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Walk 61: Danesbury Park Loop

Parkland and river walk

2.5 miles (3.8km)


Photograph taken on Walk 61 the Danesbury Park Loop. Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA-4.0
 

This circular walk on the northern outskirts of old Welwyn climbs up to Danesbury Park, passes some WWII anti-tank obstacles, cuts through the Singlers Marsh Nature Reserve and follows the course of the River Mimram, which is one of only 200 chalk bed rivers in the world. There are several opportunities for refreshments in Welwyn including The White Horse and The Wellington.

Directions


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Map for Walk 61: Danesbury Park Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors

There is an interactive map below the directions

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Park in old Welwyn. There are a number of car parks in the town. We parked in the local authority car park mentioned below.

1: From the car park off Lockleys Drive (location - https://w3w.co/duke.tuck.birds) head NE on Wendover Drive for 290m until you reach Church Road. Cross Church Road and make your way along Roman Road (location - https://w3w.co/valid.hugs.rift) which is just behind Clock House Gardens. Head NE for 180m to the point where you reach a footpath on the left (location - https://w3w.co/rare.rope.appeal).

2: Go through a gate and take this path, Welwyn footpath 39, and head NNE and then N uphill for 916m until you reach Danesbury Park Road (location - https://w3w.co/clever.bands.buddy).

3: Turn left on Danesbury Park Road and follow it SW for 360m until you meet a junction (location - https://w3w.co/rare.plans.oppose).

4: Here you turn right and follow the road first WNW and then SW. As you walk along this road, look in the verge to your left where you will spot more than a dozen anti-tank obstacles left over from WWII.

Along the route, and also on your left, you will see a set of stairs through the trees. At this point you can turn left in the woods heading for the stairs and take a right on a footpath just before you meet them and follow a footpath that runs parallel to the lane you were on and meets it at a gate. Alternatively, continue down the lane until you reach Codicote Road (location - https://w3w.co/outer.neck.looks).

Photograph taken on Walk 61 the Danesbury Park Loop. Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA-4.0
 


5: Cross Codicote Road and take the footpath opposite, Codicote footpath 44 (location - https://w3w.co/woes.tooth.cowboy), and head SW for 130m until you reach Fulling Mill Lane and Fulling Mill (location - https://w3w.co/woes.tooth.cowboy). Turn left and head S along Fulling Mill Lane for 70m looking out for a footpath on your left (location - https://w3w.co/orders.sugar.wiping) taking you into Singlers Marsh Nature Reserve.

Photograph taken on Walk 61 the Danesbury Park Loop. Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA-4.0
 


6: Turn left on this path, Codicote footpath 46 and head SSE for 140m before turning left on Welwyn footpath 57 and heading E then SSE for 320 before continuing on Welwyn footpath 56 for 210m heading SSE with the River Mimram on your left. The Mimram is one of only 200 chalk bed rivers in the world.

Photograph taken on Walk 61 the Danesbury Park Loop. Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA-4.0
 


7: Rejoin Fulling Mill Lane at its junction with Codicote Road (location - https://w3w.co/miss.keeps.tunnel), turn right and head SSE on Codicote Road for 180m until you reach the junction with Church Street with the church of St Mary the Virgin on your left and The Wellington on your right (location - https://w3w.co/asking.amused.scuba).

8: Turn left here heading ENE along Church Street for 150m until you reach Lockleys Drive (location - https://w3w.co/lanes.salon.votes) where you turn right back to the car park.

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