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Walk 104: Standon S Loop

A spectacular walk along the River Rib


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
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

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 5 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 Note: There is a larger, more-detailed map embedded at the end of these directions
Map for Walk 104: Standon S Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors
Note: There is a larger, more-detailed map embedded at the end of these directions

Find a place to park in Standon. We found space down South Road and Gauldie Way (grid ref: TL 39059 22572), but there are also parking spots along Station Road (grid ref: TL 39463 22558). Be sure to check for any parking restrictions.

1: Head S for 340m on Barwick Road looking out for a footpath on your left.

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
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

2: Turn left on this path, Standon footpath 17 and head SSE for 200m until you reach a gate on your right just before a ford.

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
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

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.

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
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

4: Here you turn right and head W and slightly uphill for 240m along Standon bridleway 19 until you reach Barwick Road. Cross the road and continue along the bridleway climbing uphill still heading W for another 670m until you reach Dowsetts Lane. 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
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

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
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

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. Take this path across a footbridge and head SE for 190m until you reach woodland. 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.

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
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

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.

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
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

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 (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.

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
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

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
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

8: Turn left on Standon bridleway 44 and follow it SSE and E for 300m until you enter woodland. 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.

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
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

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. 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.

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
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

10: Here you turn left on the Hercamlow Way and head E and NE and N for 550m to Latchford Farm. Ignore the road on the left that crosses a ford.

Standon bridleway 19 mentioned in point 10 below Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Standon bridleway 19 mentioned in point 10 below
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

11: After Latchford Farm continue along Standon bridleway 19 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.

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
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

12: Go through the gate and turn right and head NE for 95m until you reach Standon footpath 15, the Greenwich Meridian Trail, Turn left, cross a footbridge, turn right and then continue heading NNE back to Standon.

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