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Walk 10: Brookmans Park Loop

A circular walk skirting Brookmans Park

5 miles (8.25 km)


Image for walk 10, The Brookmans Park Loop, created by The Hertfordshire Walker and released under Creative Commons

This walk might seem familiar to many, but it is surprising how different Brookmans Park looks when you circle the village by the paths and lanes around it. There is a fair amount of lane walking, although most are quiet, and those that are busy have good footpaths alongside.

There are several good footpaths too, one with wonderful views across the countryside to the NE of the village. The route takes you through the middle of Gobions Wood.

Directions

Map for Walk 10: Brookmans Park Loop  Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker  Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors  Note: There is a larger, more-detailed map embedded at the end of these directions
Map for Walk 10: Brookmans Park Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors
Note: There is a larger, more-detailed map embedded at the end of these directions

There is restricted parking in Brookmans Park village centre and surrounding roads (check signs), but you can pay to park in the station car park.

1: From Brookmans Park village centre walk W towards the station, cross the railway bridge, and follow Station Road as bends and heads N.

2: Just before you reach Bradmore Lane there is a footpath on the left, North Mymms footpath 9, which doubles back on the way you have just travelled to take you S, 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.

3: Turn left on North Mymms footpath 11 and head E following this path with the brook on your left and the field on your right. After 260m you will reach some wooden steps leading to a footpath alongside the railway.

4: Turn right and heads S, still on North Mymms footpath 11, heading towards Hawkshead Lane.

5: Turn left on Hawkshead Lane, cross the railway bridge, and look out for a footpath sign on your left immediately you cross the track. This is still North Mymms footpath 11.

6: Take the path and head N downhill with the railway track on your left. When you reach the small stream and the backs of the houses, the path veers to the right and heads E before reaching Bluebridge Road at a set of wooden steps.

7: Cross the road (take care here, some motorists test their car's performance at this point) and head for a footpath sign to the S of the road bridge on the E side of the road. Walk down this footpath, still North Mymms footpath 11, keeping the stream on your left. There is a metal handrail to stop you falling in the river and a cottage on your right. Soon fields open up on your right and there are hedges and trees on your left. Keep the river bed on your left and the field on your right (watch the barbed wire at the top of the field fence). Keep following this narrow path as it follows the curve of the field.

Ignore a stile on your right which take North Mymms Footpath 11 across the field (often occupied by friendly horses), and keep walking with the river bed on your left and the field on your right. This path continues until it reaches Gobions Wood.

8: At a point where the footpath swings round to the right and starts to climb, look for a gap in the hedgerow to the left here and enter Gobions Wood. There is a sign marking the beginning of the conservation area. Keep following the path, with the stream on your left. Ignore the first wooden bridge on your left and keep heading E over a few small plank bridges crossing streams. At the next fork in the path, take the route which curves to the right and climbs SE before bending left at the southern boundary of Gobions Woodland. The path continues until it reaches the bridge over the ornamental ponds.

9: Cross this bridge and head N straight uphill, slightly to your left, to a small wooden bridge. Cross that small wooden bridge and keep walking straight. You should have an open field on your right with views over to the Brookmans Park Transmitting Station and views of the backs of the houses on Mymms Drive. A hedge with a small pond is on your left.

10: Go through a metal gate and, keeping to the right, skirt the right hand side of Gobions Pond as it turns first right and then veers left to a fork in the path by a tree.

11: Here you take the path on the right and continue for 290m until you leave the woods and join Mymms Drive.

12: Turn left on Mymms Drive and continue NW uphill to Georges Wood Road.

13: Turn left on Georges Wood Road and then take the first turn on the right and head N down Golf Club Road which leads to Brookmans Park Golf Club, which is also North Mymms footpath 68.

14: When you reach the golf club, you will notice a track on the right going behind Chancellor's School. Take this footpath, still North Mymms footpath 68, and follow it round until it meets the top of Pine Grove. Keep going straight, and slightly to your left, down a road called The Drive until you reach Bulls Lane.

15: Turn left on Bulls Lane and head WSW for 310m until you meet a footpath gate on the left at the point where the the lane bends to the right.

16: This is North Mymms footpath 33 which heads NW and W for 1.2km with the woods on the left and the fields on the right through several well-maintained gates until it reaches a small footbridge spanning a ditch.

17: Cross the bridge and turn left down a footpath, North Mymms footpath 33, heading W and running parallel to Bulls Lane. Continue until you reach the railway bridge.

18: Go under the railway bridge and, immediately after, turn left on North Mymms footpath 34, which leads round to the right past North Mymms football ground and through woodland, before reaching a set of wooden steps leading down to a track. Turn right, and follow the track until crosses a brook and emerges in a car park behind North Mymms Youth and Community Centre. Continue until you reach Station Road.

19: Turn left and walk S for 1.2km back to Brookmans Park where there is a pub, a couple of cafes, a selection of restaurants, and shops selling refreshments.

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