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Walk 30: Colney Heath South Loop

3.8 miles (6.1 km)

Photograph taken on Walk 30: Colney Heath South Loop
This is a pleasant circular heading S from the village of Colney Heath and looping around Willow Lakes, a great spot for bird watchers. The walk starts and finishes on Colney Heath where there is a pub and shops selling refreshments. The route passes by Willows Activity Farm on public rights of way.


Map for Walk 30: Colney Heath South Loop Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors There is an interactive map at the bottom of this page
Map for Walk 30: Colney Heath South Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors

There is an interactive map at the bottom of this page
Those with GPS devices can download GPX or KML files for this walk. We've added What3Words location 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: Park in the lane adjacent to Colney Heath Common (location - https://w3w.co/cove.dimes.front) which is just off Coursers Road (Grid Reference: TL 20496 05654. Take the footpath which heads left and SW across the common (location - https://w3w.co/makes.mull.risks). This is Colney Heath footpath 36. Follow the path SW then W for 280m until you come to a stile on your left with a footpath heading S (location - https://w3w.co/care.quarrel.search).

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 (https://w3w.co/awards.dome.taker).

3: Turn right once through the hedge and ignore the footpath straight ahead but instead head NW, the SW and then SSE skirting the field and stables on your left until you reach the end of the field (location - https://w3w.co/notes.brass.rang).

4: Turn right on Ridge footpath 4 and follow the path SW for 250m walking between two lakes until you come to a bridleway T-junction (location - https://w3w.co/mats.helps.palace).

5: Cross Ridge bridleway 6 and continue SW, still on Ridge footpath 4, through the woods for 560m until you reach a track (location - https://w3w.co/gift.share.noble).

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 (location - https://w3w.co/chop.panic.choice). This is Willows Farm Village, an open farm which has an admission charge for those visiting the farm but walkers using the right of ways across the property don't have to pay.

7: Continue until you reach a right turn (location - https://w3w.co/relate.woven.habit) where you head and head WNW for 200m to a gate (location - https://w3w.co/marked.beside.bucks) where you turn left just before the lake then head SW for 190m until you reach a track (location - https://w3w.co/issued.closed.verbs). Turn right here and head NW, NNW, then NW for 90m looking out for a path on your right (location - https://w3w.co/moth.sticky.enhancement).

8: Turn right on this path, Ridge footpath 1, then follow it NNE, NE, then ENE for 1.4km. Please be sure to stay on the gravel track which is the public right of way. There is another path to the right and closer to the lake, but this is for people fishing and is not an official public right of way.

9: When you reach a car park (location - https://w3w.co/usage.stews.bond), keep walking until you pass the offices of the Willow Lakes Fishery, look out for a bridleway on your right (location - https://w3w.co/part.name.best). Take this path, which is Ridge bridleway 6, and follow it SE for 80m crossing a wooden footbridge before reaching Ridge bridleway 2 on the left (location - https://w3w.co/shack.truly.tooth).

10: Follow this bridleway 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 (location - https://w3w.co/ruler.hips.loving). When you reach Church Lane turn left and head N for 90m until you cross the River Colne again.

11: Turn right after the river (location - https://w3w.co/pint.speeds.unrealistic), 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 where you will find local shops and a pub, The Crooked Billet (location - https://w3w.co/exit.humble.soaks).

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