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Walk 213: Buntingford East Long Loop

7.1 miles (11.5 km) with 249 ft of ascent


A bridleway on the return leg to Buntingford
This walk has a fair amount of up and down and offers some great open views across the north Hertfordshire Countryside. It passes The Three Tuns in Great Hormead at the halfway point. You will cross the River Rib and the River Quin twice.

This is a longer version of another walk in our collection and shares the same lanes and paths for 900m at the start before branching off on rights of way which we have previously not featured. There is also one section where you will be walking along footpaths and byways which we have walked before but in the opposite direction, so the views are completely different.

Walk 212: Bramfield South Loop

3.7 miles (6 km) with 60 ft of ascent


Tewin bridleway 4 between points 17 & 18
Tewin bridleway 4 between points 17 & 18
This, our third walk from the village of Bramfield, explores the countryside to the S of the village. It includes paths that feature on two of our other walks in the collection, but walked in reverse so the views are different. The route crosses arable land, cuts through one livestock field where horses were grazing when we tested the walk, then follows bridleways and footpaths through woodland.

The walk starts and finishes at The Grandison pub/restaurant on Bury Lane, Bramfield, and has the option of a short detour to The Rose and Crown in Tewin soon after the halfway point. The starting point for the walk is 2.7 miles NW from Hertford North Station by road.

Walk 211: Wormley West Loop

3.7 miles (6 km) with 280 ft of ascent


The path through Bencroft Wood at the start of the walk
The path through Bencroft Wood at the start of the walk
This is a lovely walk following trails through deep woodland, passing through nature reserves and crossing arable farmland. There are a few sections in the woods where leaves and fallen trees can obscure the route. If you have a smartphone with GPS you will find the free navigation files helpful in such cases. I have added photographs to my description of the route to try to clarify certain turning points in the woodland.

The route crosses one livestock field where horses were grazing when we tested the walk. You will walk past The Woodman & Olive pub/restaurant at Wormley West End. There is also a short section where a public footpath is in the process of being rerouted. I have provided maps to show the current status of the right of way. The starting point for the walk is three miles W from Broxbourne Station by road.

Walk 210: Digswell East Loop

3.8 miles (6.1 km) with 230 ft of ascent


The view approaching point 10 in the walk
The view approaching point 10 in the walk
This is a really nice walk that starts and finishes at Welwyn North Station then explores the countryside E of the railway line on well-defined footpaths and bridleways. There are some good views across rolling countryside and stretches through woodland.

There is one pub close to the start and finish point and one a short detour from point seven at the halfway point. Take some loose change because you will pass a farm store with an honesty box in the middle of woodland where you can buy free-range eggs, honey and vegetables.

Walk 209: Gustard Wood South Loop

4.7 miles (7.6 km) with 250 ft of ascent


The footpath between points 21 & 22
The footpath between points 21 & 22
This walk starts and finishes at a small car park close to Gustard Wood Common then heads S to Wheathampstead where we detour along the restored platform of the former Wheathampstead station before heading E along the River Lea then N through woodland and across open fields. The route passes The Cross Keys pub at Gustard Wood near the end.

Walk 208: Cottered North-East Loop

4.4 miles (7 km) with 190 ft of ascent


Holy Trinity church Throcking towards the end of the walk
Holy Trinity church Throcking towards the end of the walk
We really enjoyed this walk over the rolling countryside north-east of Cottered. It starts and finishes at The Bull on Baldock Road, Cottered, and passes the hamlet of Throcking where it's worth taking time to wander round the churchyard of Holy Trinity church, which has sections dating back to the 13th century.

Walk 207: Walkern East Loop

4.8 miles (7.7 km) with 270 ft of ascent


The route between points 11 & 12
The route between points 11 & 12
This walk explores the rolling hills between Walkern and Ardeley along well defined footpaths, bridleways, and byways. There are two pubs and two cafe's in Walkern at the start and finish point, and a pub and cafe in Ardeley close to the halfway point.

The route crosses a livestock field and there are a number of signs along the way urging dog owners to keep their pets on a lead. The starting point is 4.5 miles ENE from Stevenage station by road.

Walk 206: Waterford Heath North-East Loop

4 miles (6.5 km) with 210 ft of ascent


Stapleford footpath 3 running alongside the River Beane
Stapleford footpath 3 running alongside the River Beane
We really enjoyed mapping and testing this walk because of the variety of countryside in such a short distance. This walk starts in the car park of the Waterford Heath Nature Reserve, then heads north-east to Chapmore End where you can visit The Woodman. The route then loops back over arable land with great views then returns along the banks of the River Beane before crossing the northern section of Waterford Heath.

Walk 205: Braughing South-East Loop

3.4 miles (5.3 km) with 252 ft of ascent


Braughing footpath 11 between points 4 and 5
Braughing footpath 11 between points 4 and 5
This is our third walk from the village of Braughing, this time heading SE over fields with excellent views then SW and W to follow the valley of the River Rib and the River Quin. The walk starts and finishing at the ford on Maltings Lane.

There are three pubs in Braughing village, The Brown Bear (location - https://w3w.co/thin.poem.toads), The Axe and Compasses (location - https://w3w.co/foresight.ambushes.puff), and The Golden Fleece (location - https://w3w.co/princes.slung.snacks).

Walk 204: Braughing North-West Loop

2.3 miles (3.7 km) with 193 ft of ascent


The River Quin from the footbridge at point 2
The River Quin from the footbridge at point 2
This is a short walk from the village of Braughing which loops round the River Quin, starting and finishing outside The Axe & Compasses on The Street. We have added this walk to the collection following requests in our recent survey for shorter routes. The starting point for this walk is 4.5 miles SSE from Buntingford town centre by road.

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