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22: North Mymms Way
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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 31 - North Mymms SW Loop

6.03 miles (9.7 km)

picture taken on The North Mymms SW Loop

This is a wonderful, stretching circular from North Mymms Church south over the hill towards South Mimms but turning right at the top of the hill and dropping down to the Colne Valley, over Colney Heath Common to Colney Heath and back to North Mymms. There are some great views north west towards St Albans. Please note: This walk is not suitable for dogs. The footpath goes through Coursers Farm where there are stables and a sign saying no dogs.

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A good circular from North Mymms Church involving a decent climb, great views over western Hertfordshire and north, a drop down to the Colne Valley and back via Colney Heath.
  • Park in the lane by North Mymms Church and head south down the road leading to North Mymms Park.
  • When the road bends to the right, keep going straight down a bridleway that eventually climbs the hill through the woods.
  • At the top of the hill you will see a path going off to the left, ignore this and keep straight on heading down into a dip.
  • At the bottom of the dip you will see a path going off to your left and one to your right.
  • Take the path to your right and climb the hill heading west towards the woodland in the distance.
  • Go through a gate and head through the woods emerging in an open field. Keep straight ahead with the field on your right and the woodland on your left.
  • This path becomes a bridleway with great views to your right towards St Albans and the M25 to your left.
  • Soon after you reach the farm look out for a footpath on your right. Take this and follow it as it drops down through the fields.
  • You will come to a field with a 'Beward of the Bull' sign. When we walked this there was no evidence of a bull. The field is not large and you head diagonally slightly to your right over to the gate leading to a field of crops.
  • Cross this keeping slightly to your right. Soon you will see a sign offering you a choice of taking the designated path through the crops (nobody seems to use this) or the permissive path that edges the field on the left. Take this one.
  • You will soon meet a track, turn right and you reach the point where the designated path would have emerged.
  • Immediately opposite is a gap in the hedge with a signpost hidden in the undergrowth. Take this path and make your way through a small plantation until you reach some works buildings.
  • Pass these and continue heading west towards Coursers Farm in the distance. Go through the farmyard (here you will find the no dogs sign) and take the footpath straight ahead just before the farm lane bends to the left where it joins Coursers Road.
  • You path emerges on Coursers Road at a stile. Cross it and cross the road with care to the footpath immediately opposite.
  • Your path turns right and follows the edge of Coursers Road through Colney Heath Common until you reach a track.
  • Turn right and follow the track almost to the point where it reaches Coursers Road and you see a footpath sign on your left.
  • Turn right on this path across Colney Heath heading for the village, cross a small footpath ford and head for the coal post in the distance.
  • Cross the Colney Heath High Street just to the left of the pub (opposite the convenience store) and take the footpath just to your left which crosses two fields before it comes to a track on your right.
  • Take this track as it swings round to the left and crosses Roestock Lane. You go straight across taking the path directly opposite.
  • When the path reaches an open field keep straight with the field on your left and the hedge to your right until you meet a bachelor gate.
  • Turn left and cross the field through the crop to the far hedge then continue with the hedge on your left and the field on your right until you reach Bullens Green Lane.
  • Turn right on Bullens Green Lane and follow it until it reaches Tollgate Road. Take care here as you turn left on Tollgate Road and, almost immediately, take the footpath on your left after the farm.
  • Here you go diagonally to your left heading east towards the energy pilon in the middle of the field.
  • Go under the pilon and continue west towards the A1 (M). Before you reach the A1 (M) you come to a farm track which you cross.
  • Turn right when you get to the A1 (M) and head south until you reach the farm track again. Cross it to the right of the bridge over the A1 (M) and take the stairs on the other side of the track. Do not cross the A1 (M) bridge but stay on the west side.
  • Keep walking south with the A1 (M) on your left and the field on your right until your path cuts diagonally south west through the crop heading for a distance copse.
  • Go through a bachelor gate, through the cops and emerge on Tollgate Road.
  • Cross with care and turn left past one of the entrances to North Mymms Park and then turn right up St Mary's Church Road 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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