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Walk 38: Ayot Greenway South Loop

4.1 miles (6.5 km) with 107m total ascent

Picture of River Lea taken along Walk 38: Ayot Greenway South
This walk crosses a golf course, goes past Brocket Hall, passes through pine woods, follows a riverside footpath, and follows the track of the old railway branch line between Hertford, Welwyn Garden City, Luton and Dunstable. The walk starts and finishes at the Waggoners pub off Ayot Green, which is 2 miles NW of Welwyn Garden City station by road.


This walk crosses a golf course

Map for Walk 38: Ayot Greenway South Loop
Map for Walk 38: Ayot Greenway South Loop
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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: From The Waggoners pub on Brickwall Close off Ayot Green (location - https://w3w.co/search.gift.leaned) take the footpath on the W side of the road. This is Ayot St Peter footpath 24 which becomes Hatfield footpath 58 after 90m at the point where you meet the golf course. Head SW across the golf course through pine woods and over fairways for 1km until you reach a laurel hedge (location - https://w3w.co/search.from.buck).

Detour (in orange) mentioned below along with the viewpoint
Detour (in orange) mentioned below along with the viewpoint
* At this point you could take a 360m SSW down Hatfield footpath 59 to a lovely bridge over the River Lea which offers spectacular views of Brocket Hall to the west. See orange detour line on the map above along with a photo opportunity icon.
2: If you don't take the detour mentioned about, turn sharp right and walk NW on Hatfield footpath 57 for 800m, keeping the laurel hedge on your left until the path crosses a metalled track and then continues downhill, across another fairway, and uphill to woodland on the far side (location - https://w3w.co/villa.boil.scope).

3: Walk through the woods and continue heading NW for 830m as the path drops down and leaves the wood. At this point you will be walking on Wheathampstead 13 which continues NW alongside the River Lea to Waterend (location - https://w3w.co/rice.silent.song).

4: When the path reaches a lane, turn right and, after 45m, turn left and head NW along the Lea Valley Way, Wheathampstead bridleway 18 (location - https://w3w.co/wide.tries.cove).

5: After 480m Wheathampstead bridleway 18 bends to the right (location - https://w3w.co/enjoy.pint.cloth) and heads NNE for 230m with the woodland on your left and the field on your right until you meet Ayot Greenway (location - https://w3w.co/light.sailor.frosted).

6: Turn right on the Ayot Greenway and head SSE, then NE and SSE again for 2.2km following the former railway line as it curves round to the end of the track where it meets a path leads down to the junction of Ayot Little Green Lane (location - https://w3w.co/dive.dice.banks) and Ayot St Peter Road.

7: Ignore Ayot Little Green Lane on the right and take the left fork, which is Ayot St Peter Road, then follow it as it heads SE for 570m until you reach Ayot Green (location - https://w3w.co/strict.plenty.guards). Continue heading SE through Ayot Green for 200m until you reach Brickwall Close on the right (location - https://w3w.co/linen.sweat.obey).

8: Turn right on Brickwall Close and follow the road S back to the start point.
* There is another pub, The Red Lion (location - https://w3w.co/aspect.risk.edge), which is 420m NW of The Waggoners and is accessed via a bridge over the A1(M).

Interactive map


  1. I often incorporate this route into a run, it's lovely

  2. A good 4 mile loop - just watch out for the golf balls!

    The direction at stage 7 is a bit confusing - well it got me lost! Ignore road to Ayot Little Green Lane and head straight-on along road sign-posted Ayot Green.

    1. Hi Martin,
      Thanks for that feedback. I have reworked point 7 in the directions above to try to make that stage clearer.

  3. Thank you for this site, im trying my first walk today. It mentioned a green print friendly icon. I can't see it. Am I missing something?

  4. Great, I hope you enjoy the walk. The green PrintFriendly icon is only visible on the website at the bottom of the page under the interactive map. If you are using the mobile version of the site you can get to the PrintFriendly icon by scrolling down to the bottom of the page then clicking on the 'view web version'. That will then load the web version on your phone. You then scroll to the bottom of the page where you will find the green PrintFriendly printer icon under the interactive map. If you click on it the page will load in PrintFriendly allowing you to delete any elements you don't need. Sorry I did not make this clear. I will now update the instructions on the site. Thanks for pointing it out. Happy walking.

  5. I've updated the instructions. Thanks again for pointing this out.


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