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1: North Mymms
2: Camfield Place
3: Water End
4: Epping Green
5: Lea Valley
6: Wildhill
7: Little Berkhamsted
8: Newgate Street
9: Howe Green
10: Brookmans Park Long
11: West End
12: Quiz Walk
13: The Candlestick
14: The Woodman
15: Wildhill West End
16: North Mymms Ridge
17: Hornbeam Lane
18: Grubbs Lane
19: Wildhill Eight
20: Essendon
21: Cucumber Lane
22: North Mymms Way
23: Hatfield Brookmans Park
24: Brookmans Park Wildhill
25: Little Berkhamsted
26: Broxbourne Woods South
27: Broxbourne Woods North
28: Brickendon Loop
29: Wildhill SW Loop
30: Colney Heath South Loop
31: North Mymms SW Loop
32: Brookmans Park Loop
33: West End Figure Of Eight
34: Little Berkhamsted Loop
35: Letty Green Loop
36: Lea Valley Loop
37: Three Ridge Round
38: Ayot Greenway South
39: Ayot Greenway West
40: Ayot Greenway North
41: Northaw Wildhill Loop
42: North Mymms to Hatfield
43: Datchworth Loop
44: Bramfield Loop
45: Tewin West East Loop
46: Tewin North Loop
47: Mimram Valley Loop
48: Kimpton Loop
49: Ayot Short
50: Bayford Linear
51: Mymmshall Wood Loop
52: Wildhill SE Loop
53: Essendon East Loop
54: Symondshyde Loop
55: Ayot North East Loop
56: The Great Wood, Northaw
57: Chapmore End Circular
58: Wadesmill Circular
59: Burn's Green Circular

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Walk 50: Bayford Linear

8.3 miles (13.4 km)

A linear walk from Bayford station going through Bayford, across fields and through woodland to Howe Green, over the golf course to Essendon, down to Wildhill via a secluded byway, and home to Brookmans Park over the fields via Bell Bar and Welham Green. Undulating, great paths and highly recommended.

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  • Leave Bayford station and head west along Brickendon Lane watching out for traffic. There isn't a footpath along this road, but you can walk along the grass to the side of the road in places. Continue along Brickendon Lane to Bayford village.
  • After passing the car park of The Baker Arms on your left, you come to a road junction with Ashdene Road going off to your left. Your way is almost straight on down the road that heads north (with the village pond on the left). This road, Well-Row, passes houses on the left and heads towards the church on the bend.
  • At the left-hand bend continue with the road (taking care because there is no footpath) as it soon bends again, this time to the right by a cottage.
  • Immediately after the cottage you will see a footpath sign on your left. Take this and head west through some paddocks, up the slight hill to some trees.
  • Keep going slightly north-west for a short distance looking out for a path through the crops heading south-west to Bayford Woods.
  • Take this path as it weaves its way through Bayford Woods and over the river via a wooden footbridge.
  • When you emerge in the field, turn left and follow the path round heading south and then bending west through a gap in the hedge and up the hill. Keep heading west with the hedgerow on your right and the field on your left until your reach a track.
  • Turn right on this gravel track and head north towards a large house. Just before you reach the house take the footpath on your left. Continue along this path heading west and then south until it reaches a small lane (Stockings Lane) where you turn right and head north-west.
  • You will pass a large house on your right and, soon after, some cottages on your right. Here the lane bends to the left. Continue until you see a footpath on your left. Take this and follow the path until it emerges on Robins Nest Hill.
  • Turn left on Robins Nest Hill and walk south for a short distance until you reach a cottage on your right. Again take care here because there isn't a footpath alongside the road.
  • Immediately after the cottage on your right you will see a footpath. Take this and follow the path down the track as it heads west alongside Culver Wood and then bends north-west.
  • You soon pass farm buildings on your right and you continue along the track until it reaches a field. Climb the hill and continue over the field with the large tree on your right until you reach a stile at the other side.
  • Cross this stile and turn right following the path north until it reaches the lane in Howe Green.
  • Continue along the lane heading west past cottages on your left. Ahead is a cottage on your right. Soon after this take the path straight ahead of you (just where the lane bends right) and continue down the hill with the quarry on your right until you reach Essendon Golf Course.
  • Follow the markers and continue west across Essendon Golf Course until you emerge by the local primary school in Essendon village. Continue along the road, past the community centre until you reach the B158, Kentish Lane.
  • Cross Kentish Lane and turn left heading south for a short distance until you reach a footpath sign on your right heading across Essendon Cricket Club.
  • Follow this path west, through a gate at the back of the cricket club, through woodland, down a hill and eventually emerging at a small wooden bridge across an often dry brook.
  • Cross the bridge and follow the path up the hill heading west until you reach a bridleway. This is a BOAT (byway open to all traffic).
  • Turn left. At this point there is the option of taking a path on your right to The Candlestick for refreshments.
  • If you are not visiting The Candlestick, continue south down the BOAT following it round until it emerges on West End Lane. Here you turn left and follow the lane round as it drops down to Wildhill. Here you can have refreshments at The Woodman.
  • Leave the car park via the bachelor gate at the south end.
  • Cross the field, go over a footbridge, through another bachelor gate, across another field, another footbridge and emerge into a large field via a third bachelor gate.
  • Turn right keeping the field on your left and the hedgerow on your right until you reach a gap in the hedge.
  • Go through the gap and head slightly diagonally to your right keeping the field to your left and the hedge to your right as you climb the hill.
  • Soon you will see a path to your left cutting diagonally through the crop and climbing to the top of the hill.
  • At the top follow the path with the woodland on your right until the path goes through the crop and emerges at a gate on Grubbs Lane.
  • Turn left and, almost immediately, turn right onto a footpath that cuts through the crop, goes over a small footbridge, cuts diagonally across the next field, through a small cops, across a third field and emerges on Woodside Lane by the garage on the A1000.
  • Cross The Great North Road with care and take the lane opposite, Bell Lane.
  • If you want, you can stop for refreshments at The Cock Of The North to your left.
  • Continue down Bell Lane until you reach Bulls Lane on your right.
  • Walk down this lane, past Foxes Lane on your right and continue heading west until you see a footpath sign on your left.
  • Take this, go through a bachelor gate, turn right and follow the path with the hedge on your right and the field on your left.
  • At the fence turn right, take the small footbridge on your left, and continue west with the hedge on your right and field on your left.
  • You will emerge at Thunder Bridge. Go under the bridge and turn left along a footpath that runs to the right of the railway.
  • Follow this path south until it branches slightly to the right and goes through woodland. There will be a football pitch on your left.
  • At the end of the path go down some steps and turn right crossing a small river. Continue along this path until you reach Station Road.
  • Turn left on Station Road and follow it for about a mile to Brookmans Park village.
  • There is a pub, Brookmans, a number of restaurants and several shops selling refreshments.

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About these walks

Ellie and David BrewerNote: All these walks are based around local pubs and were tested, mapped out and uploaded to this website by David and Ellie Brewer, pictured right.

The first in the collection are about three to four miles long and fairly easy. Allow two hours for most.

The later additions, from walk 16 onwards are longer. The North Mymms Way, which is walk 22 is a half day walk of about 12 miles which will take about four hours.

All the walks are fairly easy if you are able to cross step stiles, negotiate bachelor gates, traverse the occasional muddy path, and manage small hills. Boots and wet weather gear, a bottle of water, a snack, and the correct map for the area are recommended.

We recommend you buy the Ordnance Survey Landranger map for the area, number 166.

The walks are all within a 15 minute drive of Brookmans Park and include some villages to the east such as Bayford and Brickendon.

The Brookmans Park Newsletter can take no responsibility for paths that have been fenced off or closed since this series of walks was published. Some signs, stiles, and gates might also have been damaged or hidden since these walks were published.

Feedback is always welcome. If you have any comments you can add them in the comments box under each walk. There is also a discussion thread in this site's forum. As with all these walks, please do check the pub opening hours before setting off to make sure you are not left disappointed. You might want to read the Ramblers advice on your right to walk before setting off so you know what to do if you meet unexpected obstacles.


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