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Walk 38: Ayot Greenway South Loop

Pinewoods and a riverside track

4.1 miles (6.5 km)

Picture of River Lea taken along Walk 38: Ayot Greenway South

This walk crosses a golf course, passes through pine woods, follows a riverside track, and goes along the track of an old branch line. It starts and finishes at the Waggoners pub where you can park.


Map for Walk 38: Ayot Greenway South Loop  Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker  Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors  Note: There is a larger, more-detailed map embedded at the end of these direction
Map for Walk 38: Ayot Greenway South Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors
There is an interactive map embedded at the end of these direction
Those with GPS devices can download GPX or KML files for this walk

1: Park just past The Waggoners pub on Brickwall Close, and take the footpath on the west 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 your reach a laurel hedge.

2: Here you 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.

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.

4: When the path emerges at the lane, turn right and, after 45m,  turn left and head NW along the Lea Valley Way, Wheathampstead bridleway 18.

5: After 480m Wheathampstead bridleway 18 bends to the right and head NNE for 230m with the woodland on your left and the field on your right until you meet Ayot Greenway.

6: Turn right on the Ayot Greenway and head SSE and then NE as it curves round to the end of the track where it meets a path leads down to Ayot Little Green Lane.

7: Take the fork heading SE for 570m until you reach Ayot Green.

8: Turn left on when you meet Waterend Lane, then, after 60m turn right on Brickwall Close and follow the road S back to your car.

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