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Walk 51: Mymmshall Wood Loop

A hill climb and quiet valley

3 miles (4.7 km)


Photograph of bridleway taken along Walk 51: Mymmshall Wood Loop

A pleasant circular walk through pine woods, oak woodland, over open fields and down footpaths through deep hedgerows. In July and August look out for the Purple Emperor butterfly along the way. There are no pubs along this route, but two close by.

Directions

Map for Walk 51: Mymmshall Wood Loop Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors See the interactive map below the directions for KML and GPX details
Map for Walk 51: Mymmshall Wood Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors
See the interactive map below the directions for KML and GPX details

1: Park in the access lane that runs parallel to Swanland Road, and cross Swanland Road (with care - it’s like a race track at times). Head for the footbridge over the A1(M). The track leading up to the footbridge is Potters Bar restricted byway 79. As you cross the footbridge you will be on North Mymms restricted byway 83.

After crossing the footbridge, turn right and follow North Mymms restricted byway 3 NNW for 170m with the A1(M) on your right. This track is also known as Love Lane. Continue along this byway as it bends round to the left and becomes North Mymms BOAT 4 (byway open to all traffic. Follow this byway NW for 460m until you reach a junction in the track by a wooden bench (shortly after passing an old water pump on your left). You keep left at the bench and continue heading NW on North Mymms bridleway 4 until you reach a footpath/track crossing.

2: Turn left and head SW along North Mymms bridleway 1 for 530m with Cangsley Grove on your right. Look out for Purple Emperor butterflies here in July and August. Continue along the path through the woods until you reach a footpath gate on your left opening into the field.

3: Take this path, North Mymms footpath 1, and head SW for 450m. Cross the field, then a  footbridge at the bottom of the hill before climbing uphill across the next field until you reach a gate leading to a bridleway.

4: Turn left on North Mymms bridleway 2 and follow it S for 770m through Redwell Wood and Hawkshead Wood heading down the hill towards Blackhorse Lane. Just before reaching Blackhorse Lane you come to a small cottage on the left. At this point you could take a detour 670m south to The Black Horse at South Mimms.

5: Immediately after the cottage, turn sharp left on Ridge restricted byway 11 and head NE past Woodhill Farm on your right. Just past the farm the track becomes North Mymms restricted byway 3 and continues for 1.5km heading NNE and then NE through Hawkshead Wood and Mymmshall Wood and then E down to the footbridge over the A1(M) where you started the walk. At this point you could walk 1.1km N on Warrengate Road to The Woodman Inn at Water End.

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