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Walk 55: Ayot North-East Loop

3.3 miles (5.2km) with 65m total ascent

Photograph of a footbridge over the River Mimram on Walk 55: Ayot North East Loop
A pleasant circular from Ayot St Lawrence down to the River Mimram and back mostly on footpaths. The walk offers some great open views across the Hertfordshire countryside. And there is an option at the start and finish point for refreshments at The Brocket Arms. Check opening times.


Walk 55: Ayot North East 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 55: Ayot North-East Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors

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Park along Hill Farm Lane at Ayot St Lawrence close to The Brocket Arms, (location - https://w3w.co/elaborate.blame.edgy). Head NE along the lane (left as you face the pub) for 75m until you reach the bend.

1: Here you turn left and head NE down Ayot St Lawrence bridleway 10 for 20m looking out for a path on your right. This is Ayot St Lawrence footpath 3 (location - https://w3w.co/sofa.neck.button). Follow this footpath for 1.4km as it heads NE, passing Brimstone Wood on the left, becomes a track and drops down through a farm yard and out to Kimpton Road (location - https://w3w.co/beard.reach.lonely).

2: Turn left and head NNW for 90m until you reach a road junction. Here you turn right on Heath Hill and head NE for 190m, crossing a bridge over the River Mimram at Codicote Bottom, and continuing until you reach a bridleway on the left (location - https://w3w.co/exist.item.solid).

3: Turn left on this track, Codicote bridleway 17, and head NW for 970m until you come to a footpath sign and gate on your left (location - https://w3w.co/harp.issues.toxic).

4: Take this path, Codicote footpath 18 and head WSW for 30m to where it drops down to the river. This is a lovely spot to stop and watch the clear water of the Mimram. Continue heading WSW for another 150m across a field, across a footbridge and emerge on Kimpton Road (location - https://w3w.co/cards.arrow.quite).

5: Turn right and head W along Kimpton Road for 40m before taking a bridleway on your left opposite Kimpton Mill (location - https://w3w.co/drive.crate.chose). Follow this track, Codicote bridleway 38, as it heads SW uphill for 980m to Tanyard Lane (location - https://w3w.co/allow.beam.camp).

6: Here you turn right and head SW along Tanyard Lane for 120m until it bends left. At this point you will see a footpath straight ahead (location - https://w3w.co/flat.adults.certified). Take this path, Codicote footpath 37, and continue heading SW for another 420m with the field on your right and the hedgerow on the left until you reach a gate (location - https://w3w.co/zips.pill.meant).

7: Go through the gate, turn left into an open field usually populated by sheep and head SSE for 300m on Ayot St Lawrence footpath 5 to a gate leading to Ayot St Lawrence new church (location - https://w3w.co/beans.given.orbit).

8: Go through the gate and take the path on your left, still Ayot St Lawrence footpath 5, and head SE for 310m back to Ayot St Lawrence. When you reach the lane (location - https://w3w.co/mull.cave.boring) turn left and head NE for 120m back to the starting point passing the ruins of Ayot St Lawrence old church on the left.

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  1. Great walk just needs to longer.
    Great scenery and easy to on GPS map.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it. We have a mix of walk lengths to (try to) meet all needs. But you could easily extend this one by combining it with Walk 48: The Kimpton Loop.


      If you are looking for walks of a specific length there is a box in the lefthand column which displays walks by their distance.

  2. A lovely gentle walk on good surfaces. A mix of fields with a view, woodland, and waterside. Ayot St Lawrence is a well chosen finish

    1. Yes, a lovely walk. Glad you enjoyed it. We love this walk and do it often, usually ending up at the excellent Brocket Arms in Ayot St Lawrence.
      David (and Ellie)


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