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Walk 104: Standon S Loop

5 miles (8.2 km)


Cows paddling in the River Rib between points 3 and 4 below  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Cows paddling in the River Rib between points 3 and 4 below
This has to be one of our favourite walks on the site. It’s a lovely circular route along two sides of the River Rib valley, with wonderful wide-open views across the rolling Hertfordshire countryside. Along the walk you cross the river several times at footbridges adjacent to fords where there are opportunities for dogs, kids, and older folk to dip their feet in the water. It’s quite a hilly route with a total of 125m of ascent over the course of the five miles. But the climbing is worth it for the views. There are several sympathetically placed benches along the way.

Directions


Map for Walk 104: Standon S Loop Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors There is an interactive map below the directions
Map for Walk 104: Standon S 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. Those who follow our walks using GPS on their mobile devices can download GPX or KML files for this walk. We've added What3Words location references for those who use that navigation system. If you print these walks you might want to use the green PrintFriendly icon at the bottom of these directions to delete elements you don't need.

Find a place to park in Standon. We found space down South Road and Gauldie Way (location - https://w3w.co/ideals.louder.handlebar), but there are also parking spots along Station Road. Be sure to check for any parking restrictions.

1: Head S for 340m on Barwick Road looking out for a footpath on your left (location - https://w3w.co/debut.envelope.tangling).

Standon footpath 17 off Barwick Road, mentioned in point 2 below Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Standon footpath 17 off Barwick Road mentioned in point 2 below
2: Turn left on this path, Standon footpath 17, and head ESE for 200m until you reach a gate on your right just before a ford (location - https://w3w.co/servers.drooling.camcorder).

The gate to Standon footpath 14, mentioned in point 3 below  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The gate to Standon footpath 14 mentioned in point 3 below
3: Take this footpath, Standon footpath 14, which heads S with the River Rib meandering on your left. Continue for 670m. Towards the end of the path you climb slightly to a gate leading to a farm road that is also a bridleway (location - https://w3w.co/after.insect.steps).

Standon footpath 14, mentioned in point 3 above Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Standon footpath 14, mentioned in point 3 above
4: Here you turn right and head W and slightly uphill for 240m along Standon bridleway 19 until you reach Barwick Road (location - https://w3w.co/dive.wallet.fairly). Cross the road and continue along the bridleway climbing uphill still heading W for another 670m until you reach Dowsetts Lane (location - https://w3w.co/goods.dark.cats). This bridleway has an amazing variety of wild flowers in the summer.

Standon bridleway 19, mentioned in point 4 above Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Standon bridleway 19, mentioned in point 4 above

Standon footpath 59, mentioned in point 5 below Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Standon footpath 59 mentioned in point 5 below
5: Turn left on Dowsetts Lane and pass a perfectly placed bench with great views over the Rib valley. Continue heading SW along the road for 90m looking out for Standon footpath 59 on your left (location - https://w3w.co/goods.dark.cats). Take this path across a footbridge and head SE for 190m until you reach woodland (location - https://w3w.co/hunter.view.behave). Here you turn left and keep following the path E, SE, S, and then E again with the woodland on your right and fields on your left for another 290m until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/lime.rather.artist).

The junction mentioned in point 6 below Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The junction mentioned in point 5 above
6: At this point Standon footpath 59 continues straight ahead but you need to veer to the right on Standon footpath 45 keeping the woodland on your right and the fields on your left (see image above). Head SSE then SSW with the woodland on your right and the field on your left for 720m until you come to another perfectly placed bench just before a junction in the track (location - https://w3w.co/copper.tides.tanks).

The bench and junction mentioned in point 6 above Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The bench and junction mentioned in point 6 above
7: Turn right here on Standon bridleway 41 and follow it W through the woodland for 200m before it turns diagonally to your left at the point where a private track goes off to the right (location - https://w3w.co/ends.nets.mile), see image below. Continue SW through the woodland for another 100m until you reach a clearing with a small pond on your right. Continue SW for another 230m until you reach a bridleway T-junction just before another pond and a farm on the right (location - https://w3w.co/tunes.global.libraries).

The footpath junction mentioned in point 7 above Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The footpath junction mentioned in point 7 above

Standon bridleway 44, mentioned in point 8 below Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Standon bridleway 44, mentioned in point 8 below
8: Turn left on Standon bridleway 44 and follow it SSE and ESE for 300m until you enter woodland (location - https://w3w.co/reject.insect.giving). This is Hanging Wood. Drop down through Hanging Wood for 230m until the field opens up on your left. Continue heading SE for 230m until you reach the lane (location - https://w3w.co/rates.places.cats).

The path through Hanging Wood, mentioned in point 8 above Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The path through Hanging Wood, mentioned in point 8 above
9: Turn left on the lane and head NE for 15m before taking the track on your right. This track drops down to a ford with a footbridge alongside (location - https://w3w.co/alive.serves.mirror). Cross the footbridge over the River Rib and continue heading SE for another 50m ignoring the first track on the right and continuing until you meet a junction (location - https://w3w.co/marble.trim.races).

The ford and footbridge mentioned in point 9 above Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The ford and footbridge mentioned in point 9 above
10: Here you turn left on the Hercamlow Way and head E and NE and N for 550m to Latchford Farm (location - https://w3w.co/square.hood.gosh). Ignore the road on the left that crosses a ford.

Standon bridleway 30 mentioned in point 10 below
Standon bridleway 30 mentioned in point 10 below
11: After Latchford Farm continue along Standon bridleway 30 ignoring another ford on the left. Continuing heading N and uphill away from the River Rib for 1.6km. As you walk along this path keep looking back for wonderful views to the S. After the brow of the hill drop down to a gate (location - https://w3w.co/canoe.secondly.companies).

The view from the footbridge mentioned in point 12 below Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The view from the footbridge mentioned in point 12 below
12: Go through the gate, turn right, then head NE for 95m until you reach Standon footpath 15, the Greenwich Meridian Trail (location - https://w3w.co/reinvest.slam.sooner). Turn left, cross a footbridge, turn right and then continue heading NNE back to Standon.

* There are three pubs close to the start/finish point of this walk, The Heron, The Bell, and The Star.

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2 comments:

  1. I attempted this walk yesterday with my daughter. It was a lovely walk with great views and varied scenery. Unfortunately we got lost somewhere around point 11 - continue heading north for 1.6km. There seemed to be several points along this stretch where we weren't sure which one to follow. Ended up using Google maps aimed towards Standon and eventually reached point 3 and were able to get back from there. Found the photos really helpful when we weren't sure about some of the instructions.

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    1. Hi,
      Really sorry to hear you got lost. I hope it didn't spoil your day. Glad to hear you enjoyed the views and scenery. This is one of our favourite walks.
      I don't know if you or your daughter carry a smartphone but it might be worth considering downloading a free GPS app, such as Komoot. If you do you can download the GPX navigation file for this walk (I add links to these under the top map on every walk).
      Then you just open it in Komoot and follow the arrow (a bit like a sat nav in the car). It's unlikely you will get lost again.
      Also, if you click on the What3Word links that I add to every section it will show the exact point you need to reach (you can switch to satellite view to see the location).
      Thanks for the feedback.
      David

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