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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #300 on: November 22, 2014, 02:26:29 pm »
Nice colours on Walk 39 The Ayot Greenway West this morning. Image below the link enhanced by Google Photos.
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #301 on: December 21, 2014, 02:41:28 pm »
Just has a great walk around the Fir and Ponds Wood nature reserve 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.

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #302 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. Lovely paths and a great way to stretch the legs and get some fresh air.

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #303 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.
 
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #304 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. 
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #305 on: December 31, 2014, 10:45:40 am »
Did anyone manage to take advantage of our 52 local 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.


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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #306 on: January 03, 2015, 11:29:31 am »
We are revisiting all 52 local walks on this site, 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, 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
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #307 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.


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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #308 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. 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 didnít realise and would go to the walks page and check them out. Iím 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.
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #309 on: November 01, 2015, 03:28:12 pm »
Some lovely autumn colours in the afternoon sun on Walk 2: The Camfield Place Circular today.
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #310 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?

 

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #311 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 where people are invited to join a group ramble.
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #312 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.

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #313 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 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. 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.

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #314 on: July 11, 2016, 05:51:34 am »
It's nice to see more people commenting on the local country walks on this site. The latest comment was about one of my personal favourites, Walk 18: Grubbs Lane and the Tylers Causeway Round. If you do any of the walks please consider adding any comments that might help others using the directions.
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #315 on: July 12, 2016, 09:53:51 pm »
Another local walker completed one of our 52 walks today and left a comment. This time it's Walk 23: Hatfield to Brookmans Park via Wildhill. Thanks for the comments, please keep them coming in. Very helpful.
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #316 on: July 16, 2016, 08:15:46 am »
Check out our interactive map of 52 local Hertfordshire rambles. 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,

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #317 on: July 16, 2016, 08:25:48 am »
Recommended weekend walk, Walk 28: The Brickendon Loop. Six miles of footpaths, woodland, open countryside and a Roman road. 

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #318 on: July 16, 2016, 02:04:07 pm »
Just done Walk 28: The Brickendon Loop again and noticed some changes since we wrote it. If you are considering doing it, please download the revised directions. 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.
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #319 on: July 23, 2016, 08:32:22 am »
If you do one of our 52 free local 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 in, or sharing the details on this site's Facebook page. Feedback and tips are always welcome. And if you see a couple on the way, stop and say hi, it might be us.   :)

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #320 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. 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 (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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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #321 on: July 31, 2016, 08:07:21 am »
Another helpful correction added to Walk 25 - Little Berkhamsted to Bayford Circular. Thanks to all those walkers who take the time to post feedback at the bottom of  our collection of 52 local Hertfordshire Walks.

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #322 on: August 05, 2016, 08:31:49 am »
A new walk for you to try this weekend. Just added. Walk 54: The Symondshyde Loop. 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 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.

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #323 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. 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.



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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #324 on: August 31, 2016, 06:24:02 pm »
Just added a new walk to the site's growing collection of local walks. It's Walk 57 The Chapmore End Circular. 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.

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #325 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 - sadly I've taken it for granted for more than 20 years. But I've fixed that Walk 56: The Great Wood Northaw 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.



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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #326 on: September 08, 2016, 09:52:44 am »
A new walk to consider for this weekend. It's Walk 58 The Wadesmill Circular, and is the latest in our collection of walks in the local countryside. 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.





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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #327 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. It's Walk 59: The Burn's Green Circular. 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. 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.


A scene from along the walk showing the wide open views




Map of the walk with direction points related to the instructions on the walk page




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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #328 on: April 15, 2017, 04:40:54 pm »
Nice to bump into the two ladies on Walk 19: Wildhill Figure of Eight 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.
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #329 on: May 10, 2017, 05:28:01 pm »
Recommended weekend ramble, Walk 55 The Ayot North East Loop. Lovely walk, about three miles start and finish at a pub, The Brocket Arms, where you can get food (check opening times). You can park in the lane outside. Recommended.





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