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Walk 3: Water End Loop

3 miles (5 km)


Photograph of The footbridge at point 4 in the directions below Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The footbridge mentioned in point 4
A gentle circular walk from Brookmans Park to visit the swallow holes at Water End. There is a pub at the start and finish and one at the halfway point. The walk involves some lane walking but is mostly along footpaths through woodland and across fields.

Directions


Map for Walk 3: The Water End Loop  Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker  Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors  For KML and GPX details, see the interactive map below the directions
Map for Walk 3: The Water End Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors

There is an interactive map below the directions
Those with GPS devices can download GPX or KML files for this walk. We've added What3Words references for those who use that system. If you print these walks you might want to use the green PrintFriendly icon at the bottom of these directions to delete elements such as photographs.

1: From Brookmans Park station (location - https://w3w.co/sheets.frog.toast) head N along Station Road for 200m until you reach Bradmore Lane on your left.

2: Just before you reach Bradmore Lane there is a path on the left (location - https://w3w.co/horses.save.drop). This is North Mymms footpath 9, which doubles back on the way you have just walked to take you S, parallel to the railway track.

3: Continue along this route for 580m until you reach a bridge crossing a brook (location - https://w3w.co/forces.object.damp), which is usually dry, but which can be flooded after heavy rain. Immediately after the bridge turn right and enter a field owned by the Royal Veterinary College. A footpath, North Mymms footpath 11, has been fenced off to the S of the brook. Follow that path for 300m with the field on your left and the hedge on your right as you head W until you reach the end of the field (location - https://w3w.co/sides.match.salad).

4: At the corner of the field you will see a stile on your right leading to a bridge crossing the same brook. Cross this bridge and, once on the other side, look out for a footpath gate on your left (location - https://w3w.co/refers.change.driver). Go through this gate and continue through Brick Kiln Wood with the brook running on your left for 580m. The path soon opens out with fields on your right. Keep the hedge and brook to your left and continue. Ignore the first footpath on your left and keep heading W until the path swings to the left. At this point you join a raised walkway which continues along a boardwalk to the concrete footbridge over Mimmshall Brook (location - https://w3w.co/pads.rather.eating). Cross the bridge to reach Warrengate Road

5: Turn right on Warrengate Road and walk N to the hamlet of Water End. After 580m you will reach The Woodman Inn on your right.
* Here you have an option of taking the footpath on your right immediately before The Woodman Inn, North Mymms footpath 7, and visiting the swallow holes (see the yellow route on the map above). If you take this option follow the path round over the swallow holes climbing through the woods at the other side to reach a field.
At the field turn right and follow North Mymms footpath 8 round to the right with the field on your left and the hedgerow on your right. Head for the SW corner of this field and cut through the hedgerow to reach Bradmore Lane (location - https://w3w.co/deal.bliss.green). Turn left and follow the lane to Station Road where you turn right, cross the railway bridge and return to Brookmans Park.

Photograph of The swallow holes at Water End Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The swallow holes at Water End

Photograph of The swallow holes at Water End Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The swallow holes at Water End
If you don't take this shortcut through the swallow holes, continue walking NNW past The Woodman Inn until you reach Swanland Road (location - https://w3w.co/that.debate.smile). Here you turn right and walk along the cycle path and footpath past the garages
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7: Ignore the first footpath on your right and take the second, North Mymms footpath 30 (location - https://w3w.co/total.power.hopes). Turn right on this footpath and head E for 210m keeping the hedge on your right and the field on your left. Ignore the footpath that crosses your way and continue heading to a way marker in the corner of the field.

Photograph of footpath. Turn left at the marker post in the corner of the field at the point where the path swings to the left  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Turn left at the marker post where the path swings to the left
8: Turn to your left and continue to follow the path NW for 70m with the fields on your left and hedgerow on the right until you reach another way marker and a footpath to your right (location - https://w3w.co/wipe.loops.rubble). Take this path, still North Mymms footpath 30 and follow it through the hedgerow and woodland, cross a bridge over the stream, and emerge at a field (location - https://w3w.co/plus.valley.sake).

9: Turn right on North Mymms footpath 32, and, keeping the hedge on your right and the fields on your left, follow the path round to the SSW for 500m to Bradmore Lane (location - https://w3w.co/deal.bliss.green). Turn left on Bradmore Lane and follow the lane E for 830m to Station Road where you turn right to return to Brookmans Park.
 




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