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Walk 62: The Ayot Loop

7.7 miles (12.4 km) with 102m total ascent

Lamer Wood Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The path through Lamer Wood
This walk starts and finishes at The Ayot Greenway car park then follows the track of the old railway almost as far as Wheathampstead before circling N and E through Ayot St Lawrence,  then looping back via Ayot Place. Daffodils in early spring and bluebells soon after.


Map for Walk 62: The Ayot Loop
Map for Walk 62: The Ayot Loop
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1: Park in the Ayot Greenway car park (location - https://w3w.co/goes.merit.rides). The car park is the site of the old Ayot St Peter station, apparently destroyed by fire in 1948 and never rebuilt. The track was a branch line that once linked Welwyn Garden City with Wheathampstead, Luton, and Dunstable.

A footpath from the car park heads NW for 120m before dropping down to the road. Cross the road and then rejoin the track at the Ayot Greenway information sign and map (location - https://w3w.co/dive.dice.banks).

Continue walking W along the Greenway for 3.75km (2.3 miles) until you reach a track also known as Sheepcote Lane (location - https://w3w.co/churn.quiz.socket), which crosses at a point just after another display board on the left showing a map of the route and information about the branch line, see image below.

Photograph of map of The Ayot Greenway. Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
2: Continue heading W for 70m looking out for a footpath on your right (location - https://w3w.co/movies.index.rate) which climbs to a metal gate. Take this path, Wheathampstead footpath 63, and head NNW for 380m with the woodland on your right before reaching Codicote Road (location - https://w3w.co/sank.aspect.riding).

Cross the road and take the footpath straight ahead, Wheathampstead footpath 39 and head N for 420m until you meet a footpath T-junction (location - https://w3w.co/lunch.formed.discouraged).

3: Turn left and head NW along Wheathampstead footpath 38 for 290m continue until you meet another footpath T-junction (location - https://w3w.co/talent.starts.closet).

Here you turn right and head N for 20m looking out for a path on your left (location - https://w3w.co/bucket.chops.enter). This is a continuation of Wheathampstead footpath 38, which you follow NW for another 530m through the woods and out over an open field. At the end of the field you reach a footpath crossroad (location - https://w3w.co/start.region.sector).

4: Head straight on taking Wheathampstead footpath 85 for 810m as it heads NNE then NNW through Lamer Wood, carpeted in bluebells and daffodils in the spring. Continue until you reach another footpath T-junction (location - https://w3w.co/area.bunch.stack).

Photograph of Lamer Wood. Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The path through Lamer Wood

5: At the junction turn right and head E on Kimpton footpath 12 for 304m until you reach the end of Lamer Wood (location - https://w3w.co/fish.rotate.behave). Your footpath now becomes Wheathampstead footpath 36 and continues heading E for another 1.4km through various gates and avoiding the paths to your right and left until you reach Bride Hall Lane (location - https://w3w.co/impact.stared.agent).

Photograph of the path leading from Lamer Wood to Ayot St Lawrence. Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The path leading from Lamer Wood to Ayot St Lawrence

6: Turn left on Bride Hall Lane and follow it N for 130m to Shaw's Corner, the home of the author the late George Bernard Shaw (location - https://w3w.co/stuff.marble.being). Continue along the lane heading NNE then NE for 250m passing Ayot St Lawrence old church on the left before reaching the Brocket Arms on your right (location - https://w3w.co/commented.racing.rank). Continue ENE and then SE along the lane for another 470m until you reach a bridleway on the left (location - https://w3w.co/fits.magma.monkey).

7: Take this bridleway, Ayot St Lawrence bridleway 1, and follow it SE for 1.1km until you reach a Codicote Road (location - https://w3w.co/blend.lung.excuse). Cross the road and continue heading SE, now on Ayot St Peter bridleway 5, for 850m until you reach Ayot St Peter Road (location - https://w3w.co/copies.trying.transmitted).

8: Turn right on Ayot St Peter Road and head SSW until you see a set of metal gates straight at the point where the road turns right (location - https://w3w.co/tanks.delay.scrap). This is the entrance to Ayot Place. Look carefully at the left side of the gate and you will see a door in the wall with a footpath sign close by. Go through the door and follow the path, Ayot St Peter footpath 19, and head SW for 170m before the path turns to your left and heads SE and then S for another 170m before reaching a footpath on your left (location - https://w3w.co/crowd.unity.unrealistic).

9: Take this path, Ayot St Peter footpath 18, and follow it SE for 350 back to Ayot Greenway (location - https://w3w.co/stacks.kings.slurs) where you turn left and follow the route of the old railway track SE for 640m back to the starting point.
* If you want refreshments after the walk there is The Waggoners pub in Brickwall Close, Ayot Green, which is 620m S of the car park (location - https://w3w.co/pills.lasts.spices) and The Red Lion close by on Digswell Hill (location - https://w3w.co/nation.goes.fires).

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  1. I found the para 1 of the directions confusing, especially as there are no signposts in the car park itself. The path leading to the Greenway is to the right of the track you drive up to park, when facing back the way you came in, heading north-west. It's not signposted There are two other paths by the car park entrance, so it's easy to take the wrong one, as I did. Also you walk West on the Greenway in para 1, not East.

    1. Thanks so much for pointing that out. It's so nice when walkers take the trouble to report any mistakes in the directions. I have corrected the errors and used some of the words you suggested, too. Thanks again. David


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