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:: Walks Index
1: North Mymms
2: Camfield Place
3: Water End
4: Epping Green
5: Lea Valley
6: Wildhill
7: Little Berkhamsted
8: Newgate Street
9: Howe Green
10: Brookmans Park Long
11: West End
12: Quiz Walk
13: The Candlestick
14: The Woodman
15: Wildhill West End
16: North Mymms Ridge
17: Hornbeam Lane
18: Grubbs Lane
19: Wildhill Eight
20: Essendon
21: Cucumber Lane
22: North Mymms Way
23: Hatfield Brookmans Park
24: Brookmans Park Wildhill
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 2: Camfield Place Circular
Woodland, footbridges, and the Cartland estate
3.2 miles (5 km)

picture taken on walk 2, Camfield Place

This short walk circles Camfield Place, the country estate of the late Barbara Cartland. It takes you through five woods, down tree-lined footpaths, across a footbridge and down quiet country lanes. The journey ends with the possibility of a drink at The Woodman at Wildhill. Check the opening times, especially on a Sunday, to ensure you are not disappointed.

maps of Walk 3, The Camfield Place Loop Geocoding by Mapzen, © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors

Printing the map
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.

If you would like to comment on any of the walks for the benefit of others, please use the forum discussion thread on the walks.
  1. If you are going to end up drinking in the Woodman, you can park in the pub car park, if not, park in the lane near the pub. Park your car towards the top of the car park and on your left you will notice an aluminium bachelor gate just beyond the beer garden where the car park widens.
  2. Enter the field and walk diagonally across the field heading slightly to the right. This one of the few muddy parts of the walk. You will notice a bachelor gate ahead. Go through it and enter a field, usually sown with rape.
  3. Head straight across this field to the edge of woodland. Here you go through another bachelor gate and, keeping the wood on your left, walk along the edge of the field.
  4. The path is usually cut diagonally across through the crops to a gap in the hedgerow leading to Kentish Lane. You need to cross the road here and turn left, walking northeast along Kentish Lane.
  5. Continue walking towards the bend where Wildhill Road, the turning for Wildhill, goes off to your left. Here you need to cross Kentish Lane again before the bend - it's too risky to cross on the bend.
  6. Continue along the footpath on the left hand side of Kentish Lane for 200m before taking a track on the left opposite Hornbeam Lane. This track is signposted the Hertfordshire Way.
  7. After 100m this track turns right at a footpath 'T' junction, and continues through Duncan's wood and opens out into a field. Here there is a wonderful panoramic view of a small valley enclosed in woodland and formed by two brooks, the Essendon Brook and Wildhill Brook.
  8. Your way continues forward along a sheltered track between the fields until you come to a footpath crossroads. Ahead is a small track down to a bridge over Essendon Brook and this is well worth a visit, but your way is left along the edge of the woodland keeping the river on your right.
  9. Keep going north east along this path for approximately 200m and you will come to a small footbridge crossing Wildhill Brook. Keep going straight and climb out of the valley heading for Harefield Wood straight ahead.
  10. Your path merges with a bridleway at the top of the hill and you turn sharp left and follow this path round until you reach West End Lane which links Wildhill and West End.
  11. As you walk, keep looking to your left, across the fields and the valley, and you will see the late Barbara Cartland's home, Camfield Place, perched high on the distant hill.
  12. When you reach the lane, turn left and walk along the road as it winds, first right and then left, down the hill into the village of Wildhill.
  13. Turn left and the Woodman is on your right.

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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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