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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 7: The Little Berkhamsted Circular
A hill walk and an 'environmentally sensitive' area
2.5 miles (4km) or with alternative 3.5 miles (5.5km)

picture taken on The Little Berkhamsted Circular

This is an excellent walk which includes a spectacular stretch of bridleway, a sandy path edged in gorse and rich woodland. Don't be put off by the golf course and quarry, you are soon past them. You then climb to a quiet lane leading to a 'Conservation Walks Area' where you are free to roam over an open field which is one of the country's, 'Environmentally Sensitive Areas', with 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside before you drop down to a quiet wood. You also follow a picturesque and well-worn path linking Howe Green and Little Berkhamsted, with oak trees that must be hundreds of years old. You can park at the side of the road by the Little Berkhamsted Cricket Club and opposite the Five Horseshoes pub.

maps of Walk 7: The Little Berkhamsted 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.

Copyright
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.

Directions

  1. Enter the cricket field by the gate near the shops at the north end of the ground. Follow the path, keeping the hedge on your right and the cricket field on your left, until you reach an aluminium bachelor gate in the corner.
  2. Turn right and head for a wooden gate leading into the lane.
  3. Turn left down the lane.
  4. Just before the lane bends to the right, take the first bridleway to the right. This is paved until you reach Danes Farmhouse. At this point it becomes a track, and soon ends at a gate leading to a footpath.
  5. Continue straight along this sandy path. At this point you have good views to the left across to Bedwell Park. The sandy path continues with gorse bushes on the left and right and good views north across the Lea Valley.
  6. The path now drops down through woodland. At this point it can be quite muddy after rain.
  7. At the bottom of this hill you pass a small cottage on your left and an outbuilding on your right as the path veers slightly to the left before reaching a gate leading to Bedwellpark Farm.
  8. Here you turn right before the conifer trees, and walk north along a straight path with trees on your left and hawthorn on your right.
  9. After a short walk you reach a footpath junction, with the path to the left passing over the golf course. Your way is to the right, across a small stream (this is marked as a ford on some maps).
  10. Keeping the quarry on your left, climb east up a sandy path to the top of the hill.
  11. Here you will come to a fork in the path, with a step stile to your left. You can go either way as both meet again soon after at a gate leading into a lane.
  12. When you reach the lane, turn right and follow the lane round past Ashfield House on the left and Ashfield Cottage on the right, until the lane turns right and into Ashfield Farm.
  13. Take the footpath on your right at the end of the lane and head slightly uphill keeping the farm on your right.
  14. Here you have an option. Shortly after starting up this path, you will notice another path on the left. A sign describes the spot as 'A Conservation Walks Area'. This is an 'Environmentally Sensitive Area', which is part of a scheme, introduced in 1987, offering incentives to encourage farmers to adopt agricultural practices aimed at safeguarding and enhancing parts of the country of particularly high landscape, wildlife or historic value. It is well worth exploring this field and following the path that leads across it down to Culver Woods. This path offers a wonderful 360-degree view of the surrounding countryside.
  15. On rejoining the main route, continue uphill following an excellent path south.
  16. You soon reach a concrete footbridge across a small stream. Once over the bridge you come to a post on your right with blue arrows. One of the arrows points straight ahead and the other points diagonally to your left up the hill across the field in the direction of a gate in the distance.
  17. Here you can try a new detour to this walk, added in October 2005 and marked in green on the map above. If you want to take the diversion take the left fork in the path immediately after the footbridge and walk in a straight line uphill to the gate on the far side. This brings you out on a lane. Turn right and follow it to the village where the lane emerges opposite a path which takes you through the churchyard back to Little Berkhamsted village centre.
  18. If you decide not to take the detour, continue walking along the right hand fork, keeping the hedge on your right and the field on your left. This path can be muddy as the path climbs the hill. Soon the path passes some old oak trees. Continue straight up towards a white metal fence.
  19. Slightly to the right of the fence you will find a large wooden gate. Go through the gate and, keeping the brick wall on your right, head straight for another wooden gate leading out into the lane.
  20. Turn left and walk back to the village of Little Berkhamsted, where you turn right to reach the cricket club again.


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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.

Copyright

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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