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Title: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on May 05, 2002, 08:27:50 pm
A new section of www.brookmans.com (http://www.brookmans.com) is being built containing short local walks, most featuring the area's pubs. There are four walks published to start it off and more will be added later.  Pictures will be added as well. Each walk has a list of instructions for every turn and a home-made map as well as links to professional maps which you can download and print off. All the walks are about four miles long. click here (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/index.shtml).
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: The Orange Llama on May 07, 2002, 11:59:11 am
A useful addition to the site - thanks.

Would it be possible to indicate which walks are suitable for Llamas - E.g. those without stiles in them? (I find it difficult to get over them  as I can't jump that high). More to the point, I guess people wish pushchairs or wheelchairs would appreciate such information to.

Sincerely Yours,

OL
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on May 07, 2002, 12:05:04 pm
As with the majority of country walks in this area they are mainly over undulating countryside along narrow paths and often muddy bridle paths where horses have churned up the ground. All have bachelor gates and step stiles along the way. There are also areas where small footbridges over streams and brooks need to be crossed.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on May 09, 2002, 04:31:57 pm
Two more circular local walks, complete with sketched maps, have been added to the site. All are centred round local pubs and are in the region of four miles long. This brings the total of walks to six with four more to be added over time. Local Walks (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/index.shtml)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Alfred the Great on May 10, 2002, 12:04:52 am
Could I just mention that walk no.1 (North Mymms Park) covers the first part of a really great bridleway circuit of about four miles, which you can do on a mountain bike. The boy and I can be found there most weekends.......

At one point in the pine woods there is an obstacle course (not the right word I'm sure) where you can do timed circuits, etc. Sometimes you meet the local lads on their off road motor bikes, but the rest of the ride is still worth it.

And provided your offspring are old enough to ride on minor roads (Bradmore Lane?) it should be manageable by most Brookmans Park families. Some of the hills are a bit steep (but I can still beat junior.......just). There was a section near South Mymms that was an absolute morass a few years ago, but this has all been resurfaced with mineral chippings and the drains properly culverted. Something to do with sustrans or hcc, perhaps?

If the Boss would like an OS extract to convert into a PC friendly format I would be happy to send a scan.

ATG
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on May 10, 2002, 01:09:13 am
You are right, it is a good cycling area too. Perhaps we need a series of cycle routes. (Actually someone has already mailed me suggesting exactly that).  As for maps, I didn't want to use OS material because of copyright issues and that is why I drew those rough sketches to give an idea of the routes.  By the way, the bridle path in Walk 6 continues into part of Walk 2 through Harefield Woods to join up with Walk 5 at West End for a great 12-mile circular cycle tour from Brookmans Park to River Lea and back.
David Brewer
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on May 11, 2002, 06:00:25 pm
A seventh walk has been added to the list (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk7.shtml) and it includes an 'Environmentally Sensitive Area' (http://www.defra.gov.uk/erdp/schemes/landbased/esas/esasindex.htm). It is well worth trying. By the way, if anyone does any of the walks listed, please add any comments to this thread so others can benefit from your experiences.
Click here (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/index.shtml) for complete list of local walks.  An eighth walk will be added tomorrow weather permitting.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on July 14, 2002, 05:22:20 pm
Warning - if you are doing any of the ten walks (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/index.shtml), posted on this site, take a stick or wear long trousers.  There are currently a lot of nettles and brambles and you need protection.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on August 31, 2002, 05:04:38 pm
Do you know the local countryside?  We have just completed one of the walks in the series of ten (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/index.shtml)on this site and took the shot below. A prize of the small hard-back Observers Trees book from Penguin is on offer for the first person to identify correctly ...

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/path.jpg)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Alfred the Great on August 31, 2002, 08:40:45 pm
I claim zee prize!!!!!!!!! (Been reading too much Zorro.....)

Answers:

1. Walk 1 through North Mymms Park

2. The picture was taken from the south end of Cangsley Grove.

3. The view is looking south (-ish).

4. If you carry on the walk you take a left turn here and then go north east to Home Farm. But if you carry on the bridleway you go on until you hit the old lane leading to South Mimms (and if you are on your bike you need granny gear to get up the next slope to the little cottage. In the winter it's all clay and churned up by the horses and in the summer it's rock hard and loosens all your fillings).


Am I correct, maestro?


ATG  :)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on August 31, 2002, 08:42:24 pm
Well that didn't take long did it!  Spot on ATG - very fast and totally accurate.  Message me through the system so I know where to send the book.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Alfred the Great on August 31, 2002, 08:43:16 pm
And just to let you know, I have been through NM Park on the tandem. Made it awfully dirty though.


ATG
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on August 31, 2002, 08:45:50 pm
North Mymms Park or the tandem?   ;)  You will be pleased to know they have resurfaced large parts of the track (they were working on it today) and the surface is now good for walking and cycling.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Alfred the Great on September 01, 2002, 04:54:27 pm
Well if only I'd logged on later on last night I would have read about the resurfacing of the track. Went there this morning and was very surprised to see the improvement. Not quite motorway standard but a big improvement - managed to get up both southward slopes in granny second and didn't have to stop for a breather at the top either. Mind you, a bit less of a challenge now. But how long will it last after a bit of rain? I noticed that a horse had already taken a few divots out of the smooth surface this morning, so we'll see.

ATG
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Bob Horrocks on October 07, 2002, 03:00:44 pm
My wife, Cath, & I (hence Bobcat) have done 8 walks in Sept/Oct which we enjoyed, but some more then others - you cannot please all the people all the time. Well done for prodding us into getting to know the local countryside a bit better - and safer because most of the walks avoid the roads. We saw some wild life like rabbits, pheasants, grass snake, horses, cows, and the occasional human!  Do allow plenty of time for rests, take a drink with you, and admire the view.  
Walk 1 was gentle and OK except for the noisy A1(M) on the last bit -
Walk 2 was great.  Pity about the burnt-out Transit-type van just off a bridleway. Some people need some terrible punishment for the litter they cause.  Any ideas apart from chopping off their hands?
Walk 4 was a bit tough for us 60+ year olds, but enjoyable
Walk 5 included a bridleway surfaced with large gravel, so we had to look where we walked a bit too much
Walk 6 was hard work crossing ploughed fields, but scenic
Walk 7 could be muddy but the ford was dry when we crossed it
Walk 8 was the best in our opinion. We will do it in reverse next time to have a more gentle last part.
Walk 10 took us past corn (fodder type, not edible for humans) as high as an elephants eye in the field between Hawkshead Lane and The Gardens. We disturbed a sun-bathing grass snake in Gobions Wood!  The young bullocks in the field next to Bulls Lane, naturally, were very nosy making US feel as if we were exhibits in a zoo.

Thanks for your trouble in producing this enjoyable look on the area. The maps and directions were first rate, including the various references to assure you that you were still on the route.
Bob   ;D
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on December 21, 2002, 02:47:23 pm
WARNING
Please take extra care when walking on public byways such as the one on Walk Two (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk2.shtml) in the series of ten short walks published on this site. On Saturday morning I had to move quickly to take evasive action in order to push one of my children out of the way of two horses being ridden at high speed round a blind bend.
When I suggested the riders were travelling too fast they told me to keep my opinions to myself and suggested we shouldn't have been walking there. Sadly they seemed unable to recognise the danger of riding horses at speed along such paths.  Anyone less alert might have been the victim of a nasty accident.
The track we were on is the byway skirting the north side of the Cartland Estate. Herts Co Co defines a byway or BOAT (byway open to all traffic) as follows ...

Judging by our experience some riders might not be aware that walkers are allowed on these tracks which are marked with a red arrow in a white circle.  If you do follow any of the routes mentioned in the ten country walks please look out for horses being ridden at speed.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: jet on February 16, 2003, 12:14:14 am
Well, sensors on footpaths, I really do not believe it.
The roads are in a state and these unelected petty council wallahs think up such a crass scheme which beggars belief.
Now we know where the money goes.
It is beyond doubt the most unbelievable thing I have ever heard off.
Are we sure it is not April 1st.
regards,
jet
Is this perhaps the start of congestion charging, ie a card with a bar code to allow access to the country ???
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Bob Horrocks on March 27, 2003, 02:14:48 am
Forget walking with the Dinosaurs and cavemen, take advantage of the fine weather and try one, or all, of the walks around this area.  The details are on the home page.  My wife and I did them last autumn and found that they were pretty good, with excellent directions and maps.  Thanks to Dave and his family who compiled them.  I think we will try some in reverse direction, just for kicks! :D

These walks will take you off the roads, in the main, and you will discover some hidden parts of the neighbourhood.

If anyone else has found some good walks off the beaten track in this area, why not let the editor have details so that we can all enjoy them - not all at the same time of course.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: NZer on March 27, 2003, 04:37:43 pm
Yes, thanks Dave for taking the trouble to do these walks.  My husband and I did no.1 last Friday and are hoping to do two more before we go back to NZ.  Its certainly perfect weather for it and the tracks are dry underfoot.
I spent my teenage years in BP but the views were new to me and well worth seeing.
Judy :)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: happywalker on May 05, 2003, 08:32:41 pm
We did walk-4 today but got lost at the 2nd field (going upto the main road and missing the
turning to the right).

From that point on we were unable to find our way back to the path despite help from some ''locals' - until we got to the pub at Epping Green (which was closed between 3 and 5!)

The map was not accurate in the way it displayed the roads (where we should not have been!)

2 ideas

a. The numbers of the (excellent!) notes you provide should have the numbers
   included on the map itself

b. The roads should be clearly marked

Otherwise we had a great time - this is the 2nd walk we have done - 8 to go

Thanks
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on May 05, 2003, 08:54:03 pm
I am sorry you got lost on walk four and particularly sorry the pub was closed. The maps are only rough sketches put together in Paint Shop.  It is recommended, on each walk, that people use an Ordnance Survey Explorer map to help make sure they find the right route. We could try to add numbers to the maps, but I have a feeling it will all get a bit cluttered. I will have a go and see how it looks. In the meantime I will do the walk again myself and perhaps rewrite the text to make it clearer. Good luck on the rest of the walks and thanks for the feedback, it is appreciated.
David Brewer
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on May 07, 2003, 03:53:46 pm
A quick tip to anyone printing out the instructions for the walks. Please check in 'print preview' that all the words are showing. If they are not, you could find you are trying to do the walk with important parts of the text missing. If you print in landscape you shouldn't go too far wrong. Unfortunately this won't ensure the pubs are open all day.
;)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on December 24, 2003, 11:45:09 am
Walk one click here (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk1.shtml) is recommended for burning off the Christmas pud. We've just checked it and it's in good shape. Wellies recommended though.

;)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Mallow on December 24, 2003, 01:43:42 pm
And then back to Brookies via The Old Maypole, The Woodman, The Hope, The Sib and The BP Hotel
;D
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on December 24, 2003, 01:50:01 pm
Quote
And then back to Brookies via The Old Maypole, The Woodman, The Hope, The Sib and The BP Hotel
;D


You must have been walking right behind us!

;)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on December 27, 2003, 05:47:31 pm
Walk two is good just now, although muddy at the beginning.
Click here for walk two (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk2.shtml)


Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Phil_Holm on February 09, 2004, 03:43:28 pm
We did Walk 1 yesterday afternoon.  We started from the Woodman Car Park after having Sunday Lunch there.  I can definitely recommend it, (The walk that is).

We didn't feel very safe though walking along side the A1 with just a wooden fence between us and the cars thundering past!

Also it was a shame that the countryside was spoilt by at least 4 burnt out cars along the way.  Don't know who owns the land, and I suppose they're not to keen to spend the money to remove the cars.

Having done the walk I did feel that I could justify having the Large portion of carvery before hand  ;D

Phil
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on March 27, 2005, 01:24:10 pm
We have just completed Walk Seven again. Click here for details (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk7.shtml). It's really nice at this time of the year with the gorse out. The paths have recently been improved, so it's not as muddy as last year. The walk takes about 45 mins to an hour.

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk7.gif)

Click here for the index of ten local walks (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/index.shtml). A warning, these walks were written up four years ago, so take a map just in case.

 :)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on March 28, 2005, 05:00:55 pm
We did Walk Five today click here for details (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk5.shtml). Excellent walking conditions. Saw two couples carrying print outs of these walks, which was nice. If anyone has any comments about the walks, or suggestions for additions, please add your thoughts to this thread.

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk5.gif)

The picture below is the view walking down from the Candlesticks towards the River Lea. Click here for the index of all ten local walks. (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/index.shtml)

(http://www.brookmans.com/images/lane.jpg)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: moggins on March 30, 2005, 10:35:10 am
Myself and the wife have only just discovered this forum, actually live in Potters Bar but think is excellent idea, really enjoyed ourselves on  monday on walk 5 , looking forward to completing all ten.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on March 30, 2005, 10:40:53 am
Hi Moggins, welcome to the forum. Let us know how you get on with the other walks.

By the way, were you on walk five between 2-3 on Monday. I saw two couples with rolled up print-outs of the walks. One couple was walking a black and white dog and the other couple wore navy blue kagouls.

We might add a few more walks to the series this summer, if time allows. Watch this space.
 :)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on May 01, 2005, 04:03:28 pm
If anyone wants to get away from the crowds on Bank Holiday Monday, we've just published a brand new, four mile walk starting and finishing at the Candlesticks pub at West End. It's an excellent walk over wooded, undulating countryside, and over several streams. There are three opportunities for refreshments (pubs) along the way and the whole walk takes between 2-3 hours (slow speed).

Click here for the map and directions for Walk 11 - Rolling hills, footbridges, kingfishers, and herons (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk11.shtml)

Here are a few images taken along the way.

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk11250.jpg)  (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk11gorse250.jpg)

 :)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on May 07, 2005, 03:56:26 pm
Walk 6 has been extended to offer more of an attractive path that runs behind Woodside Place Farm and along the ridge route that ends at the lane between Wild Hill and West End. Click here for the walk. (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk6.shtml)

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/ridgepath4.jpg)(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/ridge250.jpg)(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/ridgepath2.jpg)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Max on June 07, 2005, 11:43:21 am
I am increasingly impressed with this site. What an excellent feature this is! Having spent the first 18 years of my life in BP, and still visiting as frequently as my circumstances allow, I must admit that I have not done even half these walks, and greatly look forward to rectifying this state of affairs, especially as they have all been sufficiently well thought out as to pass by at least one reputable pub!

One thing I was wondering is what the condition of the swallow holes these days. My friends and I often went there to play as kids, and I was always struck by the fact that the area was a virtual rubbish tip (the last time I was there was probably about 35 years ago). I would be very happy to hear that they have been cleaned up. Of course, I can go and see for myself next time I visit the UK, but that will not be for another year.

Another question, somewhat trivial, but never mind. When I lived in BP, Gobions had a lake. I see that this has now been downgraded to a pond. When did this occur and why? I mean, OK, it isn't up there with Lake Michigan, and probably doesn't have a monster, but I always thought that ponds were like the thing where my offspring bother the local amphibia in my Mum's back garden. I'll always think of it as a lake, whatever anyone else says!
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Bob Horrocks on June 07, 2005, 03:32:47 pm
My wife Cath and I did the new walk 11 last Sunday and we reckon it is the best one yet!  The Candlestick was very nice too, (hope that is not removed since no advertising is allowed on the website)  The walk lived up to the Editor's description and we even watched part of a cricket match at Essendon.  No kingfishers were seen but never mind.  The almshouses on School Lane Essendon were an unexpected discovery.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: gudgeinca on June 07, 2005, 10:48:39 pm
I may have to come on one of these walks, providing of course a stop at a local hostelry
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on June 08, 2005, 04:42:14 am

My wife Cath and I did the new walk 11 last Sunday and we reckon it is the best one yet!


Hi Bob,

Yes, I particularly enjoyed putting together Walk 11. It seems to have everything. For those wanting to try it you can click here for the map and directions for Walk 11. (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk11.shtml)

David
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Max on June 10, 2005, 08:40:18 pm
Having spent almost half my life in and around Brookmans Park, I was amazed to see, in the postcard section, a photograph of the bridge at North Mymms House over the River Colne. Amazed because I have absolutely no Idea where this rather attractive looking spot is, nor how to get there, and I would not have thought there were any local beauty spots that I did not know. Could someone please inform me where it is and how you get there?
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on June 10, 2005, 11:44:32 pm

Having spent almost half my life in and around Brookmans Park, I was amazed to see, in the postcard section, a photograph of the bridge at North Mymms House over the River Colne. Amazed because I have absolutely no Idea where this rather attractive looking spot is, nor how to get there, and I would not have thought there were any local beauty spots that I did not know. Could someone please inform me where it is and how you get there?


Hi Max,

It is just behind the Octagonal Lodge. You cross a smaller bridge from where you can view the bridge in the postcard as you drive towards North Mymms church.

Here is the map from Walk One. Click here for Walk One (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk1.shtml). The bridge is just to the left of the two small grey dots just above the 'start and finish' text.

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk1.gif)

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on October 10, 2005, 10:16:31 pm
I did Walk Five again today and it's very muddy in places. The worst bit is just below this tree as you head down to the River Lea (near the brown number 75 on the map below). Wellies will be needed if we have more rain. If anyone has any comments or tips on the walks (such as signs missing or paths ploughed up etc) please add the notes to this thread.

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/path5.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk5.gif)

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Bob Horrocks on October 12, 2005, 02:44:00 pm
Walk 11 is still good, though the tree is still there across the path but it is no problem.  My wife and I did that walk this last weekend and can recommend it.  However the suggested diversion into Little Berkhamstead is more than a few yards!
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on October 12, 2005, 02:50:07 pm

However the suggested diversion into Little Berkhamstead is more than a few yards!


Perhaps, but it seems shorter on the way back after a visit to the pub -- the purpose of the diversion.

 ;)

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on October 17, 2005, 02:01:58 pm
We did Walk Seven (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk7.shtml) this morning, despite the early mist. The area of the path which used to be extremely muddy has been filled in with rubble and now provides an excellent surface for walking. Well worth doing, although there are still some parts that will be muddy after rain.

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/bettersurface.jpg)

I've also added a short detour to the walk, which will make a change for those who have already walked the original route. If you want to try the detour, follow the green dots on the map below.  Click here for directions for Walk Seven. (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk7.shtml)

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk7.gif)


Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on October 31, 2005, 10:27:20 am
A reminder about the Quiz Walk taking place November 5. (taken from this site's What's On Diary)

North Mymms Quiz Walk on 5/11/05 starts at Brookmans Park station between 10am and noon.

A leaflet describing this walk was put through your letter box in the last few weeks.  If you have not tried this walk already why not try it on Saturday 5 November.  It officially starts and ends at Brookmans Park railway station, but you can join it anywhere on the route.  There will be people at the station approach between 10am and noon with extra copies of the walk guide.

This gentle 3-mile countryside walk is mainly off the road.  Paths may be muddy and uneven so please wear suitable clothing and footwear.

The quiz and answers are on the leaflet – it is not a competition.   Just enjoy the local countryside and discover some of its history.

The walk is a bit like, but not completely the same as, Walk Three  (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk3.shtml) in this site's series.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on October 31, 2005, 02:52:53 pm
Click here if you need for more details about the North Mymms Quiz Walk. (http://www.brookmans.com/news/october05/peap9.shtml)

You can also click here to see to see the front page of the brochure (http://www.brookmans.com/environment/peap/walk1.jpg), or you can click here for the back page (http://www.brookmans.com/environment/peap/walk2.jpg).

When the pictures download, you should be able to click on them to make them full-screen.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: ADM on October 31, 2005, 04:23:02 pm
Editor,

I'm a little concerned with the use of the term 'Walk' as I feel it might discriminate against people who prefer or are forced to make their way by other means.  The term 'Walk' has anti-social connotations and should be avoided.  What we are really talking about are Perambulations (Circular) with Map and Directions, PCMAD for short.  Please use this abbreviation in all future references.

Incidentally I have been on nearly all of your PCMADs and have enjoyed them all.  Carry on the good work! 
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on November 01, 2005, 04:26:33 am
Editor,

I'm a little concerned with the use of the term 'Walk' as I feel it might discriminate against people who prefer or are forced to make their way by other means. The term 'Walk' has anti-social connotations and should be avoided. What we are really talking about are Perambulations (Circular) with Map and Directions, PCMAD for short. Please use this abbreviation in all future references.

Incidentally I have been on nearly all of your PCMADs and have enjoyed them all. Carry on the good work!



Hi ADM,

Glad you are enjoying the walks. They are the result of several years exploring the local countryside - and pubs.

For some strange reason I notice that the walks I wrote up and the maps I drew tend, in most instances, to go clockwise.

Of course, you can always do them anti-clockwise. Then the walk could be termed an anti-PCMAD, which might make you more comfortable - worth a try anyway.

 ;)

David
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Richard Bennett on November 13, 2005, 11:50:13 am
Walking today (13/11) down from Hawkshead Road (near Folly Arch) into Gobions Wood ...

The entrance to the wood normally has a stile, but this has been fenced off, and the top rail of the fence has a notice that says the wood is Private.  Anyone know why?  Is this the Vet College blocking off a popular (even if unofficial) path, or Gobions Woodland Trust trying to keep people out? 

Either way, it's a pity because it spoils a good walk, and it's a real inconvenience, since you don't find out till you get down there and there's no good way round.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Bob Horrocks on November 14, 2005, 10:16:53 am
The offically recognised public footpath goes from Hawkshead Road to the first stile, on which you will see a 'way mark' pointing directly across the field to a double stile each side of a brook.  Nobody uses that official path.  The official path goes straight ahead to an official stile which also has a 'way mark' going into the edge of Gobions Wood and goes alongside the filed to your left.  This goes to Bluebridge Rd next to the bridge over the stream.

The path that people, including me, use to get into Gobions Wood is not 'official' (whatever that means in this context) neither is the stile which has been closed off.

I am assured by Gobions Woodland Trust that they did not close this access point.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Richard Bennett on November 14, 2005, 04:46:25 pm
So it was the Royal Vet who closed it?   (I realise I'm assuming there's no third party!)

Odd, since the Royal Vet's ploughman carefully left the track of the unofficial footpath unploughed down to the now-blocked stile.  Do we have any readers with a role in the Royal Vet who might be able to get an explanation? or ideally reverse the closure?
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: john on November 14, 2005, 04:50:49 pm
Hi Editor !    just sent in a contribution on this but it doesn't seem to have appeared ?  yet ?
bw  - john
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: brookmans.com tech support on November 14, 2005, 06:06:51 pm
John,

There's no reason why it shouldn't have appeared.. can you try posting it again- if it still doesn't appear, try instant messaging me through the forum and I'll see if I can post it on your behalf.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: john on November 14, 2005, 06:49:28 pm
by "posting again ...", do you mean there's some Cunning Retrieval Gizmo that can be engaged ?   or do I have to settle down to try to remember and re-type my piece of "deathless prose" ?   (so deathless it IS ... by an AMAZING coincidence ... ?!)

bw  - j
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: brookmans.com tech support on November 15, 2005, 10:02:47 am
by "posting again ...", do you mean there's some Cunning Retrieval Gizmo that can be engaged ? 

Unfortunately not - it's the retyping option I'm afraid....
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Richard Bennett on November 20, 2005, 06:25:53 pm
Re the direct path from Hawkshead Road into Gobions Wood - we went there again today (good hard underfoot in the frost).  The exit from the field into the wood is still closed, though people are clearly using it.  There's a helpful notice just inside the wood, saying that careful walkers are welcome in Gobions Wood, but that the fence belongs to the Royal Vet, and use of their land should be agreed with them.

It would be helpful if someone from the Royal Vet could explain what they want to happen here, given that the route is clearly popular.  They have made no attempt to redirect walkers down the official path.  The unofficial path has been open as long as I've lived here (20+ years) with various forms of stile provided by RVC in their fence, so they've scarcely been zealous to close it previously - is there some equivalent of squatters' rights for walkers?
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Birch on November 21, 2005, 10:37:11 am
Try this link and see point 5.
http://www.ramblers.org.uk/info/britain/footpathlaw.html
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: john on November 21, 2005, 12:17:17 pm
at last being now indoors in the warm, I can try to remember the gist of what I set out in an e last week, and which somehow didn't appear/ get posted ...
As Bob has said, the way from Hawkshead Road to Gobions is to follow FP11 ...
Yes unfortunately numbers of people turn in to Vet College fields, and set off:  here down FP11,  .... off in to the fields, run their dogs off free ... , ... pushing through hedges/ fences/ over ditches, pulling out posts, cutting wire, smashing/ pulling out notices, dropping/ leaving behind rubbish ... short-cutting in to Gobions.   
We continually watch these goings on (alongside the other countryside issues of fly-tipping, neighbour hedges that disappear ... alongside attempts to nibble in to our fields ... etc etc)  with a varying combination of resignation/disappointment/ bitter humour, given that so many people appear to espouse their green/ conservation/ principles, but ...   
Over the years we have & will regularly make-good  (while expecting things not to last ...
So the simple point is:  do please carry on using FP11 to enjoy Gobions (we're waiting to hear that HCC's proposal to replace stiles with kissing gates by Easter 2005 will still go ahead or not ...)       But the "trespass short-cut" is quite simply that ... 

and now to click on POST again ...  Fingers crossed

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Richard Bennett on November 21, 2005, 05:15:15 pm
Thanks, all and especially John.  And yes, the misuse of other people's land and fences annoys me too. 

The National Trust approach seems to be to tackle the difficulties by good signage and robust equipment.  Could Gobions Woodland Trust and RVC club together and put in a strong stile with an ample dog gate?   And a notice that says the path is unofficial but permitted by the RVC, with whatever legal terms are needed?
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: eric on November 22, 2005, 01:23:05 pm
I must need better glasses     I read it that Johns saying that theres no permission to have this sort of path thats just being trampled down by trespassers     
My friends in Derbyshire tell me tghat some public rights of way have been moved to meet current leisure demands rather than just carrying on with illogical old routes that took field workers or quarrymen to places of employment long since gone    Are there chances round BP ?

 
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on December 21, 2005, 03:07:25 pm
Can anyone recognise this point along one of the 12 local walks on this site (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/index.shtml)? If so, can you say which walk it was taken on and at what point along that walk was the photograph taken?





Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: southbury on December 22, 2005, 07:19:07 am
Hi David.. not sure of the walk number but this looks like the field that runs to the north of Peplins Wood on the path that heads down towards the railway at the back of the community centre ?
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on December 22, 2005, 07:38:12 am
Spot on. The picture is taken at point 21 on the directions attached to Walk Ten. Click here for Walk Ten (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk10.shtml). I didn't think many would recognise that path.

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk10.gif)

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on January 05, 2006, 02:56:44 pm
Can anyone recognise this point along one of the 12 local walks on this site (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/index.shtml)? If so, can you say where the photograph was taken and on which walk? No prizes, just a bit of fun.

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/mysterypath2.jpg)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on February 02, 2006, 04:53:52 pm
Walk Two is great at this time of the year. Many of the trees are covered in fresh buds (we used to call them sticky buds as kids). There are catkins on many of the bushes. The paths are fairly dry just now. If it stays dry this weekend it's worth doing. Click here for step-by-step directions for Walk Two (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk2.shtml).

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk2.gif)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on February 07, 2006, 03:24:51 pm
We did Walk Four (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk4.shtml) today and it's a pleasant 45 mins walk without rushing. The section of path between the farm and the Beehive pub needs a bit of upkeep. There are no stiles and you have to negotiate one farm gate, but it is easy to push open. The final stretch back to Little Berkhamsted has been sectioned off as a bridle path and, although dry and firm now, could probably become muddy after rain. Walk Four has the benefit of a pub at the start and finish and one half way round. The bridge, pictured below, is in Buck's Alley Wood. Click here for directions for Walk Four (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk4.shtml) or, if you want to see all the 12 walks in this series, click here (http://www.brookmans.com/walks).

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk4.gif)
(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk4path.jpg)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Alfred the Great on February 07, 2006, 10:28:24 pm
Wish I had time to walk during the daytime.......sniff  :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on February 08, 2006, 06:04:24 am
Wish I had time to walk during the daytime.......sniff  :'( :'( :'(

That's the beauty of working from home.

 ;)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: ADM on February 08, 2006, 12:46:13 pm
Get a proper job!
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Alfred the Great on February 08, 2006, 09:14:09 pm
I do work from home!!!! But am rarely finished before tea time.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on February 08, 2006, 09:51:35 pm
I do work from home!!!! But am rarely finished before tea time.

Have a word with the boss and see if you can work flexi-time.

 ;)

David
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on March 26, 2006, 02:20:36 pm
The lower part of the bridlepath on Walk Five (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk5.shtml) has been repaired (the section near where there is the red Walk Five written on the map below), making it much easier to walk and far less muddy. There are still a few puddles, but you can get past them. The walk is a really good stretch with a good length of the route uphill. Well worth putting the boots on.

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk5.gif)

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on April 02, 2006, 01:50:50 pm
Just had a great walk, in between showers, along one of my favourites, Walk Two - click here for details (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk2.shtml).

Really worth putting the boots on.

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk2.gif)

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/1.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/2.JPG)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on April 10, 2006, 10:52:27 am

Re the direct path from Hawkshead Road into Gobions Wood - we went there again today (good hard underfoot in the frost).  The exit from the field into the wood is still closed, though people are clearly using it.  There's a helpful notice just inside the wood, saying that careful walkers are welcome in Gobions Wood, but that the fence belongs to the Royal Vet, and use of their land should be agreed with them.


The path appears to be open again and well used.

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/gobionspath.jpg)

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on May 05, 2006, 02:39:58 pm
For all those who work from home or are retired and able to walk during the week, here is a walking tip.

If you fancy a walk to Wild Hill, there is an excellent bus service (the 201) which will bring you home.

It runs from Wild Hill, to Brookmans Park on Tuesdays and Fridays.

There are only two buses a day, so you need to be spot on with your timing, but, if you plan your walk (and drinking) well, you can  catch the 13.44 from Wildhill getting to Brookmans Park village by 13.59.

Walks from Wild Hill include:


The walk from Brookmans Park to Wild Hill takes about an hour. There are several routes along lanes or footpaths.

David

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on July 25, 2006, 12:13:49 pm
The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has confirmed that an unofficial short cut to Gobions Woodland Trust land from an RVC field is NOT a permissive route. The college is urging walkers not to stray from the official path.

Some walkers taking Footpath 11 (FP11) north west from Folly Arch across RVC land have been turning right, just after a crossing point between two fields, in order to access Gobions.

In fact, so many seem to be doing this that the right turn appears to be the main route, with the official FP11 hard to make out as it continues its way across two fields.

This site looked into the right-of-way issue after being sent an article which has been published on the website of a local walking group and which claims that the RVC had "granted permissive rights over the spur path to Gobions Wood". But the RVC denies the claims and repeated that walkers do not have permission to take the short cut.

Click here for more details (http://www.brookmans.com/news/july06/gobionspath.shtml).

You can also click here for a photo gallery of the route in question. (http://www.brookmans.fotopic.net/c1031860.html)

David
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on July 25, 2006, 07:55:49 pm
I've added a poll to try to assess how many forum users walk the unofficial path across RVC land into Gobions Woodland.

Click here to access the poll.  (http://www.brookmans.com/forum/index.php?topic=1088.msg9780;topicseen#msg9780)

The poll is locked so that people can vote, but can't comment. All comments should be added to this thread. This is just so that the whole thing doesn't get too messy.

 :)

David
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: chicken legs on July 26, 2006, 03:21:18 pm
I just wanted to congratulate David on the photos.  They made the walk look easy to find, and almost inspired me to go out and try it today.  If only it wasn't so darned hot!!!    8)

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: stevea on July 27, 2006, 08:57:52 am
I was very interested to see that the unofficial path from the RVC  through Gobions has gained attention again as it did in the 1970's!  The RVC tactic in those days was to put a sign up saying 'You are going the wrong way! You are trespassing!' This didn't work - someone  took the signs down! The next tactic was to place rolls of barbed wire in the fence or be threatened by a very grumpy farmer in a green Landrover who would scream the riot act! In retaliation, someone kept cutting the wire! After about six months continually repairing the fence the style miraculously re-appeared! The RVC finally gave up! Lets face it, what harm is it doing? - a few hundred yards short cut or walk a mile. Its obvious which  path people would take. Long live the style and all who clamber over her!
 
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Bob Horrocks on July 27, 2006, 10:25:44 am
Check out the 28 June Minutes (item 14d) of North Mymms Parish Council (www.NorthMymmsPC.ukf.net).  NMPC queried the temporary closure of this stile and received a reply from the RVC on the lines set out in the main article on this topic. The RVC asked if NMPC would support a diversion of this footpath through the wood as being the preferred route for most walkers.  A letter of support has been sent to the RVC   ;D  but it will take a long time for the process to happen. 
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Local Walker on August 13, 2006, 06:26:24 pm
Hi i am new to this.

Is it me or is it relatively easy to get lost in Gobions Wood? That way, Walk Ten seems much longer than 5 miles. Could the instructions be more clear? There are actually several local nture reserves in the area and Gobions wood is not clearly defined. Along the narrow path, do you go across the field, or do you completre ignore this path and go through the dry stream?

It seems very overgrown on other parts of the walk. I am not complaining, just pointing out.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on August 13, 2006, 07:23:06 pm
Hi Local Walker,

Welcome to the forum.

Sorry you got lost. Yes, I think it is easy to get lost in Gobions Wood, although if you stick within the fenced boundaries you should be okay.

Message me by through the forum by clicking here and emailing me (http://www.brookmans.com/contact.php) so that I know where you went wrong and I will try to point out what you should have done.

Thanks for the feedback.

David
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Local Walker on August 13, 2006, 09:49:13 pm
need machete  :)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on August 13, 2006, 10:04:14 pm
If you need a machete you know you have wandered off the path.

 ;)

David
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: peppermint on August 13, 2006, 10:12:23 pm
Perhaps Local Walker is saying he needs a machete now!   Is he still in the woods?!!  Do we need to send out a search party?!!!
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: peppermint on August 13, 2006, 10:14:38 pm
Does he know about the Beast of Brookmans Park?!!!!!!!! :o
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Local Walker on August 13, 2006, 10:39:47 pm
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on August 14, 2006, 06:55:23 am
I hope that is not the demise of Local Walker.

 ;)

I've checked the text of Walk 10 and made some changes in an attempt to make it clearer. I think parts were a bit vague, hopefully it is clearer now.

Click here for Walk 10 (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk10.shtml).

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk10.gif)

By the way, thanks for the feedback, Local Walker, it's always helpful when people point out where the walks can be improved.

Cheers

David

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Local Walker on August 14, 2006, 10:41:57 am
Just a thought, maybe you could start a walk taking in the interesting features of Gobions Wood and surrounding nature reserves etc
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on August 14, 2006, 10:58:19 am
Good idea. I know they do guided walks for schools from time to time.

There is some good stuff about the history of Gobions here. (click on the titles below)


David
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: moggins on September 07, 2006, 09:35:58 pm
Myself and the wife thought we would take advantage of the lovely evenings we've been having recently,so went out for a walk.
Unfortunately we discovered that whereas last year we were able to use a footpath running from the Warrengate Farm past the small cottages (with old tractors in front  back garden) to a small copse of trees on a small hill . If memory serves me right one footpath took you along the river towards Water End and one took you to the field where Gordon the horse was resident, Tonight though it looks like these signposted footpaths have gone under the plough,  could I ask someone on this forum how to get this situation rectified, it is still possible to get to water end by walking right along the edge of the field but this is fraught due to the large clods of earth left littered over the surface by the errant ploughperson.
Can you feed a ploghman his luunch. (very bad pun)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on September 07, 2006, 09:48:08 pm
Hi Moggins,

I often find paths disappear due to over enthusiastic ploughing. I will merge this with an existing thread on local walks in order to keep such discussions together.

By the way, in an earlier post on that thread you said you were going to try all the walks. Did you, and, if so, which was your favourite?

David
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Mallow on September 08, 2006, 04:11:49 pm
Tonight though it looks like these signposted footpaths have gone under the plough,  

This field has only very recently been ploughed and the footpaths are normally reinstated either by regular use or by the farmer himself when the new crop begins to sprout.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: moggins on September 08, 2006, 09:35:00 pm
No unfortunately not yet done all the walks,have been sidetracked a bit, discovered the Lea Valley Park and also the area around  Clay Hill and Forty Hall so still have the walks to complete, but so far have found them all equally enjoyable, plus the weight is slowwwwlly falling have scraped into the overweight category so quite a bit more to do but will endeavour to do all 12 walks before I reach target weight.

Mallow the only reason I brought up the matter of the ploughed field was because I  have walked the track/path in question quite frequently these past 2/3 years and was a bit suprised that where previously the field in question was ploughed either side of the track there was a walkable path left, yesterday had to detour round the edge of field in question and stumbled over quite a few of the clods thrown up by the ploughing,it was this that prompted my input to this forum.

To end on a lighter note got a great kick out of seeing 2 (mountjack) deer running free while doing walk from North Mimms Church to the Grange and back ,don't know what no the walk is but first time we did it we got hopelessly lost.
The wife and I find the notes on the walks invaluable  so many thanks for taking the time and trouble to put them on the website.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Local Walker on November 24, 2006, 11:02:37 pm
Do you know where it is possible to get the answers to the Brookmans Park quiz walk, so to speak?
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on November 25, 2006, 08:03:09 am
Do you know where it is possible to get the answers to the Brookmans Park quiz walk, so to speak?

Hi Local Walker,

The idea of the Quiz Walk (Walk 12) in the series on this site, was that people would go to this site and type in the key words identified in the brochure. Click here for the front page of the brochure (http://www.brookmans.com/environment/peap/walk1.jpg). That would lead to pages explaining the local features mentioned in detail. Click here (http://www.brookmans.com/environment/peap/walk2.jpg) for the map and directions.

There is another page on this site where the questions are touched on. Click here for that page. (http://www.brookmans.com/news/november05/peap10.shtml) for the answers to the questions posed in Walk 12 'The Quiz Walk'.

For those who want to see all the walks on this site, click here for the walks index page. (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/index.shtml)

David
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Bob Horrocks on May 21, 2007, 11:42:45 am
My wife and I have just re-done a couple of the 12 walks detailed on this website.  What a surprise to see that my copies were dated September 2002, nearly five years ago.

A number of the step stiles have now been removed or replaced by kissing gates which makes life a bit easier.

Just a few words of caution about Walk 4.  At the Beehive, Epping Green, at stage 13 it is the metalled road almost opposite and to the south that you go down, and continue along this metalled road.  By mistake we turned right into the newish housing estate before we realised our error.  At stage 14 the roadway bends LEFT (not right as in the text) and you just keep walking straight on. 
At stage 16 we thought it better to keep on the path and take the left fork at the bend, and not go along the field.  It seemed a long way to get to the cricket ground and we turned off too soon along a marked path.  Be patient!

Does anyone know what the flowering crop is in these fields at these stages?  I did not have my camera so cannot provide a picture.

If anyone is looking for a project to do with their family this summer, why not produce some more local walks to be added to this website.  The  children will learn all sorts of skills without realising it.  Map reading, distance measuring, compass reading, planning, observation, report writing, types of trees and plants, accuracy, research into the things you see to add interest to the walk (like Walk 12), proof reading, drawing the resulting route, and so on.  We are supposed to be having another dry summer so an outdoor activity like this, which costs very little except time, seems a like a good idea to me.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on May 21, 2007, 08:34:05 pm

At stage 14 the roadway bends LEFT (not right as in the text) and you just keep walking straight on. 


Hi Bob,

Glad you are enjoying the walks. Thanks for the feedback.

The confusion might be down to the poor quality of the maps I have drawn and the distances set out in the point-by-point directions, but they are essentially correct.

The directions say ...

14: Keeping the water tower and the mobile phone transmitter on your left, continue along this bridle path lane. After 200m it veers right, but you continue straight on along a smaller bridle path.

The bend I am referring to is marked by the red arrow on this map.

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walkarrow.jpg)

I have made a screen grab of a proper map (below).

My guess is that you are referring to the left turn to Woodcock Lodge (just under the first 'p' in Epping House). This is immediately after the water tower and transmitter. However, the bend I am referring to is 200m further on along the main bridle path (just above the E in Epping House).

At that point, the main track bends right, but the correct route is to walk slightly to the left or straight on, which is only possible if you take the track on your left.

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/map.jpg)

The confusion might be in the poor quality of my sketch maps and the distances. Apologies, I hope it didn't cause you too many problems.

David

PS: For those wanting to do the walk, click here  (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk4.shtml) for the directions.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Bob Horrocks on May 22, 2007, 11:43:14 am
Thanks for the clarification Dave.  You guessed correctly concerning where we got confused.  The new map makes it very clear, including the path we took off to the right before the correct turning to the cricket ground. 

When we did the walk there was a match being played which made parking difficult in the village.  Little Berkhamsted was a hive of activity on that Sunday afternoon.

Any thoughts on the crop in the fields, please?  It had grown to about 3 feet high with a fairly thick main stem and leaves off it, and had smallish white flowers with a purple mark on each petal.   Excuse the poor description but gardening is not my strong point.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Alfred the Great on May 22, 2007, 10:01:40 pm
Sounds like broad beans to me. Did they smell nice? The smell of bean blossom is a rare treat.

ATG
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Bob Horrocks on May 23, 2007, 10:27:59 am
Didn't notice any aroma, but my nose is not the most sensitive.  Perhaps a visit to the Beehive is called for, and a walk afterwards to follow the correct path and smell the plants!

Thanks for the suggestion as to what it might be.  Much appreciated
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: moggins on July 14, 2007, 08:25:19 pm
I was reading some old posts, and I came across one in particular that mentioned the motte and bailey castle ruins.
I would be very grateful if someone who is more au fait with the location of said ruins, could post a set of directions on how to reach the same.
I have in the past walked the area quite regularly but to date my efforts to locate aforementioned ruins have been to no avail.
I live in the potters bar area and my normal starting point would be using the footpath situated at bottom end of the cranbourne estate taking you onto and through Warrengate Farm with the stream on your left ending at farm gate and cycle path
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on July 14, 2007, 11:31:30 pm
Hi Moggins,

Go to the junction of Hawkshead Lane and Swanland Road and take the footbridge over the A1 (M).  Turn left and head south. The site of the Motte & Baileys is on your right after about ten mins.

Click here for a map. (http://www.streetmap.co.uk/newmap.srf?x=522750&y=202750&z=1&sv=522750,202750&st=4&ar=N&mapp=newmap.srf&searchp=newsearch.srf)

Alternatively, if heading from Potters Bar, go down Mutton Lane, then Warrengate Lane, then cross Swanland Road, take the footpath under the A1 (M), turn right and it's on your left.

Click here for a map of that bit. (http://www.streetmap.co.uk/newmap.srf?x=522750&y=202250&z=1&sv=522750,202250&st=4&ar=N&mapp=newmap.srf&searchp=newsearch.srf)

Regards

David



Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Mallow on July 16, 2007, 01:44:35 pm
I went on the recent guided local walk around North Mymms and including parts of North Mymms Park.  The walk was led by someone who farms the land in North Mymms Park. 

There is a structure in North Mymms Park, which has a concrete base and a pitched corrugated tin roof.  I have always understood it to be an old well but the chap who was leading the walk said it was a windmill base and the field that it stands in is called Windmill Field.

Does anyone have any more information on this.

To find it, take the bridge over the A1 at Hawkshead Lane and take the path to the right which runs paralell to the A1 for a bit.  The structure sits on the edge of the field just before the path turns right again back towards the A1.

 :)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Bob Horrocks on August 08, 2007, 05:46:09 pm
Good news.

The Vet College has recently installed a kissing gate on the unoffical footpath that runs from the official footpath 11 into Gobions Wood.  Walkers have used this route for many years between Hawkshead Road, near the Folly Arch, into Gobions Wood.

There used to be a stile in the fence between the field and the wood but it was blocked up a year or so ago.  The blocked up fence was then opened up by walkers (presumably) and a gap left in the fence.  This has now been filled by a kissing gate.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Mermaid on August 08, 2007, 08:52:20 pm
Hurrah!   ;D
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: stevea on August 09, 2007, 12:14:52 am
Well done to the Royal Vet College! Commonsense has prevailed at last. I've been walking that particular path since the 60's and that's the first gate ever. Did this have anything to do with you Bob? If so, well done! Long live the kissing gate and all who pass through her!
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Bob Horrocks on August 09, 2007, 09:46:31 am
North Mymms Parish Council, through its Parish Environmental Plan group, tried to get a grant for a kissing gate but failed because the location is not on an official public footpath.

My guess is that the actions taken to try and get a grant-funded gate raised the profile of this stile, and eventually the Vet College agreed to fund it.  The RVC needed to be certain that if cattle are put in this field they could not get into Gobions Wood and maybe into the lake.

Incidentally, the RVC is worried by recent research which seems to indicate that pregnant cows can be affected by something in dog poo.  Indications are that the pregnancy will abort.  So if you are taking your dog through a field with cattle in it, please be sure to clean up any poo dropped by your pooch.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Local Walker on September 14, 2007, 07:36:41 pm
Is it possible to have more walks?
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Alfred the Great on September 14, 2007, 08:46:27 pm
Go on as many walks as you like, dear boy, you don't have to ask permission   :icon_jokercolor:
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on September 14, 2007, 10:30:28 pm
Is it possible to have more walks?

I have a few more to write up, but any suggestions welcome.

David
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on September 16, 2007, 05:06:47 pm
We did walk six today, starting at the Woodman Wild Hill and ending up there for a pint. One of my favourite of the 12.  Click here for details. (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk6.shtml)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on November 03, 2007, 04:13:24 pm
Walk one is well worth doing at this time of the year. The autumn colours are wonderful. Click here  (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk1.shtml) for map and walk details.

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk1.gif)

David
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on November 04, 2007, 07:38:07 pm
We did walk four again (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk4.shtml) today.

Excellent for autumn colours.

Here are some snaps taken along the way.

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/path1.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/path21.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/path3.jpg)


Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Alex on November 05, 2007, 04:02:30 pm
Is there a local "walking" group or "Ramblers" that walk Monday/Thursday?

Thanks
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Local Walker on March 03, 2008, 10:06:44 pm
Went on Walk 12 not too long ago (late-Jan\early Feb). I must say that Walk 12 is a very interesting walk and i learnt quite a bit more of local history including about a plaque...

If not for the history, the walk through the woods and across the first stream near Water End seem like a sort of hidden valley in a way.

Unfortunately the rain had been so also there was one puddle the size of a pond. I also want to ask what exactly this was

It was a concrete platform with a metal lid. It seemed like a drain or storage tank but i could not be too sure. There were many of these scattered through the fields.

(http://www.brookmans.com/images/concrete.jpg)

Note: Edited only to add photo
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Bob Horrocks on March 04, 2008, 10:41:23 am
Walk 12 - I still have some of the A3 size leaflets giving the walk if anyone would like a copy.  It was produced a couple of years ago by a local group with the grand title of the Parish Environment Action Plan Steering Group, funded by the Countryside Management Services at Herts County Council.   

That group is now seeing if it can get a footpath along Hawkshead Road and the RVC where there is no pavement.  Early days yet on that one.

I suspect the pictured object is an access to the sewerage system which runs under the fields.  Thats why there are a number of them access the fields etc.  They will follow the line of the sewer. When we flush the loo we do not think about where it goes!
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on April 20, 2008, 11:42:48 am
Good day for walking --- misty, overcast and quiet. These shots taken during a slight diversion from Walk One (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk1.shtml), by taking the track towards South Mimms near Potwells and heading back along the bridle path to Swanland Road.

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/april08/woods1.JPG)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/april08/woods2.JPG)

David

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Bob Horrocks on April 21, 2008, 10:45:25 am
Great pictures as usual.

Cath and I had a walk in Trent Park, Cockfosters which is only 5 miles away.  With a cafe for a drink and/or food and lots of car parking.  That park is huge!
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Local Walker on June 19, 2008, 11:14:12 pm
No point in starting a new topic. I am just wondering whether anyone knows anything about a mysterious public footpath I've seen from Well Road, opposite Queenswood. According to maps it goes into the wood and abruptly stops. I am just wondering whats down there.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: stevea on June 20, 2008, 03:10:00 am
Hello Local Walker - I think I know where you mean - I've not been there for many years, but if
you carry on past the path it carries on to an old burnt out mansion with a huge lake - I used to fish there
when I was a kid.  It looks a bit like Gobions. The gamekeeper for that land used to live in the Folly Arch
Lodge in the 1970's - and he didn't like me because he could never catch me!
If you look at this site it will tell you more about Nyn Park Estate;-

http://www.william-montgomery.com/properties/nynpark2.htm

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Local Walker on June 27, 2008, 07:31:53 pm
Thanks for the info, must explore....
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on August 10, 2008, 10:55:49 am
Take care doing Walk 12 (http://www.brookmans.com/environment/peap/walk2.jpg) in our series of local country walks (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/index.shtml) at this time of the year. The walk is referred to in this article (http://www.brookmans.com/news/august08/Potterells_Field_bench_North_Mymms_Hertfordshire.shtml) and in this forum thread (http://www.brookmans.com/forum/index.php?topic=175.msg15113;topicseen#new).

The paths are muddy and overgrown with thistle and nettles. Trousers, boots and a stick to push through the overgrowth are essential. We came across an old sign that the PEAP team (http://www.brookmans.com/environment/peap/introduction.shtml) might want to consider replacing at some point, the word 'End' has been broken off the sign to Water End. The sign is at point 11 on the walk map (http://www.brookmans.com/environment/peap/walk2.jpg) (click twice to enlarge).

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/august08/north_mymms_PEAP_walk_sign.jpg)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on August 23, 2008, 01:51:01 pm
Just done Walk Five (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk5.shtml) again, great this time of the year. Conditions under foot are great (except for one bit of cart track that you can avoid). Keep an eye out for the hares, beautiful creatures. One let us walk right up to him/her before setting off like a rocket across the field. Also saw a spotted woodpeckers on the dead tree on your right as you walk down from Lower West End Farm.

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/path5.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk5.gif)

David
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on August 24, 2008, 03:14:05 pm
Just did Walk Eight (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk8.shtml). Recommended. Great walking conditions. I hadn't noticed the small lake (on the footpath to the left of Ponsfall Farm on the map) before. Very peaceful spot.

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/august08/New_Park_Farm_lake.jpg)


(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk8.gif)



Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on February 07, 2009, 02:20:23 pm
Just done walk seven again, and it's lovely in this weather.  This is for those stuck at home or in the office.

Below is a map for the walk, click here (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk7.shtml) for directions, and I have added few pictures taken today.

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk7.gif)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/february09/walk1.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/february09/walk2.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/february09/walk3.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/february09/walk4.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/february09/walk5.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/february09/walk6.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/february09/walk7.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/february09/walk8.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/february09/walk9.jpg)

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on March 15, 2009, 07:39:25 pm
For those who were stuck in today and unable to get out and enjoy the lovely weather, here are a few pictures taken on Walk Two (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk2.shtml) this morning. It's a walk that starts and ends at the Woodman car park in Wild Hill and goes through Camfield Place, the home of the late Barbara Cartland. It's one of the nicest walks in the collection.  Sadly, the fly tippers had been out again, pictured in the last of the snaps below.

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/march09/walk1.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/march09/walk2.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/march09/walk3.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/march09/walk4.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/march09/walk5.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/march09/walk6.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/march09/walk7.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/march09/walk8.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/march09/walk9.jpg)

David

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on April 10, 2009, 03:11:39 pm
Despite the rain, it's a lovely day to get out and try some of the local walks (click here for the walks inde (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/)x).

Just done Walk One (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk1.shtml) again and the smell of the damp blossom and the rain is wonderful.

Well worth putting the wellies on for.

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/april09/north_mymms_walk1.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/april09/north_mymms_walk2.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/april09/north_mymms_walk3.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/april09/north_mymms_walk4.jpg)

Enjoy

 :)

David
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Local Walker on April 13, 2009, 12:42:37 am
Note to other walkers. A new walking trail is nearly complete
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: NZer on April 13, 2009, 02:25:18 am
Seeing all that spring blossom makes me quite nostalgic for the English springtime!  Trouble is, I don't think I want to cope with the winters there - it was bad enough last October being snowed in in my parents house in Moffats Lane with no power for about 14hours.  Sadly the house has been sold as both my parents have now died (my mother last October, and my father 2 years before that).  They had been in the house for 53years, from new.  So I guess I will no longer have a base in BP when I come over.  Still interested in the area however especially the future of the Gobians open space and woodland that was our playground growing up in the 1950's.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on April 13, 2009, 03:43:35 pm
Seeing all that spring blossom makes me quite nostalgic for the English springtime!  Trouble is, I don't think I want to cope with the winters there - it was bad enough last October being snowed in in my parents house in Moffats Lane with no power for about 14hours.  Sadly the house has been sold as both my parents have now died (my mother last October, and my father 2 years before that).  They had been in the house for 53years, from new.  So I guess I will no longer have a base in BP when I come over.  Still interested in the area however especially the future of the Gobians open space and woodland that was our playground growing up in the 1950's.

Hi NZer,

Well I hope you continue using the site, and just for you I have been out and taken some more pictures of the blossom (as well as pictures of the wood anemones and fungi) to remind you of what it is like back in Brookmans Park. Enjoy

 :)

David

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/april09/blossom1.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/april09/blossom2.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/april09/woodanemones.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/april09/fungi1.jpg)



Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: NZer on April 14, 2009, 09:14:11 am
Thanks David - great photos.  I try and grow wood anemones here but its really too warm, so it was lovely to see them growing wild.  As a young person, I used to collect different fungi and make spore prints using greaseproof paper.  They make patterns in an amazing range of different colours. :)
Photos of them are much more environmentally friendly these days!
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on August 19, 2009, 02:28:59 pm
Been out with my new Flip camera to film a short 1'30" video of Walk One. I've put the video up on a test page.

http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk1.shtml  (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk1.shtml)

I think it's a bit too long - perhaps one minute would do. And the editing isn't great - I was just practicing.

But do people think there would be any value in having the highlights of all the walks online?  If so I will do a few more, and try to improve.

Any suggestions welcome. You can also vote on the video if you like at the You Tube site.

David
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Bob Horrocks on August 19, 2009, 04:35:25 pm
It is the difference between still photos or drawings compared with a movie. The latter gives loads more information.

I don't recall seeing the diversion off to the pubs on Warrengate Rd before, but then I remembered that all these walks have somewhere on the route for refreshments!
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on August 20, 2009, 10:06:30 am
I have shortened the video for walk one (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk1.shtml) and added a short preview for walk two (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk2.shtml).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWLWfO81gTo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWLWfO81gTo)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKn4ahBrxeo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKn4ahBrxeo)


Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on October 25, 2009, 08:30:04 am
Just added a short video to Walk Seven (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk7.shtml), which goes from Little Berkhamsted to Howe Green and back. The video was shot in September, so there are more leaves on the trees than today. I think it is going to be a good day for walking.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uq_OrNEb2MQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uq_OrNEb2MQ)

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on October 25, 2009, 08:37:33 am
Just added a video to Walk Four (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk4.shtml), a nice stroll from Little Berkhamsted to Epping Green and back, all on footpaths. There are two pubs on the route, one at the start and finish and the other half way round. Click here for Walk Four (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk4.shtml)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwzqlLKYXnE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwzqlLKYXnE)

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on October 25, 2009, 06:50:06 pm
Did Walk Five today and added a short video. It's a good hour-long walk with a nice part along the river Lea. Click here (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk5.shtml) for the walk details.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoEu4GpjWDY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoEu4GpjWDY)




(http://www.brookmans.com/news/october09/waterfall500.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/october09/river500.jpg)

David
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: stevea on October 26, 2009, 02:57:23 am
Hi Dave - Love the videos.  Well done LFC  :)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on October 26, 2009, 06:35:36 am
Hi Steve, glad you enjoyed them. They are only thrown together from random shots along the way, but the aim is to give those who want to do the walks (or are not able to get out) a sense of what they would see. And yes, yesterday was a good day.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on January 02, 2010, 11:49:40 am
Just done Walk 1, North Mymms (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk1.shtml), again, this time in this morning's frost, taken a few snaps and put a video on the site

 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae4I1vXAiQM)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/january10/nm1.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/january10/nm3.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/january10/nm4.jpg)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: colinr on January 02, 2010, 12:17:56 pm
Nice Photos and no camera shake ( the thermal hat must be working)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on January 02, 2010, 12:25:21 pm
Thanks Colinr, the camera is small, so I guess that the slightest movement is recorded. Also, I have to keep moving because my wife gets fed up when I keep stopping, so they are all snatched shots. But yes, wearing a hat helps.

 :)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on January 09, 2010, 06:36:38 pm
Great walk today around Wild Hill and the Cartland Estate. Below is a short video of Walk Two (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk2.shtml) on Saturday 9 January 2010. Recommended.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4QW932ooY4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4QW932ooY4)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: NZer on January 10, 2010, 08:38:42 am
I did enjoy watching the video of the Wild Hill walk.  Its warm and sunny here and I have picked 3 buckets of plums this week so its hard to imagine snow!!! :)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on January 10, 2010, 08:51:18 am
Hi NZer, glad you enjoyed it. The short videos are mainly for those residents who have moved away or those who can't get out.

Today I am planning to catch the train to Hatfield and walk back via Mill Green, the Lea Valley, West End, the Candlestick, Harefield Wood, Wild Hill, the Woodman, Grubbs Lane, Bell Lane, Golf Club Road.

I will try to shoot a few shots for a video if I am not shivering too much, and post it this afternoon.

Dave
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on January 10, 2010, 06:25:51 pm
Great walk today.

12:07 train from Brookmans Park to Hatfield arriving 12:15.
12:35 got to Mill Green
13:25 arrived Candlestick, West End
13:45 Woodman, Wild Hill
15:00 Depart Woodman (don't ask)
15:55 arrived Brookmans Park.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roWLvh9Hw_M (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roWLvh9Hw_M)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Mary_Morgan on January 10, 2010, 07:04:08 pm
Dave

Thanks.   Great videos.  Didn't notice any more shake on the camera after you left the Woodman, so there is no need for the "don't ask".  Next time you do the walk, please give my best to Graham, Ros and family.

Best

Mary
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on February 06, 2010, 04:29:24 pm
Took a walk on Monday around the Great Wood Northaw and noticed that the yellow route has been opened up to include the path along Cuffley Brook. It makes the walk longer and, in my opinion, much nicer. There has been a diversion to stop people using that bit for several years. I shot a short 45 second video and took some grabs (below) from the footage.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxQ0RJGvc1Q (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxQ0RJGvc1Q)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Hillside on February 08, 2010, 04:04:37 pm
A path has been cleared near the Rookery..could anybody tell me where it leads to?

Many thanks in advance..lovely pictures David.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Bob Horrocks on February 12, 2010, 01:54:41 pm
The footpath on the south side of the Rookery car park leads to Fox's Lane.  Best to wear wellies since part of Fox's Lane is the same as a stream.  Fox's Lane runs betweenn Dixons Hill Road and Bulls Lane.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on March 01, 2010, 05:11:58 pm
Just had a really nice walk along Ayot Green Way - felt like spring had arrived. Great to be able to drink a pint in a beer garden without a jacket on, too. The beer pictued below the video is Dark Star's Best.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QrC6wduEss (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QrC6wduEss)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on April 05, 2010, 08:12:02 pm
Nice walk around Wormley Woo (http://www.hertsdirect.org/infobase/docs/pdfstore/walkersmap.pdf)d today. Recommended.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kwUyvpTatk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kwUyvpTatk)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Little Miss Elaine Moffat on April 06, 2010, 04:05:25 pm
I have just got back from a great walk in Gobions and the surrounding woods, and found  the paths and  fields much boggier than they were last year.

The entrance from Bluebridge  Avenue was like a sponge, and again the entrance from there to the open space was very wet and spongy.

I have lived in BP for about 30 years and this years appears to have more water lying around. (in Gobions)

I know that we have had a very long wet winter, but the ground is wet and muddy in places we have not had water collecting before.

Has anybody any idea why this is?  

Is it to do with the lagoon being filled in or building work that has diverted the underground water course?

I am interested in why this would happen so quickly over one year.

Come on you bright people what do you think the reason is?

I’m off to wash the mud of my boots now!
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Bob Horrocks on April 07, 2010, 10:58:11 am
The entrance from Bluebridge  Avenue was like a sponge, and again the entrance from there to the open space was very wet and spongy. 
I have lived in BP for about 30 years and this years appears to have more water lying around. (in Gobions)

I know that we have had a very long wet winter, but the ground is wet and muddy in places we have not had water collecting before.

Has anybody any idea why this is? 

You cannot have the worst winter for 30 years and not have consequences. 

A week or two ago I did raise this problem with the Parish Council groundsmen since the land is owned by NMPC.  They said there is nothing they could do about it.  The ground is too soggy to bear the weight of a tractor.  Even if they could get the tractor with a scoop to put down some hardcore etc, that hardcore would simply sink into the ground.  It would be a waste of time and money to try.

Roll on that 'BBQ' summer we are supposed to be having.  Or was that last year?
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on May 01, 2010, 07:04:04 pm
Great skies today as we walked from Brookmans Park over to Wild Hill for a pint at the Woodman and then over the hill to Mill Green and back to Hatfield.

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/may10/walk_to_Woodman1.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/may10/walk_to_Woodman2.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/may10/walk_to_Woodman3.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/may10/walk_to_Woodman4.jpg)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Mary_Morgan on May 01, 2010, 07:10:59 pm
Dave

Great pics. Hope the black clouds didn't rain on you.

Mary
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on June 10, 2010, 07:09:29 pm
New fences, gates and stiles have been erected at the top of Walk One (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk1.shtml) at the south end of Cangsley Grove. More pictures on the microblog (http://brookmans.posterous.com/new-meadow-control-on-walk-one).
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: epiphany on June 10, 2010, 08:37:25 pm
Glad to see land being managed properly now. I think there has been a change in managing agents. Hopefully this means no more burnt out cars and motorbikes shattering the peace!
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Angel on June 13, 2010, 02:51:14 pm
Great skies today as we walked from Brookmans Park over to Wild Hill for a pint at the Woodman and then over the hill to Mill Green and back to Hatfield.


This morning I wanted to walk from Old Hatfield back to Brookmans Park so did a Google directions walking thing but unfortunately couldn't find the route I needed from Church Street (wasn't sure if it went through Hatfield House grounds).  Ended up walking along the A1000 and then back up to Woodside Lane and round that way.  Not ideal but not too bad.  Just wondered if anyone knew the way through from Old Hatfield to get round the 'back way'!

Being a woman on my own, I tend to stick to lanes etc but would have just preferred something a bit more scenic than the main road!!
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: epiphany on June 13, 2010, 04:13:01 pm
Angel

You could have walked up the hill at Fore Street in Old Hatfield and in to Hatfield Park through the gate at the top
although you would have to pay for the privilege! (residents in Old Hatfield get a free pass).
You could then walk through the park parallel to the A1000 coming out at the pepperpot lodge in Woodside Lane.
Incidentally this is the original route of the Great North Road coming from Bell Bar.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Angel on June 13, 2010, 04:34:40 pm
Thanks Epiphany - that must have been the way the Google map tried to take me.  If I paid to go in then I would probably just walk round the grounds there.  I saw that lodge but the woman told me not to go near the gates as it set the cameras off!  I was only trying to read the notices on the gate!!
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on June 13, 2010, 06:07:23 pm
There is a lovely walk from Hatfied station via Mill Green, along a bit of the A414 and then over past the saw mill and up over the tops to The Candlestick, down the bridle path or lane to The Woodman and then over the fields to Brooky Park. Seven miles.  Lovely walk.

David
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on October 17, 2010, 05:26:36 pm
Lovely day for a walk today. From the The Candlestick (http://www.thecandlestickpub.co.uk/), walked up to the Flint Cottage, down to the River Lea, along the riverside footpath and up the bridlepath back towards The Candlestick before taking a left turn up to Essendon, along the footpath at the back of the church, down through the woods and up the path to The Candlestick for lunch. Some nice berries and seeds along the way. Parts of Walk Five (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk5.shtml) and Walk Eleven (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk11.shtml) mixed together.

Met a nice couple who were on one of the walks having Googled and found this site and another group of people later on who were on the walk thanks to the guides on this site. Nice to see them being used. Ended up in The Woodman (http://thewoodman.posterous.com/) beer garden where we met more walkers enjoying the day.

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/october10/berry1.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/october10/berry2.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/october10/berry3.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/october10/berry5.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/october10/berry6.jpg)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on November 07, 2010, 11:52:07 am
Walk one (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk1.shtml) was lovely this morning. Some low resolution pictures below. High resolution on the Brookmans Park Newsletter micro-blog (http://brookmansparknewsletter.posterous.com/north-mymms-in-the-autumn-walk-one).

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/november10/walk1_1.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/november10/walk1_2.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/november10/Walk1_3.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/november10/walk1_4.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/november10/walk1_6.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/november10/walk1_8.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/november10/walk_1_9.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/november10/walk1_10.jpg)




Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: milkmade on November 07, 2010, 01:25:23 pm
lovely pictures.  Hertfordshire is  a beautiful county. :)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: colinr on November 07, 2010, 09:18:40 pm
Dave

You have inspired me to get close to the Fungi.............
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: southbury on November 08, 2010, 10:50:57 am
Hi David ,

Any chance you can briefly point out where abouts on Walk 1 those images were taken ?

rgds
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on November 08, 2010, 10:59:32 am
Sure, they are where the black blobs are on this map.  I should have said that we cut across the middle of it (marked with the blue squares).

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on November 21, 2010, 02:48:25 pm
Probably too many pics, but got carried away with the dens made out of branches on Nomansland Common. If anyone has kids and wants somewhere to go for an afternoon walk, this is the place with miles of woodland for them to explore.  And of course the Elephant & Castle on Amwell Lane, Amwell for a traditional roast in front of a roaring log fire.  Perhaps a good destination for the local scouts and youth club?

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/november10/Nomansland_Common2.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/november10/Nomansland_Common3.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/november10/Nomansland_Common4.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/november10/Nomansland_Common5.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/november10/Nomansland_Common6.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/november10/Nomansland_Common7.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/november10/Nomansland_Common8.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/november10/Nomansland_Common9.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/november10/Nomansland_Common10.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/november10/Nomansland_Common11.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/november10/Nomansland_Common12.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/november10/Nomansland_Common13.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/november10/Nomansland_Common14.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/november10/Nomansland_Common15.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/november10/Nomansland_Common16.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/november10/Nomansland_Common17.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/november10/Nomansland_Common18.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/november10/Nomansland_Common19.jpg)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on November 27, 2010, 02:54:51 pm
Just been on a great walk around Wareside. Saw these horses having dinner and proving that all you need is a warm coat and a fully belly.

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/november10/horses.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/november10/river.jpg)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on June 06, 2011, 08:44:47 am
Figured out that there is a better tool for mapping walks. This one is from MapMyWalk.  Have added some information points. Click on View Full (http://www.mapmywalk.com/routes/view/36591388) on the map to reveal all.

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Local Walker on June 06, 2011, 08:19:04 pm
Is that free or is it pay monthly?
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on June 06, 2011, 09:39:23 pm
Is that free or is it pay monthly?

Yes, free.  You can map all your walks and add details etc then share on Facebook and Twitter. (then post about them here and embed the map so we can all benefit).

 :)


David
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Local Walker on June 06, 2011, 10:50:05 pm
I've seen a lot of walks suggested by other people on there. If i map one out but i only want to keep it for my own use instead, is it possible to have the option for it not to show up?

Secondly, I may actually take up that suggestion but how local do you want the walks to be? Mine tend to range 8-15 miles and I'm just building a collection
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on June 07, 2011, 06:48:45 am
I've seen a lot of walks suggested by other people on there. If i map one out but i only want to keep it for my own use instead, is it possible to have the option for it not to show up?

Yes, you can set the walks to 1) private, 2) shared with named users or 3) public.


Secondly, I may actually take up that suggestion but how local do you want the walks to be? Mine tend to range 8-15 miles and I'm just building a collection

As long as they are fairly local it would be nice to share them.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Local Walker on June 09, 2011, 10:24:00 pm
Here is a new one if anyone is interested (David, do you think this should be put in the Local Walks section?)

http://www.mapmywalk.com/routes/view/36972094/ (http://www.mapmywalk.com/routes/view/36972094/)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Angel on June 09, 2011, 10:32:38 pm
Thank you for telling us about this site.  I always like to know how far I've walked so this is brilliant.  This morning I walked up to Wildhill and round via The Rookery Cafe.  As I'm often on my own, I tend to stick to roads and not use the footpaths.

Just mapped a walk I did on Sunday in London from Kings Cross, along The Canal to Limehouse and up to Bow.  If it hadn't been raining I would have gone on up to the Olympics site!!
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on June 09, 2011, 10:33:29 pm
Here is a new one if anyone is interested (David, do you think this should be put in the Local Walks section?)

http://www.mapmywalk.com/routes/view/36972094/ (http://www.mapmywalk.com/routes/view/36972094/)

It would be good to describe the location in your post as well as provide the link. It will help people decide whether to click on the link to try it. 

Not sure about adding to the local walks page. Perhaps best just to keep them in the local walks thread. it would take some work to update the walks index.

David
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on June 09, 2011, 10:35:12 pm
Thank you for telling us about this site.  I always like to know how far I've walked so this is brilliant.  This morning I walked up to Wildhill and round via The Rookery Cafe.  As I'm often on my own, I tend to stick to roads and not use the footpaths.

Just mapped a walk I did on Sunday in London from Kings Cross, along The Canal to Limehouse and up to Bow.  If it hadn't been raining I would have gone on up to the Olympics site!!

Yes, it's useful and quite good fun.  Feel free to share any walks here if you would like to.

David
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Local Walker on June 09, 2011, 10:41:06 pm
Here is a new one if anyone is interested (David, do you think this should be put in the Local Walks section?)

http://www.mapmywalk.com/routes/view/36972094/ (http://www.mapmywalk.com/routes/view/36972094/)

It would be good to describe the location in your post as well as provide the link. It will help people decide whether to click on the link to try it. 

Not sure about adding to the local walks page. Perhaps best just to keep them in the local walks thread. it would take some work to update the walks index.

David

Whoops

It started from Welwyn North station in Digswell, went through a nearby woodland and fields and just skimmed Welwyn, then proceeded north a little, then south-east going through Mardley Heath nature reserve , before going through Harmergreen Wood to Harmer Green and then back to Digswell. In total 6.5 miles.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on July 30, 2011, 04:26:20 pm
Here is a really nice walk from Brookmans Park over the fields and hills and back. Recommended.


Click view full / map options / hybrid / close map options. About 6.5 miles. Had lunch at the Woodman Water End.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on October 16, 2011, 01:30:53 pm
Nice to see people out and about enjoying the local walks today.

We did one of our favourites from the 12 local country walks collection (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/).

Here is a little quiz. I took some snaps along the way. Anyone know which walk it is?

A clue, you don't actually use the stile, it is just off the main track.

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/pictures/stile.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/pictures/stump.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/pictures/logs.jpg)



Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Aqila on October 18, 2011, 11:23:46 pm
Hi David

Good to bump into you on Sunday and put a face to a name! I guess  that excludes me from your quiz, as I know which walk it must be! (Though I don't recognise any of your photos!)

It was a great walk and we really enjoyed it.  We did manage to get a table at the pub afterwards, but strongly recommend booking well in advance in the future.

Thanks for all your efforts in documenting these walks, and all the work you put into the website.

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: trekbat on November 04, 2011, 09:46:18 am
People who like rambling or birdwatching may want to visit the New Barnfield hill area before it gets developed (HCC want to build an incinerator, WHBC also have plans).

On a clear day there are views of St Albans, Shenley and Welwyn Garden City.

However, it's likely to be rather muddy after the rain.

There are some views of the area below.

http://www.hatfield-herts.co.uk/gallery/gallery-barnfield.html (http://www.hatfield-herts.co.uk/gallery/gallery-barnfield.html)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Bob Horrocks on November 04, 2011, 12:04:05 pm
Trekbat's link shows some pictures of Bunchleys Pond.  Does anyone know how it got its name or anything about its history?

There was a clean-up of the pond earlier this year organised by Hatfield Town Council I think.  Cath and I went to have a look at it.  Several anglers were there some having fished there for many years.  To get to it you follow a path close to the a1001 roundabout going towards the cemetery and then it bends away from the road.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: trekbat on November 04, 2011, 02:47:12 pm
'Fraid I don't know where or how the name 'Bunchleys' or 'Bunchley' came from (possibly an owner or name of a farm?).

Actually, there are two ponds with that name (Bunchleys and Little Bunchleys) on the hilltop (and there's a third visible on Google Earth but I think that's on farmland - it's on the other side of the footpath from Welham Green that runs by the side of the Central Resources Library).

There are a number of stories going about - the pond is a swallow hole that leads to a river; a famous angler learnt to fish there...

Hatfield pond given a spring clean
http://www.whtimes.co.uk/news/hatfield_pond_given_a_spring_clean_1_945406 (http://www.whtimes.co.uk/news/hatfield_pond_given_a_spring_clean_1_945406)

Sadly, there's been flytipping and someone has been cutting down young saplings for firewood since the clean up. Actually, the very next week after the clean up some lowlife dumped a bathroom suite on the site. Some people - Sheesh!
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: North Mymms Youth Project on November 04, 2011, 03:30:38 pm
There was a clean-up of the pond earlier this year organised by Hatfield Town Council I think.  Cath and I went to have a look at it.  Several anglers were there some having fished there for many years.  To get to it you follow a path close to the a1001 roundabout going towards the cemetery and then it bends away from the road.

We helped with that. We ask all of our members to help with one piece of community service a year - we helped with this, we've done some footpath maintanence, improved the grounds of the Youth and Community Centre, litter picked both in Brookmans Park and Welham Green and delivered leaflets for other community events.

We are always looking for more things to get involved with, so if you are aware of any community service that our members may be able to get involved with, please let us know via our website below. We're off bramble pulling in Gobions in a couple of weeks time!
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Ex Libris on November 04, 2011, 05:04:00 pm
Trekbat's link shows some pictures of Bunchleys Pond.  Does anyone know how it got its name or anything about its history?


The Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust might have more information about Bunchleys Pond -   http://www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/about/Contact+Us (http://www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/about/Contact+Us) 
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: trekbat on November 05, 2011, 10:08:26 am
There's mention of a land called Bunchleys and an Edward Bunchley in historical records - not clear whether they refer to Herts or Essex.

"Commissary for Essex & Herts, file 1563.

John Porter of Feeringe, yeoman. Will 5 April 1619; (copy) proved 17 May 1620. To be buried in the parish of Feeringe. I bequeath to my son Thomas my house and freehold lands called Thressulford in Messinge and Feeringe, for twenty years after my decease, with remainder to my son John Porter and his heirs. My wife Edyth shall have her dwelling and diet there so long as she remains a widow. I give to my son Thomas my freehold land in Inworth, holden of the manor of Kelvedon Hall, and all other my freehold land in Feeringe, also the copyhold I lately bought of Thomas Seaman, and my copyhold land in Inworth with the house upon it, on condition he allow my son Richard to occupy during his life the house built by me on a parcel of copyhold called Bunchley, and pay him an ennuity of £10. I give moreover to the said Thomas my messuage and freehold land in Much Totham and Heybridge. To my wife, all the household goods that were hers during her widowhood before I married her.
To my daughter Joan, £40. To my daughter Mary, £60. To my daughter Suzan, £40, half to be paid on her marriage, the... "

"472 ENGLISH GOODWIN FAMILY PAPERS.

40s. To the poor of Springfield 40s. All the rest of my goods to my wife Mary, whom I make my executric with my daughter Mary. Witness: Isaac Joyner. (signed) William Bentall.

Commissary of London (Essex & Herts), file 1 630-1,

number 46.

Elizabeth Bridge, Felsted, county Essex, weddow. Will 10 August 1604; proved 9 October 1604. To eldest sonn John Bredg £3. To sonn Simon Bredg £5. To William Bredg son of John Bredg my eldest sonn 40s. To John Playle sonn of Em Bredg my daughter deceased late wief of Edward Playle £8 at
24. To servant William Playle £4. To sister Agnes Amys wife of John Amys of Bocking, weaver, 6s.8d. To brother Thomas Pearson of Stisted 6s.8d. Rest to daughter Elizabeth Bredg
executrix. Witnesses : John Amys, Edward Bunchley, William Playle, Xpo. Tayler, scr. "

http://www.archive.org/stream/englishgoodwinfa01star/englishgoodwinfa01star_djvu.txt (http://www.archive.org/stream/englishgoodwinfa01star/englishgoodwinfa01star_djvu.txt)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on November 05, 2011, 03:07:29 pm
Just been on a lovely walk from our collection of local rambles (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/). Took a shot walking through the woods. Can anyone guess which walk we did?  No prizes, just interested if anyone knows the walk.

 :)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Bob Horrocks on November 08, 2011, 03:15:12 pm
Many thanks to Trekbat for the information on Bunchleys.  It gives me something to work on.

Also apologies to NM Youth Project  - I got my wires mixed up and thought the clean-up of the pond area was instigated by a Hatfield Town councillor.  Well done to NMYP for their effects and concern with their neighbourhood.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on November 11, 2011, 08:59:48 am
Yesterday a stroll along Walk Two (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk2.shtml) in our series was slightly tarnished by the discovery of a pile of fly tipping (http://www.brookmans.com/forum/index.php/topic,1062.msg27254.html#msg27254). But it wasn't all bad news. I spotted a bramble with its leaves turning. I was impressed by the variety of colours. The following pictures were taken on a mobile phone, so not great. But I like the patterns.

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/november11/leaves3.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/november11/leaves1.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/november11/leaves2.jpg)

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on January 02, 2012, 04:28:22 pm
Just done a nice five mile walk from Brookmans Park over to Mymmshall Wood, Hawkshead Wood, Cangsley Grove, North Mymms Park, Water End and back to Brookmans Park. Took two hours and 10 mins. Recommended. The map will load shortly (below).  You might want to click the 'view full' tab at the bottom and then click the 'map options' and then 'hybrid' to see the mix between map and satellite version - I prefer that mode.

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on February 07, 2012, 03:40:40 pm
Just been on a lovely walk around Wild Hill taking in two of the rambles in this site's collection of local walks (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/).  Saw a muntjac deer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muntjac) having its lunch (sorry it's a bit blurred, it was a long way away) and took a few more shots of the snowy landscape.

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/february12/muntjac.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/february12/wildhill1.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/february12/wildhill2.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/february12/wildhill5.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/february12/wildhill3.jpg)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on February 19, 2012, 01:56:31 pm
Promise of spring on Walk Two (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk2.shtml) (and a reminder of the end of winter).

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/february12/snowdrops1.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/february12/snowdrops2.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/february12/walk.jpg)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on April 07, 2012, 09:45:58 am
Enjoy one of our local country walks this Easter weekend.  There are 12 to choose from and there is a local pub on each. 

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

But take a coat.

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on April 08, 2012, 10:07:05 am
Shared a great walk with friends yesterday. Almost four miles of views (5.95km), undulating countryside and woodland. An excellent 90 mins walk. Called it The Candlestick Round and have put  it on Map My Walk.  Here it is if anyone wants to try it.  Click on the 'View Elevation' tab below to make sure you are okay with the ups and downs.

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on April 08, 2012, 02:19:23 pm
Just added another to our collection of short country walks (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/). This one is The Woodman Round (Wild Hill) (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk14.shtml). Almost five miles of farmland, woodland and valley walking. Really nice way to spend the holiday weekend.

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on April 27, 2012, 08:45:56 pm
Nice colours today with the sunshine, dark skies and the rape fields a bright yellow.

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/april12/walk1.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/april12/walk2.jpg)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on July 29, 2012, 11:03:58 am
For anyone who uses the social media check in site, FourSquare (https://foursquare.com/), I have uploaded all 12 of our local country walks (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/index.shtml) under the outdoor/hiking category.  So FourSquare fans can check in when they do them - you could even become mayor (although I am mayor of quite a few already - sad or what!).  :)  Here is one I did this morning:  https://foursquare.com/v/walk-1-north-mymms-park/50093c3cebca259d14ba31a5 (https://foursquare.com/v/walk-1-north-mymms-park/50093c3cebca259d14ba31a5). The FourSquare page links through to the walk page on this site where you can find directions and a map.  Enjoy.

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/july12/walk1.jpg)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: chicken legs on July 29, 2012, 12:13:23 pm
I so wish I could love walking.  It just doesn't compete with not walking..................... ;D
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on July 29, 2012, 01:59:10 pm
I so wish I could love walking.  It just doesn't compete with not walking..................... ;D

Well you can just sit back and enjoy the pictures. Still a valid way to enjoy the countryside.

 :)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on July 30, 2012, 07:08:10 pm
Just added walk 15 to the collection of local country walks (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/). It's called the Wild Hill to West End Figure Of Eight (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk15.shtml), is four miles long and takes one hour 20 mins. Nice walk. There is one bit where you cover the same ground twice, but it's only 0.4 miles long and no hardship.  You can start or finish at either The Woodman or The Candlestick.

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Bob Horrocks on August 02, 2012, 02:37:35 pm
Update from the County Council Rights of Way Officer about work to improve local walks.

Funding hs been approved for certain works, so as soon as the ground either side of the works area dries out and Environment Agency applications have been approved (where water courses are a factor), work will be starting. Signs informing the public of these surfacing works will be posted on each  site shortly.

Fox’s / Foxes Lane - North Mymms BOAT 084

Priority Level 1 – Requested by BHS, local walkers and local RA Rep.
Level of Use: Well used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders. It is a proposed BHS promoted circular horse riding route (H25).
Works  Required: 350m x 3m of scrub clearance is needed and then 350m x 2m wide surfacing along the stream edge to BR spec is needed. Two 4 sleeper wide bridges are also required and a culvert at the western end. 

North Mymms Public Footpath 052
Priority Level 2 - Request by a local walker for many years and local Councillor
Level of Use: Used by local families and dog walkers, as it is a direct link between Hatfield and the countryside.  It is also used regularly as a circular walk by local walking groups.
Works Required: 430 metres of surfacing, drainage and scrub cutting back works.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on August 02, 2012, 03:22:58 pm
I have just added Walk 16: The North Mymms to South Mimms Ridge Route (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk16.shtml) to our collection of country walks (http://www.brookmans.com/walks). It's a great walk, about 6.5 miles and takes 1.42 hours. I have also put it on FourSquare so that fans of that social network can check in and comment on the walk. Below is the Map My Walk map that is also embedded on the page with the walk instructions (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk16.shtml). Click on satellite view to see more of the countryside then zoom in for more detail.


Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on August 03, 2012, 07:47:41 am
I have added another walk to our collection of local country walks (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/). We now have 17 on this site. The latest is Walk 17: The Hornbeam Lane, Cucumber Lane Round (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk17.shtml). The link provided offers directions for the map below.  The route can be muddy in parts (not many) and there are nettles at this time of the year along short stretches.


Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Angel on August 04, 2012, 12:01:47 am
BTW David, the front page still says there are 12 walks
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on August 04, 2012, 09:06:34 am
BTW David, the front page still says there are 12 walks

Thanks Angel, fixed.  Removed the number because the collection is growing all the time.

 :)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on August 04, 2012, 03:53:51 pm
Just added a great walk to our growing collection of short walks in the local countryside (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/). A really nice bit east of Kentish Lane and south of Tylers Causeway where you get excellent views and can really stride out. The new walk, just completed today is Walk 18: The Grubbs Lane, Tylers Causeway Circular (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk18.shtml).  Click on the link for directions and a copy of the map (added below). Click the satellite view option and zoom in for more visual details.

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on August 05, 2012, 08:36:06 am
Just a reminder that all the walks on this site (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/) are now added to FourSquare (https://foursquare.com/) so that those who use that particular social network can check in, make notes and  add comments and pictures. I have created a list on FourSquare called Hertfordshire Pub Walks (https://foursquare.com/user/7863458/list/hertfordshire-pub-walks) and all can be found there. This could mean that more people who might not otherwise know about our walks might be able to find them and enjoy them. For those not familiar with FourSquare it is a free application you can download to your phone which sees where you are and shows you places nearby that you can visit. So the idea is that if you are sitting in a beer garden and open FourSquare it will show you that there are walks nearby with links to the directions and maps on this site.

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on August 05, 2012, 01:47:59 pm
Just added Walk 19: The Brookmans Park Wild Hill Figure Of Eight (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk19.shtml) - 7.5 miles to our growing collection of local country walks (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/).  Click on links for directions and map (map reproduced below).


Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on August 17, 2012, 11:35:26 am
A new walk has been added to our collection of local country walks (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk20.). 

Walk 20 - The Essendon Howe Green Circular (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk20.shtml) (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 (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk20.shtml)  to take with you.


Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor 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 (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/).  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.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on August 29, 2012, 01:07:01 pm
Apologies to all for forgetting to add detailed directions to Walk 13 -  The Candlestick Circular (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk13.shtml), and Walk 14 - The Woodman Circular (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk14.shtml). And thanks to the local walker who pointed out the error. Now fixed.  Hope nobody got too lost.

 :-\
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor 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.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: chicken legs 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.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor 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.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor 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 (http://www.brookmans.com/forum/index.php/topic,4071.msg32009.html#msg32009)).

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/february13/greatwood1.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/february13/greatwood2.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/february13/greatwood3.jpg)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor 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 (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk21.shtml).

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor 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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Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: BrookyP 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

bp
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor 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

bp

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

 ;)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor 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 (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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Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Colin Goff 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.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor 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.

:-)

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

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

Enjoy

David
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: HAWC145 on July 07, 2013, 11:20:50 am
Hi,
Are any of the walks suitable for cycling along?
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor 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?

David
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor 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 (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk_24_Brookmans_Park_to_Wild_Hill_return.shtml) (6.2 miles 10 km) - a shorter version of Walk 19, The Wild Hill Figure Of Eight (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk19.shtml) (7.5 miles 12 km) taking a slightly different route.

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk24big.jpg)

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Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor 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 (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/).

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 (http://www.mapmywalk.com/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 (http://www.brookmans.com/forum/index.php/topic,1139.msg30298.html#msg30298).

Rebuilt local walks page

I have rebuilt the locals walks page (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/) 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.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on July 13, 2013, 08:00:37 pm
I have just added Walk 25: Little Berkhamsted to Bayford Circular (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk25_Little_Berkhamsted_to_Bayford_circular.shtml) to our collection of short and long local walks (http://www.brookmans.com/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 (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk25_Little_Berkhamsted_to_Bayford_circular.shtml) and after the slideshow below).


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Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on July 15, 2013, 08:16:52 pm
I have just added a new walk to our growing collection of local country walks (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/). It's Walk 26 Broxbourne Wood Circular South (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk26_Broxbourne_Wood_Circular_South.shtml). 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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Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor 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 (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk27_Broxbourne_Wood_North_Loop.shtml) to our collection of walks (http://www.brookmans.com/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 (http://www.hertsdirect.org/infobase/docs/pdfstore/walkersmap.pdf).


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Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on July 22, 2013, 08:06:15 pm
I have just updated some of the earlier walks in our collection of local country walks (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/). The updated walks are: Walk 1: The North Mymms Church Circular (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk1.shtml) and Walk 2: The Camfield Place Circular (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk2.shtml) 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.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on July 27, 2013, 09:18:04 pm
I have just updated Walk 3: Water End Circular (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk3.shtml) and Walk 5: River Lea Circular (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk5.shtml) 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 (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/).
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on August 04, 2013, 09:14:38 pm
We have just added Walk 28: The Brickendon Loop (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk28_Brickendon_Loop.shtml) to our collection of local country walks (http://www.brookmans.com/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 (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk28_Brickendon_Loop.shtml)

Below is a short slideshow of some snaps along the way.


You can download the map below to your smartphone if it can run the Map My Walk app.

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Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on August 06, 2013, 09:24:09 pm
I have just added Walk 29: The Wild Hill SW Loop (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk29_Woodman_Wild_Hill_SW_Loop.shtml) to our collection of local country walks (http://www.brookmans.com/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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Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on August 11, 2013, 09:12:38 am
Fancy a walk today?  You could try Walk 30: Colney Heath South Loop (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk30_Colney_Heath_South_Loop.shtml), the latest addition to our collection of walks (http://www.brookmans.com/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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Some scrappy snaps along the way.   :)

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor 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.  :)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor 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 (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk31_North_Mymms_SW_Loop.shtml). 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 (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/).

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Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor 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 (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk32_Brookmans_Park_SW_Loop.shtml), and is the latest in our collection of local country rambles (http://www.brookmans.com/walks). 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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Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: EvieMay on August 14, 2013, 11:44:51 pm
Thank you for taking the time to do these David; I love the accompanying photos, beautiful!
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor 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 (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/).
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor 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.

http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk5.shtml (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk5.shtml)


Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on December 08, 2013, 09:39:26 am
Doing the Wild Hill West End Figure Of 8 today.

http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk15.shtml (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk15.shtml)

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

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

Say hi if you spot us.   :)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on January 25, 2014, 04:52:48 pm
If you are looking for somewhere interesting to take the kids try the Sculpture Trail (http://www.walk4life.info/walk/broxbourne-wood-easy-access-sculpture-trail) in Broxbourne Woods. It's flat, good for buggies and wheelchairs and 1km long accessed from a car park. Some pictures below.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor 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 (http://www.brookmans.com/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.

http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Peap_Walk.pdf
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor 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 (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/). It's called Walk 33 West End Figure Of Eight (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk33_West_End_Figure_Of_Eight.shtml) 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 (http://www.brookmans.com/forum/index.php/topic,4490.msg34807.html#msg34807) 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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Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor 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 (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk34_Wildhill_Little_Berkhamsted_Loop.shtml). 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.

If you have a smartphone you can download directions free of charge from MapMyWalk.

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And here is a view along the way.

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk34.jpg)

There is a comment form at the end of the walk page (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk34_Wildhill_Little_Berkhamsted_Loop.shtml) where you can leave comments, or comment here, if you like.

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor 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 (http://www.brookmans.com/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 (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk35_Letty_Green_Loop.shtml). 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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Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor 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 (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk36_Lea_Valley_Loop.shtml) is the latest in our collection of short and long walks in the local countryside (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/). You can download directions to your smartphone (http://www.mapmywalk.com/routes/view/368451969) from the page. The picture below was taken along the route today.

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Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on March 13, 2014, 09:32:37 am
This is my new, favourite local walk. Walk 37: Three Ridge Round (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk37_Three_Ridge_Round.shtml). 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 (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/), 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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Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on March 31, 2014, 03:40:38 pm
New walk just added to our growing list of rambles in the local countryside (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/). This one is a little further afield and is called Walk 38: Ayot Greenway South (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk38_Ayot_Greenway_South.shtml). It's 3.6 miles and starts and ends at The Waggoners (http://www.thewaggoners.co.uk), Ayot Green.

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on April 05, 2014, 09:14:06 am
Walk 39 in our series of short and long local rambles (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/) (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
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on April 05, 2014, 03:09:23 pm
Walk 39: Ayot Greenway West (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk39_Ayot_Greenway_West.shtml) has now been added to our collection of short and long walks (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/) in the local countryside.


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Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: James Bentall 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

David

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!
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor 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.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor 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.

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on April 06, 2014, 11:15:44 am
For best results:
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on April 12, 2014, 02:56:06 pm
We now have 40 walks on this site (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/) with the addition of Walk 40: Ayot Greenway North (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk40_Ayot_Greenway_North.shtml), 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.


(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/W40b.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/W40c.jpg)

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Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on April 13, 2014, 10:58:49 am
A reminder that all our 40 walks in the local countryside (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/) 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 (https://disqus.com), 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.

Note: The image below is a screen grab of the comment box that you will find towards the bottom of all walks pages.

David
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor 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 (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk40_Ayot_Greenway_North.shtml) is particularly good for this. Some pics below.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: epiphany on May 10, 2014, 04:31:35 pm
 Eau de Rape is not one of my faves :)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor 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.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor 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 (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk20.shtml). There will be a bit of damp under foot, but probably not too much mud. As always, water-resistant boots are recommended.

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/W20.jpg)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on May 11, 2014, 06:02:41 pm
A picture from today's walk - Walk 20 The Howe Green Circular (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk20.shtml). Glad we didn't let the threat of showers put us off.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Peeplins on May 11, 2014, 06:28:37 pm
Great photo, love the stormy clouds and the wind blustering against the trees!
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor 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 (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk1.shtml) in our collection of 40 local walks (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/).
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor 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 (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk5.shtml) 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.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Cataholic 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. :)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor 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. :)

Hi Cataholic, really nice of you to take the time to give feedback. It's nice to know others are enjoying them, too. Please let me know if you spot any typos or if the directions are unclear or wrong. David
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on May 26, 2014, 10:02:34 pm
Nice to see people using the new comment box at the foot of every walks page. It's great to have the feedback - especially if there are any errors. The latest comments have been made on Walk 32 - The Brookmans Park SW Loop (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk32_Brookmans_Park_SW_Loop.shtml#comment-1404496162). Please add any feedback to the walks you do and also any tips for other walkers. Thanks. David
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on May 31, 2014, 07:35:02 am
Going to try to map Walk 41: The Northaw - Wildhill Loop this weekend. Starts and ends at Brookmans Park and takes in Swanley Bar, Northaw, Cuffley, Newgate Street, Wildhill, and back to Brookmans Park. Should be around 10 miles at least, although not sure. But it should be good. 
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on May 31, 2014, 08:13:56 am
Oops, just done a basic outline (before walking it) and it comes out at 13.45 miles. That's a long one. Probably because I have added a diversion to a country pub for lunch. The map below is just a plan. I will create an accurate one with my smartphone as we walk the route and add that to the finished walk when published.

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Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on May 31, 2014, 04:31:20 pm
Did it. Cut a corner off, so it's slightly shorter at 13.13 miles. Will add the details to a page and publish so others can enjoy.

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Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on June 01, 2014, 09:25:37 pm
Our latest walk, a challenging 13.13 miles (21.13 km), is now ready to download. It's Walk 41: The Northaw Wildhill Loop (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk41_Northaw_Wildhill_Loop.shtml). Allow at least six hours, or more if you want to have a break at one of the pubs along the way. At this time of the year long grass and nettles are an issue so you might want to cover your legs. Please let me know if you spot any errors. There is a comment form at the foot of the walks page. Enjoy.

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on June 07, 2014, 07:09:04 am
We have just uploaded a new walk. It's Walk 42 North Mymms to Hatfield (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk42_North_Mymms_to_Hatfield.shtml). It's a linear, station to station walk heading west and north out of Brookmans Park and returning by train from Hatfield station. Check first to make sure that the trains are running - they sometimes do work on the tracks at the weekend.

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Below, the scene as you head north west over the fields from Bradmore Lane towards Water End.


(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/W42.jpg)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on June 08, 2014, 07:57:32 am
Fancy making the most of a lovely day and getting out into the local countryside? This Sunday's recommended walk is Walk 5: The River Lea Circular (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk5.shtml). We did it yesterday and the section down by the River Lea has just been strimmed to cut back the nettles. It's three miles long, involves a fair bit of up and down, and starts and finishes as a local pub. It can be down clockwise or anticlockwise. Here is a picture taken yesterday walking down to the River Lea. 
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on June 14, 2014, 07:03:43 am
Here is a new walk suggestion for this weekend. We have just added Walk 43: Datchworth Loop (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk43_Datchworth_Loop.shtml), tested and drawn up last weekend. It's a five mile circular slightly out of the immediate area as we start to expand north of the A414. Lovely open views with well-marked paths across open fields. Some woodland walking, too. There are no pubs directly on the route, but there is a pub at Bull's Green near the start and finish, and one at Watton At Stone near the halfway point which can be reached with a short diversion.

Image from the walk below along with a downloadable map. If you try the walk please add any comments/tips at the bottom of the walk page.

http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk43_Datchworth_Loop.shtml (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk43_Datchworth_Loop.shtml)

The fields open up near the start to offer wide skyscapes

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/W43.jpg)

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Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on June 19, 2014, 03:17:09 pm
One for this weekend? A new walk, created last weekend and just uploaded. It's Walk 45: Tewin West East Loop (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk45_Tewin_West_East_Loop.shtml) 4.2 miles of rolling hills, woodland, good views and an old church. Recommended. Click on the link above for directions. Below is a picture from the walk and a downloadable map.

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/W45.jpg)

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Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on June 27, 2014, 11:15:27 am
A new walk has just been uploaded to this site's collection of short and long walks in the local countryside (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/) in time for you to download and enjoy this weekend.

It's Walk 46: Tewin North Loop (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk46_Tewin_North_Loop.shtml). 4.67 miles (7.5 km). The walk is an undulating circular around the village of Tewin with open fields, hills and some paths at the back of houses. It starts and ends in a pub beer garden. Below is a link to the walk page, a picture from the walk, and a map you can download to your smartphone. As always you can add any comments, tips, suggestions to the walks page (there is a comment box at the bottom of every page) or here in this forum thread.

http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk46_Tewin_North_Loop.shtml (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk46_Tewin_North_Loop.shtml)

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/W46.jpg)

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Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on July 03, 2014, 08:09:02 pm
If you are looking for a new walk for this weekend, we've uploaded Walk 47 - The Mimram Valley Loop (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk47_Mimram_Valley_Loop.shtml) to our collection of walks in the local countryside (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/).


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Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on July 05, 2014, 03:50:48 pm
Just mapped Walk 48 The Kimpton Loop, in our opinion the best of all the walks in this site's collection. It's 5.4 miles of wonderful rolling countryside with great views, away from traffic, quiet paths and tracks and two pubs, one at the start and finish and the other three quarters of the way round. Will write up the directions and load it to the site if anyone wants to try it next weekend. Recommended. Below is the Map My Walk route and below that a picture taken along the route.

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Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on July 06, 2014, 01:28:13 pm
I’ve just met a really friendly couple who were using a print out of one of the walks on this site Walk 6: The Wildhill Circular, (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk6.shtml) and we got chatting. It's nice to see people using the walks. And was also nice to meet another couple (with six brilliantly behaved dogs - all different breeds, I was amazed they got on so well, clearly down to the owners) who were using a Hertfordshire pub walks book, but now, after our natter, are going to try the 48 walks on the Brookmans Park Newsletter (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/) and will let us know how they get on. And, finally, nice to read the comments from Jude (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk24_Brookmans_Park_to_Wild_Hill_return.shtml#comment-1470301269), who has been working her way through the walks and who takes the time and trouble to add comments in the comment box at the bottom of each walks page. You can add your comments, too. Please consider doing so because it might help others by sharing some helpful tips. Anyway, thanks for the feedback, Jude. All welcome. Below is a picture from Walk 6, taken today.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on July 10, 2014, 09:18:10 pm
Walk 48 The Kimpton Loop (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk48_Kimpton_Loop.shtml) is now ready to download. In our opinion it's one of the nicest (if not the nicest) of the 48 walks on this site (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/). Highly recommended if you want to stretch your legs this weekend. Below is a photo taken along the way (towards the start).
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on July 12, 2014, 03:38:47 pm
Some nice colours on Walk 33 The West End Figure of Eight (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk33_West_End_Figure_Of_Eight.shtml) today. Where weed killer had been sprayed in the spring (and the edge of the field was red), wild comfrey has grown, giving the field a purple border. Contrasting pictures below. The first, today, July 12, and the second taken on April 19, almost three months ago.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: epiphany on July 12, 2014, 05:04:54 pm
wild comfrey has grown, giving the field a purple border.

That comfrey does not look very 'wild' to me!

It has probably been sown as an organic fertilizer to enrich the buffer strip prior to sowing with grass seed. The farmer might get an environmental stewardship grant to do this.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on July 12, 2014, 05:13:52 pm
That comfrey does not look very 'wild' to me!

It has probably been sown as an organic fertilizer to enrich the buffer strip prior to sowing with grass seed. The farmer might get an environmental stewardship grant to do this.


Interesting, I didn't know that. I thought the gap had been provided to let the harvesters turn round, but that the comfrey had taken advantage of the space, but clearly not. Shows how much I know.  ::)

Thanks
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on July 16, 2014, 12:02:59 pm
241.73 miles (389 kilometres) - that's the total distance of the 48 walks on this site (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/). Do them all, and you will have walked the equivalent distance of from Brookmans Park station to Windermere in the Lake District. And this weekend we will upload our first linear walk in the series - it's a shaded walk along an old byway, chosen to avoid the sun. It starts and ends at a pub and involves long sections of the Hertfordshire Way.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on July 18, 2014, 04:27:39 pm
We have just completed Walk 50 Bayford Linear (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk50_Bayford_Linear.shtml) to Brookmans Park, a lovely linear walk with great paths (a bit of lane walking), woodland, shade, views, pubs, in fact everything. Undulating 8.3 mile (13.4 km) walk through stunning countryside. Got the train to Bayford from Brookmans Park and walked back. Took just under four hours door to door (not counting a lengthy and well-earned stop for lunch along the way).

I will write up the details and upload it to the site over the coming week in case anyone wants to try it. Here is the Map My Walk version for now.

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Some pictures along the way ...
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on August 04, 2014, 12:47:47 pm
There are now 50 local country walks on this site (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/), all free to download and enjoy. Comments welcome.

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on August 09, 2014, 06:34:45 am
If you fancy a really short walk this weekend - just 1.5 miles, with no hills, pleasant tracks, footpaths and fields, then Walk 49 The Ayot Short (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk49_Ayot_Short.shtml) might fit the bill. We added it to the site last weekend and it's a really nice stroll if you don't want to go too far and don't have a lot of time to spare. It starts and ends at a pub.

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Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on August 20, 2014, 08:22:34 am
(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/W51.jpg)

We have just added Walk 51 - The Mymmshall Wood Loop (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk51_Mymmshall_Wood_Loop.shtml) to our collection of short and long walks in the local countryside (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/). It’s one I though we had added years ago, but forgot to write the details down, so here it is, a little late, but still worth doing.

It’s a pleasant circular walk through deep woodland, over open fields and down quiet, secluded footpaths. At first you will probably be bothered by the noise of the A1(M), but it soon fades away as you move west and south-west through the woods. Refreshments are available at The Woodman Inn (http://www.thewoodmaninn.com) and the Waterend Cafe (http://www.thewoodmaninn.com) a short drive from the start and finish in Water End (check opening times).

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Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on August 22, 2014, 02:02:38 pm
A new 4.5 mile walk for this weekend, it's Walk 52: The Wildhill SE Loop (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk52_Wildhill_SE_Loop.shtml). It's fairly flat with some great views. Lovely this time of the year. The walk is the latest in our collection of short and long walks in the local countryside (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/). Below is a picture taken along the way two days ago and below that a downloadable map. If you want directions go to the walks page (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk52_Wildhill_SE_Loop.shtml) where you can add comments.

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/W52.jpg)

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Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on November 01, 2014, 07:50:38 am
I didn't realise until someone pointed it out this week that we now have a local walk for every week of the year. Have you done all 52? Comments, tips and observation welcome on the walks pages (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/) - there is a comment box at the end of each.

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on November 02, 2014, 01:42:06 pm
Some lovely fungi - and massive, too - on Walk 14: The Woodman Round, (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk14.shtml) today.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on November 13, 2014, 05:56:57 am
I have added QR codeWiki to all 52 local walks (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/) following a request by a local resident who wanted to be able to scan them to her mobile device.There is a screen shot from Walk 3 The Water End Circular (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk3.shtml) below.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Alex on November 13, 2014, 08:43:18 am
Great idea to use scanner. Have downloaded one to my phone, but it does not pick up and read?

Might be me! I did print off and tried to scan .

Can you assist with this please?

Thanks, and off for one of the walks today, having done one yesterday!!

They are great so thanks David.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on November 13, 2014, 01:53:32 pm
Great idea to use scanner. Have downloaded one to my phone, but it does not pick up and read?

I am glad you are enjoying the walks Alex. Please leave any feedback in the comment box at the foot of each walk you try.

Regarding the QR code, I have an Android and have installed the free QR Bar Code Scanner and it works fine.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=appinventor.ai_progetto2003.SCAN&hl=en (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=appinventor.ai_progetto2003.SCAN&hl=en)

There is a free one for iPhone, too.

https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/qr-reader-for-iphone/id368494609?mt=8 (https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/qr-reader-for-iphone/id368494609?mt=8)

David
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Alex on November 13, 2014, 05:24:27 pm
Thanks for this, will try this out.

cheers
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on November 21, 2014, 09:53:00 pm
It's week 47 so why not try Walk 47 The Mimram Valley Loop this weekend? One of our favourites. Please add comments at the end of the walk.

[float=left]Walk 47: Mimram Valley Loop [/float]
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on November 22, 2014, 02:26:29 pm
Nice colours on Walk 39 The Ayot Greenway West (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk39_Ayot_Greenway_West.shtml) this morning. Image below the link enhanced by Google Photos.
[float=left]Walk 39 - Ayot Greenway West [/float]
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on December 21, 2014, 02:41:28 pm
Just has a great walk around the Fir and Ponds Wood nature reserve (http://www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/fir-and-pond-woods) in Potters Bar. What a lovely place. Several signposted paths.  Some great reed beds. A few platforms for bird watchers. Pick up a brochure and map just after the entrance. One pic below. More on our Potters Bar Forum (http://pottersbar.life/index.php?topic=31.msg60#msg60).

(http://www.brookmans.com/pblife/FP3.jpg)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on December 23, 2014, 05:43:47 pm
Recommended walk for the festive week. Seeing as it's week 52  how about Walk 52: The Wildhill SE Loop (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk52_Wildhill_SE_Loop.shtml). Lovely paths and a great way to stretch the legs and get some fresh air.

Walk 52: Wildhill SE Loop
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Nobby on December 24, 2014, 05:20:46 pm
Dave, I don't think the link to the walk works. HTTP 404 or whatever that means.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on December 24, 2014, 10:19:47 pm
Dave, I don't think the link to the walk works. HTTP 404 or whatever that means.

Thanks Nobby, have fixed. 
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on December 31, 2014, 10:45:40 am
Did anyone manage to take advantage of our 52 local walks (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/) this year - one for each week? Don't forget that you can add tips and feedback in the comment box at the end of each walk.


[float=left]Local Country Walks Index [/float]
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on January 03, 2015, 11:29:31 am
We are revisiting all 52 local walks on this site (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/), week-by-week, checking the text, whether anything has changed and updating where necessary. So for Week 1 of 2015 it's back to Walk 1: The North Mymms Loop (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk1.shtml), which is the first we wrote up when we started this series in 1998. Your notes and comments - which can be added to the foot of any walk and here - are welcome. Please share any tips for other walkers. We are also tweeting the walks every weekend as we go through the year copying in
@healthywalks (https://twitter.com/healthywalks), @WalksBritain  (https://twitter.com/WalksBritain), @RamblersGB (https://twitter.com/RamblersGB), @HertsLAF (https://twitter.com/HertsLAF) , and @WalksAndWalking (https://twitter.com/WalksAndWalking) who do an excellent job helping people find local walks and encouraging people to get out and keep fit.

Walk 1 - The North Mymms Loop
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on June 04, 2015, 05:09:51 pm
We just did Walk 40 Ayot Greenway North again today. It's up there among the best walks on the site. We've probably done the walk a dozen times over the years. Highly recommended if you want a great ramble this weekend. As with all our carefully planned walks there is a pub halfway round where you can get refreshments.


 ;)



Walk 40 - Ayot Greenway North
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on October 24, 2015, 06:43:00 pm
Met two lovely ladies on our walk today who were just completing Walk 2 The Camfield Place Circular (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk2.shtml). One had a printout of the walk which she said she had downloaded in 2006. We got chatting and she said she had done all 11 walks on the site, many of them several times. I pointed out that there were now 52. She said she didn’t realise and would go to the walks page (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/) and check them out. I’m amazed how many people we meet on our walks who have printouts of the routes and directions. Nice to see the walks being used. Below are two pics from today's walk, the BOAT between Wild Hill and West End and the road heading back.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on November 01, 2015, 03:28:12 pm
Some lovely autumn colours in the afternoon sun on Walk 2: The Camfield Place Circular (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk2.shtml) today.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: milkmade on November 01, 2015, 06:14:47 pm
are there any group walks that don't start on Sunday mornings when some people are at church?

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on November 01, 2015, 06:18:04 pm
are there any group walks that don't start on Sunday mornings when some people are at church?

There is another local 'health' walk advertised in another thread (http://www.brookmans.com/forum/index.php/topic,5177.msg38996.html#msg38996) where people are invited to join a group ramble.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on February 09, 2016, 03:08:41 pm
This site gets a mention in the February newsletter put out by the Hertfordshire Year of Walking (http://www.hertsdirect.org/services/envplan/countrysideaccess/yearofwalking/).

http://www.brookmans.com/pdfs/Hertfordshire%20Year%20of%20Walking%20Newsletter-February%20Edition.pdf
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on May 31, 2016, 06:23:03 am
Thanks to local walkers Sarah and Philip who have added valuable comments to Walk 21: The Woodman, Cucumber Lane Circular (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk21.shtml) suggesting clarifications for the directions. You can scroll to the bottom of the walk page to see their comments and my responses.

It's always great to get such feedback and to be able to make edits in order to try to make the directions clearer.

There is  a comment box at the bottom of all the 52 local walks on this site (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/). Signs, landmarks, details change over the years and it will really help if everyone who uses the walks is able to update me of an changes encountered so that I can edit the text.

So, if you do the walks please consider leaving feedback (even if it's just to say you enjoyed them) and any suggestions for edits so that we can continue to improve the walks for everyone.

Thanks

David
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on July 11, 2016, 05:51:34 am
It's nice to see more people commenting on the local country walks (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/) on this site. The latest comment was about one of my personal favourites, Walk 18: Grubbs Lane and the Tylers Causeway Round (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk18.shtml#comment-2775696841). If you do any of the walks please consider adding any comments that might help others using the directions.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on July 12, 2016, 09:53:51 pm
Another local walker completed one of our 52 walks (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/) today and left a comment. This time it's Walk 23: Hatfield to Brookmans Park via Wildhill (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk23_Hatfield_to_Brookmans_Park_via_Wild_Hill.shtml#comment-2779287018). Thanks for the comments, please keep them coming in. Very helpful.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on July 16, 2016, 08:15:46 am
Check out our interactive map of 52 local Hertfordshire rambles (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/). Free to download and use. Just hover over the little green people for a pop up of the walk. Click on the link to load the walk, or zoom in on the map for more detail,

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on July 16, 2016, 08:25:48 am
Recommended weekend walk, Walk 28: The Brickendon Loop (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk28_Brickendon_Loop.shtml). Six miles of footpaths, woodland, open countryside and a Roman road. 

Walk 28 - Brickendon Loop
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on July 16, 2016, 02:04:07 pm
Just done Walk 28: The Brickendon Loop (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk28_Brickendon_Loop.shtml) again and noticed some changes since we wrote it. If you are considering doing it, please download the revised directions (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk28_Brickendon_Loop.shtml). These minor changes are as follows:

5: Just after the farm, take the footpath on your left and continue south east along the track until you reach a 'Private Road' sign. Here a path (with a red sign) runs, slightly to the right, and parallel to the road.


11: When you reach the woodland you veer right. At this point you will see a sign for the entrance to Balls Wood, a Herts and Middlesex nature reserve.
12: Almost immediately after the sign to Balls Wood the path turns left and follows the line of the wood. The wood should be on your left and the field on your right.
13: You could walk through Balls Wood as an option because it emerges on this walk a little further on.

15: Head along this path, across a cart track until you emerge on Ermine Street, which was a Roman road.

18: After about 10-15 mins you reach Spital Brook.
19: Here you turn right, almost walking back on yourself and keeping the sign to the Danemead Nature reserve on your left and Spital Brook on your right.
20: Continue to head west through the woods - with Spital Brook on your right.
21: The path eventually becomes an elevated boardwalk before emerging at a gate and a path T juntion.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on July 23, 2016, 08:32:22 am
If you do one of our 52 free local walks (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/) this weekend, please consider adding your comments on the specific walks page (you can do so with Facebook, Twitter or your email address), tweeting the route and copying @bpnewsletter (https://twitter.com/bpnewsletter) in, or sharing the details on this site's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/brookmanspark/). Feedback and tips are always welcome. And if you see a couple on the way, stop and say hi, it might be us.   :)

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on July 27, 2016, 08:32:03 am
We've just added a new walk to our list. It's Walk 53: Ayot East and it will eventually be added to our collection of short and long walks in the local countryside (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/). The new walk is 3.21 miles long, involves a climb of 181ft, and should take about an hour and a half if walked at a leisurely pace. You can park in Ayot St Lawrence and get refreshments at The Brocket Arms (http://www.brocketarms.com) (check opening times). The pictures below are of the footbridge crossing the Mimram River at the halfway point in the walk.

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Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on July 31, 2016, 08:07:21 am
Another helpful correction added to Walk 25 - Little Berkhamsted to Bayford Circular (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk25_Little_Berkhamsted_to_Bayford_circular.shtml). Thanks to all those walkers who take the time to post feedback at the bottom of  our collection of 52 local Hertfordshire Walks (http://www.brookmans.com/walks).

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on August 05, 2016, 08:31:49 am
A new walk for you to try this weekend. Just added. Walk 54: The Symondshyde Loop (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk54_Symondshyde_Loop.shtml). Recommended. Excellent countryside, great walking, wonderful views. Allow an hour and a half to two hours for this four mile ramble. Quite a lot of up and down involved. And, if you intend to do it, do it soon. Local campaign group Save Symondshyde (http://www.save-symondshyde.co.uk) say that large areas of this lovely countryside are down for development. Make sure to visit John Bunyan's Chimney at the start of the walk.

Walk 54: Symondshyde Loop
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on August 20, 2016, 08:45:32 am
Lovely new walk for you to try this weekend. Walked and mapped yesterday and just added to our collection is Walk 55: The Ayot North East Loop (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk55_Ayot_North_East_Loop.shtml). A 3.25 mile circular down to the River Mimram. A great walk for views across the Hertfordshire Countryside. Please add any comments to the walk if you try it. There is a comments form at the bottom of the page of directions.

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/w55.jpg) (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk55_Ayot_North_East_Loop.shtml)

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/newmaps/w55s.jpg) (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk55_Ayot_North_East_Loop.shtml)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on August 31, 2016, 06:24:02 pm
Just added a new walk to the site's growing collection of local walks (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/). It's Walk 57 The Chapmore End Circular (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk57_The_Chapmore_End_Circular.shtml). A really nice five mile walk that includes a stretch along a quiet river, woodland, a nature reserve, parkland and open views. And there are refreshments at a pub and tearoom at the start/finish point (check opening times so as not to be disappointed). The walk is about a 30 mins drive from Brookmans Park.

http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk57_The_Chapmore_End_Circular.shtml (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk57_The_Chapmore_End_Circular.shtml)

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/w57.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/newmaps/w57s.jpg)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on September 04, 2016, 07:45:33 am
Have you walked the yellow route in The Great Wood Northaw recently? It's spectacular at this time of the year with the leaves turning, and the path (as of Saturday 3 September) firm and easy to walk. The route is well sign posted, and it's a really good stretch of 2.8 miles. It's a circular route which goes first downhill then uphill, whichever way you tackle it. Belatedly, it's been added to our collection of walks in the local countryside (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/) - sadly I've taken it for granted for more than 20 years. But I've fixed that Walk 56: The Great Wood Northaw (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk56_The_Great_Wood_Northaw.shtml) is online. You can check the walk's elevation below.

Watch out for dog mess at both start points - a minority of dog walkers still fail to clean up after their pets. There are a few benches along the way. A bottle of water would probably be a good idea. Unfortunately it is probably too rugged for wheelchair access. And remember to take £1 for the car park honest box in the information/toilet block.

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/w56.jpg)

The image above is courtesy of Yusaini Usulludin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/yusainiusulludin/6200532445) and released under Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/).

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/newmaps/w56s.jpg)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on September 08, 2016, 09:52:44 am
A new walk to consider for this weekend. It's Walk 58 The Wadesmill Circular (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk58_The_Wadesmill_Circular.shtml), and is the latest in our collection of walks in the local countryside (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/). We mapped it this week. It's a 30mins drive from North Mymms. The walk is a stretching six miles hike with steading climbing involved (see elevation chart below). It has wide open views, and a walk along a steep gorge towards the end. The numbers on the map below relate to the map directions (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk58_The_Wadesmill_Circular.shtml).

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/w58.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/w582.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/newmaps/w58s.jpg)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on September 28, 2016, 09:32:37 pm
I've just added the latest in our series of short and long walks in the local countryside (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/). It's Walk 59: The Burn's Green Circular (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk59_The_Burns_Green_Circular.shtml). We've been heading further afield of late, having exhausted all the local footpaths, so most of these new walks are about 20-30 mins drive from North Mymms, and are on the OS Landranger map 166 (https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/shop/landranger-map-luton-hertford.html?gclid=Cj0KEQjw1K2_BRC0s6jtgJzB-aMBEiQA-WzDMWRwkB3VOooH2lJfVFCzD_9v9cqN6yBEUntsS3KZknkaAsTo8P8HAQ). I hope you enjoy it. Please add your comments on the walks page for the benefit of other walkers. You can add comments here, too. Thanks, happy walking.

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/w59c.jpg)
A scene from along the walk showing the wide open views



(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/newmaps/w59.jpg)
Map of the walk with direction points related to the instructions on the walk page (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk59_The_Burns_Green_Circular.shtml)



(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/w59d.jpg)
Plenty of lovely shaded woodland paths


Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on April 15, 2017, 04:40:54 pm
Nice to bump into the two ladies on Walk 19: Wildhill Figure of Eight (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk19.shtml) this afternoon. We were walking behind them and saw they were a bit puzzled about the way ahead. They had our walk details on their iPad and were trying to make sense of our directions. We helped clarify the route and then went our separate ways. An hour or so later we had completed our walk and were driving home when we spotted them walking down Woodside Lane, quite a way off the Walk 19 route, so we stopped and gave them a lift back to Brookmans Park where their car was parked. They'd travelled out from north London to explore the area. I hope getting a bit lost hasn't put them off.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on May 10, 2017, 05:28:01 pm
Recommended weekend ramble, Walk 55 The Ayot North East Loop (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk55_Ayot_North_East_Loop.shtml). Lovely walk, about three miles start and finish at a pub, The Brocket Arms (http://www.brocketarms.com), where you can get food (check opening times). You can park in the lane outside. Recommended.

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/a3.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/a1.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/a2.jpg)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on May 21, 2017, 09:20:02 am
Retraced the route of one of our favourite of the 59 local walks (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/) yesterday, the 5.3 mile Walk 48: The Kimpton Loop (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk48_Kimpton_Loop.shtml). 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.

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/W48.jpg)

(http://www.brookmans.com/walks/newmaps/w48s.jpg)
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on June 03, 2017, 02:59:35 pm
Did Walk 5: The River Lea Circular (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk5.shtml) 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 (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/), 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.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on June 11, 2017, 02:20:40 pm
Just did Walk 2: The Camfield Place Circular (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk2.shtml). The lovely 3.2 mile loop is just one of 60 local walks on this site (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/) - 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 (https://www.facebook.com/thewoodmanwildhill/), so there is a chance of refreshments if you get weak and wobbly. Check opening times to avoid disappointment.
Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor 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 (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/Walk53_Essendon_East_Loop.shtml). 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.

Title: Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
Post by: Editor on July 09, 2017, 05:27:37 pm
Lovely walking conditions, cloud formations and colours today along Walk 6: The Wildhill circular (http://www.brookmans.com/walks/walk6.shtml).