A half-day walk keeping, as close as possible using footpaths and tracks, to the boundary of the historic and picturesque parish of North Mymms in south Hertfordshire. You should be able to do it in about four or five hour. There are opportunities for refreshments at Water End, Bell Bar and Brookmans Park, although the first two will need short detours so take a map.
Update June 2016: A warning. The part of this walk that goes down Foxes Lane is impassable at times due to heavy flooding. The local authority is aware of the problem and will get round to fixing it, but, as of June 2016, the path can be totally waterlogged. We did manage to get through by clinging to branches on the side of the path and using a good walking stick to balance, but it would be difficult for many. As an alterative, when you come out of the Welham Green industrial estate please cross the road, take Holloways Lane down to Bulls Lane, turn left and rejoin the route at the junction with the far end of Foxes Lane.
The route keeps, as close as possible, to the boundaries of the ancient parish of North Mymms, which is mentioned in the Domesday Book.
It's a circular route along public rights of way and a few lanes through woodland, valleys, across fields and through villages, starting and finishing in the commuter village of Brookmans Park.
The starting point is easy to reach by car or public transport. Brookmans Park has a public car park (payment required), a mainline train station with connections south to central London (via Finsbury Park) and north to Welwyn Garden City, and some bus services.
The village has a pub, a number of restaurants and shops selling refreshments.
What to expect
The walk involves some hill climbing, negotiating some paths that can be overgrown with nettles and brambles in the summer and early autumn, and using tracks that can be muddy after heavy rain.
Unfortunately, The North Mymms Way is not suitable for those using wheelchairs and prams - sorry about that; the paths are not wide enough, the surfaces are not flat enough, and some of the hills are far too steep.
Be sure to take enough water and food with you because there are not many options for refreshments.
Starting in the village of Brookmans Park, cross the railway bridge and head north along Station Road for a short distance.
Just before you reach Bradmore Lane on your left, look out for a footpath running south. Take this path and head south passing Brookmans Park Station on your left.
Continue along this path until you reach a small footbridge leading to a bachelor gate.
Turn right once through the bachelor gate and follow the path heading west with the field on your left and the brook on your right.
At the end of the field, cross the footbridge to your right and, as soon as you have crossed, turn left and head for a bachelor gate leading to a path through woodland.
Continue along this path until it turns left, dip downs, becomes a wooden elevated walkway, emerges at a bridge across Mymmshall Brook, and ends on Warrengate Road. Note: There is an earlier left turn off this path that also leads to a bridge, but you ignore that one.
When you reach Warrengate Road, turn left and continue until you reach the last house on your right.
Here you turn right walking up small lane which acts as a cut through to Swanland Road.
Cross Swanland Road with care – it can be like an F1 racetrack at times - and take the footpath directly opposite which turns sharp left and leads to a footbridge over the A1(M).
At the other side of the motorway, continue heading west up the hill and over the top, through pine woods, past a large house on your right, a small farm on your left and eventually dropping down to a small cottage on the right.
Here the path turns sharp right. Climb the hill to the top until you reach another cottage on your left just before a clearing. Continue down the bridle path as it dips down a secluded valley and continue up over the hill.
The path drops down, through woodland and fields, to a quiet lane leading to North Mymms church. Continue straight with the church on your left heading down hill to a road bridge over the river, which is often dry during the summer months.
Pass the war memorial on your left and emerge on Tollgate Road.
Cross this road with care – cars can come speeding round the corner.
On the other side of Tollgatge Road turn left for a few yards looking out for a footpath sign hidden in the hedgerow on your right.
Take this path through woodland until you reach a corn field.
Your way is diagonally left, heading north through the crop (the farmer cuts a path for walkers) and up the hill until you reach the side of the A1 (M). The motorway is to your right in a cutting behind the hedge.
Continue until you reach a bridge over the A1(M). Cross the bridge and immediately turn left heading diagonally north through a field to the hedgerow in the distance.
Go through the bachelor gate and turn right heading for Welham Green. The path veers right.
Ignore the first path on the left and keep going until you reach a second path on the left.
Take that path and continue straight, following the path as it weaves its way north and north east.
At one point the path emerges in an open field. Continue with the field on your left and the hedgerow on your right.
The path then heads east through some fairly overgrown areas. Eventually, you will emerge on the cycle track from Welham Green to Welwyn Garden City.
Turn right on this path and continue south along the cycle path until you reach a lane on the northern outskirts of Welham Green.
Turn left and follow the road as it veers right, looking out for a path on your left between the houses.
This path leads to the Welham Green industrial estate with units on your right and left.
Walk through the industrial estate and at the T juntion turn right, keeping the railway on your left and continue until you meet the main road through Welham Green.
Cross the road with care and turn left towards the station.
Cross the road bridge and continue until you reach Foxes Lane on your right.
Turn right on this lane. You will see a caravan park on your right and one on your left.
Continue along the footpath for about 10 minutes until it veers right and climbs slightly to Bulls Lane.
This path is often waterlogged, and walkers have to scramble along the side clinging on to branches to navigate this stretch; it's not easy.
When you emerge on Bulls Lane turn left and climb the hill to Bell Bar. Here the way is right, however, if you want refreshments, you could turn left and then right on the A1000 and pop in to the Cock of the North.
If not, continue along the lane at Bell Bar until it turns left and climbs to the A1000.
Just before you reach the A1000, take the path on the right to the top of Pine Grove. Directly ahead you will see a footpath running behind Chancellors’s School. Take this and continue until you reach Brookmans Park Golf Club on Golf Club Road.
Turn left and continue until you reach the crossroads with Brookmans Avenue and Mymms Drive.
Cross and continue down Mymms Drive passing Moffats Lane on your right, The Grove on your right, and take the footpath on your right which leads to Gobions Lake.
Follow the path down to the lake and turn left and, keeping the lake on your right, walk round the lake until you emerge in Gobions Open Space.
Cross Gobions Open Space heading to the point where there is a gap in the hedge just south of the play area.
Go through the gap and head west with the hedge on your right and the field on your left until you reach another gap.
Go through the second gap and you will reach a gate leading to Bluebridge Avenue.
Continue down Bluebridge Avenue and turn right at the end on Bluebridge Road and head back to Brookmans Park Village.
Poppies in the field approaching the old Dellsome Lane
Entering Gobions towards the end of the walk
About this walk
Note: This walk is the longest in the collection of local walks and was mapped out by the founder and editor of this site, David Brewer, and walked by David and his wife, Ellie, on Saturday 29 June, 2013.
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Note: All these walks are based around local pubs and were tested, mapped out and uploaded to this website by David and Ellie Brewer, pictured right.
The first in the collection are about three to four miles long and fairly easy. Allow two hours for most.
The later additions, from walk 16 onwards are longer. The North Mymms Way, which is walk 22 is a half day walk of about 12 miles which will take about four hours.
All the walks are fairly easy if you are able to cross step stiles, negotiate bachelor gates, traverse the occasional muddy path, and manage small hills. Boots and wet weather gear, a bottle of water, a snack, and the correct map for the area are recommended.
The walks are all within a 15 minute drive of Brookmans Park and include some villages to the east such as Bayford and Brickendon.
The Brookmans Park Newsletter can take no responsibility for paths that have been fenced off or closed since this series of walks was published. Some signs, stiles, and gates might also have been damaged or hidden since these walks were published.
Feedback is always welcome. If you have any comments you can add them in the comments box under each walk. There is also a discussion thread in this site's forum. As with all these walks, please do check the pub opening hours before setting off to make sure you are not left disappointed. You might want to read the Ramblers advice on your right to walk before setting off so you know what to do if you meet unexpected obstacles.
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