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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #210 on: August 05, 2012, 01:47:59 pm »
Just added Walk 19: The Brookmans Park Wild Hill Figure Of Eight - 7.5 miles to our growing collection of local country walks.  Click on links for directions and map (map reproduced below).


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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #211 on: August 17, 2012, 11:35:26 am »
A new walk has been added to our collection of local country walks

Walk 20 - The Essendon Howe Green Circular (click link for directions) is a really nice walk with a fair amount of up and down, loads of great footpaths and very little lane or road walking. Don't be put off by the golf club bit; it's really nice.  If you click the satellite view on the map below and then zoom in using the plus sign on the left you will be able to see the route more clearly. It's probably worth printing out the directions  to take with you.


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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #212 on: August 29, 2012, 10:33:12 am »
Someone has mailed this site with the following feedback about the latest additions to our collection of short walks in the local countryside.  The most recent additions contain maps generated by free mapping tools, rather than the hand-drawn maps on the earlier walks.

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Pity that the later walks can't be printed out with directions without subscribing to the website they're on. Have enjoyed the earlier walks.

Well the good news is that the maps can be printed and you don't have to subscribe to the Map My Walk website to access them. They are free and available without subscription. Here is how to print them.

- Go to the walk you want to do and scroll down to the map.
- Click on the title of the map (just to the left of where it says “Powered by Map My Walk”
- You will be taken through to our Map My Walk site and the map for the walk you are looking at.
- Click on the ‘View Full Screen’ icon at the top right of the map.
- Now click on the little left pointing blue arrow to minimise the text on the left.
- Click on the downward grey arrow in the box on the right where the walk’s distance is marked. This will minimise that box.
- Now click on the ‘Satellite’ option on the top right.
- At this point you can use the plus and minus buttons on the left to zoom in or out.
- When you have the size you want either take a screen grab and print or print the page.
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #213 on: August 29, 2012, 01:07:01 pm »
Apologies to all for forgetting to add detailed directions to Walk 13 -  The Candlestick Circular, and Walk 14 - The Woodman Circular. And thanks to the local walker who pointed out the error. Now fixed.  Hope nobody got too lost.

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #214 on: December 30, 2012, 07:49:25 pm »
Had a lovely walk in Northaw Great Wood today and thought I'd upload a few shots for those unable to get out.
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #215 on: December 30, 2012, 08:07:51 pm »
What was it like underfoot, David.  I have this instinct to stick to tarmac after all this rain.
 

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #216 on: December 30, 2012, 08:23:19 pm »
What was it like underfoot, David.  I have this instinct to stick to tarmac after all this rain.

It was fine. A bit muddy but you can navigate around the muddy bits. I did it in boots and I was okay. Worth doing. Some lovely colours this time of the year.
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #217 on: February 23, 2013, 12:05:36 pm »
There was a dusting of snow on all the paths in the Great Wood Northaw this morning. The whole place looked magic. Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera and so had to use the mobile phone to take some pictures and they are not great.  Found a pink dog lead with silver bones (more about that here).





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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #218 on: June 23, 2013, 03:44:54 pm »
I have just added Walk 21 to the collection of short walks in the local countryside. It's a pleasant six mile walk (about two hours) starting and finishing at The Woodman, Wild Hill. More details here.

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #219 on: June 25, 2013, 06:47:05 pm »
For those wanting to know how to get to The Candlestick, West End, Essendon, via footpaths through wonderful countryside, here is the route. Time it well and you could squeeze in a pint or two at The Woodman, Wild Hill on the way. It's 5.17 miles. Good if you can get someone to meet you at the other end.

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #220 on: June 25, 2013, 06:59:26 pm »
we always walk up west end lane to the candlesticks as we are always too knackered to go the other way when we come out of the woodman  :P

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #221 on: June 26, 2013, 10:10:22 am »
we always walk up west end lane to the candlesticks as we are always too knackered to go the other way when we come out of the woodman  :P

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Hi BrookyP, two candlesticks?  If you are seeing double after leaving The Woodman best stick to lemonade.

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #222 on: July 07, 2013, 09:49:44 am »
I've just added another walk to our collection. It's a great one if you want to leave the car at home and have a few pints along the way. Directions, maps and pictures via this link (but copied below, too).

http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Hatfield_to_Brookmans_Park_via_Wild_Hill.Walk_23.shtml

It runs from Hatfield station and ends at Brookmans Park station, so you can buy a single ticket to the start of the walk. It's nine miles from start to finish taking in detours to pubs. There is a fair amount of shade, but you will need to cover up in hot weather. In wet weather it can be a bit muddy and one part, just after The Woodman on the way back to Brookmans Park, can be boggy.

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #223 on: July 07, 2013, 10:43:23 am »
 I run a small dog club in North Mymms and frequently organize short dog walks in aid of charities. I need suggestions for walks.
Criteria: 1. Parking for cars. 2. Start and finish at the same place (circular route). 3. Duration approx 1 hour. A pub somewhere en route would be good. 4. Minimum on public highway, mostly parkland/woods.
Your suggestions would be gratefully received. Colin.
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #224 on: July 07, 2013, 10:51:39 am »
I run a small dog club in North Mymms and frequently organize short dog walks in aid of charities. I need suggestions for walks.
Criteria: 1. Parking for cars. 2. Start and finish at the same place (circular route). 3. Duration approx 1 hour. A pub somewhere en route would be good. 4. Minimum on public highway, mostly parkland/woods.
Your suggestions would be gratefully received. Colin.

Hi Colin,

There are more than 20 local walks on this site that fit the bill.

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http://www.brookmans.com/walks/

Why not work your way through the lot - and I will add more as you do.

Enjoy

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #225 on: July 07, 2013, 11:20:50 am »
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Are any of the walks suitable for cycling along?
 

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #226 on: July 07, 2013, 03:14:49 pm »
Hi,
Are any of the walks suitable for cycling along?

Most walks include bridleways, which I think are open to cyclists, and there are some BOATs (Byways Open To All Traffic) but there are also a lot of footpaths which I don't think are open to cyclists.

Why not create a series of local cycle routes and I will publish them on the site?

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #227 on: July 11, 2013, 09:34:39 am »
I have added a new walk to our collection.

It's Walk 24 which goes from Brookmans Park to Wild Hill return (6.2 miles 10 km) - a shorter version of Walk 19, The Wild Hill Figure Of Eight (7.5 miles 12 km) taking a slightly different route.



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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #228 on: July 12, 2013, 07:51:56 am »
Walk suggestions welcome

If you have mapped out a favourite walk in the local countryside, please add the details to this thread and we will consider it for inclusion into our growing collection of local rambles.

Download walks to your mobile

If you have a smartphone - one that is able to run apps - you can now download the more recent of our local walks (numbers 13 to 24) and take the maps and directions with you on your mobile. You will need to have the free Map My Walk app installed.

I have added links to the pages offering the download. However, you can find them by clicking on the words 'Powered by Map My Walk' at the top right of the dynamic maps.

For those without smartphones, you can still print out all the walk directions and the maps. For help printing out the maps on walks 13-24 please see these instructions.

Rebuilt local walks page

I have rebuilt the locals walks page in an effort to make it easier to use. It now has 24 walks set out in blocks of three. The image and title link to the walk. All have directions and maps. Walks 1-11 have hand drawn maps, walk 12 - The North Mymms Quiz Walk - is a pdf, and walks 13 onwards have the dynamic maps created with a digital tracking tool mentioned above.

We have 14 walks which are four miles or shorter, and 10 walks which are between four and 12 miles long. I hope you enjoy them all.
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #229 on: July 13, 2013, 08:00:37 pm »
I have just added Walk 25: Little Berkhamsted to Bayford Circular to our collection of short and long local walks. It's a really nice 4.3 mile ramble that starts and finishes at a pub and has another pub half way round. From now on I am going to try to embed a photo slide show (example below) at the top of each walk. Each walk also has a downloadable map that you can use if you have a smartphone (you can find this on the walk page and after the slideshow below).


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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #230 on: July 15, 2013, 08:16:52 pm »
I have just added a new walk to our growing collection of local country walks. It's Walk 26 Broxbourne Wood Circular South. It's 5.45 miles (8.8 km) through ancient, shady woodland with excellent way-marked paths. Below is a photogallery and a map you can download to a smart phone.




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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #231 on: July 17, 2013, 10:09:29 pm »
For those interested in local walks - everyone else please ignore me - I have just added Walk 27: Broxbourne Woods North Loop to our collection of walks in the local countryside. It's a lovely 6.5 mile walk which we did this afternoon/evening. Enjoy.  Photo gallery and map below. For directions I have added a link to an excellent PDF.


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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #232 on: July 22, 2013, 08:06:15 pm »
I have just updated some of the earlier walks in our collection of local country walks. The updated walks are: Walk 1: The North Mymms Church Circular and Walk 2: The Camfield Place Circular with downloadable maps for those with smartphones and with photogalleries. Some of these walks are lovely in the hot weather; plenty of shade and breeze. Enjoy. The plan is to update the first 12 over the next few weeks and then crack on and complete walks 28-30.
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #233 on: July 27, 2013, 09:18:04 pm »
I have just updated Walk 3: Water End Circular and Walk 5: River Lea Circular with smartphone maps and photo galleries. The weather might be nicer than expected tomorrow, so why not try one of our 27 walks in the local countryside.
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #234 on: August 04, 2013, 09:14:38 pm »
We have just added Walk 28: The Brickendon Loop to our collection of local country walks. It's a really nice 6.25 mile circular (10 km) that takes in the Roman road called Ermine Street.  Some great paths. Highly recommended.

http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk28_Brickendon_Loop.shtml

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« Reply #235 on: August 06, 2013, 09:24:09 pm »
I have just added Walk 29: The Wild Hill SW Loop to our collection of local country walks. It's a 7.25 mile walk (11.7 km) with some great views. We did it this afternoon in two and a quarter hours. Recommended. Below is the route and, below that, a small slide show of some of the snaps along the way.

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #236 on: August 11, 2013, 09:12:38 am »
Fancy a walk today?  You could try Walk 30: Colney Heath South Loop, the latest addition to our collection of walks in the local countryside.  It's just under four miles, and fairly easy walking. Some lovely lakes along the way, open fields, nice woodland. All good. Enjoy.

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« Reply #237 on: August 12, 2013, 09:34:38 am »
Got a wonderful new walk to add to the collection later this morning. A great six-mile circular with stunning views. Probably one of the best in the collection. One to download if you want to plan a ramble next weekend.  :)
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #238 on: August 12, 2013, 12:23:03 pm »
This walk is probably my new favourite because of the climb and the wonderful views over Hertfordshire. Check the gradient details under the map below. Steep climb and steep drop. We've avoided the path for years because we thought it would be ruined by the landfill site to the south west of North Mymms and north of the M25. But it's an excellent ramble. Well worth doing. So here it is, Walk 31: The North Mymms SW Loop. It's 6.03 miles (9.7 km) and there are a couple of pub options in Colney Heath along the way. The walk is the latest in our growing collection of local country rambles.

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« Reply #239 on: August 14, 2013, 07:51:26 am »
A new walk for you to try out next weekend. It's Walk 32: The Brookmans Park SW Loop, and is the latest in our collection of local country rambles. It's a good 7.8 mile (12.7km) circular starting and finishing in Brookmans Park, heading through Leach Fields, cutting along the edge of Gobions, over to Folly Arch, across the fields to the edge of Potters Bar, across the golf course, through the industrial estate along Potters Bar Brook, across a ford, under the A1(M) and over the hill heading back to Brookmans Park via Warrengate Road and Wises Lane. Map below and, below that, some snaps of gates and turns along the way. As always please share any comments, experiences, recommendations - or point out any typos/errors - in this thread.

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