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31: North Mymms SW Loop
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38: Ayot Greenway South
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41: Northaw Wildhill Loop
42: North Mymms to Hatfield
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44: Bramfield Loop
45: Tewin West East Loop
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47: Mimram Valley Loop
48: Kimpton Loop
49: Ayot Short
50: Bayford Linear
51: Mymmshall Wood Loop
52: Wildhill SE Loop

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Walk 3: The Water End Circular
An easy stroll from Brookmans Park to Water End and back
2.5 miles (4 km)

picture taken on the Water End Circular

A gentle walk for those who live in Brookmans Park and want to enjoy an attractive ramble and not have to take the car. There is a choice of a pub or a cafe halfway round. 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 North Mymms swallow holes.

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  • Begin the walk at Brookmans Park Station and head north along Station Road towards Welham Green.
  • Just before you reach Bradmore Lane there is a path on the left which doubles back on the way you have just travelled to take you south, parallel to the railway track.
  • Continue along this route until you reach a bridge crossing a small brook, which is often dry. This is a continuation of Ray Brook which flows through Gobions Wood.
  • Immediately after the bridge turn right and enter a field owned by the Royal Veterinary College. A footpath area has been fenced off to the south of the brook. Follow that path with the field on your left and the hedge on your right as you head west until you reach the end of the field.
  • At the corner of the field you will see a stile on your right leading to a bridge crossing the same brook.
  • Cross this bridge and, once on the other side, look out for a bachelor gate on your left.
  • Go through this gate and continue through Brick Kiln Wood with the brook running on your left and the wood on your right.
  • The path soon opens out and fields stretch ahead on your right.
  • Keep the hedge and brook to your left and continue. Ignore the first footpath on your left and keep heading west until the path swings to the left.
  • At this point you join a raised walkway which continues along a boardwalk to the concrete footbridge over Mimmshall Brook.
  • Cross the bridge and when you reach Warrengate Road turn right and walk north to the village of Water End.
  • You eventually come to The Woodman Inn and a bit further on is the Water End Cafe.
  • After you pass through Water End you reach Swanland Road, here you turn right and walk along the cycle path and footpath past the garages.
  • Look out for a step stile in the hedge on your right.
  • Here you have a choice of routes or you can wander round and do them all.
  • Option One: If you cross this step stile you walk through a path which weaves its way through Hawthorn bushes before coming out in a small clearing where it crosses a small stream. On your right are the swallow holes which are classified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
  • Keep walking straight on this path until it reaches a field. Turn right and, keeping the hedge on your right, sweep round this field until you reach Bradmore Lane.
  • Rejoin the lane, and turn left walking up Bradmore Lane as it veers first right then left until it meets Station Road. Turn right into Brookmans Park.
  • Option Two: Instead of crossing the first step stile continue along the cycle path parallel to Swanland Road for a few more steps and you will see a footpath sign to the right. Walk down this path keeping the hedge on your right and the field on your left.
  • You soon reach a footpath crossroads where a signpost points left to Dixons Hill Road. (If you were to turn right here you would join the route on option one and come out in the path, lined by Hawthorn, which leads to the swallow holes.)
  • Ignore both paths and continue straight on, still keeping the hedge on your right. The path veers left and you will soon spot a gap in the hedge on the right with a broken step stile.
  • This path leads down into a small dell twisting to the left before reaching a charming footbridge across a small stream. Here there is usually a rope swing for the young at heart to enjoy.
  • Cross the bridge and continue up the bank to the right until you reach the open field. Turn right and keeping the hedge on your left following the path round as it rejoins Bradmore Lane.

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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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