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1: North Mymms
2: Camfield Place
3: Water End
4: Epping Green
5: Lea Valley
6: Wildhill
7: Little Berkhamsted
8: Newgate Street
9: Howe Green
10: Brookmans Park Long
11: West End
12: Quiz Walk
13: The Candlestick
14: The Woodman
15: Wildhill West End
16: North Mymms Ridge
17: Hornbeam Lane
18: Grubbs Lane
19: Wildhill Eight
20: Essendon
21: Cucumber Lane
22: North Mymms Way
23: Hatfield Brookmans Park
24: Brookmans Park Wildhill
25: Little Berkhamsted
26: Broxbourne Woods South
27: Broxbourne Woods North
28: Brickendon Loop
29: Wildhill SW Loop
30: Colney Heath South Loop
31: North Mymms SW Loop
32: Brookmans Park Loop
33: West End Figure Of Eight
34: Little Berkhamsted Loop
35: Letty Green Loop
36: Lea Valley Loop
37: Three Ridge Round
38: Ayot Greenway South
39: Ayot Greenway West
40: Ayot Greenway North
41: Northaw Wildhill Loop
42: North Mymms to Hatfield
43: Datchworth Loop
44: Bramfield Loop
45: Tewin West East Loop
46: Tewin North Loop
47: Mimram Valley Loop
48: Kimpton Loop
49: Ayot Short
50: Bayford Linear
51: Mymmshall Wood Loop
52: Wildhill SE Loop
53: Essendon East Loop
54: Symondshyde Loop
55: Ayot North East Loop
56: The Great Wood, Northaw
57: Chapmore End Circular
58: Wadesmill Circular
59: Burn's Green Circular


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Walk 23: Hatfield to Brookmans Park via Wildhill
An undulating linear route passing four pubs
9 miles (14.5 km)


A stretching walk from Hatfield station, over the tops to West End, Essendon and via Wildhill back to Brookmans Park station. Ideal if you want to leave the car at home and have a few pints on the way. On the map below click the satellite button and then click the plus sign to zoom in. The map below says the walk is 8.28 miles but I make it closer to nine.
Looking back on the climb to West End
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Directions
  • Leave Hatfield station and cross the road, heading head down the lane that runs alongside The Great Northern pub.
  • At the bottom of the lane, turn left, go under the viaduct and continue along Park Street, keeping right until you reach The Old Hertford Road.
  • Turn right on The Old Hertford Road until you meet Hertford Road, turn right, cross over the A414 and turn right down a footpath as soon as you cross the bridge.
  • Continue along this footpath until you reach Bush Hall Lane. Continue, passing Mill Green mill on your left.
  • At the point where Bush Hall Lane joins the A414 to Hertford take the footpath to your left, which continues alongside the A414 heading east.
  • This bit of the walk is a bit noisy, but it is less than 10 mins.
  • When you reach Gypsy Lane (by the Mill Green Golf Club), turn right and cross the A414 (needless to say great care is required to cross this busy dual carriageway.
  • Head south down the lane opposite, past a woodmill on your right, and down to a bridge over the River Lea.
  • As soon as you cross the River Lea turn left and follow the road until it turns sharply to the right.
  • At this point you take the footpath straight ahead which follows the southern bank of the River Lea.
  • Follow this until you reach open fields and, soon after, a bridlepath to your right which heads south. At this point you will have walked 2.5 miles since the start.
  • Continue heading south on this bridelpath until you emerge on West End Lane.
  • Here you turn left, but if you want refreshments, turn right and visit The Candlestick (closed Mondays but open all day the rest of the week).
  • Back on the route, head down West End Lane, past a duck pond on the left and look out for a bridleway on the right. This is a BOAT (Byway Open to All Traffic), so there could be vehicles using it - but rarely.
  • Continue along this BOAT for about a mile until you come to West End Lane again.
  • Turn left, drop down the hill until you reach Wild Hill.
  • Turn left at Wildhill and refreshments can be taken at The Woodman which keeps strict pub hours, so not open all day. Last orders at lunchtime is 2.30pm. They do bar snacks at lunchtime.
  • Continue through The Woodman car park heading for a gap between the higher and lower parking areas. Walk this path, through a bachelor gate, across a footbridge (note, this bit can be boggy, so take care).
  • Continue through another batchelor gate, across a small footbridge, through another bachelor gate and turn right.
  • Keep the hedge on your right and the field on your left until you reach a gap in the hedgerow on your right.
  • Go through this gap and head straight up the hill with the hedge on your right and the field on your left.
  • You will soon see a diagonal path cut through the crops heading to the top of the hill. Take this.
  • At the top of the hill go through the gap keeping the woodland on your right and the field on your left.
  • You will come to another part where a path has been cut through the crop heading south to a metal gate and emerging on Grubbs Lane.
  • Turn left and almost immediately right into another field where a path runs through the crops, across a footbridge, across another field, through a small copse, across another field and ends at the Texaco garage at the corner of Woodside Lane and the A1000, Great North Road. Turn left.
  • Cross The Great North Road with care and take the lane opposite, Bell Lane.
  • If you want, you can stop for refreshments at The Cock Of The North to your left.
  • Continue down Bell Lane until you reach Bulls Lane on your right.
  • Walk down this lane, past Foxes Lane on your right and continue heading west until you see a footpath sign on your left.
  • Take this, go through a bachelor gate, turn right and follow the path with the hedge on your right and the field on your left.
  • At the fence turn right, take the small footbridge on your left, and continue west with the hedge on your right and field on your left.
  • You will emerge at Thunder Bridge. Go under the bridge and turn left along a footpath that runs to the right of the railway.
  • Follow this path south until it branches slightly to the right and goes through woodland. There will be a football pitch on your left.
  • At the end of the path go down some steps and turn right crossing a small river. Continue along this path until you reach Station Road.
  • Turn left on Station Road and follow it for about a mile to Brookmans Park Station.
  • There are several shops, restaurants and a pub serving refreshments in the village.


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About these walks

Ellie and David BrewerNote: 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.

We recommend you buy the Ordnance Survey Landranger map for the area, number 166.

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.

Copyright

The text and images for all our walks are released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, which means you are free to reproduce the material for non-commercial purposes only (i.e. you don't sell them or make money from them) as long as you give full attribution to the author of the walk - see above - and provide a link to the original material. Copyright information for the maps used in the walks can be found under the maps above.

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