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Walk 86: Hadley Wood - Brookmans Park linear

Rolling countryside with village pub halfway

7 miles (11.15 km) - 530 ft (162 m) ascent


The start of the footpath from point 4 Image copyright Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The start of the footpath from point 4
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A seven-mile linear station-to-station walk from Hadley Wood to Brookmans Park via the village of Northaw where the walk can be broken for refreshments at the Two Brewers pub/restaurant. This walk can be done in reverse starting from Brookmans Park. You can check the weather and train times before you go by visiting North Mymms News.

Directions


Map for Walk 86: Hadley Wood - Brookmans Park linear 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 86: Hadley Wood - Brookmans Park linear
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors
See the interactive map below the directions for KML and GPX details
Notes: Sections 3 to 4 and 6 to 7 will be muddy after snow or rain. Section 5 to 6 is a bit unkempt with evidence of fly-tipping along a short stretch, but soon passed. Crossing the A111, the A1005, and the A1000 needs care. Walking near these main roads and going under the M25 will be noisy. The tunnel under the M25 is wide, high, and capable of taking large farm vehicles, so no need to fear for those who don't like tunnels. The Two Brewers in Northaw have real ale and served us a good lunch in front of the log fire.

Muddy boots halfway between point 2 and 3  Image copyright Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Muddy boots halfway between point 2 and 3
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1: Leave Hadley Wood station, turn right and take the cycle track NCN (National Cycle Network) 12  immediately on the right which heads N along the W side of the track. Follow the track until it becomes a footpath heading NE for 170m to Waggon Road. Turn right on Waggon Road and head E for 250m walking along the grass verge until you come to a footpath sign on your left just past the last house on the left.

2: Take this footpath as it heads N then NE for 1km across fields to Stagg Hill. This can be extremely muddy after rain, and is all the more difficult because it goes downhill and then uphill.

Turn left at this gate between point 3 and 4  Image copyright Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Turn left at this gate between point 3 and 4
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3: Cross Stagg Hill and take the footpath directly opposite heading for 670m. The path heads NE, ENE, NNW, then NE again before reaching The Ridgeway (A1000).

4: Cross The Ridgeway and take the farm track on the other side which heads N for 330m before going under the M25 via a tunnel. This is a public footpath but the sign has disappeared. The tunnel under the M25 is wide and high, and you are through it in less than a minute.

The wide tunnel under the M25 at point 4  Image copyright Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The wide tunnel under the M25 at point 4
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5: At the other side of the M25 continue along the bridleway, now Northaw bridleway 14, for 1.1km until you reach Coopers Lane Road. This is another stretch that can be muddy after rain.

Point 7: Follow the path marked ‘Public bridleway 17 - Hook Lane 334 yards’ It runs parallel to Coopers Lane Road through woodland on the south side Image copyright Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Point 6: Follow the path marked ‘Public bridleway 17 - Hook Lane 334 yards’
It runs parallel to Coopers Lane Road through woodland on the south side

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6: Turn right on the footpath marked ‘Public bridleway 17 - Hook Lane 334 yards’ that runs SE for 290m along the S side of Coopers Lane Road. Continue until you reach Hook Lane, which is also Northaw bridleway 10, on your left.

Public bridleway 17 to Hook Lane north of Firs Wood Image copyright Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Public bridleway 17 to Hook Lane north of Firs Wood
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7: Cross Coopers Lane Road and head NE for 840 along Northaw bridleway 10 until you reach a pond on your left. At this point your track becomes Northaw BOAT (byway open to all traffic) 16 and heads NNE to Northaw.

Point 7: Cross Coopers Lane Road and take bridleway 10 along Hook Lane  Image copyright Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Point 7: Cross Coopers Lane Road and take bridleway 10 along Hook Lane
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8: Turn left on Northaw Road West and walk NW for 980m firts through the village (where you might want to stop at The Two Brewers for refreshments) and continuing along Judge's Hill (B156) until you reach the junction with Well Road.

9: Just after the section junction (there are two roads off to the right forming a triangle) take the footpath on your right, Northaw footpath 4, and follow it W for 420m until you come to a footpath junction.

10: Here you turn slightly to your right and head NW for 680m along North Mymms footpath 49, ignoring the path on your left and continuing until you reach the Great North Road (A1000)

11: Cross the Great North Road with care and turn right walking NNW for 290m along the pavement on the W of the road until you reach Swanley Bar Lane. Turn left on Swanley Bar Lane and follow it uphill and WSW for 710m until you reach Folly Arch.

12: Take the footpath on the right immediately after Folly Arch, North Mymms footpath 11, and head NW for 210 passing through the first gate in the hedgerow. Here you turn right and take a permissive path that heads N for 210m with the field on your left and the hedgerow on your right until you reach Gobions Wood. This is a Herts and Middlesex Trust reserve, formerly a private country estate steeped in history.

13: Here you turn right, cross a footbridge then turn left cross a second footbridge and follow the path N to Gobions Pond.

14: Go through the gate and turn left walking W along the S side of Gobions Pond for 380m until you reach Gobions Open Space. Cross the field heading NNW for 130m aiming for a gap in the hedge just below the play area. If you have children with you they might want to let off any steam they have left on the free-to-use play equipment. There are even exercise machines just N of the play area for adults if you have any beans left.

15: Go through the gap and continue along this path with the hedge on your right and field on your left for 280m until you reach Bluebridge Avenue. Go down Bluebridge Avenue until you reach Bluebridge Road. Turn right on Bluebridge Road and head NNW into Brookmans Park village. The station is just after the village green. There are many options for refreshments around Bradmore Green in the village centre.

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