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Walk 19: Brookmans Park North East Loop

9 miles (14.5 km)


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A circular walk from Brookmans Park to Wildhill and back. This walk is a mix of lane walking and footpaths. You will pass the remains of two WWII defence items, a spigot mortar emplacement and a Tet turret. The Woodman at Wildhill is at the halfway point.

Directions


Map for Walk 19: Brookmans Park NE 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 19: Brookmans Park NE 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), but you can pay to park in the station car park (location - https://w3w.co/fell.dizzy.rates).

1: From Brookmans Park Bradmore Green (location - https://w3w.co/coach.ticket.divisions), walk up Brookmans Avenue for 1km until you reach Golf Club Road on the left. This is also North Mymms footpath 68.

2: Turn left and continue along Golf Club Road and head N for 420m until you reach the clubhouse. At this point turn right down a track, still North Mymms footpath 68, and follow it NE for 330m past Chancellor’s School to the top of Pine Grove.

3: Keep to your left and head NNE along The Drive for 210m until you reach Bell Lane.

4: When you reach Bell Lane turn right and right again walking S alongside the W side of the A1000 keeping the houses on your right. After 130m look out for a footpath sign on the opposite side of the road (location - https://w3w.co/trap.guards.idea). This is North Mymms footpath 37. Take this path for 1km as it runs alongside the Brookmans Park Transmitting Station. Continue until you reach a footbridge. Cross this bridge, turn slightly to your right and then to your left keeping the field on your left and the hedge on your right. Soon after you pass a water tower on your right look out for a spigot mortar emplacement in the hedgerow on your right (location - https://w3w.co/audio.curving.native). This is one of the remains of the local WWII fortifications.

Photograph of the spigot mortar emplacement close to the Brookmans Park Transmitting Station. Image by David Brewer released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The spigot mortar emplacement near the Brookmans Park Transmitting Station
Continue heading NE along Hatfield footpath 86 until you reach Grubbs Lane.

5: Turn right on Grubbs Lane and head E for 230m until you reach Kentish Lane, the B158.

6: Cross Kentish Lane and take Hatfield bridleway 87 opposite, and continue heading E for 760m until you reach a farm.

7: Keep straight through the farmyard and continue E along the bridleway for 1.3km until you reach a junction, with one path going right and the other left (location - https://w3w.co/person.bills.preoccupied).

8: Turn left on the byway, Hatfield restricted byway 88, until you emerge on Tylers Causeway.

9: Turn left and head W for 65m and then turn right on Cucumber Lane. Keep walking along Cucumber Lane for 450m until it veers to the right at which point you will see a footpath sign on the left (location - https://w3w.co/grow.spicy.finger).

10: Take that bridleway, Essendon bridleway 88, and continue NW for 1.3km until you reach the last house on the left where you will see a footpath sign (location - https://w3w.co/trucks.limbs.tube).

11: Take the path, Essendon footpath 20, and head WSW for 200m along the side of a house. When you reach a gate make sure you follow the direction of the sign and head to the right of the bush ahead, and not to the left. Continue SW with the field on your right and the hedgerow on your left for 190m until you reach another gate in the SW corner of the field leading to footbridge.

12: Here you turn right on Essendon footpath 19, and head NW until you reach Kentish Lane.

13: Turn left on Kentish Lane and head S for 300m looking out for a footpath sign on the right (location - https://w3w.co/smiled.pets.cube).

14: Take this path, Hatfield footpath 85, and follow it NW for 300m until you reach a gate.

15: Go through the gate and cross a second field for 130m heading NNW until you come to a second gate. Go through the next field and then drop down to The Woodman car park (the horses in this field can be playful at times).

16: When you reach the pub car park you will see that the parking area splits. The lower area, just beyond a few out-buildings, leads to a gate in the SW corner leading to Hatfield footpath 84. Take this footpath, cross a footbridge, go through another gate, cross a field, cross another footbridge before climbing left to another gate (location - https://w3w.co/blocks.latter.nodded). Go through the gate and turn right, keeping to the right-hand boundary of the field with the hedge on the right and the field on the left. Skirt the field and follow the hedge round as it veers left.

17: After 210m you reach a gap in the hedge (location - https://w3w.co/slam.watch.zones). Turn slightly right and then left keeping the boundary of the field on your right, skirt the field walking uphill while keeping the field on your left and the hedgerow on your right and continue as the path climbs to the woods ahead.

18: Follow the path towards a beech tree at the edge of the wood (location - https://w3w.co/bottom.humble.space). Continue walking with the woodland on your right heading SW for 280m until you reach a gate leading out to Grubbs Lane.

19: Turn left on Grubbs Lane and head SW for 90m until you reach Hatfield footpath 83 on your right. Take this path and head SW for 750m as the path runs through the crop, across a footbridge, across another field, through a small copse. At this point look out for the remains of a WWII Tett turret (location - https://w3w.co/softly.privately.drove) on your right. Cross another field, now on North Mymms footpath 66, and emerge at the corner of Woodside Lane and the A1000, Great North Road (location - https://w3w.co/stored.crisis.barks)

The Bell Bar Tett turret, North Mymms, Hertfordshire Photograph by the North Mymms History Project Released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The Bell Bar Tett turret, North Mymms, Hertfordshire
* At this point you could head SE on the Great North Road for 140m to visit the Cock o' The North pub/restaurant on the right, or a further 130m to visit the Dutch Marketplace on the left.
20: Cross the A1000 and head S down Bell Lane opposite for 460m passing Bulls Lane on your right and continuing until Bell Lane makes a left turn. At this point you will notice a footpath on your right soon after a large three storey house (location - https://w3w.co/fight.tested.level).

21: Take this footpath, North Mymms footpath 33, for 1.2km and follow it NW and then W as it skirts Peplins Wood and emerges on Bulls Lane (location - https://w3w.co/plans.bikes.fish). Turn left on Bulls Lane and head W for 460m, go under the railway bridge and look out for a footpath on your left.
* At this point you could take a 440m detour to visit The Sibthorpe Arms by continue along Bulls Lane and turning right on Station Road.
22: Turn left on this footpath, North Mymms footpath 34, and follow for 450m, first heading S and then SW until it reaches the car park of the North Mymms Youth and Community Centre and continues to Station Road.

23: Turn left on Station Road and follow the road back to Brookmans Park where there are shops, cafes, restaurants and a pub, Brookmans.

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