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Walk 22: The North Mymms Way

A circular walk around the parish of North Mymms

12 miles (19.3 km)


Photograph of The path along Foxes Lane near Welham Green mentioned in point 13 below Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The path along Foxes Lane near Welham Green mentioned in point 13 below
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

A half-day walk, keeping, as close as possible using public footpaths, bridleway, byways, permissive paths, and quiet lanes to the boundary of the historic and picturesque parish of North Mymms in south Hertfordshire, which is mentioned in the Domesday Book. Allow four to five hour.

Directions

Map for Walk 22: The North Mymms Way  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 22: The North Mymms Way
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

For those travelling by car, there are three free parking spots marked on the map in orange. They are 1) in the North Mymms Parish Council car park off Jonas Way, Brookmans Park, 2) along St Mary's Church Road, and 3) at the top of Black Horse Lane. For those travelling by train, the route passes both Brookmans Park and Welham Green stations. And for those travelling by bus there are a number of bus routes serving the area. There is restricted parking in Brookmans Park and Welham Green and surrounding roads (check signs), but you can pay to park in the station car parks.

1: Starting in the village of Brookmans Park, cross the railway bridge and head N along Station Road for 160m.

2: Just before you reach Bradmore Lane on your left, look out for a footpathTake this path, North Mymms footpath 9 and head S and continues through a tunnel of trees and bushes.

3: After 590m you will reach a footbridge over Ray Brook. Cross the brook, turn right at the gate, and follow North Mymms footpath 11 W with the field on your left and Ray Brook on your right for 300. At the end of the field, cross the footbridge to your right. As soon as you have crossed, turn left and head for a gate leading to a continuation of the footpath through woodland. This is known as Wise's Lane, although it no more than a footpath. Continue W along this path for 570m until it dips downs, becomes a wooden elevated wooden walkway, emerges at a concrete bridge across Mymmshall Brook (stop here to try to spot a kingfisher), and ends on Warrengate Road. Note: There is an earlier left turn off this path that also leads to a bridge, but you ignore that one.

4: When you reach Warrengate Road, turn left and continue walking S for 600m until you reach the last house on your right. Here you turn right walking up a cut through to Swanland Road.

5: Cross Swanland Road with care - it can be like an F1 racetrack at times - and take the byway directly opposite, North Mymms restricted byway 83, which turns sharp left and leads round to a footbridge over the A1(M). At the other side of the motorway, continue heading SW along North Mymms restricted byway 3 heading up the hill along and on through pine woods for 1.73km past a large house set back on your right, and, later, a small farm on your left. Soon after you reach a small cottage on the right.

6: Here your way is sharp right and head north on Ridge bridleway 10 for 720m as you climb the hill to and reach a cottage on your left just before a clearing. Walk on past the cottage and continue along North Mymms bridleway 2 as it continues N and dips down a secluded valley and up over the hill.

7: The bridleway then drops down through woodland to a quiet lane leading to North Mymms church. This is St Mary's Church Road. When you reach the church, turn left into St Mary's churchyard and continue past the side of the church until you reach the W entrance in the tower (the second door).

Photograph of St Mary's Church, North Mymms  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
St Mary's Church, North Mymms
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Here you will see a footpath to your left heading through the gravestones. It is marked with small green posts and leads down to a metal gate into the grounds of North Mymms Park.

Photograph of The footpath from St Mary's Church  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The footpath from St Mary's Church
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Follow this footpath, North Mymms footpath 29, as it crosses parkland, first over the drive to North Mymms House, and then across a footbridge over the River Colne.

Photograph of The footbridge over the River Colne in North Mymms Park  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The footbridge over the River Colne in North Mymms Park
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Continue heading NE for 370m following the marker posts until you reach a gate leading to Tollgate Road.

8: Cross this road with care; cars can come speeding on this stretch. On the other side of Tollgate Road you will find a permissive path installed the local landowner to help walkers avoid having to walk along the busy road. Turn left and follow this path N inside the field and along the E side of Tollgate Road for 200m until you reach another metal gate.  Here you turn right and take North Mymms footpath 55 heading NE for 520m across the field passing a line of old oaks and continue until you reach the side of the A1(M). Turn left and head north for 70m walking with the A1(M) on your right. Climb a set of wooden steps up to the bridge over the A1(M).

9: Cross the bridge and immediately turn left heading diagonally NNE along North Mymms footpath 52 for 360m through a field to the hedgerow in the distance. This field is rarely cultivated and can be a mass of red poppies in June.


Poppies in the field described in point 9 above
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

10: Go through the gate and turn right heading for Welham Green. The bridleway (formerly Dellsome Lane) veers right. Ignore the first path on the left, and keep going until you reach a second path after 380m. Take this byway, North Mymms restricted byway 22, and follow it as it weaves its way NE. At the point where the path emerges in an open field you continue straight along a footpath heading NE, now on North Mymms footpath 23, with the field on your left and the hedgerow on your right. You might want to pick up a stick to push back encroaching nettles.

11: Afer 790m you will emerge on the footpath from Welham Green to Hatfield. Turn right on this path, North Mymms footpath 20, and continue S until you reach Pooleys Lane on the northern outskirts of Welham Green.

12: Turn left on Pooleys Lane and follow the road as it veers right, looking out for a path on your left after 240m. This path leads to Travellers Close on the Welham Green industrial estate. Continue along Travellers Close until you reach a T-junction with Travellers Lane. The railway line will be straight ahead. Turn right, and, keeping the railway on your left, continue until you reach Dixons Hill Road.

13: Cross Dixons Hill Road with care and turn left towards the station. Cross the bridge over the railway and continue until you reach Foxes Lane on your right. Foxes Lane is a BOAT (byway open to all traffic). Turn right here. You will see a caravan park on your right and one on your left. Continue along North Mymms BOAT 84 for 1.2km as it veers right and then climbs slightly to Bulls Lane. This path can be waterlogged at times, and walkers may have to scramble along the side to navigate this stretch. Hertfordshire County Council carried out extensive work on this byway in 2017 in an effort to alleviate the flooding problem.

14: When you emerge on Bulls Lane turn left and walk up the lane for 650m until you reach a T-junction at Bell Bar.

15: Here the way is right along Bell Lane, however, if you want refreshments, you could turn left and then right on the A1000 and visit the Cock o' the North, the Dutch Nursery, or the garage on the corner. If not, continue along the lane at Bell Bar heading S and the NE for 610m as it climbs to the A1000.

16: Just before you reach the A1000 (The Great North Road) take the footpath on the right, North Mymms footpath 68, which is a gated road called The Drive. Continue along The Drive heading SW for 170m until you reach the top of Pine Grove. Directly ahead of you to the right you will see a footpath running behind Chancellor's School. Take this continuation of North Mymms footpath 68 until you reach Brookmans Park Golf Club on Golf Club Road.

17: Turn left and head S until you reach the crossroads with Brookmans Avenue, Georges Wood Road, Mymms Drive, and Golf Club Road.

18: Head straight across the junction and continue S for 330, down Mymms Drive passing Moffats Lane on your right. Continue past The Grove on your right, and then look out for a footpath on your right between the houses which leads to a gate into the woodland of Gobions Open Space.

19: Follow the path for 330m until you reach Gobions Pond. Here you turn left and then head S towards a gate. This is one of the entrances to Gobions Wood, a Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust reserve.

Photograph Yellow flag and water lilies on Gobions Pond in June  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Yellow flag and water lilies on Gobions Pond in June
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

20: Walk down this path, still heading S, with the fields on your left and hedgerow on your right. When you enter the wood continue straight heading S and cross a wood and steel footbridge. Once over the other side, turn right and cross a second wood and steel footbridge. Once across, turn left and head S towards a gate into an open field.

21: Enter the field and keep left along a permissive path for 200m with the field on your right and hedgerow on your left until you reach a gate on your left. Go through the gate and head diagonally SE along, North Mymms footpath 11, up towards Folly Arch, keeping to the right of the arch.

22: Turn right on Hawkshead Road and continue on the N side of the road past Boltons Park Farm. Cross the road and soon after the farm go through the gate on a permissive path running parallel to Hawkshead Road heading W.

23: After 520, the path rejoins Hawkshead Road at the junction with Hawkshead Lane and Bluebridge Road. Here you turn left, cross Hawkshead Lane, and continue along another permissive path through the field on the N side of Hawkshead Lane heading W. Continue heading W for 370m along this path, with the field on your right and hedgerow on your left until the path rejoins Hawkshead Lane by the railway bridge.

24: After crossing the railway bridge take the footpath on your right, North Mymms footpath 11, and walk N with the railway on your right. Continue on this path for 380m until you reach a footpath sign on your left.

25: Take this footpath, a continuation of North Mymms footpath 11, and descend down a steep flight of stairs heading W through bushes to a small stream at the bottom. Continue heading W for 300m with the fields on your left and the stream on your right until you reach the gate you went through towards the start of your walk

26: Turn right on this footpath, North Mymms footpath 9, and head N, retracing your steps back to Brookmans Park.



Photograph of The start of the final path heading north to Brookmans Park Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The start of the final path heading north to Brookmans Park
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Interactive Map


Those with smartphones or tablets might want to use the interactive map below which contains KML and GPX data.




Note:This walk was first mapped out and written in 2011 and was one of a collection of local walks on the former walks section of the Brookmans Park newsletter. All those walks have since been moved here to the Hertfordshire Walker site. In late 2017, the author of this walk, David Brewer, suggested that North Mymms Parish Council (NMPC) adopted The North Mymms Way as an official way-marked path. David was invited to give a presentation to councillors setting out the route and the features of the North Mymms Way. At that meeting he shared the route and images for the walk, and gave the local authority permission to use and adapt his directions under the terms of Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0. Shortly after, the NMPC decided to recognise the route and make it an official NMPC long-distance footpath. NMPC suggested a short extension to the walk to take in Little Heath using permissive paths. The walk above was updated in early 2018 to reflect those changes.