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Walk 4: The Epping Green Loop

2.2 miles (3.5 km) with 35m total ascent

Image for walk 5, The Epping Green Loop, created by The Hertfordshire Walker and released under Creative Commons
This is a gentle stroll along footpaths between Little Berkhamsted and Epping Green. The route is through undulating countryside and twisting woodland paths. One part of the walk, towards the end, can be a bit muddy after rain. The walk has the advantage of starting and finishing close to a pub and has a pub at the halfway point. The last part has open views across to Brookmans Park, Wildhill, and Essendon. The starting point is five miles E of Welham Green station by road.


Map for Walk 4: The Epping Green Loop  Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker  Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors  For KML and GPX details, see the interactive map below the directions
Map for Walk 4: The Epping Green Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors

We have an interactive map below the directions
Those with GPS devices can download GPX or KML files for this walk. We've added What3Words 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 Five Horeshoes pub/restaurant walk N for 50m until you reach a footpath on your right just before St Andrew Church (location - https://w3w.co/learn.evenly.boost). Take this path, Little Berkhamsted footpath 9, and head ENE for 310m until you reach a footpath junction (location - https://w3w.co/master.artist.woke). If you reach the lane you have gone too far.

2: Turn right here, on Little Berkhamsted footpath 10, and keeping the hedge on your left and the field on your right head SSE and then S for 210m. The path crosses a small stream and climbs to a gate.

3: Continue now heading S for 90m until you reach a footpath junction with Little Berkhamsted footpath 11 on your left (location - https://w3w.co/photos.cooks.sadly).

4: Turn left on Little Berkhamsted footpath 11 and head ESE and downhill for 90m until you reach a gate and a junction in the tracks (location - https://w3w.co/soda.arch.flops).

5: Turn right, now on Little Berkhamsted bridleway 23, and follow this path for 140m as it twists and turns up and down hill through woodland before it veers sharp left down a small hill and immediately up again.

6: After crossing a wooden bridge the path veers right and climbs a hill before opening out into a bridleway.

7: Keep following this path for 440m first heading E and then S looking out for a footpath on your right (location - https://w3w.co/listed.mixer.lungs). This is Little Berkhamsted footpath 14. Cross the field keeping the hedge on your right until you reach another stile. Cross this and head across another field keeping the farm on your left and the hedge on your right. Go through a gate, cross the farm track and go through another gate and down a farm road leading to the Epping Green (location - https://w3w.co/homes.rips.rooms).

8: When you reach the lane, you have the option of turning right to reach the Beehive pub (location - https://w3w.co/song.joke.renew). Otherwise, turn left on the lane for 35m then take the track on the right just before the bend (location - https://w3w.co/vision.young.below). This is Little Berkhamsted bridleway 22. Take this path and follow it WSW for 240m before it turns right (location - https://w3w.co/vision.young.below).

9: Keeping the water tower and the mobile phone transmitter on your left, continue along this bridleway.

10: After 410m turn left at the point where the track splits (location - https://w3w.co/sulk.caring.aura). After turning left continue along Little Berkhamsted bridleway 22. This part can be quite muddy and is used by horse riders. However walkers have created an alternative path alongside and through the trees so you can avoid the worst of the mud, but you won't avoid it all.

11: At the end of this wooded part of the walk, you will have views on your left across the valley to Wildhill, Essendon, and Brookmans Park. Continue walking along the edge of the field keeping the hedge on your right until you see Little Berkhamsted Cricket Club through the trees (location - https://w3w.co/filer.apples.twin).

12: Go through the gate on your right and take Little Berkhamsted footpath 8 leading across the edge of the cricket pitch and, keeping the hedge on your left, walk straight ahead back to Little Berkhamsted village and the option of refreshments at the Five Horseshoes or the village shop.

Interactive map with KML and GPX


  1. We combined walks 4 and 7 which were very enjoyable but were rather less per my walking app in distance than your published 6 miles. Other members of the group came up with a similar distance to mine. How do you calculate the distance in your walks? I ask because we look for walks of around 5-6 miles beginning and ending at a pub. As it happened, several members of our group were late so the shorter distance meant that we weren't late for lunch.

    1. Hi Robert,
      Sorry about that. I have checked with MapHub, the tool I use to map the walks, and you are right. Walk 4 is 2.2 miles and walk 7 is also 2.2 miles.
      These are two of the earlier walks we created long before apps when measurements were taken on an OS map with a piece of string. I have since added MapHub maps and GPS navigation files which have accurate measurements. But I forgot to update some of the earlier walks. Apologies. I hope it didn't spoil your day. I have updated both walks with the correct distances.
      Thanks for taking the time to point it out.


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