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Walk 10: Brookmans Park Loop

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 involves 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 excellent views across the countryside to the NE of the village. The route takes you through the middle of Gobions Wood, which is managed by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.

Directions


Map for Walk 10: Brookmans Park Loop Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors There is an interactive 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

There is an interactive map embedded at the end of these directions
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There is restricted parking in Brookmans Park village centre and surrounding roads (check signs for penalty hours), but you can pay to park in the station car park (location - https://w3w.co/basis.ripe.jabs).

1: From Brookmans Park village centre walk W towards the station, cross the railway bridge, and follow Station Road for 160m as it 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 for 570m 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 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 after 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. Atfer 400m you will reach the small stream and the backs of the houses. Here the path veers to the right and heads E before reaching Bluebridge Road at a set of wooden steps.

7: Cross the road and head for a footpath sign opposite. Take this path, 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. 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 instead keep heading ESE 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 (location - https://w3w.co/clever.invite.crest). 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 uphill until you leave the woodland with a field on your right and views over to the Brookmans Park Transmitting Station and the backs of the houses on Mymms Drive. You will pass a small pond is on your left.

10: Go through a metal gate and, keeping to the right, walk past Gobions Pond on your left for 210m and follow the path as it bends to the right before reaching a gate. Continue heading NE for 130m until you reach Mymms Drive.

11: Turn left on Mymms Drive and continue NW uphill for 310m to Georges Wood Road.

12: 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. This is also North Mymms footpath 68.

13: 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.
* At this point there is the option of a short detour NW along the Great North Road for refreshments at either The Dutch Marketplace (location - https://w3w.co/rises.focus.gold) or the Cock o' the North pub/restaurant, (location - https://w3w.co/open.skips.liked). The detour loop is marked in yellow on the map above.
14: 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.

15: 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 gates until it reaches a small footbridge spanning a ditch.

16: 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.
* At this point there is an option of a short detour along Bulls Lane to Welham Green to visit The Sibthorpe Arms on Station Road (location - https://w3w.co/fines.spends.state). The detour loop is marked in yellow on the map above.
17: Go under the railway bridge and, immediately after, turn left on North Mymms footpath 34, and follow the path for 460m as it passes the parish football ground on the left and continues 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.

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

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