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22: North Mymms Way
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31: North Mymms SW Loop
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33: West End Figure Of Eight
34: Little Berkhamsted Loop
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36: Lea Valley Loop
37: Three Ridge Round
38: Ayot Greenway South
39: Ayot Greenway West
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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 17: Hornbeam Lane, Cucumber Lane Circular
An old track, quiet lane and woodland paths
4.1 miles (6.4 km)

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A nice circular taking in old lanes, footpaths and woodland. Could be muddy in parts and there are nettles to deal with on some of the narrow paths. Directions below the map below. Select satellite view on the map and zoom in for a better view of the route. For help printing out the map below, please see these instructions. You can send this walk to your mobile phone and use it to navigate the route, if your phone is capable of using the free Map My Walk app.

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Click on the map above to reveal a bigger version which you can print off and take with you on the walk. The numbers refer to certain bullet points in the directions below. We recommend buying either the Ordnance Survey Explore 182 map or the Landranger 166 map to use along with our directions.

The map for this walk was created using MapHub with the base maps by © Thunderforest and © OpenStreetMap. The text and images for these walks are by The Brookmans Park Newsletter and are released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0.


  1. Park in The Woodman car park at Wildhill and exit the car park by the metal kissing gate just below and to the south and east of the beer garden.
  2. Climb and cross the field diagonally to your right heading for a gap in the hedge. Cross the next field heading south east to another gate.
  3. Keep the woodland on your left and the field on your right and continue walking south and east until you cross the field and cut through the hedgerow and meet Kentish Lane, the B158.
  4. Turn left and head north along the right side of Kentish Lane until you reach the bend at the junction with Wildhill Lane.
  5. Here you will need to cross the road with care and continue walking along the east (left) side of the B158 (Kentish Lane) until you reach a house on your left.
  6. At this point you will notice a footpath on your right down Hornbeam Lane on your right. Cross the road again with care (it can be busy) and walk down Hornbeam Lane.
  7. Continue down Hornbeam Lane past the stables on your left and continue as the lane reduces to a footpath. This bit can be difficult when the nettles are growing so take a stick to push them back. It can also be a bit muddy.
  8. Eventually you emerge on Cucumber Lane. Turn sharp left and walk along the lane. It's normally a quiet lane, but take care as you walk along until Berkhamsted Lane joins from the right.
  9. At this point look out for a footpath on the left just beyond a house, and take this path it as it drops down back towards the B158. Again this can be overgrown with nettles. I have done it in shorts and survived but regretted it.
  10. Cross the road and head for a footpath sign directly opposite leading down wooden steps into Panther's Wood. This part can be muddy.
  11. Cross the small footbridge over the stream, climb up the other side and then turn right and head north west along the footpath with the river on your right
  12. Continue across a small footbridge, and climb the hill with the field on your left and the hedgerow on your right until you meet Byway 14 which is a BOAT (Byway Open to All Traffic).
  13. Turn left here and follow the BOAT as it winds east and south to West End Lane
  14. Turn left on West End Lane and follow this quiet road back down to Wildhill where you turn left on Wildhill Lane and return to The Woodman car park.

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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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