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Walk 5: The River Lea Loop

3 miles (5 km) - 200ft of ascent


The bridleway heading E between points 4 & 5
The bridleway heading E between points 4 & 5
This is a fairly short walk along bridleways, footpaths, and country lanes down to the banks of the River Lea and back up to West End near Essendon. It offers open views north across the Hertfordshire countryside and has the benefit of beginning and ending at The Candlestick pub/restaurant.

Directions


Map for Walk 5: The River Lea 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 5: The River Lea Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors

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Staff at The Candlestick at West End say walkers who intend to purchase refreshments at the pub/restaurant before or after their walk are welcome to use the pub car park. But please check in case the policy has changed since these directions were published. There are also a few parking spots on West End Lane outside the pub (location - https://w3w.co/switch.farmer.calms).

The Candlestick, West End
The Candlestick, West End
1: From The Candlestick take the lane almost directly opposite the pub and head WSW and uphill for 370m until you reach the last cottage on the right (location - https://w3w.co/little.flips.leaves). Immediately after you will find Essendon footpath 11.

The southern end of Essendon footpath 11 - point 1
The southern end of Essendon footpath 11 - point 1
2: Turn right on Essendon footpath 11 and head N and downhill for 1km until you reach a stile (location - https://w3w.co/struck.tops.nearly). Cross the stile.

Essendon footpath 11 heading N and downhill - point 2
Essendon footpath 11 heading N and downhill - point 2
3: Join the lane and walk N downhill for 900m. Despite being a lane, this is also still Essendon footpath 11 until you reach a lane on your right leading to a farm (location - https://w3w.co/desire.stone.excuse) where, soon after, the lane becomes Hatfield footpath 96. Continue heading N until you reach a left-hand bend in the road (location - https://w3w.co/clocks.join.ties) with a bridleway on the right.

Turn right on Hatfield bridleway 75 and head E
Turn right on Hatfield bridleway 75 and head E
4: Turn right and head E along Hatfield bridleway 75 which becomes Essendon bridleway 6 after 100m. Continue with the river on your left (see image at the top of these directions). The path bends slightly left, then right and continues for 830m until you reach Essendon bridleway 10 joining from the right (location - https://w3w.co/skips.ankle.author).

Turn right on Essendon bridleway 10 - point 5
Turn right on Essendon bridleway 10 - point 5
5: Turn right and follow Essendon bridleway 10 as it climbs uphill for 1.5km heading S out of the valley and back up to West End (location - https://w3w.co/amused.slug.fact).

6: When you reach West End Lane, turn right and follow the lane round back to The Candlestick.

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