Welcome to Hertfordshire Walker


A growing collection of free walks suitable for all ages, from an hour-long potter to half-day hikes. We have walking tips for those new to rambling and a comment box beneath every walk for your feedback - you may need to disable any ad blocker to add comments.

Walk 117: Dane End N Loop

Wide byways, open views, quiet stretches

4.7 miles (7.6km)


View along Walk 117: Dane End N Loop. Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

This is a pleasant walk through the parishes of Little Munden and Great Munden following wooded byways, bridleways and footpaths across farmland. It's an undulating walk with wide open views. It's mainly good under foot except for one or two short stretches across fields which, after being ploughed, can be a bit sticky and hard to navigate. So please take a map and a compass to ensure you stay on track.

Walk 116: Frithsden NW Loop

Rolling hills, woodland, and a lovely pub

5.9 miles (9.5 km)


Great Gaddesden bridleway 10 mentioned in point 4 below Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Great Gaddesden bridleway 10 mentioned in point 4 below
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

This is an excellent walk which mixes woodland, hills, valleys, cute hamlets, and open views across the undulating Hertfordshire countryside. It starts and ends at a pub that serves lovely food and superb beer. The route passes through Frithsden Beeches. Be prepared for several ups and downs; you need to be able to climb hills for this walk. And it can be muddy in places, so if you are worried about slipping you might want to take a stick.

Walk 115: Hertfordshire Marathon Loop

Marathon-length circular ideal for charity fundraisers

26 miles (41.8km)


Rolling fields along part of the Hertfordshire Marathon Loop Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Rolling fields along part of the Hertfordshire Marathon Loop
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
We created this walk following a request from friends who asked us to create a 26-mile circular walk through the Hertfordshire countryside which they could use to raise funds for the National Autistic Society  They wanted a marathon-length circular walk along footpaths, bridleways, byways and lanes. The Hertfordshire Marathon Loop is designed for anyone who wants to walk a marathon in aid of charity.

Walk 114: Little Offley Loop

Great views, good tracks, rolling countryside

4.4 miles (7.1 km) - 105m of ascent


A view along Walk 114: Little Offley Loop - Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The view just before point 2 in the directions below
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

This walk starts with a steady climb along a track that runs along the border between NW Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. As you climb you will pass Deacon Hill a site of special scientific interest on your right and then, when you reach the Pegsdon Hills and Hoo Bit nature reserve, also on your right, you will then turn left staying in Hertfordshire. There is a permissive path out of the car park if you want to explore Deacon Hill after the walk. We have added a detour, in orange, for those with enough energy to take on this extra 1.5 miles at the end of the walk.

Walk 113: Aldbury East Loop

Shaded woodland walking

3.3 miles (5.3 km) - 105m of ascent




This walk starts and ends in the village of Aldbury. The beginning of the walk involves a steep climb and there is a steep descent at the end. The route goes through the Ashridge Estate, a 5,000 acre National Trust property. The route passes the Bridgewater Monument. It's a shaded walk, mostly through woodland on bridleways and footpaths.

Walk 112: Sarratt West Loop

Stunning countryside along the River Chess

5.2 miles (8.3 km) - 130m of ascent


The River Chess from the Chess Valley Walk Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The River Chess from the Chess Valley Walk
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
A lovely walk from the village of Sarratt down to the River Chess then following the river NW and up through woodland taking in parts of The Chiltern Way and The Chess Valley Walk. There is a lot of up and down, so this walk is not for those unable to negotiate steep hills. There are two pubs in Sarratt close to the start/finish point, The Boot and The Cricketers, both serving food, and there is another pub along the way, The Cock Inn, which also serves food.

Walk 111: Gustard Wood E Loop

Parkland, woodland, and two pubs

4.3 miles (7 km) - 40m of ascent


The bridleway between points 1 and 2 below Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The bridleway between points 1 and 2 belowImage by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

A figure of eight walk from Ayot St Lawrence to Gustard Wood and back crossing parkland, farmland and woodland. The route is mainly flat with good paths along the way. There is a pub at the start and finish point and one at the halfway point. The route passes two historic churches and Shaw's Corner, the home of the late George Bernard Shaw.