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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 20: Essendon to Howe Green Circular

3.6 miles (5.8 km)

picture taken on Walk 20 Essendon to Howe Green Circular

This walk has some hilly parts and crosses a golf course, but all the paths are easy and well laid out and it's a great circular walk if you want a bit of up and down. On the map below click the satellite button and then click the plus sign to zoom in. 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.

  • Park either by the chuch in Essendon village (or on School Lane if there is no space).
  • Walk down West End Lane with the church on your left.
  • As you pass the last house on the right, you will spot a footpath sign and a gate on your right. Go through the gate.
  • Cross the field to the the B158. Cross the road and take the footpath directly opposite.
  • Go down that path, through a couple of gates eventually emerging on the golf course.
  • Continue along the path until it splits. You take the right fork.
  • Once you have crossed the golf course you come to a small footbridge. Cross this and turn left on Bedwell Avenue.
  • Continue along Bedwell Avenue for a few minutes looking out for a footpath sign/post on the right.
  • Turn right and cross a small bridge and climb the hill following the path straight ahead.
  • On the other side of the field you reach a gate. Go through and turn left on the lane.
  • Follow the lane until it reaches a house on the right called South Lodge.
  • Immediately after South Lodge you will see a footpath sign pointing to your right.
  • Take the path, cross three fields and eventually emerge at the top of a small lane.
  • Continue straight along the footpath to the left of the house and climb the hill until you reach a small footbrige.
  • Immediately after the footbridge, where the path forks, take the right fork and continue climbing until you reach Little Berkhamstead Lane.
  • Turn right on the lane and walk down the hill until you reach a bridleway on your right just before the road bends to the left.
  • Walk down this bridleway until you come to a farm. Continue through a gate and along a footpath with fields on either side.
  • This footpath drops down through woodland until it reaches the golf course.
  • At this point you will be in an area that looks a bit like a building site.
  • Continue to walk straight ahead (west) and up the hill through the golf course and up to the club house.
  • There will be bunkers of sand and gravel on your left where the golf club stores course material.
  • When you reach the club house follow the signs and turn right and then left keeping the buildings on your left.
  • Climb the hill and follow the path across another fairway and into the woodland.
  • This path eventually reaches a lane. Turn right and continue until you come to School Lane.
  • Turn left on School Lane and continue until you reach the B158, where you turn right.
  • On your left you will see the fork that takes you back to the church.

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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.


The text and images for all our walks are released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, which means you are free to reproduce the material for non-commercial purposes only (i.e. you don't sell them or make money from them) as long as you give full attribution to the author of the walk - see above - and provide a link to the original material. Copyright information for the maps used in the walks can be found under the maps above.

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