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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 54: Symondshyde Loop

4 miles (6.5 km)

A wonderful four-mile walk along old deep and shaded byways which weave their way through fields and woodland, some of which - according to a local pressure group Save Symondshyde - are threatened by development. This is one of the most attractive walks in our collection, so try it soon in case proposed building plans are given the green light.

picture taken on Walk 54: Symondshyde Loop


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  1. Park alongside Coleman Green Lane in one of the many lay-bys used by walkers.
  2. Head north east along Coleman Green Lane and past the John Bunyan pub on your left, looking out for a byway sign on your right by John Bunyan's Chimney - all that's left of the cottage where he is said to have stayed and preached.
  3. Take this byway as it continues north-east, ignoring the first path on the right and looking out for a second path signposted to the right. Take this path.
  4. The path you are now on heads south-east uphill with the hedgerow on the right and fields on the left. As with a lot of this walk you can enjoy excellent views across the open Hertfordshire countryside.
  5. When you reach the top, you go through a gate and cross fields emerging at a five-point footpath/bridleway/byway crossroad. Care is needed here to ensure you take the right path. Having an Ordnance Survey map will help.
  6. You take the path heading almost due south, with the hedge on your right and the field on your left. This path enters woodland and becomes another deep byway.
  7. Follow this byway until it reaches Hammond's Lane just past Symondshyde Farm.
  8. Turn right on Hammond's Lane for a short distance looking out for a footpath sign on your left. take this path.
  9. Continue south-west through Symondshyde Great Wood until you reach a bridleway T-junction where you turn right and head north west until you emerge on Hammond's Lane again.
  10. Turn right and head north-east along Hammond's Lane for a short distance looking out for a footpath sign on your left just before the drive to a house.
  11. Take this path and head north-east and continue with the fields on your left until you reach a footpath sign pointing north-west through the crop. Take this path.
  12. Continue heading north-west along this path as it cuts through the crops until you reach a gap in the hedge.
  13. Go through into the next field keeping the hedge on your left and the field on your right until you reach Coleman Green Lane and your starting point.

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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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