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Walk 61: Danesbury Park Loop

Parkland and river walk

2.3 miles (3.6km)


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, one of only 200 chalk bed rivers in the world.

Directions


Map for Walk 61: Danesbury Park Loop  Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors See the interactive map below the directions for KML and GPX details
Map for Walk 61: Danesbury Park Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors
See the interactive map below the directions for KML and GPX details
Park in old Welwyn. There are a number of free car parks in the town as well as options to park along non-restricted residential roads. Check parking rules carefully because not all roads have open parking. We parked in a service road just off the roundabout at grid reference TL 23455 16502 close to the start of the walk.

1: Make your way to Roman Road which is off Church Road just behind Clock House Gardens. Head NE for 180m to the point where you reach a footpath on the left.

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.

3: Turn left on Danesbury Park Road and follow it SW for 360m until you meet a junction.

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.


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, and head SW for 130m until you reach Fulling Mill Lane and Fulling Mill. Turn left and head S along Fulling Mill Lane for 70m looking out for a footpath on your left 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, turn right heading south back to the village and your car. There are several cafes, pubs and restaurants in Welwyn. If you parked, like we did just off the roundabout by Clock House Gardens head ENE along Church Street, the B656 for 420m back to the car. Along the way you can take a footpath on the right-hand side of the road for 110m before crossing the B656 over a footbridge, turning right and then continuing along the left side of the road.

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