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Walk 8: Newgate Street Loop

Open fields, enclosed bridleways and rhododendrons

3 miles (5 km)

Image for walk 8, The Newgate Street Loop, created by The Hertfordshire Walker and released under Creative Commons

This is a circular walk around the west, north and east side of Newgate Street taking in lanes, footpaths and a bridleway through woodland rich in rhododendron. It begins gently down a quiet lane before heading across a valley with good views to the west.

There is a fair amount of up and down, but nothing too strenuous. Part of the way is through deep woodland. The walk ends with the choice of two pubs. There is a little lane walking involved.


Map for Walk 8: Newgate Street 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 8: Newgate Street Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors
There is an interactive map at the foot of this page
Those with GPS devices can download GPX or KML files for this walk 

Park in the village of Newgate Street. A good place is down New Park Road where you start the walk. New Park Road is opposite St Mary's Church and runs to the left of The Gables Restaurant.

1: Head W along New Park Road for 620m until you come to the point where it becomes a track. This is Hatfield restricted byway 88. On your right you will find a footpath heading N, Hatfield footpath 90, accessed through a gap in the fence.

2: This path heads due N down a hill. There is a golf course on your right and a field on your left. You come to a pond on your left, cross a small river and continue uphill towards the lane.

3: The path emerges onto Tylers Causeway at a gap in the fence to the left of a metal gate. Turn right and walk E along Tylers Causeway until you reach the road junction. As with all lane walking, take extra care here and walk in single file facing the oncoming traffic (except on bends).

4: At the 'junction, look opposite and you will see a bridleway going through an old white gate, with a cottage on your left. This gate and the following fences are marked private property, but a signpost, just before the cottage, clearly states the path is a public byway open to all traffic (Hatfield BOAT 95).  Continue, heading SE down this bridleway, through woodland rich in rhododendron, as it continues and winds its way, first left then right, through two giant redwood trees and up a hill.

5: At the top you come to a gravel lane which you meet at a 'T' junction. This is Hatfield BOAT 94. Turn right and continue along this lane heading S. You will pass a tennis courts on the right. The path dips downhill and you will notice a small golf course on your right before the path climbs and eventually emerges in Newgate Street.

6: Turn right and walk back into the village where there are two pubs, The Crown and The Coach & Horses.

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