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Walk 91: The Wadesmill East Loop

Exploring the River Rib valley

5.5 miles (8.9 km)


The River Rib along Walk 91: The Wadesmill East Loop
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An enjoyable undulating ramble through some wonderful Hertfordshire countryside following the valley of the River Rib through open fields, woodland, across a ford, and through parkland with magnificent trees. There is a detour available which reduces the length of this walk to 2.75 miles (4.5 km).

Directions


Map for Walk 91: The Wadesmill East 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 91: The Wadesmill East Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors
See the interactive map below the directions for KML and GPX details
You can park in Wadesmill village centre (grid ref: TL 35961 17604). Check for restrictions, but we managed to find several spots where parking is allowed.

1: Walk SSW down Cambridge Road, cross the River Rib, turn left on Old Church Lane in Thundridge and head ESE then SE with the River Rib on your left until you reach an underpass beneath the A10.

Point 2: After leaving Thundridge bridleway 54 take bridleway 24 heading east Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Point 2: After leaving Thundridge bridleway 54 take bridleway 24 heading E
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2: Go under the A10 on Thundridge bridleway 54, then follow the track around to the right for 70m looking out for Thundridge bridleway 24 on your left. Take this track and head east along what is still Old Church Lane.

Point 3: The remains of the medieval church of St Mary and All Saints
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3: After 530m look out for the remains of the medieval church of St Mary and All Saints on your left. Worth an explore if you have time. Continue heading SE on Thundridge bridleway 24 for another 580m until you reach a junction in the track.
Detour option at point 4: When you reach a track crossing from N to S, you have an option to cut the walk short with a detour suggested by David Gilbert, a user of this site. This shortcut heads N at point 4 taking Thundridge bridleway 51, which then becomes Thundridge bridleway 48 and heads NNW up to point 16 where you can continue following the directions for the remainder of the walk.
4: When you reach a track crossing from N to S, continue heading ENE along the S side of the River Rib for 610m at which point the track will swing round to the right. Climb the hill heading SE and E for another 220 to Cold Christmas Lane. (Be careful not to miss this swing to the right - we did and walked too far along the river bank before having to retrace our steps).

5: Turn right and head S on Cold Christmas Lane for 150m looking out for a track on your left at the point where the road turns right.

6: Turn left on Thundridge bridleway 9 and head E for 130m.

Point 7: Walk to the left of the wood then follow the path along the west side of the trees Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Point 7: Walk to the left of the wood then follow the path along the W side of the trees
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7: After passing farm buildings, turn left, still on Thundridge bridleway 9 and head NE for 510m.

Point 8: The junction where you turn left on Thundridge bridleway 2  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Point 8: The junction where you turn left on Thundridge bridleway 2
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8: At the next footpath crossing (Grid Reference: TL 38505 17500) turn left taking Thundridge bridleway 2 and head NW for 220m until you reach Cold Christmas Lane.

9: Turn right here and follow the lane NE for 320m looking out for Thundridge footpath 11 on your left.

10: Take this path which continues NE, N, then NE for 1.1km on the W side of Sawtrees Wood until it meets the lane to Barwick Ford.

11: Turn left on the lane and head NW for 210m crossing Barwick Ford. After crossing the River Rib head NW on Standon bridleway 62 for 100m until you meet Thundridge bridleway 45 on your left.

Point 11: Barwick Ford. There is a well-placed bench on the far bank
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12: Follow this bridleway SW for 440m.

13: When you reach a fork in the track, head W for 760m, still on Thundridge bridleway 45, first to the S of Tyler's Hill wood and then SW again along the N side of Round Wood.

14: When you reach the end of Round Wood, take the path on your left which is Thundridge restricted byway 50. Head SSW, then SW for 610m until you meet a T-junction.

15: Turn right on Thundridge bridleway 48 and head NW for 300m until you reach Thundridge bridleway 39 on your left.

16: Follow Thundridge bridleway 39 SW for 1.1km through the Youngbury estate. You will eventually go under the A10.

Point 17: Take the track on your right after going under the A10
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17: 80m after the A10, look out for a footpath on your right. This is a continuation of Thundridge bridleway 39. Follow this path as NW for 230m back to Wadesmill village.

Refreshments: There are two pubs in the village, the Feathers Inn, and the Anchor.

This ramble was recommended by a local walker who posted a message on this site suggesting we add it to the collection. They had completed Walk 58: The Wadesmill NW Loop (6 miles) and took the trouble to point out this loop to the east of Wadesmill. Hertfordshire Walker would like to thank the poster, who goes by the name Pentelium, for the suggestion. Excellent advice, and a great walk.

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