at the A1(M), and head north for a short distance along the west side of the A1(M) until you reach Tollgate Road. Here you turn right and head north.

10: Go under the footbridge and take the path on your left through the bushes to a gate leading to a field.

(If there is a 'bull in field' sign, you can always take the red detour on the map above, which involves continuing along Tollgate Road until you meet St Mary's Church Lane where you turn left back to the start of the walk.)

Go through the gate into the field. If there is a 'bull in field' sign, take the red detour on the map  Image by Hertfordshire Walker, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Go through the gate into the field. If there is a 'bull in field' sign, take the red detour on the map
Image by Hertfordshire Walker, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Cross the field and head back to St Mary's Church Lane.

Follow the path round to the right and head north-west back to St Marys Church Lane  Image by Hertfordshire Walker, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Follow the path round to the right and head north-west back to St Marys Church Lane
Image by Hertfordshire Walker, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

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