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Walk 250: Northchurch Common Loop

4.1 miles (6.6 km) with 96m of total ascent


Northchurch footpath 31 approaching point 3 in the walk
Northchurch footpath 31 approaching point 3 in the walk
This is a lovely walk through ancient woodland and across common land. It follows one of the Ashridge Estate's boundary paths for part of the route before branching off across arable land. The walk starts and finishes in the Northchurch Common car park.

Walk 249: Stevenage to Welwyn North Linear

8.6 miles (13.8km) with 141m of total ascent


Knebworth footpath 25 approaching point 7
Knebworth footpath 25 approaching point 7
This linear walk includes stretches of attractive woodland and wide open countryside with excellent views. As with all our station-to-station walks the route starts and finishes in urban areas. You will cross the A1(M) and the East Coast Mainline twice which means you will be aware of traffic and train noise for much of the route. However, despite that, the walk is really enjoyable route and there are some lovely stretches that are worth the effort.

Walk 248: Redbourn South-East Loop

5.2 miles (8.4km) with 93m of total ascent


Continue across the footbridge to reach a junction
The footbridge at point 10
This walk starts and finishes on Redbourn Common then heads SW to join the Nickey Line before climbing to merge with part of the Ver Valley Trail. You will pass Redbournbury Watermill and Bakery and, if you time your visit for Saturday morning between 9am and 1pm you might be able to pick up some freshly baked bread or cakes. The route then crosses the River Ver before climbing again to Hammonds End Farm with its fascinating information boards about organic farming.

Walk 247: Nast Hyde Halt Loop

3.8 miles (6.2km) with 5m of total ascent


Nast Hyde Halt on The Alban Way
Nast Hyde Halt on The Alban Way
We have created this short loop to enable walkers to explore the lovingly restored Nast Hyde Halt along The Alban Way, the route of the former Hatfield to St Albans railway line. You will start at Smallford Station, pass Nast Hyde Halt, then loop around Ellenbrook Fields, which is the site of the former Hatfield Aerodrome. There is one short stretch along the western edge of Hatfield and past the university, but you are soon into open fields with excellent views.

Walk 246: Lemsford West Long Loop

4.9 miles (7.9 km) with 98m of total ascent


Hatfield footpath 59 crossing the River Lea at point 20
Hatfield footpath 59 crossing the River Lea at point 20
This is a lovely walk over rolling countryside. You will cross the River Lea four times, pass a Grade II listed chimney that is said to have been part of a house where John Bunyan lived, and you will cross a golf course with excellent views of the Brocket Hall estate from a Grade II* listed bridge.

The walk starts in the village of Lemsford then heads west to Coleman Green before looping back via Cromer Hyde. There are alternative starting points at pubs at point 10 and point 18 in the directions.

Walk 245: Nomansland South Loop

6 miles (9.7 km) with 64m of total ascent


Sandridge bridleway 9 between points 14 & 15 in the walk
Sandridge bridleway 9 between points 14 & 15 in the walk
This is a great walk if you like wide open views and stretches of woodland. It starts on Nomansland Common then heads west before looping south then returning through Langley Wood in Heartwood Forest. It includes sections of The Ver Valley Walk and The Hertfordshire Way.

Walk 244: Stanstead Abbotts South-East Loop

6.3 miles (10.1 km) with 72m of total ascent


The lake at point 15 in the walk
This walk climbs out of the village of Stanstead Abbotts then crosses a high plateau of land before dropping down to the Stort Valley then returning through the picturesque lake area near Roydon Mill, and later cutting through a nature reserve alongside Abbotts Lake before returning to Stanstead Abbotts.

Walk 243: Datchworth South-West Loop

3.5 miles (5.7km) with 80m of total ascent


Datchworth bridleway 13 between points 11 & 12
Datchworth bridleway 13 between points 11 & 12
This is a lovely walk over the rolling countryside south-west and south of Datchworth Green. It mainly follows footpaths, bridleways and byways, but there are some short stretches along quiet lanes. There are four pubs along the way, two at the start and finish where there is also a cafe. There is one stretch where a footpath crosses a livestock field and dog owners are asked to keep their pets on a short lead.

Walk 242: Smallford North Loop

4.5 miles (7.3 km) with 24m total ascent


Colney Heath footpath 14 between points 6 & 7
Colney Heath footpath 14 between points 6 & 7
Please note, Sandridge bridleway 51 on this route was closed on 15/08/2023 for six months for demolition and construction work. Please choose a different route until further notice.

This is a perfect walk if you are getting your car serviced along Hatfield Road and need to kill a few hours while the mechanics are doing their stuff. The route starts and finishes at what was Smallford Station on the former Hatfield to St Albans railway line, now The Alban Way. There is free car parking at the site (at the time of writing - August 2023). Along the way you will cross livestock fields and a farmyard where there are signs asking dog owners to keep their pets on a lead.

Walk 241: Pirton South-West Loop

6.2 miles (10 km) with 143m total ascent


Pirton footpath 7 between points 4 & 5
Pirton footpath 7 between points 4 & 5
Another excellent walk over the rolling hills in the north of Hertfordshire and west of Hitchin. This is a lovely route offering some wonderful wide open views along the way. It starts and finishes at Pirton then heads SW before looping back across the Pegsdon Hills along a section of The Icknield Way. Soon after the start you will cross an area of land that was once a mediaeval village.

Walk 240: Hexton South-West Loop

6.6 miles (10.7km) with 138m of total ascent


Barton Hills Nature Reserve from the bridleway at point 12
Barton Hills Nature Reserve from the bridleway at point 12
This is a lovely walk in late July when the hedgerows are ablaze with wildflowers, and butterflies flutter around as you walk. The majority of the route is like walking through a natural garden, particularly between points 4-6, 9-10, and 12-14.

This is our second walk from the village of Hexton, and, as with the other walk, Walk 237: Hexton South-East Loop, it involves a fair amount of up and down.

The walk starts from The Raven pub in Hexton then heads south before turning west and crossing the border into Bedfordshire. It then turns north to explore the Barton Hills then looping back via Barton-le-Clay. A little more than half the walk is in Bedfordshire.

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