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Walk 1: The North Mymms Loop

A hill climb, old coaching road and secluded valley 

3 miles (5 km)

Image for walk 1, The North Mymms Loop, created by The Hertfordshire Walker and released under Creative Commons

This short walk takes you south along the old coaching road that once provided the main route between North Mymms and South Mimms. It opens up into a rural valley surrounded by rolling wooded hills and includes footpaths edged by hedgerows rich in wild flowers. There is an option near the end for refreshments at The Woodman Inn at nearby Water End.

Map for Walk 1: The North Mymms Loop  Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker  With elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors  For KML and GPX details, see the interactive map below the directions
Map for Walk 1: The North Mymms Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
With elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors
We have an interactive map below the directions

Those with GPS devices can download GPX or KML files for this walk

Note: There is an interesting variation of this walk which focuses on the fascinating geological features of this walk. It's on our site the North Mymms History Project and is entitled The natural history around Water End, Hertfordshire. you might want to read it before you set off on this walk. It includes maps and directions, too.


1: There are parking opportunities along St Mary’s Church Road, or in the church car park (except when services are being held). Turn right out of the car park and head south-west along St Mary’s Church Road.

2: At the point when the lane turns sharp right, your way is straight ahead, through a gate and along a bridleway (North Mymms bridleway 2). After 290m ignore the footpath on your left and continue heading south-west as the path begins a steady climb through Cangsley Grove.

3: After 500m you will emerge from the woods with open views across the secluded Potwells Valley. Continue heading south down the hill, ignoring the footpath leading off to your left.

4: After 160m you reach a footpath crossroads where you turn right (Ridge Footpath 29) and climb the hill heading south-west to the woods in the distance until you reach a gate.

Photograph of Potwells Valley looking north-east over North Mymms Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Potwells Valley looking north-east 
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

5: At this point you could take a slight detour (shown with the yellow line on the map above) through the woods and along a track with the woods on your left and fields on the right to take in a wonderful view to the west over towards St Albans. If you don't take the detour turn left (Ridge bridleway 10) at the gate (don’t go through it) and drop down heading south-east with the woods on your right until you meet the track you were on earlier (North Mymms bridleway 2).

6: Here you turn left. After 100m take the path on your right (North Mymms footpath 1) which cuts north-east through the field and drops down to where a wooden bridge crosses a stream. Climb the hill on the other side of the bridge, still heading north-east until you reach a wooden gate leading to a path running along the southern edge of Cangsley Grove (North Mymms bridleway 1).

7: Turn right on this path and follow it north-east, past Cangsley Grove and out into open farmland.

8: At the footpath crossroads continue straight until you reach the side of the A1(M).

9: Here you turn left on North Mymms BOAT 5 (byway open to all traffic) and follow the byway alongside the west side of the A1(M) until you reach a lane. Here you turn right.

10: After 180m you will reach a footbridge over the A1(M). Immediately after the bridge take the path through the hedgerow on the left and follow the path down to a stile leading into a field (North Mymms footpath 6). Head diagonally to your right following the path back to North Mymms church. If it is muddy or there is a ‘Bull in field’ sign, you can ignore this path and, instead, walk along the lane back to St Mary's church.

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