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Walk 28 - Brickendon Loop

6.25 miles (10 km)

picture taken on The Brickendon Loop

Another magnificent walk via secluded footpaths, through deep, ancient woodland and along a Roman road. Below you will find a map which you can download to an app-enabled smartphone, and directions for the route for those who want to print out the map and follow instructions.

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  1. Park in Brickendon and head north up Fanshaws Lane, which runs alongside The Farmer's Boy pub.
  2. Keep going straight until the lane veers left and, straight ahead, becomes a track. Continue straight heading north.
  3. Continue along this path through Sweeting's Wood and, eventually, between fields until you reach some cottages on your right and emerge on Brickendon Lane.
  4. Turn right and continue south east along Brickendon Lane for about five minutes until you reach a farm on your left. Take care along this road because there isn't a footpath.
  5. Just after the farm, take the footpath on your left and continue south east along the track until you reach a 'Private Road' sign. Here a path (with a red sign) runs, slightly to the right, and parallel to the road.
  6. Take this parallel path keeping the road on your left.
  7. Ignore the first path off to your right and look out for a path going off to your left. Take this one and head north east.
  8. This is a wonderful sheltered path between the fields which continues north east for some distance until you reach Mangrove Road.
  9. Turn right on Mangrove Road and continue until it turns sharp right. At this point you take the footpath on your left.
  10. Soon after taking this path you will see an option to turn right and continue with the field on your left and hedge on your right.
  11. When you reach the woodland you veer right. At this point you will see a sign for the entrance to Balls Wood, a Herts and Middlesex nature reserve.
  12. Almost immediately after the sign to Balls Wood the path turns left and follows the line of the wood. The wood should be on your left and the field on your right.
  13. You could walk through Balls Wood as an option because it emerges on this walk a little further on.
  14. However, if you continue with the walk, carry on heading east until the path passes through a small part of the wood and emerges between open fields (here you will see another entrance to Balls Wood).
  15. Head along this path, across a cart track until you emerge on Ermine Street, which was a Roman road.
  16. Turn right and follow Ermine Street south until the track becomes a path through the woods.
  17. You eventually reach Mangrove Road at the point where it becomes Lord Street. You simply cross over the road and head into Broxbourne Woods. Keep going south.
  18. After about 10-15 mins you reach Spital Brook.
  19. Here you turn right, almost walking back on yourself, and keeping the sign to the Danemead Nature reserve on your left and Spital Brook on your right.
  20. Continue to head west through the woods - with Spital Brook on your right.
  21. The path eventually becomes an elevated boardwalk before emerging at a gate and a path T juntion.
  22. Turn right and head north west on what eventually becomes a forestry road.
  23. You will cross another forestry road as you continue to climb.
  24. Keep heading north west until your path emerges on the lane at Monks Green.
  25. Turn left through Monks Green and at the end of the village take the left hand path marked with the green sign and picture of the white admiral butterfly.
  26. Follow this path through several fields until you reach Brickendon.
  27. Turn left and head back to the start of the walk.

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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.


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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