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Walk 30 - Colney Heath South Loop

3.89 miles (6.3 km)

picture taken on The Colney Heath South Loo

We've not explored the Colney Heath area much, but we are glad we did. This is a lovely circular heading south from the village and turning back just before the M25. It was that which had put us off, but it doesn't spoil the walk.

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A really nice circular walk starting and finishing at Colney Heath.
  • Park in the small lane adjacent to Colney Heath common just off Coursers Lane, and take the footpath marked Footpath 38 to London Colney which heads left (south west) across the common marked Footpath 38 to London Colney.
  • Follow the path round to the right heading west until you come to a stile on your left with a footpath heading south.
  • Cross the field, go over a small footbridge with a gate either side, across the next field heading for the gap in the hedge.
  • Here you have a choice of 1) going through a field of horses which is the definitive route, or 2) taking the permissive path around the field. Both end up at the same place.
  • Follow the path around until you come to a bridleway T junction. Turn right.
  • Follow the bridleway until you cross a conveyor belt, cross it and reach the woods.
  • Turn right and follow the track with the wood on your left until you reach a footpath crossing.
  • There is a footbridge to your right which crosses the conveyor belt, ignore this. Your path is to the left through Garden Wood.
  • When you emerge from the wood keep going straight with the woods on your right and fields on your left until you reach a track.
  • Cross the track and go into the field directly opposite. (It was marked 'Beware Of The Bull', but there wasn't a bull there when we used the path. If you are worried you could take the track and keep following it to the right until you reach Willow Farm.)
  • If you take the track, follow it diagonally across the field heading for the right of the car park on the far side.
  • Here you go through a gate and turn right. Follow this track until you reach the gate into Willows Farm Village, an open farm. Please note: There is a sign on the gate entering Willows Farm Village that is slightly ambiguous and suggests that you need to get a wristband to follow the public footpath. I called to check and was assured that "if you are walking through Willows Farm Village and not visiting the attractions there is no need to obtain a wristband."
  • So, when you reach this sign, turn left and go through Willows Farm Village heading south west downhill through the various attractions until you reach the path leading to the bottom of the lakes.
  • Cross this path and head west and then turn north west following a track used by anglers up the the western edge of the lake.
  • At the point where the track turns left you will see a footpath sign straight ahead. Take this and follow it around the edge of the lake until you emerge at the top.
  • Here you will find a cafe and car park for anglers. Across from the car park you will see a path straight ahead. Turn right down this path.
  • When you reach a junction in the path take the left turn - Watling Chase Trail - and follow it round to the right and back to Colney Heath.
  • You will pass the water works and emerge on a lane. Look out for a footpath on your right and follow it over the heath and back to your car.

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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.


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