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Walk 9: The Howe Green Loop

3.2 miles (4.9 km) with 77m total ascent

A lake on the edge of the golf course just before point 5 Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
A lake on the edge of the golf course just before point 5
This walk is rich in variety, with a good downhill stretch for striding out, a steady climb back up to Essendon and, halfway round, the hamlet of Howe Green. You cross the golf course twice and pass a quarry, but don't be put off, the views are spectacular and the flora, particularly near the quarry, is rich.


Note: This walk crosses over a golf course

Map for Walk 9: The Howe Green Loop Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors There is an interactive map at the foot of this page
Map for Walk 9: The Howe Green 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. We've added What3Words references for those who use that system. If you print these walks you might want to use the green PrintFriendly icon at the bottom of these directions to delete elements such as photographs.

Park in the village of Essendon. A good place is near the church where the walk begins (location - https://w3w.co/likes.waddled.pads). You can also park down School Lane (location - https://w3w.co/comical.winks.refers).

1: Start the walk by heading E down School Lane (location - https://w3w.co/exile.covers.eating) and continue for 280m until you reach the school on your right. To the left of the school you will find a footpath (location - https://w3w.co/sums.activism.cloth).

2: This is Essendon footpath 3 which heads E across the golf course for 280m until you reach a track in the middle of the golf course (location - https://w3w.co/gent.sake.gained).

3: Continue heading E for 230m in the direction of the quarry on the E side of the golf course.

4: Leave the golf course and cross a footpath junction (location - https://w3w.co/roses.guards.home) and then a ford (usually dry) and take the track ahead heading E. This is Little Berkhamsted bridleway 2 which you follow for 330m with the quarry on the left. Continue until you reach a footpath on the left (location - https://w3w.co/echo.chats.codes). This is Little Berkhamsted footpath 2. You can take this path or continue heading straight, now on Little Berkhamsted bridleway 27, because they both end up in the same place, which is point 5 below.

5: When you reach the lane (location - https://w3w.co/loaded.office.pops), which is also Little Berkhamsted bridleway 18, turn right and follow the lane for 210m past Ashfield House on the left and Ashfield Cottage on the right, until the lane turns right and into Ashfield Farm.

6: Here you will see a footpath on your left to Howe Green (location - https://w3w.co/tile.only.flash). This is Little Berkhamsted footpath 4. Cross the stile and follow this path NNW for 620m, keeping the hedge on your right. When the hedge ends (location - https://w3w.co/riding.face.power), look diagonally ahead and slightly to your left, and you will see a large new house. To the right of the house is a wooden bridge (location - https://w3w.co/lion.guilty.author). Head in this direction. Cross the bridge and go straight, keeping the house on your left, until you emerge at a lane (location - https://w3w.co/define.cups.origin).

7: Turn left and follow the lane, which is also Little Berkhamsted bridleway 18, for 170m as it heads W until you reach a footpath on your right soon, after a left bend, some white stone markers, and an old oak tree (location - https://w3w.co/estate.dozen.vision).

8: Cross the stile and take Little Berkhamsted footpath 1 W for 150m across a field and down the hill to another stile.

9: You now cross a bridge made of old railway sleepers and emerge on Bedwell Avenue, which is also Little Berkhamsted bridleway 26 (location - https://w3w.co/bowls.hangs.miles). Turn right and follow the lane N for 450m it meets Low Road, the B158 (location - https://w3w.co/lease.person.softly).

10: Turn left, taking care here because the traffic can be busy. After 50m, you will see a footpath sign and stile on your left (location - https://w3w.co/adults.space.reds). Cross the stile and enter the golf course again. This is Essendon footpath 5, which climbs steadily up over the golf course for 1km heading SW towards Essendon church. You will see the church tower and steeple in the distance.

After 310m you reach a fork on the left (location - https://w3w.co/jobs.truly.tapes). Ignore this turn and continue on paved path on the right still heading SW with the woodland on your left and the fairway on your right. The paved path crosses a brick footbridge and over the fairway and continues SW for 290m until you reach the point where the path skirts the left hand side of a green and reaches a fork.

11: Take the left hand track (location - https://w3w.co/rinse.beats.themes) and after 15m you will reach a wooden footpath marker on your right. Turn right here, still on Essendon footpath 5 and follow these markers SW across the fairway and through the trees until the path emerges in a field. Cross the field, keeping the house on your left, until you come to the B158 (location - https://w3w.co/cable.limit.broken).

12: Cross the road and take the footpath opposite, still Essendon footpath 5, and head SW for 350m. When you enter this field, you will notice two houses on the far side. Head for the right hand side of the house on the right and exit the field through a gate, emerging on West End Lane (location - https://w3w.co/stack.judges.fantastic).

13: Turn left on West End Lane for 30m looking out for a footpath on the right (location - https://w3w.co/fever.brand.alien). This footpath, Essendon footpath 7, has several gates as it twists its way round the village for 380m before opening up into a meadow. You will see the cricket ground buildings on your left as the path heads diagonally SW and downhill into woodland (location - https://w3w.co/faced.excuse.sums).

14: When you reach the woods turn left on Essendon footpath 13 and head ENE for 220m back to the village, skirting the cricket ground on your left. This path leads to the main road, where you turn left and head back to wherever you parked the car.

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  1. We do lots of family walks but only recently found your brilliant site. Did this walk on 15th May. There was one field (just off the golf course at point 11 I think) with slightly over inquisitive horses but other than that an easy and very enjoyable walk, we even spotted 2 badgers shuffling along the bridleway! Thanks for a great collection of walks - we look forward to doing more.

    1. Thanks for the feedback Lucy. Glad you enjoyed the walk and saw some badgers. Let us know how you get on with the other walks you try. David


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