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Walk 48: Kimpton Loop

Woodland, quiet paths, open views

5.2 miles (8.3 km)

Photograph of footpath, trees and fields taken along Walk 48: Kimpton Loop

Rolling hills, wonderful quiet paths and tracks, woodland, views, and two pubs, one along the route and the other at the start and finish.


Map for Walk 48: Kimpton 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
Map for Walk 48: Kimpton Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors

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1: Park in the lane outside The Brocket Arms and head E until you reach the bend. Take a left turn and head N down a track, Ayot St Lawrence bridleway 10, and continue for 600m.

2: When you reach some cottages, turn right and head NE for 140m before taking a track on your left Codicote bridleway 38, which continues N and then NE. Continue along this path with fields on either side until you reach Kimpton Road after 970m.

3: Cross the road heading slightly to your right and take the Green Lane almost opposite which continues N with the River Mimram on the left.

4: After 170m take the track on the left, Knebworth bridleway 30 and head N.

5: At Rye-end cottages continue to N walking to the right of the cottages and follow the path round until you reach Codicote Road.

6: Turn left and continue NW for 25m before turning left down a drive which is also St Paul's Walden footpath 40. Continue SW along this drive, over an ornamental bridge over the River Mimram. 110m after the bridge look out for a gate on your left to the side of the drive.

7: Go through this gate and continue heading W up the field along Kimpton footpath 26 climbing to the gate at the top of the hill. Keep walking W with the woodland on your right and the field on the left as the path leaves the woodland and, after another field, skirts Hoopark Wood (on your left). At the other side of the wood cross an open field and emerge on a farm road at Hoo Park Cottages.

8: Turn left and follow the farm road, Kimpton footpath 25, for 1km SW down to Kimpton.

9: When you reach Hitchin Road in Kimpton, go straight across and take the footpath, Kimpton footpath 30, round the back of the houses. After 160m you will come to a footpath sign pointing left.

10: Take this path, Kimpton footpath 21 through a pleasant residential area until you emerge on Church Lane.

11: When you reach High Street, the B651, you turn right. After 40m take the footpath on your left, Kimpton footpath 1 and follow it S and uphill past the rugby pitch on your left. At the top, the track bends round to the changing rooms, ignore this and head straight on and up following the path through the hedge and turning left when you hit the field.

12: Follow this path round past Kimpton Recreation Ground on your left (hidden by trees) and continue W then SW and then S as the path heads up alongside and to the left of the B651, Ballslough Hill for 550m.

13: When the path emerges on the road take the track opposite, Kimpton footpath 11, and head SE over fields down to Claggbottom Wood. This field is sometimes sown with rape and, although the path is well-defined, it can be slippy after rain and the clay sticks to your boots. But don't worry, you can clean them up in the woodland. Walk through Claggbottom Wood, across an open field to the gate on the far side.

14: Continue walking SE along Ayot St Lawrence footpath 5 past the new St Lawrence Church and across the fields to Ayot St Lawrence. When you reach the Hill Farm Lane, turn left and head back to the car.

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