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Walk 83: North Mymms S Long Loop

4.3 miles (6.9 km)


The footpath through Mymmshall Wood
This is a gentle walk that starts and finishes at St Mary's Church, North Mymms, heads south climbing up through Cangsley Grove, skirts a quiet valley at Potwells, continues up through pine woodland in Redwell and Mymmshall Wood, then sweeps back passing an old well and wind-pump that once served the nearby farms and houses. There is a short stretch alongside the A1(M), and then the path crosses a field where (sometimes) there is a bull warning (we have never encountered a bull in 20+ years). If there is a bull in the field you can always take the alternative lane route along Tollgate Road.

Directions

Map for Walk 83: North Mymms S Long Loop Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors There is an interactive map below the directions
Map for Walk 83: North Mymms S Long Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors

There is an interactive map below the directions
Those with GPS devices can download GPX or KML files for this walk. We've added What3Words location references for those who use that system. If you print these walks you might want to use the green 1: Park along St Mary's Church Lane (location - https://w3w.co/recent.chief.holly), making sure you don't block any of the gates leading to the fields.

Head SSW for 520m along the lane, which is also North Mymms Bridleway 2, until the paved part of the road swings to your right (location - https://w3w.co/lions.keen.ends).

2: Continue heading SSW, still along North Mymms Bridleway 2, for 770m at first with fields on either side.

Keep heading SSW as the bridleway climbs up through Cangsley Grove - look out for Purple Emperor butterflies in July and August - before reaching the top of the hill where you have a view over Potwells valley (location - https://w3w.co/skins.enable.really).

This is a fascinating area and you might want to read more about the geology of the landscape in this area.

3: Here you turn right and follow North Mymms bridleway 90, which later becoming Ridge bridleway 44, heading SW and then S for 460m until you meet a gate on the right (location - https://w3w.co/owls.speeds.last).

Don't go through the gate, but head SE on Ridge bridleway 10 with the woodland on your right and field on your left for 150m dropping down to cross a footbridge (location - https://w3w.co/cling.meal.chop).

After the footbridge continue heading SE for 240m, still on Ridge bridleway 10, crossing a field until you meet a gate leading to a T-junction in the track (location - https://w3w.co/darker.adopt.storms).

The view over Potwells near Cangsley Grove - turn right here
4: Turn right after the gate still on Ridge bridleway 10 (also North Mymms Bridleway 2 at this point) and head S, SSE, and S for 670m passing Redwell Wood and down the hill before reaching a cottage on the left and reaching a track on the left (location - https://w3w.co/finger.clay.quest).

* At this point you could continue heading S for refreshments at The Black Horse (620m) or the White Hart (740m).

5: Turn left on the track just beyond the cottage, Ridge restricted byway 11, and head NE and NNE for 280m. Just after the farm on your right this track becomes North Mymms restricted byway 3 and heads NNE, NE then E through Mymmshall Wood for 1.4km until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/bottle.cake.sands) just before the A1(M).

The path through Mymmshall Wood between points 5 & 6 on this walk Image by Hertfordshire Walker, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The path through Mymmshall Wood between points 5 & 6 on this walk
6: Here you turn left on North Mymms restricted byway 3 and head NNW for 180m until the track bends to the left. Continue along the track passing a small round building on your left. This used to be a wind-pump. The well in front of the pump used to serve the local farms and homes in Victorian times.

The windpump and well on the west side of Love Lane, North Mymms Park - August 2018 Image by the North Mymms History Project released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The wind-pump and well on the W side of Love Lane
7: After the wind-pump continue to a junction where you will find a bench (location - https://w3w.co/atomic.lime.pots). Ignore the right turn and head W then NW for 260m until you reach a crossing in the track (location - https://w3w.co/dairy.safe.span).

Love Lane between points 7 & 8 on this walk Image by Hertfordshire Walker, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Love Lane between points 7 & 8 on this walk
8: Turn right on North Mymms bridleway 1 and head NE for 770m until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/backed.rocks.switch) just before the A1(M).

9: Turn left on North Mymms BOAT 5 and head N for 150m until you reach Tollgate Road. Here you turn right and head north.

10: Go under the footbridge and take the path on your left leading through the bushes to a gate leading to a field (location - https://w3w.co/glitz.ever.hurry).

* If you want refreshments you can cross the A1(M) and visit The Woodman Inn on Warrengate Lane, Water End.

Go through the gate into the field. If there is a 'bull in field' sign, take the red detour on the map  Image by Hertfordshire Walker, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Go through the gate into the field mentioned in point 10 above
Cross the field on North Mymms footpath 6 and head WNW for 500m back to St Mary's Church Lane.

Interactive map




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