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Walk 83: North Mymms S Long Loop

Hilly, with pine woods, and a remote valley

4.3 miles (6.9 km)


The footpath through Mymmshall Wood - August 2018
Image by Hertfordshire Walker, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
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 See the interactive map below the directions for KML and GPX details
Map for Walk 83: North Mymms S Long Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors
See the interactive map below the directions for KML and GPX details
1: Park along St Mary's Church Lane (Grid reference: TL 22267 04543), making sure you don't block any of the gates leading to the fields. Head SSW along the lane, which is also North Mymms Bridleway 2 until the paved part of the road swings to your right.

2: Continue heading SSW, still along North Mymms Bridleway 2 for 770m at first with fields on either side. Be careful where you tread here because there are a minority of dog walkers that don't bother clearing up after their pets. 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. This is a fascinating area and you might want to read more about the geology of the landscape in a feature on our history site, The North Mymms History Project, titled The natural history around Water End.

3: Here you turn right and follow North Mymms bridleway 90 (later becoming Ridge bridleway 44) SW and then S for 460m until you meet a gate on the right. Don't go through the gate, but head SW on Ridge bridleway 10 with the woodland on your right and field on your left for 150m dropping down to cross a footbridge. After the footbridge continue heading SW for 240m crossing a field, still on Ridge bridleway 10 until you meet a gate leading to a T-junction in the track.

The view over Potwells near Cangsley Grove - turn right here
Image by Hertfordshire Walker, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
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 towards South Mimms.

5: After passing a cottage on your left, take the first track on your left, 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 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
Image by Hertfordshire Walker, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
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. You can read more about this in our feature about The wells, wind-pumps, and water towers of North Mymms.


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
Image by the North Mymms History Project released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
7: After the wind-pump continue to a junction where you will find a bench. Ignore the right turn and head W then NW for 260m until you reach a crossing in the track.

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
Image by Hertfordshire Walker, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
8: Turn right on North Mymms bridleway 1 and head NE for 770m until you reach the A1(M).

9: Turn left when you reach the A1(M) 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.

(If there is a 'bull in field' sign, you can always take Tollgate Road until you meet St Mary's Church Lane where you turn left back to the start of the walk.)

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
Image by Hertfordshire Walker, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Cross the field on North Mymms footpath 6 and head WNW for 500m back to St Mary's Church Lane.

Follow the path round to the right and head north-west back to St Marys Church Lane  Image by Hertfordshire Walker, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Follow the path round to the right and head WNW back to St Marys Church Lane
Image by Hertfordshire Walker, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

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