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Walk 92: Much Hadham South Loop

Rolling hills, quiet valleys, and woodland paths

5 miles (8km)


The path through Mill Wood at point 3 on Walk 92: Much Hadham South Loop Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The path through Mill Wood at point 3 on Walk 92: Much Hadham South Loop
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

This is an undulating walk through some open countryside, woodland and along a river. At one point you cross the dismantled Buntingford branch line. The walk starts and finishes in the village of Much Hadham. Refreshments can be taken at The Bull, or Hopleys Cafe. Best check for opening times.

Directions


Map for Walk 92: Much Hadham South Loop
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Park in the village centre in one of the spaces along the B1004.

1: Walk east along Oudle Lane to the point where it turns south just past the village hall. Here you leave Oudle Lane and continue straight ahead still heading east. In 40m, at the point where the lane turns sharp left, you will see two footpaths on your right. Turn right and take the left-hand path of the two, Much Hadham footpath 23, and follow it as it heads south-east. This footpath is part of the Hertfordshire Way. You will go through a gate, cross a track, through another gate and continue heading south-east until you reach a lane.

You don't cross the ford or bridge on this walk, but we did in order to take the photo Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The route doesn't cross the ford or bridge, but we did in order to take the photo
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

2: Turn right on the lane and head north-west for 60m looking out for a footpath on your left. Turn left on this path, Much Hadham footpath 25, and head south-east until you reach a lane called Stansted Hill. Continue heading south-east walking up Stansted Hill for 50m looking out for a footpath on your right.

The footpath off Stansted Hill mentioned in point 2 above Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The footpath off Stansted Hill mentioned in point 2 above
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
3: Take this path, Much Hadham bridleway 28, as it heads south-west, then turns to head south along the western edge of Sidewell Wood. After leaving Sidewell Wood you reach an aluminium gate. Go through this gate and through a second gate continuing south through Mill Wood until the bridleway emerges on Bourne Lane.

The footpath through Sidewell Wood, mentioned in point 3 above
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4: Turn right on Bourne Lane and head west until you cross the B1004, High Street. Look out for a path immediately opposite, just to the left of the bus stop. Take this path, Widford bridleway 12, heading south-west. Soon after the waterworks on your left you veer right on a concrete track. Continue until you reach Pegs Lane.

Walking alongside the River Ash on Walk 92: Much Hadham South Loop Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Walking alongside the River Ash on Walk 92: Much Hadham South Loop
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

5: Turn right on Pegs Lane, cross the bridge over the River Ash. Immediately after the bridge take the path on your right. This is Widford footpath 13.

The footpath sign mentioned in point 5 above Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The footpath sign mentioned in point 5 above
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Follow it north and then north-west just after a large tree. The path veers to the left and climbs the embankment and crosses the dismantled railway. This was the Buntingford branch line, part of the Great Eastern Railway network, closed 1965.

Turn left at the tree and climb the embankment to the disused railway Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Turn left at the tree and climb the embankment to the disused railway
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
On the other side of the old railway continue heading north-west up a field that can be muddy. You should be heading to a spot to the left of the middle tree in the image below. At the brow of the hill, continue heading towards a white signpost to the right of Barrow Farm in the distance.

Head to the left of the tree in the middle of the field Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Walk to the left of the tree in the middle of the field
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
6: Widford footpath 13 continues to the immediate right of the farm. Here you start walking in a north-easterly direction on the right-hand side of the hedge. The path eventually becomes Much Hadham footpath 14 before it crosses Blackbridge Lane. Cross the lane and continue heading north-east on Much Hadham footpath 14 with the woodland on your right.

Footpath 14 after Blackbridge Lane - see point 6 above
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7: When you reach a footpath T-junction, turn right and follow Much Hadham bridleway 14 as it goes first east then north-east. It will reach another junction with a paved track. Here you continue to follow the path to your left, climb the hill, and continue along the bridleway until it meets Station Road.

Turn left after the phone box and post box at the junction with Station Road Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Turn left after the phone box and post box at the junction with Station Road
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

8: Turn left, walk past the phone box and post box on your right, and head north-west for 140m looking out for a footpath on your left. This is Much Hadham footpath 11.

9: Take this path and head north-west, then north until you reach Kettle Green Road. Cross the road and climb the steps on the other side to continue on Much Hadham footpath 11. At this point you will be walking across a private drive. Continue until you emerge on a paved lane. Look slightly to your right for a yellow footpath sign and take this path across the field heading north-east. This is Much Hadham footpath 10.

Cross the field heading north-east Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Cross the field heading north-east
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

10: Take Much Hadham footpath 10 and follow it heading north-east until you reach a paved track. Turn right and follow the track to the junction with the B1004.

11: Turn left and walk along the B1004 back to the start point.

The Bull in Much Hadham village Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The Bull in Much Hadham village
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0


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