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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #240 on: August 14, 2013, 11:44:51 pm »
Thank you for taking the time to do these David; I love the accompanying photos, beautiful!
 

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #241 on: August 15, 2013, 07:17:27 am »
Thank you for taking the time to do these David; I love the accompanying photos, beautiful!

Glad you like them EvieMay. Got a new 10-mile walk to add at some point. Still to map it out. There are a few more pending. Going to try to get it to 40. Currently, we have 32.
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #242 on: December 08, 2013, 08:55:51 am »
Recommend Walk 5 this weekend. We did it yesterday. Still fairly firm under foot and very little mud. There are still some nice autumn colours as you head down to the River Lea and back up the path on the return.

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #243 on: December 08, 2013, 09:39:26 am »
Doing the Wild Hill West End Figure Of 8 today.

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Just one of 34 walks on the site that are free to download.

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #244 on: January 25, 2014, 04:52:48 pm »
If you are looking for somewhere interesting to take the kids try the Sculpture Trail in Broxbourne Woods. It's flat, good for buggies and wheelchairs and 1km long accessed from a car park. Some pictures below.
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #245 on: February 17, 2014, 09:14:22 am »
I have just noticed that the North Mymms Quiz Walk - number 12 in our collection of short and long local walks - didn't include the answers to the quiz. That's my fault - sorry. I have now fixed this so you can enjoy a 4.5 k (2.8 mile) local walk AND test your local knowledge. Probably one for a dry day or wear wellies. :-)

The embedded pdf below has a blank page between the route and the questions, so keep scrolling down. The questions contain 'key words' which you can use in this site's search box to find the answers.

You can print off the pdf and take it with you.

<a href="http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Peap_Walk.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Peap_Walk.pdf</a>
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #246 on: February 22, 2014, 08:37:39 pm »
We have just added the first new walk for 2014 to our collection of short and long walks in the local countryside. It's called Walk 33 West End Figure Of Eight and takes in two existing walks, adapts them a bit, and creates a new route. During the year we will be merging other favourites to create longer walks as well as adding entirely new walks from slightly further afield. And a reminder that we now have a comment box on all walks so that you can offer feedback, tips and suggestions. Below is a map of the new walk and a picture taken today along the route.

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #247 on: March 02, 2014, 11:19:15 am »
We have just added a new walk to the site. The aim was to devise a walk along quiet local lanes in order to avoid the mud - because some of the paths can be particularly bad this time of the year. It was a part success. The walk is great, but you need to take care on the quiet country lanes, and the two tracks on the route are a bit muddy. But worth doing. A nice 6.5 miles (10 km). Anyway, the walk is 34: Wildhill, Little Berkhamsted. It starts at The Woodman, Wildhill car park, takes in Hornbeam Lane, cuts through Cucumber Lane, then Berkhamsted Lane, down a track just before the village, across the golf course, through Essendon, down past The Candlestick at West End and back to The Woodman.

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And here is a view along the way.



There is a comment form at the end of the walk page where you can leave comments, or comment here, if you like.

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #248 on: March 02, 2014, 09:25:58 pm »
We managed to fit in another short walk today and I have added it to the site's collection of walks. It's a gentle three miles along an old railway line, a few woodland paths, and quiet lanes. It's called Walk 35: Letty Green Loop. Please add any comments to the bottom of the walk page. You can download the map below to your smartphone to help guide you along the way. Below is a picture taken along the old track.

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #249 on: March 08, 2014, 06:22:27 pm »
A new walk for you to try out this Sunday. It's a mix of two existing walks and is a pleasant 4.25 mile ramble down to the River Lea from West End and back again via the outskirts of Essendon. Walk 36: Lea Valley Loop is the latest in our collection of short and long walks in the local countryside. You can download directions to your smartphone from the page. The picture below was taken along the route today.



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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #250 on: March 13, 2014, 09:32:37 am »
This is my new, favourite local walk. Walk 37: Three Ridge Round. We walked it and mapped it out yesterday afternoon. Wonderful. Try it this weekend and, if you do, please add any comments in the comment box at the bottom of the walk page just below the directions.

It takes in three magnificent ridges with stunning views, and includes a short stretch of footpath which doesn't feature in any of the existing walks on this site. However, this short stretch now links up 12 of the 37 local walks on this site, touching on parts of each as it weaves its way north west from Newgate Street, via Epping Green, Little Berkhamsted, Essendon, West End, Wildhill and back to Newgate Street.

It's a fairly demanding 8.3 miles, and we were able to do it at an average of 17 minutes to the mile. Allow two and a half hours for the walk at that speed, and loads more time if you want to take advantage of one or two of the four possible watering holes along the way. Picture taken along the route below and the Map My Walk details.



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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #251 on: March 31, 2014, 03:40:38 pm »
New walk just added to our growing list of rambles in the local countryside. This one is a little further afield and is called Walk 38: Ayot Greenway South. It's 3.6 miles and starts and ends at The Waggoners, Ayot Green.

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #252 on: April 05, 2014, 09:14:06 am »
Walk 39 in our series of short and long local rambles (all featuring pubs) will soon be added to the site. Next month we will add the 40th walk in the series. Some of the more recent additions are an amalgamation of existing walks on the site - combined to create figures of eight or bigger loops. Some feature paths to the west of the A1 (M) and north of the A 414. All are north of the M25. If you have any favourite local walks which we have missed out, please mention them in this thread. If they can be mapped with the minimum of lane walking, using routes open to the public, and featuring local pubs, we will consider them for inclusion in our collection. David
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« Reply #253 on: April 05, 2014, 03:09:23 pm »
Walk 39: Ayot Greenway West has now been added to our collection of short and long walks in the local countryside.


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« Reply #254 on: April 05, 2014, 07:52:39 pm »
If you have any favourite local walks which we have missed out, please mention them in this thread. If they can be mapped with the minimum of lane walking, using routes open to the public, and featuring local pubs, we will consider them for inclusion in our collection. David

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Would it be possible for you to produce an 'overview' map showing where all the walks that you have done so far are located? Or would that be too complicated? It might then help people to suggest new walks if they can see where you haven't visited yet!
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #255 on: April 05, 2014, 08:12:41 pm »
Would it be possible for you to produce an 'overview' map showing where all the walks that you have done so far are located? Or would that be too complicated? It might then help people to suggest new walks if they can see where you haven't visited yet!

Good idea. Will try to figure out the best way to do it. Don't hold your breath, but will add it to the to-do list.
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« Reply #256 on: April 06, 2014, 10:54:44 am »
Just testing to see if this works. It is all 38 walks mapped using Google Maps. You should be able to click on each marker to reveal details and then there should be a link through to the walk. I had to go for plotting the start and finish points because, otherwise, it would be a jumble of lines because I think we have walked every path in the area to the right of Brookmans Park up to Broxbourne Wood and south of the A414 - so mapping those paths on one chart would be chaos.  But it would still be nice to hear from people about their favourite walks, just in case we have missed a combination of paths that works really well and which others might like to enjoy, too.

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« Reply #257 on: April 06, 2014, 11:15:44 am »
For best results:
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  • Scroll down the list of walks on the left to reveal the entire collection
  • Click on each walk title to reveal a short summary, image and link to the walk's page.
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« Reply #258 on: April 12, 2014, 02:56:06 pm »
We now have 40 walks on this site with the addition of Walk 40: Ayot Greenway North, a 5.6 mile loop with a pub, The Brocket Arms, at the halfway point. Enjoy and please add comments to the walk page for the benefit of others.






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« Reply #259 on: April 13, 2014, 10:58:49 am »
A reminder that all our 40 walks in the local countryside now have a comment box on the walk page. The ideas was suggested by a forum member who wanted to added comments to a specific walk, rather than in the forum. That comment box is powered by Disqus, a programme that allows you to log in with your Facebook, Twitter, Google or Disqus account details. The added benefits is that you can also share your comments on your preferred social network at the same time as sharing them on this site. So, please, if you are out today doing one of our walks, add a few comments, perhaps some tips - or even point out any mistakes in the text. It would be nice to hear from people who've done the walks.

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« Reply #260 on: May 10, 2014, 02:57:55 pm »
Put your wet weather gear on, dodge the showers, and experience the wonderful scents and scenes of an English May in sunshine and rain.  Walk 40 - Ayot Greenway North is particularly good for this. Some pics below.
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« Reply #261 on: May 10, 2014, 04:31:35 pm »
 Eau de Rape is not one of my faves :)
 

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« Reply #262 on: May 10, 2014, 05:18:32 pm »
Eau de Rape is not one of my faves :)

I agree, rape is not my favourite scent either. However it's now past its best and was drowned out by the fragrance of the yarrow, hawthorne and many more plants drying in the sun. By the way, if you want to explore Stocking Springs, which is a small wooded area rich in wild flowers, you don't have to do the whole walk. You can park off Codicote Road just by the entrance.
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« Reply #263 on: May 11, 2014, 10:23:28 am »
A suggestion for those who want a short, not too muddy, circular walk today without having to drive too far from Brookmans Park. Try Walk 20: The Howe Green Circular. There will be a bit of damp under foot, but probably not too much mud. As always, water-resistant boots are recommended.

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« Reply #264 on: May 11, 2014, 06:02:41 pm »
A picture from today's walk - Walk 20 The Howe Green Circular. Glad we didn't let the threat of showers put us off.
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Great photo, love the stormy clouds and the wind blustering against the trees!
 

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« Reply #266 on: May 15, 2014, 09:29:09 am »
A circular walk from North Mymms church over to South Mimms and round was wonderful yesterday, shortly after a spring shower. The sun on the wet Hawthorne blossom creating a light mist and releasing a strong scent - almost like jasmine tea. I must add this new circular to the list, but it starts with Walk 1: North Mymms Short in our collection of 40 local walks.
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« Reply #267 on: May 16, 2014, 08:49:15 am »
For those who can't get out and about as much as they would like, a couple of pictures taken on Walk 5: The River Lea Circular yesterday afternoon.

We saw a yellowhammer trying to distract us, probably because it was protecting a nest. And we spotted a red kite being chased by a lapwing as another lapwing pretended to be injured in the field below - probably protecting a nest, too. The first picture below is the field where all the action was happening.
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #268 on: May 22, 2014, 02:17:03 pm »
Just wanted to say thanks for featuring all the local walks on the site.  We tried walk 11 last Sunday, Camfield Place, which was great . Circular walk through woodlands and fields, lots of variety and some spectacular views.   Finishes at Candlestick pub where we enjoyed a drink in the sunshine,  purrfect. :)
 

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« Reply #269 on: May 22, 2014, 03:16:05 pm »
Just wanted to say thanks for featuring all the local walks on the site.  We tried walk 11 last Sunday, Camfield Place, which was great . Circular walk through woodlands and fields, lots of variety and some spectacular views.   Finishes at Candlestick pub where we enjoyed a drink in the sunshine,  purrfect. :)

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