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Walk 77: Old Knebworth SW Loop

Deep woodland, rolling fields, open views, parkland

6.2 miles (10 km)


Winter Wood.  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0


A pleasant ramble through rolling countryside with wide, open fields offering excellent views. A mix of woodland footpaths, tracks, quiet country lanes, and one small section through a housing estate on the northern edge of Codicote. The walk starts and finishes at the Lytton Arms in Old Knebworth.

Directions


Map for Walk 77: Old Knebworth SW 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 77: Old Knebworth SW Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors
See the interactive map below the directions for KML and GPX details
The management team at the Lytton Arms say they are happy for walkers to use their car park if they intend to purchase refreshments before or after the walk.

1: After parking the car, return to the road and turn right heading NE past the pub. Look out for a footpath sign on the right. Take this path, Knebworth footpath 14, as it heads SE for 130m with the backs of houses on the left and an open field on the right. When you reach a footpath crossing, turn right on Knebworth footpath 15, and head SSW for 240m. When you reach the Slip Lane turn right and head NW for 310m until you reach Park Lane.

The path between points 1 and 2  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The path between points 1 and 2
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

2: When you reach Park Lane, turn left and head SW for 10m to a gate on the opposite side of the lane. Take this path, Codicode footpath 41 (which becomes Knebworth footpath 20 after 170m) and walk through a private driveway. Go through a second gate and continue heading NW for 1km, with the hedgerow on your right and the field on your left. Go through the gate at the end of the field, cross a footbridge, and then go through the large metal gate. Continue, with the boundary fence on your left and the open field on your right. You will see the cenotaph on your right, but your way is to the left of this, heading towards another large metal gate leading into the Knebworth House estate.

Please read the sign on the gate which contains a number of rules and requests for walkers using the public footpaths. The sign reads:

Notice to Footpath Walkers


You are most welcome to enjoy the footpaths, we simply asked that you stay on them, and keep all dogs on leads. If you are tempted to use our facilities, further explore the park, gardens, special events, and playground, please be honest and buy a ticket. We do check tickets. Not only will this help support the future of the park, but it enables us to insure your safety. Have a good day!

The gate leading into the Knebworth House estate mentioned in point 2 above  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The gate leading into the Knebworth House estate mentioned in point 2 above
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Continue along the western boundary of the Knebworth House estate with the boundary fence on your left and the estate stretching to your right, until you reach a footpath T-junction. Continue straight, now on Knebworth footpth 19 for 70m until you reach the B656 Hitchin Road.

Ignore the path on the right and continue heading NW to the estate boundary  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Ignore the path on the right and continue heading NW to the estate boundary
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
3: Cross the road and take the footpath directly opposite, Knebworth footpath 38, through Winter Wood for 810m. Keep following the signs posts as the path veers slightly to the right and then left until it reaches a quiet country lane. until you reach a lane.


Take the path into Winter Wood and head W  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Take the path into Winter Wood and head W
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
4: Turn right on the lane and head NW for 170m passing cottages on your left. After the last cottage look out for a footpath sign on your left. Take this path, Knebworth footpath 35, and head SW for 730m down the western side of Holl Lays Wood keeping the woodland on your left and the open fields on your right. Continue until you reach the end of the woodland. Turn left at the way-marked sign and head SE for 270m down the edge of Holl Lays Wood until you reach Three Houses Lane.


Turn left at the end of Holl Lays Wood and head SE  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Turn left at the end of Holl Lays Wood and head SE
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5: Turn right on Three Houses Lane and walk SW for 320m until you reach a footpath sign on the left. Take this path, Knebworth footpath 32, and head SE for 630m along a track with woodland on your left and fields on your right. Continue as it leaves the woodland, dips down a dell. At this point the path becomes Codicote footpath 39 and continues for 870m crossing open fields rising to meet the B656 Hitchin Road. Here the path would have joined the busy road, but a 'permissive path' has been marked heading south down the side of Hitchin Road to the junction with Whitwell Road. Take this path until it joins the B656. Cross the road with care and walk S down the E side of the B656 (now called High Street) for 130m into the village of Codicote. After crossing Tower Road continue for 75m looking out for a footpath sign on your left.

Scene along the route mentioned in point 5 above  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Scene along the route mentioned in point 5 above
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Follow Codicote footpath 1 through the housing estate  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Follow Codicote footpath 1 through the housing estate
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

6: Take this path, Codicote footpath 1, as it weaves its way through the housing estate heading first E then ENE for 440m. This footpath crosses two small roads. The first is a close called Bentick Way. Here you walk diagonally across the road heading ENE. The second is St Giles Road where you continue straight ahead crossing the road and following the footpath ENE. When you reach Bury Lane turn right and head SSE for 90m looking out for a footpath on your left.

The footpath heading east off Bury Lane mentioned in point 6 above  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The footpath heading east off Bury Lane mentioned in point 6 above
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7: Follow the path, Codicote footpath 5, E for 230m as it drops down to fields with wide open views. When you reach a footpath junction continue heading E, now on Codicote footpath 6 for 120m before turning to your left at the next footpath junction where you follow Codicote footpath 7 NE for 870m until you reach Sally Deards Lane.

The footpath heading east off Bury Lane soon leads to open fields Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Codicote footpath 5 mentioned in point 7 above
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8: Turn right on this quiet country lane and follow it for 230m first S, then round a bend and E looking out for a footpath sign on your left. Take this path, Codicote footpath 27, and head ENE for 470m until you reach Slip Lane.

The footpath on the left off Sally Deards Lane Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The footpath on the left off Sally Deards Lane
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
9: Turn left on Slip Lane and head NW for 120m looking out for a footpath sign on your right leading into New Wood. Take this path, Knebworth footpath 13, and head NW for 690m through the wood and then across the open fields crossing one footpath junction. When you reach the second footpath junction (in the middle of the fields), turn left, now on Knebworth footpath 14, and head NW for 360m back to the Lytton Arms.

The footpath leading into New Wood Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The footpath leading into New Wood
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

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