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Walk 37: Three Ridges Loop

Great views, six pubs

8.3 miles (13.4 km)

Photograph of the lake along Walk 37: Three Ridges Loop

This walk connects several of our earlier walks by adding one, short path near Epping Green. The route crosses three ridges with excellent views. The route follows well-defined tracks most of the way. It can be hilly along the way with seven pubs either on the route or a short detour off it.


Walk 37: Three Ridges Loop
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1: Park in New Park Road in Newgate Street (grid reference TL 30049 05035) If you can, park at the village end (the road is wider), and at one of the spots where there is fencing so that you leave the spaces outside the houses for the residents. Walk WNW along New Park Road for 600m until you meet a footpath on the right just before the farm.

2: Take this path, Hatfield footpath 90, and head N and downhill for 550m until you pass a pond on your left (pictured at the top of this walk). Continue heading N for another 410m as the path climbs up the hill to Tyler's Causeway.

3: Turn left on Tyler's Causeway and walk W for 110m until you see a footpath sign on your right just beyond a house. (Please take care along this short stretch of road because it can become a bit of a rat run at peak times.) Follow this path, Hatfield footpath 91, N and NNE for 560m towards Epping Green until you reach a lane, which is also Little Berkhamsted bridleway 22. (At this point you could head east to The Beehive pub for refreshments.)

4: Turn left and follow this bridleway NW for 410m as it bends round, keeping the water towers on your left and continue for another 410m to the point where you reach a left fork.

5: Turn left here, still on Little Berkhamsted bridleway 22, and continue NNW, NNE, and NW for 780m along a ridge with great views on your left. You will pass Little Berkhamsted Cricket Club on your right (you could turn right here if you want refreshments; the village has a shop and a pub/restaurant The Five Horseshoes) and continue to Berkhamsted Lane.

6: Turn left and walk SW for 110m looking out for a track on your right just after a cottage. Take this track, Little Berkhamsted bridleway 17, and head NW for 960m as it becomes a gorse-lined ridge route, dipping down through the woods to the golf course.

7: Turn left and climb the hill on Essendon bridleway 4 heading heading W for 190m until you reach the club house. Keeping the club house on your left walk round it to your right and then left, and head NW across the fairway for 520m until you reach School Lane.

8: Turn left on School Lane and head W for 190m past the village hall until you reach the B158. Turn left on the B158, cross the road, and head SSE for 75m until you reach a path on your right. Take this path, Essendon footpath 13, which heads WSW for 860m past Essendon Cricket Club on your right. Continue down this path as it drops through the woods and downhill to a footbridge before it climbs up the hill, still heading west, to the BOAT (byway open to all traffic) where you turn right.

9: Follow the this track, Essendon BOAT 14 heading NW for 330m until it reaches West End Lane. Turn left and follow the lane SW for 270m until you reach The Candlestick.

10: Just before you reach The Candlestick, take the footpath on the left, Essendon footpath 13 again, and head ESE for 430m down to the Essendon BOAT 14 again. Turn right and continue along this byway heading S for 490m until you reach a path on your left leading to a gate.

11: Take this path, Essendon footpath 16, and head SSE and SE for 750m. Along the way you will cross a footbridge and continue through the woods with the stream on your left looking out for a path on your right just before a footbridge on your left.

12: Take this path, Essendon footpath 15,  and head SW and then SE for 650m until you reach the B158, Cum Cum Hill. (At this point you could head S a few yards and nip down Wildhill Lane to The Woodman if you need refreshments.)

13: Cross the road and take the track called Hornbeam Lane, also known a Essendon bridleway 18, and head SE for 1.4km first downhill, past stables on the left, and then along a track which continues uphill through a hornbeam wood to Cucumber Lane.

14: Turn right on Cucumber Lane and follow it SSE for 440m until you reach Tyler's Causeway.

15: Turn left on Tyler's Causeway and head NE for 60m looking out for a track on your right. Cross the road and take this track, Hatfield restricted byway 88, as it heads SSE for 330m before turning left and heading ESE and SE for 1.6km back to the place where you parked the car. There are two pubs in Newgate Street, The Crown and The Coach & Horses.

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