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Walk 86: Hadley Wood - Brookmans Park linear

Rolling countryside with village pub halfway


7 miles (11.15 km) - 530 ft (162 m) ascent


The start of the footpath from point 4 Image copyright Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The start of the footpath from point 4
Image copyright Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

A seven-mile linear station-to-station walk from Hadley Wood to Brookmans Park via the village of Northaw, where the walk can be broken for refreshments at the Two Brewers pub/restaurant. This walk can be done in reverse starting from Brookmans Park. You can check the weather and train times before you go by visiting North Mymms News.

Directions


Map for Walk 86: Hadley Wood - Brookmans Park linear Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors An interactive map with KML and GPX data is embedded at foot of page
Map for Walk 86: Hadley Wood - Brookmans Park linear
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors

An interactive map with KML and GPX data is embedded at foot of page

Notes:
Sections 3 to 4 and 6 to 7 will be muddy after snow or rain. Section 5 to 6 is a bit unkempt with evidence of fly-tipping along a short stretch, but soon passed. Crossing the A111, the A1005, and the A1000 needs care. Walking near these main roads and going under the M25 will be noisy. The tunnel under the M25 is wide, high, and capable of taking large farm vehicles, so no need to fear for those who don't like tunnels. The Two Brewers in Northaw have real ale and served us a good lunch in front of the log fire.

Muddy boots halfway between point 3 and 4 Image copyright Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Muddy boots halfway between point 3 and 4
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1: Leave Hadley Wood station, turn right and take the cycle track (NCN 12) immediately on the right which heads north along the west side of the track. Follow the track until it becomes a footpath heading north-east to Waggon Road.

2: Turn right on Waggon Road and head east walking along the grass verge until you come to a footpath sign on your left just past the last house on the left.

3: Take this footpath as it heads north then north-east across fields to Stagg Hill. This can be extremely muddy after rain, and is all the more difficult because it goes downhill and then uphill.

Turn left at this gate between point 4 and 5 Image copyright Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Turn left at this gate between point 4 and 5
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4: Cross Stagg Hill and continue heading north-east along the footpath directly opposite on the east side of the road. After a long straight stretch this footpath bends right, left, and right again before reaching The Ridgeway (A1000).

5: Cross The Ridgeway and take the farm track on the other side which heads north and then goes under the M25 via a tunnel. This is a public footpath but the sign has disappeared. The tunnel under the M25 is wide and high, and you are through it in less than a minute.

The wide tunnel under the M25 at point 6 Image copyright Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The wide tunnel under the M25 at point 6
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6: At the other side of the M25 continue along the bridleway (Northaw bridleway 14) until you reach Coopers Lane Road. This is another stretch that can be muddy after rain.

Point 7: Follow the path marked ‘Public bridleway 17 - Hook Lane 334 yards’ It runs parallel to Coopers Lane Road through woodland on the south side Image copyright Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Point 7: Follow the path marked ‘Public bridleway 17 - Hook Lane 334 yards’
It runs parallel to Coopers Lane Road through woodland on the south side

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7: Turn right on the footpath marked ‘Public bridleway 17 - Hook Lane 334 yards’ that runs along the south side of Coopers Lane Road and head south.


Public bridleway 17 to Hook Lane north of Firs Wood Image copyright Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Public bridleway 17 to Hook Lane north of Firs Wood
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8: Continue until you reach Hook Lane (Northaw bridleway 10) on your left. Cross Coopers Lane Road and head north-east along Hook Lane until you reach Northaw.

Point 8: Cross Coopers Lane Road and take bridleway 10 along Hook Lane Image copyright Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Point 8: Cross Coopers Lane Road and take bridleway 10 along Hook Lane
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9: Turn left on Northaw Road West and walk north-west through the village. Here you might want to stop at The Two Brewers for refreshments. Continue heading north-west along Judge's Hill (B156) until you reach the junction with Well Road.

10: Just after the section junction (there are two roads off to the right forming a triangle) take the footpath on your right (Northaw footpath 4) and follow it west until you come to a footpath junction.

11: Here you turn slightly to your right and head west along the footpath (North Mymms footpath 49) ignoring the path on your left. Continue along this path until you reach the Great North Road (A1000)

12: Cross the Great North Road with care and turn right walking north along the pavement on the west of the road until you reach Swanley Bar Lane.

13: Turn left on Swanley Bar Lane and follow it uphill and west until you reach Folly Arch.

14: Take the footpath on the right immediately after Folly Arch (North Mymms footpath 11) and head north-west passing through the first gate in the hedgerow.

15: Here you turn right and take a permissive path that heads north with the field on your left and the hedgerow on your right.

16: The path enters Gobions Wood, a Herts and Middlesex Trust reserve, formerly a private country estate steeped in history. Here you turn right, cross one wooden footbridge after which you turn left crossing a second footbridge and follow the path north to Gobions Pond.

17: Go through the gate and turn left walking west along the south side of Gobions Pond until you reach Gobions Open Space.

18: Cross the field heading north-west aiming for a gap in the hedge just below the children's play area. If you have children with you they might want to let off any steam they have left on the free-to-use play equipment. There are even exercise machines for adults if you have any beans left.

Go through the gap and continue along this path with the hedge on your right and field on your left until you reach Bluebridge Avenue. Go down Bluebridge Avenue until you reach Bluebridge Road.

19: Turn right on Bluebridge Road and head north into Brookmans Park village. The station is just after the village green. There are many options for refreshments around Bradmore Green in the village centre.

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