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Walk 58: The Wadesmill North-West Loop

6 miles (9.6 km) with 118m total ascent

Photograph of footpath along Walk 58: The Wadesmill Loop
A walk over undulating countryside with wide open views, well-signposted paths, a few quiet country lanes, and a stretch along a deep cut waterway hidden by woodland and hedgerow. There are two pubs in Wadesmill close to the start and finish points.


Map for Walk 58: The Wadesmill NW Loop Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors There is an interactive map at the end of these directions
Map for Walk 58: The Wadesmill North-West Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors

There is an interactive map at the end of these directions
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Park in the village of Wadesmill (location - https://w3w.co/humble.swung.paper). There are several spots where (as of September 2016) you can park free of charge. But check in case the parking restrictions have changed since this guide was written.

1: From the corner of Anchor Lane walk SW until you reach a bridleway on the right (location - https://w3w.co/hedge.sleep.unions). This is Thundridge bridleway 35.

2: Take this bridleway and head NNW uphill for 270m until you reach a junction with a path going off to your left and one going straight ahead.

3: Turn left here on Thundridge footpath 37 (location - https://w3w.co/plot.steer.hope) and follow this path SW for 200m and then continue as the swings to the right and heads NW across the field. Continue walking NW following markers for 500m until you reach a lane (location - https://w3w.co/spoke.epic.desire). At this point you will be walking on Bengeo rural footpath 4.

4: Cross the lane, and continue WNW for 360m until you reach woodland. Here the path turns left and heads SW with the Lord’s Wood on your right.

5: At the end of the woodland (location - https://w3w.co/stops.sofa.moving) the path swings WNW, crosses the Chelsings Tributary and passes a farm on your left.

6: At the end of the farm buildings (location - https://w3w.co/drops.fear.pipe) turn left then right and continue heading NW along Bengeo rural footpath 3.

7: After 850m you reach Sacombe bridleway 12 (location - https://w3w.co/fields.tubes.jelly). Here you turn right and head N and NE for 570 to the point where the bridleway bends to the left and heads N (location - https://w3w.co/rent.secret.edge). Continue heading N for another 560m until you reach St Catherine’s Church.

8: Turn right just before the church and follow the Sacombe footpath 3 (location - https://w3w.co/couch.heave.simply) as it skirts the churchyard, turns left through the woods and emerges in a field (location - https://w3w.co/issued.milk.drive). Cross the field (which can be boggy) and head NE until you reach Sacombe Green Road (location - https://w3w.co/firmly.drops.times).

9: Turn right on Sacombe Green Road and take the first turning on the left (location - https://w3w.co/bend.orders.nearly), following the as it heads N and then NE.

10: After 500m the lane turns to the left (location - https://w3w.co/forum.jokes.gift), but you continue heading NE along a Roman road called Lowgate Lane, which is also Thundridge BOAT (byway open to all traffic) 41, with Rowney Wood on your left, for another 840m, looking out for a bridleway sign pointing S just before the junction with Whitehill (location - https://w3w.co/punt.reason.eaten).

11: Take this track, Thundridge bridleway 42 as it heads S for 380m crossing a field and continuing until you reach woodland. Keeping the woodland on your left and the fields on your right continue down this path. There are some spectacular drops on your left where the river, The Bourne, has cut an impressive gorge through the land. Continue until you reach Marshall’s Lane (location - https://w3w.co/yoga.pops.hoot).

12: Cross Marshall's Lane and continue down Thundridge footbridge 40 signposted Wadesmill 3/4 mile. Continue heading S for 1km until you reach the road (location - https://w3w.co/target.leaps.pushes), turn right and head back into the village.

There is one pub in Wadesmill, The Feathers (location - https://w3w.co/feast.shade.hops).

Interactive map


  1. We have completed this walk a couple of times now and really enjoy the mixutre of open fields and woodland. An enjoyable walk, I would recommend.

    1. Nice to hear. We enjoyed this walk, too. The rolling countryside in that area is very attractive. Thanks for the feedback.

  2. We had a nasty experience with young horses in the field before Sacombe Green. They chased us and wanted to kick and bite our dog. It was lucky there was two of us one could keep the horses away.

    1. Hi,

      Sorry you had a bad experience. The Ramblers site recommends that: "People keeping horses must ensure that their animals don’t cause a danger. As with cattle, they must assess the risk and decide if it’s safe to keep horses in fields with public access. Horses which chase people or otherwise act aggressively should be reported to the local authority."


      If you want to report the incident you should email the Hertford County Council Rights of Way (ROW) officer for this area, Andrew Burton. As it's a footpath in the parish of Sacombe you should email row@hertfordshire.gov.org and say the email is for the attention of Andrew Burton. Send the link to this walk and give them the name of the footpath (from our directions) where the problem occurred. If you are able to add a What3Words location reference that will help them, too. But I am sure the name of the footpath and the directions on this page will help them identify the field.


    2. Hi David I've emailed Andrew Burton Thanks Mary Dupplaw

    3. Hi I've emailed Andrew Burton but email is .uk not .org I think in case anyone else is emailing them. Waiting to see if I get a reply. Thanks Mary

    4. Hi Mary,
      You are right. My bad. Sorry. Glad you figured it out.


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