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Walk 72: Essendon to North Mymms Linear

7.8 miles (12.5 km) with 158m of total ascent

The bridleway between points 4 and 5
The bridleway between points 4 and 5
This walk starts in the village of Essendon, drops down to the Lea Valley, follows the Lea Valley Walk W for about a mile before heading S through the rolling countryside between Essendon, West End, Wildhill, and Bell Bar.


Map for Walk 72: Essendon to North Mymms Linear
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This walk has two possible end points, one in Brookmans Park, the other in Welham Green. The walk makes use of the Centrebus shoppers service 201 to reach the start point. The service operates between North Mymms and Welwyn Garden City via Wildhill and Essendon on Tuesdays and Fridays (with the exception of public holidays). The current timetable is embedded below these walk directions.

At the time of writing, the bus leaves Welham Green station at 09:23 and reaches Bradmore Green in Brookmans Park at 09:28. Please check departure times at the Centrebus site because they might have changed. Ask the driver to give you a shout when you reach Essendon village centre. Alight just past the cricket ground and close to the church.

Photograph of The Lea Valley Walk footpath mentioned in point 3 below Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The Lea Valley Walk bridleway mentioned in point 3 below
1: Walk NW along Essendon High Road, past the church, and turn left on West End Lane heading W until you reach the last house on your right. Take the footpath on your right immediately after the house (location - https://w3w.co/funded.memo.awards). This is Essendon footpath 5, and follow it NE across a field for 350m to Essendon Hill.

2: Cross Essendon Hill and turn left following the footpath alongside the right-hand side of the road as it drops down hill and heads N for 650m.

The bridleway off Essendon Hill  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The bridleway off Essendon Hill
3: At the right-hand bend at the bottom of the hill, cross the road and go down the bridleway on your left (location - https://w3w.co/trunk.estate.rats). This is the Lea Valley Walk, also Essendon bridleway 6. Follow it W for 1.4km until you reach a bridleway on your left (location - https://w3w.co/holds.sugars.ranges).

The path heading south from Essendon bridleway 6  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The path heading S from Essendon bridleway 6
4: Take this bridleway, Essendon bridleway 10, as it climbs up from the Lea Valley heading S and SSE for 1.5km until it reaches West End Lane (location - https://w3w.co/grew.flag.milky).

5: Turn right on West End Lane and follow the road round until you reach The Candlestick (location - https://w3w.co/breed.backup.bucket).

Take the footpath immediately before the pub, Essendon footpath 13, and follow it heading ESE for 430m along the side of the building, through a wooded area and into an open field. Continue along this path with the hedgerow on your left and the field on your right until you reach a byway (location - https://w3w.co/retail.vets.wire).

Photograph of The footpath heading east and downhill from the Candlestick at West End Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The footpath heading SE from the Candlestick
6: Turn right on the byway, Essendon BOAT 14 (byway open to all traffic) and follow it first S then SW for 1.1km until you reach West End Lane (location - https://w3w.co/fake.loaded.moss).

7: Turn left on West End lane and follow it S, WSW and then SSE for 750m down to Wildhill where you turn left and walk E for 120m to The Woodman (location - https://w3w.co/join.allows.broker).

8: Take the footpath just beyond The Woodman car park, Hatfield footpath 84, via the gate at the S end (location - https://w3w.co/chips.shave.translated).

Head SSW for 240m, cross the field, go over a footbridge, through another gate, across another field, another footbridge and turn left emerge into a large field via a third gate (location - https://w3w.co/snap.fuzzy.gave).

Turn right and head SW and then SSW for 200m keeping the field on your left and the hedgerow on your right until you reach a gap in the hedge (location - https://w3w.co/slam.watch.zones).

9: Go through the gap and head diagonally to your right heading first W then SW for 220m keeping the field to your left and the hedge to your right as you climb the hill.

The path now turns SSW for 130m cutting diagonally through the crop to reach the top of the hill (location - https://w3w.co/begins.papers.torch).

At the top of the hill follow the path SSW for 270m with the woodland on your right until the path reaches Grubbs Lane (location - https://w3w.co/song.remind.small).

10: Turn left then head SE for 75m looking out for a footpath on the right (location - https://w3w.co/stroke.fight.jabs).

Take this footpath, Hatfield footpath 83, as it heads SW for 750m as it cuts through the crop, goes over a footbridge, cuts diagonally across the next field, to a small copse where it becomes North Mymms footpath 66).

As you go through the woodland look out for the remains of a WWII Tett turret on your right (location - https://w3w.co/prompting.fact.casual).

Continue across a third field and emerges on Woodside Lane by the garage on the A1000 (location - https://w3w.co/stored.crisis.barks).

11: Cross The Great North Road with care and take the lane opposite, Bell Lane.
* If you want, you can stop for refreshments at The Cock Of The North to your left or The Dutch Marketplace, also on your left.

Continue down Bell Lane SSW for 460m until the lane bends to the left (location - https://w3w.co/fight.tested.level).

12: Take the footpath on the right, North Mymms footpath 33, and head NW and then W with the woods on the left and the fields on the right for 1.1km until you reach Bulls Lane (location - https://w3w.co/chins.lush.dairy).

Turn left along the footpath running along the S side of Bulls Lane and head W for 420m until you pass under the railway bridge.

13: At this point you have the options of going to Brookmans Park station or Welham Green station.

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201 service timetable (as of July 2020)

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