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Walk 68: Brookmans Park Linear SW

Potters Bar to Brookmans Park via Furzefield Wood

3.3 miles (5.3 km)



Photograph of the footpath 15 as it runs west along the north side of Potters Bar Brook  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Footpath 15 as it runs west along the north side of Potters Bar Brook towards Warrengate Farm
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

A walk from Potters Bar station to Brookmans Park station. The route passes by Furzefield Wood and Brick Kiln Wood. The journey between start and finish points can be by train or by catching the 610 bus. The walk starts along the edge of the railway, and cuts through an industrial estate before passing through open countryside.

Directions


Map for Walk 68: Brookmans Park Linear SW 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 68: Brookmans Park Linear SW
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors
See the interactive map below the directions for KML and GPX details

1: Leave Potters Bar station via the westerly exit leading out to the car park. Turn right and walk N for 100m heading through the car park to a footpath on your right that runs NNW alongside the track. This is Potters Bar footpath 9. Follow it for 1km until you reach the Cranbourne Industrial Estate on your left.

The start of footpath 15 mentioned in point 2 below  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The start of footpath 15 mentioned in point 2 below
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
2: Here you leave the path and drop down to your left to Cranbourne Road and take the footpath diagonally to your left. This is Potters Bar footpath 15. Follow it for 160m as it heads SW with Potters Bar Brook on your left before emerging on Cranbourne Road. Cross the road but ignore the green gates leading to Furzefield Wood. Do not go through those gate because you will end up on the wrong side of the river and reach a dead end. Instead, turn right and, just past the green gates you will see a footpath sign on your left, often hidden by the overgrown hedgerow. Take this path, a continuation of Potters Bar footpath 15 and head W for 600m with Potters Bar Brook on your left until you reach Warrengate Farm.

The right turn on Footpath 14 mentioned in point 3 below  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The right turn on Footpath 14 mentioned in point 3 below
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
3: Turn right at Warrengate Farm on Potters Bar footpath 14 and head NNW for 400m to a junction in the path. Take the right fork, Potters Bar footpath 13, and head NE for 240m until you reach Pilvage Wood. Here your path heads NW and then NNE for 310m before reaching Hawkshead Lane.

The footpath mentioned in point 4 below  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The footpath mentioned in point 4 below
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4: Turn left on Hawkshead Lane and head W for 80m before taking the footpath on your right just after a white farm building. This is North Mymms footpath 10, also New Cottages Lane. Turn right and continue heading N for 180m, past Hawkshead Farm on your left, and on through a small housing estate.

Photograph of The wooden footbridge leading to Wise's Lane Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The footbridge mentioned in point 5 below
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5: At the end of the houses you will see a footpath and a gate slightly to your left. This is a continuation of North Mymms footpath 10. Take this path and head N, NW and N across two fields, through a couple of metal gates with some steps in between, across another field, and then go through a gate to reach a footbridge leading to the footpath called Wise's Lane (it's not a lane).

The second gate mentioned in point 6 below  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The second gate mentioned in point 6 below
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
6: Turn right on Wise's Lane, North Mymms footpath 11, and follow it E for 130m it as it heads through Brick Kiln Wood along the north side of Ray Brook to a gate leading to a footbridge on your right. After crossing the footbridge you turn left and continues heading E for 300m, still on North Mymms footpath 11, with the hedgerow on the left and the fields on your right until you reach another gate.

7: Turn left, cross a footbridge, and then continue heading NE and N for 580m on North Mymms footpath 9, past Brookmans Park Station on your right, and on to Station Road. When you reach Station Road turn right and head S for 210m back to Brookmans Park village, the station and shops.



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