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Walk 43: Datchworth Loop

Woodland, a Roman road, and quiet paths

5.15 miles (8.3 km)

Photograph of footpath along Walk 43: Datchworth Loop

This is a pleasant walk across rolling Hertfordshire countryside along good tracks with good views. The walk doesn’t actually feature a local pub along the route, however there is a pub in Bull’s Green, close to the start and finish of the walk and can be reached by taking a slight detour via Backlane Wood and Moathouse Farm. Parking is difficult, but there is a good spot for a few cars at the junction of Bramfield Road and Queen Hoo Lane.


Walk 43: Datchworth 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 directions
Walk 43: Datchworth Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors
There is an interactive map embedded at the end of these directions
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1: Park at the start of the footpath on the NE side of Bramfield Road next to Green’s Wood (grid reference TL 27578 17044). Head NE on Tewin BOAT 39 (byway open to all traffic) for 300m until you reach a T-junction in the track.

2: Turn left on Watton-at-Stone BOAT 30 and head NW for 930m following the path through Backlane Wood and on until you reach a footpath sign to your right.

3: Here you turn right and head E for 80m on Watton-at-Stone footpath 26 before taking Datchworth restricted byway 25 on your left and heading NNE across a field for 260m. When the path reaches Watton Road, which is a Roman road, cross and continue heading NNE, still on Datchworth restricted byway 25, until you reach a clearing with a path on your right heading E.

4: Turn right on Aston bridleway 6 and head E for 120m before the bridleway heads NE for 880m to Stocking Grove where you should look out for a path on your right soon after a track leaves on your left.

5: Turn right on this track, Watton-at-Stone bridleway 16, and head E downhill and ESE for 550m until you reach Broomhall Farm.

6: Just before the farm turn right on Watton-at-Stone bridleway 14 and head SSW for 80m before the bridleway turns to the left and heads SE for 880m over fields until it reaches Watton Road.

7: Turn left here. This road can be busy, so instead of risking walking along the road, look out for a path on your left that runs along the N side of Watton Road heading ENE for 230m eventually emerging on Watton Road opposite Church Lane.

8: Cross Watton Road and walk down Church Lane heading SE for 260m to the point where Church Lane  bends to the left.

9: Here you turn right and follow a paved track, Watton-at-Stone bridleway 22 SW for 920m first past Watkin’s Cottages on your left, Watkin’s Spring North woodland on your right and round Watkin's Hall Farm on your right. You will pass two duck ponds on your right.

10: Just past the last farm building take the right hand fork, still Watton-at-Stone bridleway 22 and follow it SW for 1.8km until it reaches Watton-at-Stone BOAT 30 where you turn right and head NW for 80m before turning left on Tewin BOAT 39 and heading SW 300m back to where you parked the car.

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