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Walk 7: Little Berkhamsted North-West Loop

2.2 miles (3.5 km) with 54m total ascent


Little Berkhamsted bridleway 17 mentioned at point 4
Little Berkhamsted bridleway 17 mentioned at point 4
This is an excellent walk which includes a spectacular stretch of bridleway, a sandy path edged in gorse, and rich woodland. Don't be put off by the golf course and quarry along the way, you are soon past them. You will pass close to one of the country's, 'Environmentally Sensitive Areas'. This spot has 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside. You also follow a picturesque and well-worn path linking Howe Green and Little Berkhamsted,with oak trees that must be hundreds of years old. The starting point is five miles NE of Welham Green station by road.

At the time of writing there is free parking in a layby outside Little Berkhamsted Cricket Club opposite the Five Horseshoes pub (location - https://w3w.co/spine.starts.bikes).

Emmie Murphy's village store at the start/finish point serves hot drinks and snacks.

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If you want to check what sort of landscape you will be crossing before you set off on this walk you can view a short 3D video of the route below. It's created using the free version of Relive.



Directions


Map for Walk 7: The Little Berkhamsted North-West Loop
Map for Walk 7: The Little Berkhamsted North-West Loop
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Enter the cricket field by the gate near the shops
Enter the cricket field by the gate near the shops
1: Enter the cricket field by the gate near the shops at the NE end of the ground (location - https://w3w.co/plots.driver.times). Follow the footpath, Little Berkhamsted footpath 8, for 170m heading WSW keeping the hedge on your right and the cricket field on your left, until you reach a gate in the corner of the field (location - https://w3w.co/filer.apples.twin), see image below.

Turn right here on Little Berkhamsted bridleway 22
Turn right here on Little Berkhamsted bridleway 22
2: Turn right here on Little Berkhamsted bridleway 22, then head NW for 70m until you reach Little Berkhamsted Lane (location - https://w3w.co/influencing.seat.twist). Turn left and head SW for 90m until you reach a bridleway on your right (location - https://w3w.co/amber.soon.strict), see image below.

Turn right on Little Berkhamsted bridleway 17
3: Turn right on Little Berkhamsted bridleway 17 then head NW. After 290m you reach Danes Farm (location - https://w3w.co/games.enjoy.liner). At this point the bridleway becomes a track, see image below.

Continue heading NW on Little Berkhamsted bridleway 17
Continue heading NW on Little Berkhamsted bridleway 17
4: Continue heading NW Little Berkhamsted bridleway for 430m with good views to the left across to Bedwell Park. There are gorse bushes on the left and right along with views N across the Lea Valley. The bridleway then drops down through woodland. At this point it can be quite muddy after rain.

At the bottom of this hill you pass a cottage on your left and an outbuilding on your right as the bridleway veers slightly to the left before reaching a gate leading to the golf club (location - https://w3w.co/guilty.noise.mason), see image below. Ignore a track on the right leading to a driving range.

Turn right on Essendon bridleway 25
Turn right on Essendon bridleway 25
5: Cross a small stream then turn right on Essendon bridleway 25 (location - https://w3w.co/glory.soil.ages). Walk N for 340m with the conifer trees on your left and hawthorn on your right until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/yard.zeal.holds), see image below.

Turn right on Little Berkhamsted bridleway 2
Turn right on Little Berkhamsted bridleway 2
6: Turn right on Little Berkhamsted bridleway 2. Cross a small stream (this is marked as a ford on some maps). Keeping the quarry on your left, climb ENE up the sandy bridleway for 250m to the top of the hill.

7: Here you will come to a fork in the path, with a step stile to your left (location - https://w3w.co/after.rift.mixed) and a bridleway continuing straight. You can go either way as both meet again soon after at a gate leading into a lane (location - https://w3w.co/piles.left.discrepancy).

When you reach the lane, turn right and follow the lane ESE
When you reach the lane, turn right and follow the lane ESE 
8: When you reach the lane, turn right and follow the lane ESE for 230m round past Ashfield House on the left and Ashfield Cottage on the right, until the lane ends at a farmyard (location - https://w3w.co/tile.only.flash), see image below.

Turn right on Little Berkhamsted bridleway 18
Turn right on Little Berkhamsted bridleway 18
9: Take the bridleway on your right at the end of the lane, Little Berkhamsted bridleway 18, then head slightly uphill keeping the farm on your right.
Here you have an option. Shortly after starting up this bridleway, you will notice another path on the left Little Berkhamsted footpath 3 (location - https://w3w.co/filer.spice.brains). A sign describes the spot as 'A Conservation Walks Area'. This is an 'Environmentally Sensitive Area', which is part of a scheme, introduced in 1987, offering incentives to encourage farmers to adopt agricultural practices aimed at safeguarding and enhancing parts of the country of particularly high landscape, wildlife or historic value. It is well worth following the path that leads across the field down to Culver Woods. This path offers a 360-degree view of the surrounding countryside.
Otherwise, continue on Little Berkhamsted bridleway 18 heading uphill and SSE for 400m until you reach a concrete footbridge (location - https://w3w.co/gentle.softly.fingernails), see image below.

After the bridge turn left on Little Berkhamsted bridleway 19
After the bridge turn left on Little Berkhamsted bridleway 19
10: After the bridge turn left then climb the hill now on Little Berkhamsted bridleway 19, see image below.

Climb the hill on Little Berkhamsted bridleway 19
Climb the hill on Little Berkhamsted bridleway 19
Continue heading SE for 300m until you reach Breach Lane (location - https://w3w.co/festivity.nerve.merit), see image below.

Turn right on Breach Lane
Turn right on Breach Lane
11: Turn right on Breach Lane and follow the lane S for 300m back to the village. You will reach Robins Nest Hill (location - https://w3w.co/beams.friday.meals) where you cross the road and take the path through the churchyard back to Little Berkhamsted village centre where you turn left to return to the starting point, see image below.

Take the path through the churchyard back to the starting point
Take the path through the churchyard back to the starting point


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2 comments:

  1. Jason, Carole & Fred the LurcherTuesday, December 26, 2023

    Had an enjoyable Christmas day walk with friends and their two Ridgebacks, directions were all perfect and easy to flow as always. A bit of a grey day but still some nice views but will come back in better weather for photos.

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    1. Hi Jason, Carole & Fred, glad you enjoyed that walk. It's one of our go-to walks because it's close to where we live. If you haven't already done so please consider joining our Hertfordshire Walker Facebook group where fellow walkers are sharing photos and reports from their walks.
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