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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 4: The Epping Green Circular
Two pubs, two woods and excellent views
4 km (2.5 miles)

picture taken on The Epping Green circular

This is a gentle stroll along footpaths between Little Berkhamsted and Epping Green. The route is through undulating countryside and twisting woodland paths. One part of the walk, towards the end, can be a bit muddy after rain, so take boots. The walk has the advantage of starting near a pub, has a pub half way round and of course the pub at the end where you started. The last part has spectacular views across to Brookmans Park, Wildhill and Essendon.

To help you with this walk you might want to buy an Ordnance Survey Explorer E182 map for St Albans & Hatfield or click on www.streetmap.co.uk, or www.multimap.com and print the resulting pages. 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.

Downloadable Map

maps of Walk 4: The Epping Green Circular 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.


  1. Park near Little Berkhamsted Cricket Ground and cross the road, heading towards the church. Just before the church you will find a bachelor gate. Enter the field and walk straight ahead with the churchyard on your left.
  2. Continue walking straight with the hedge on your left until your come to the end of the field. A path leads ahead to a gate into the lane, but your way is right along the hedge as the path branches and heads south.
  3. Follow this path keeping the hedge on your left and continue across the next field until it dips in the north east corner. Here you will find a small stream. There may still be a plank across it on your left. Once on the other side, climb the bank heading for a step stile straight ahead.
  4. This step stile leads you down a sheltered path with trees either side and after a few minutes you reach another step stile, taking you out into a clearing. Head straight for a few metres, until you notice a path joining from the right through a step stile.
  5. At this point you head left downhill and across the clearing, heading for a telegraph pole in the north east corner of the clearing. Cross another step stile and head down into the wood, where you meet a path. Turn right and follow this path as it twists and turns up and down hill through woodland before it veers sharp left down a small hill and immediately up again.
  6. You come to a small bridge after which the path veers right and climbs a hill before opening out into a bridle path.
  7. Keep following this path for about 100m. As it veers left look out for a step stile on your right leading to an open field.
  8. Cross the field keeping the hedge on your right until you reach another step stile on the far side. Cross this and head across another field keeping the farm on your left and the hedge on your right.
  9. Go through a gate, cross the farm track and immediately go through another gate and down a farm road leading to the lane.
  10. * When you reach the lane, you have the option of turning right and right again to reach the Beehive pub.
  11. On leaving the pub turn left on the lane and almost immediately on your right just before the bend, you will notice a bridle path signposted to Little Berkhamsted. Take this path and follow it as it first goes straight and then turns right near some houses.
  12. Keeping the water tower and the mobile phone transmitter on your left, continue along this bridle path lane.
  13. After 200m it veers right, but you continue straight on along a smaller bridle path. This part can be quite muddy and is used by horse riders. However, walkers have created an alternative path alongside and through the trees, so you can avoid the worst of the mud, but you won't avoid it all.
  14. At the end of this wooded and muddy part of the walk, you will have views on your left across the valley to Wildhill, Essendon and Brookmans Park is spectacular. Continue walking along the edge of the field keeping the hedge on your right until you see Little Berkhamsted Cricket Club through the trees.
  15. Go through the bachelor gate on your right leading into the cricket field and, keeping the hedge on your left, walk straight ahead back to Little Berkhamsted village and the option of refreshments at the Five Horseshoes.

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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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