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Walk 69: Brookmans Park Linear SE

Potters Bar to Brookmans Park via Gobions Wood

3.54 miles (5.70 km)


photograph of Yellow flag and water lillies on Gobions Pond towards the end of the walk Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Yellow flag and water lillies on Gobions Pond towards the end of the walk
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
This is our second linear walk from Potters Bar station to Brookmans Park station. The first, Walk 68, returned via the west side of the railway track skirting both Furzefield Wood and Brick Kiln Wood. This walk returns via the east side of the railway track, crosses the former Potters Bar golf course, and passes through Gobions Wood. On the way across the old golf course you will come across two WWII pillboxes. The route covers part of a much longer walk on this site, the 12-mile North Mymms Way. The journey between the start and finish points can be by train or by catching the 610 bus.

Directions


Map for Walk 69: Brookmans Park Linear SE 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 69: Brookmans Park Linear SE
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.

Photograph of The footpath sign pointing east through the tunnel towards Potters Bar golf course Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The footpath sign mentioned in point 2 below
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
2: Look out for a footpath sign pointing to a tunnel on your right. This is Potters Bar footpath 5. Go through the tunnel and turn right at the other side. Continue walking along Potters Bar footpath 5 heading SSE and SE for 330m with the railway track on your right until the path turns sharp left at the point where it reaches Potters Bar Brook. As you turn left here you will see the remains of the first of two WWII pillboxes at grid reference TL 24484 02353.

The pillbox mentioned in point 2 above  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The pillbox mentioned in point 2 above
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
3: Continue across the golf course for 460m following the small posts that indicate the route of the public footpath first ENE, then E, then ESE passing a second WWII pillbox on your left at grid reference TL 24901 02413 before the path turns sharp right and climbs through a shady wooded area. Continue along this path until you reach a gate on your left.

photogaph of The remains of a WWII pillbox on Potters Bar golf course Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The second pillbox mentioned in point 3 above
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
4: Go through the gate taking Potters Bar footpath 3 NNW for 180m. The path then becomes North Mymms footpath 13 and continues NNW for another 540m over fields. At the final field head for the five oak trees straight ahead on the horizon. At the top you reach a gate that leads out to Hawkshead Road.


Photograph of Take footpath 3 as it heads north towards Hawkshead Road Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Footpath 3 mentioned in point 4 above
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5: Don't go through the gate but, instead, turn right and walk E with the field on your right and the hedgerow on your left. This is a permissive path between Royal Veterinary College (RVC) buildings. Pass Boltons Park Farm, cross Hawkshead Road, and continue walking E along the N side of Hawkshead Road for 500m. Look out for a footpath sign on your left just before you reach Folly Arch.

Photograph of The footpath from Hawkshead Road down to Gobions Wood Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The footpath from Hawkshead Road down to Gobions Wood
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
6: Take this path, North Mymms footpath 11 and head downhill and NNW across the first field. When you reach a gate. Here you turn right, leaving North Mymms footpath 11, and head N for 220m with the hedge on your right and the field on your left until you reach a metal gate leading into Gobions Wood.


Photograph of The metal bachelor gate leading in to Gobions Wood Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The metal gate leading in to Gobions Wood mentioned in point 6 above
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

7: Once in Gobions Wood turn right, cross the first footbridge, turn left, cross the second footbridge, and then continue straight heading N along a path to a gate leading to Gobions Open Space.

Photograph of the gate leading to Gobions Open Space, including Gobions Pond Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The gate leading to Gobions Open Space, including Gobions Pond
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
8: Go through the gate and turn to your right, then follow the path round to the left keeping Gobions Pond on your left. After 340m you reach an open field, Gobions Open Space. Head NW for 140m across the field heading to the left of the play area.

9: Go through the gap in the hedge just below the play area and continue heading W for 300m with the field on your left and the hedgerow on your right until you reach the western end of the field. Then go though a gap in the hedge and reach the top of Bluebridge Avenue. Go through the gate, walk down Bluebridge Avenue until you reach Bluebridge Road.

10: Turn right on Bluebridge Road and walk NNE back to Brookmans Park village centre.




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