Water End Circular
A gentle walk for those who live in Brookmans Park and want to enjoy an attractive ramble with a choice of two pubs halfway round and not have to take the car. If you like horses there is an added bonus of going along a path that skirts the grounds of the Royal Veterinary College. On the way back you pass the historical North Mymms swallow holes.
Follow the red dots on the hand drawn map above. The map above is only a sketch and not to scale. There is an alternative route with green dots if you want to visit a small dell with a footbridge over a stream and a rope for the young at heart to swing on. To help you with this walk you might want to buy an Ordnance Survey Explorer E182 map for St Albans & Hatfield or click on www.streetmap.co.uk, or www.multimap.com and print the resulting pages. If you would like to comment on any of the walks for the benefit of others, please use the forum discussion thread on the walks.
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About these walks
Note: 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.
Ordnance Survey Explorer E182 map for St Albans & Hatfield covers much of this area, but you will need to buy the map covering the east of the region for the Broxbourne walks. The maps on some of the earlier walks are only sketches, but more recent additions have embedded maps from Map My Walk and Google Maps.
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.