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Walk 30: Colney Heath South Loop

Good circular walk through an open farm

3.8 miles (6.1 km)

Photograph taken on Walk 30: Colney Heath South Loop

This is a lovely circular heading south from the village and turning back just before the M25. There is a pub in Colney Heath (there were four), one in Roestock, and shops selling refreshments near the start and finish.


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1: Park in the lane adjacent to Colney Heath Common just off Coursers Road (Grid Reference: TL 20496 05654. Take the footpath which heads left and SW across the common. This is Colney Heath footpath 36. Follow the path round for 280m until you come to a stile on your left with a footpath heading south.

2: Head SW across the field, still on Colney Heath footpath 36 and cross a footbridge with a gate either side. At this point the path becomes Ridge footpath 4 and continues across the next field heading for the gap in the hedge.

3: Here you have a choice of going through a field of horses which is the definitive route, Ridge footpath 4, or taking the permissive path to the right around the field. Both end up at the same place. We took the permissive path.

4: Follow the path SW for 250m walking between two lakes until you come to a bridleway T-junction.

5: Cross Ridge bridleway 6 and continue SW, still on Ridge footpath 4, through the woods for 560m until you reach a track.

6: Cross the track and go into the field directly opposite heading SW for 360m heading to the right of the car park on the far side. (It was marked 'Beware Of The Bull', but there wasn't a bull there when we used the path. If you are worried you could take the track and keep following it to the right until you reach Willow Farm.)

7: Here you go through a gate and turn right and head SW, WNW, and then NW for 370m to a gate into Willows Farm Village, an open farm.
Note: There is a sign on the gate entering Willows Farm Village that is slightly ambiguous and suggests that you need to get a wristband to follow the public footpath. I called to check and was assured that “if you are walking through Willows Farm Village and not visiting the attractions there is no need to obtain a wristband.” 
When you reach this sign, turn left and go through Willows Farm Village on Ridge footpath 5 heading SW and downhill through the various attractions until you reach the Ridge footpath 3 leading to the bottom of the lakes.

8: After crossing the River Colne look out for a footpath on your right, Ridge footpath 1, and take this as it heads NNE and NE for 1.4km. Please be sure to stay on the public right of way. There is another path to the right and closer to the lake, but this is mainly for people fishing and is not an official public right of way.

9: Just after your path goes between two lakes you will reach a point where the track turns left. You  will see a bridleway sign to your right. Take this path, Ridge bridleway 6, and follow it SE for 90m until it reaches Ridge footpath 2 on your left.

10: Take this footpath and follow it NE for 730m to Church Lane. Along the way you will pass a model railway on the right run by the North London Society of Model Engineers. Turn left on Church Lane and head NNW for 90m and cross the River Colne again.

11: Turn right and follow Colney Heath footpath 35 for 840m E and SE across the common and back to your car.

There are a few refreshments options in Colney Heath with local shops and two pubs, The Crooked Billet, and The Chalkdrawers Arms.

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