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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #330 on: May 21, 2017, 09:20:02 am »
Retraced the route of one of our favourite of the 59 local walks yesterday, the 5.3 mile Walk 48: The Kimpton Loop. Amazing views, really good walking conditions, sufficient undulation to make you feel like you have had a decent workout. A couple of pubs along the way and at the start/finish. Excellent day out. Allow three hours if you want to take advantage of a couple of benches along the way. Recommended.
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #331 on: June 03, 2017, 02:59:35 pm »
Did Walk 5: The River Lea Circular today, a lovely walk and the paths are in great condition this time of the year. It's one of 60 in our collection of walks in the local countryside, and well worth doing just to see the dozens of black/blue damselflies along the path running next to the River Lea and the wide assortment of dog rose in the hedgerow on the return leg up to West End and The Candlestick. Recommended walk.
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #332 on: June 11, 2017, 02:20:40 pm »
Just did Walk 2: The Camfield Place Circular. The lovely 3.2 mile loop is just one of 60 local walks on this site - all free to download and use. Recommended just now because the path is strong and stable and, apart from a few nettles which can be pushed to one side with a stick, there is no need for any U-turns. Starts and ends at The Woodman, Wildhill, so there is a chance of refreshments if you get weak and wobbly. Check opening times to avoid disappointment.
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #333 on: July 02, 2017, 08:26:31 am »
If you fancy a pleasant and fairly short local walk today, consider Walk 53: The Essendon East Loop. It's an undulating 3.5 miles (5.6 km) from Essendon eastwards to Howe Green then south to Little Berkhamsted and back. This walk involves crossing the golf course twice and a fair amount of up and down. There is a shop and pub/restaurant in Little Berkhamsted, and a pub in Essendon, a five mins walk detour from the start and finish.

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #334 on: July 09, 2017, 05:27:37 pm »
Lovely walking conditions, cloud formations and colours today along Walk 6: The Wildhill circular.
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #335 on: September 10, 2017, 11:04:30 am »
Recommended walk for today, the Bayford Circular. 4.3 miles of footpaths, woodland and quiet lanes. Couple of pub options. Undulating countryside. By the way, I am slowing replacing all the smartphone embedded maps with proper maps that can be printed off. Will take some time.
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #336 on: September 10, 2017, 03:33:43 pm »
Did Walk 25 in reverse today, mapped it on my OS app and downloaded the GPX to MapHub to create a new map which is now added to the page for those without smartphones who just want a bog standard print out of the walk. Map copied below (click on map for big version).

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #337 on: March 07, 2018, 06:07:45 pm »
Just added a new walk, Walk 61: The Danesbury Park Loop, to our collection of local walks. This one is about a half hour drive north, and loops round the north of old Welwyn. It takes in parkland with great views, there are some tank traps, an old mill, and a nature reserve on the banks of The Mimram, one of only 200 chalk bed rivers in the world. Loads of places for lunch in the old town. Message me for our favourites if you want a recommendation.

Walk 61: Danesbury Park Loop
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #338 on: March 24, 2018, 06:09:23 pm »
A new 7.5 mile circular walk has been added to our collection of local rambles today. It's Walk 62: The Ayot Loop featuring a good stretch of the Ayot Greenway. Great walk for this time of the year if you like daffodils; Lamer Wood is carpeted in them. And later in the season that carpet will be made up of bluebells. The Brocket Arms at Ayot St Lawrence is at the halfway point with the path returning over open fields back to the Ayot Green start. Good under foot, although slightly muddy in parts.
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #339 on: March 27, 2018, 06:35:53 pm »
It's strange we've lived here 22 years, written up 62 local walks, spent hours walking in Gobions Wood, but totally forgotten to add a Gobions walk to our collection. Yesterday we put that right. Here it is. Walk 63: Gobions Wood, just one of the many local walks on our new site Hertfordshire Walker.

Walk 63: Gobions Wood
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« Reply #340 on: April 29, 2018, 02:58:15 pm »
Just added, the latest walk in our collection of local countryside walks - and it's one of the shortest. It's Walk 64 The Gustard Wood Loop. Great for bluebells this time of the year, but a warning --- it can be extremely muddy.

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #341 on: May 07, 2018, 07:14:59 am »
It's always nice to read reviews of the walks we have posted on Hertfordshire Walker. This post, by Have Children Will Travel was written following a walk to see the Gobions bluebells over the bank holiday weekend. Nicely put together.

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #342 on: May 24, 2018, 05:17:53 pm »
Fancy a spot of ghost-hunting over the bank holiday weekend. See if you can spot Dick Turpin's ghost at Bridgefoot bridge over Mimmshall Brook. Or you might see the witch dressed in black, or the swarm of black 'repulsive' flies. We didn't see any when we walked, mapped and wrote directions for the route. It's a good 8.5 miles which starts and finishes at Potters Bar station, although you can park on St Mary's Church Road and pick the walk up at point 7 in our directions. The Mimmshall Brook Loop is walk 65 in our collection of walks in the local countryside, now uploaded to our Hertfordshire Walker site.

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #343 on: May 27, 2018, 09:20:54 am »
Just added walk 66 to our collection of local walks on Hertfordshire Walker. The latest is the 3.3 mile Danemead Loop which visits the site of a medieval moated settlement and takes in part of Ermine Street, a Roman road. The route also visits Hertfordshire's only national nature reserve. Free car parking.

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« Reply #344 on: May 29, 2018, 06:49:59 am »
Yesterday we mapped and wrote up a new 10-mile circular local walk - the Kentish Lane Loop - taking in parts of at least five existing walks in our collection. It's a wonderful undulating walk that passes by at least four local pubs. And it's amazingly quiet and peaceful. It took us 3.5 hours. Considering we did it on a bank holiday we met just three people on our way. It brings the total of our free walks to 67; that's 15 added since we moved the walks section of this site over to Hertfordshire Walker.

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« Reply #345 on: May 31, 2018, 06:16:09 pm »
Just added a new linear walk to our collection on Hertfordshire Walker. It's number 68 and is a public-transport-friendly 3.3 mile walk from Potters Bar to Brookmans Park passing by Furzefield Wood and Brick Kiln Wood. The beginning involves walking alongside the railway track and then cutting through the Cranbourne Industrial Estate, but a neat little footpath along a shaded brook soon takes you out across open fields with great views before heading back to Brookmans Park. If you try it please leave feedback/tips/observations in the comment box at the end of the walk page.

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« Reply #346 on: June 01, 2018, 09:21:58 pm »
Another linear walk for those wanting to leave the car at home. This one passes two WWII pill boxes.

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« Reply #347 on: June 05, 2018, 07:43:08 am »
A new public-transport-friendly Welham Green to Brookmans Park Linear walk. Walk 70: Brookmans Park Linear NW. 4 miles. Great views from the old trig point to the north of Welham Green.

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« Reply #348 on: June 06, 2018, 03:34:44 pm »
Just added Walk 71: The Brookmans Park Linear NE to our collection. 4 miles of quiet lanes and footpaths. Public-transport-friendly.

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« Reply #349 on: June 07, 2018, 07:46:05 am »
Just published the latest in our series of local walks. This one is Walk 72: The Essendon to North Mymms Linear NE. It's public-transport-friendly, starts in Essendon, goes via West End, passes close to Wildhill, goes through Bell Bar, and then splits with possible end points in either Welham Green or Brookmans Park. The distance is around eight miles. You will get wet walking through the long grass and paths through crops if it has recently rained or you are walking in the early morning. The bus from Welham Green and Brookmans Park to the start point in Essendon (the 201) goes twice a week (Tuesday and Thursday morning).

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« Reply #350 on: June 09, 2018, 09:11:38 am »
Yesterday we completed the latest walk in our series. It's Walk 73: Hatfield to North Mymms Linear NW.  7.5 miles. Public-transport-friendly. 

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« Reply #351 on: June 10, 2018, 08:03:42 am »
We have just updated walk 2 (of 73) the Camfield Place Loop. The route has been changed slightly, the directions rewritten, a new map produced, and new pictures added. It's a three-mile circular from the car park at The Woodman Wildhill. If you try the walk please add any comments in the box at the end of the directions page.

Walk 2: Camfield Place Loop
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« Reply #352 on: June 11, 2018, 07:15:08 am »
We added walk 74 yesterday, an easy 3.5 mile loop from St Mary's Church North Mymms starting off through parkland with some amazing trees. Some interesting fungi, flowers and butterflies between points 2 & 4.

Walk 74: North Mymms NE Loop
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