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Walk 114: Little Offley Loop

Great views, good tracks, rolling countryside

4.4 miles (7.1 km) - 105m of ascent


A view along Walk 114: Little Offley Loop - Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The view just before point 2 in the directions below
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

This walk starts with a steady climb along a track that runs along the border between NW Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. As you climb you will pass Deacon Hill a site of special scientific interest on your right and then, when you reach the Pegsdon Hills and Hoo Bit nature reserve, also on your right, you will then turn left staying in Hertfordshire. There is a permissive path out of the car park if you want to explore Deacon Hill after the walk. We have added a detour, in orange, for those with enough energy to take on this extra 1.5 miles at the end of the walk.

Directions


Map for Walk 114: Little Offley Loop  Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors Click on the interactive map below to download KML or GPX files
Map for Walk 114: Little Offley Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors
Click on the interactive map below to download KML or GPX files

Park in the Hexton Road car park (postcode: SG5 3BP and grid reference TL 13205 30028) off the B655. This is a small car park with space for about eight cars, so it could get busy at weekend. We did it midweek and early in the day.

Offley BOAT 53 (also the Ikneild Way heading SW out of the car park  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Offley BOAT 53 (also the Ikneild Way heading SW out of the car park
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
1: Take the byway heading SW out of the car park. This is Offley BOAT 53 (byway open to all traffic). Follow this byway climbing steadily uphill for 1.5km.

The view from the Pegsdon Hill and Hoo Bit nature reserve mentioned in point 2 below Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The view from the Pegsdon Hill and Hoo Bit nature reserve
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
You will reach a path on your right leading to the Pegsdon Hill and Hoo Bit nature reserve.

Here you have a choice of nipping into the nature reserve to look at the view (see image above).

2: Our route ignores this path and continues SW along Offley BOAT 53 for another 70m until you reach Lilley bridleway 20 on your left. Take this bridleway and head SSE for 680m first through woodland and then across fields until you reach a bridleway junction.

Lilley bridleway 20 leaving the woodland and crossing the fields, mentioned in point 2 above Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Lilley bridleway 20 leaving the woodland, mentioned in point 2 above
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Lilley bridleway 20 continuing across open fields, mentioned in point 2 above Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Lilley bridleway 20 continuing across open fields, mentioned in point 2 above
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3: At the bridleway crossing head S on Lilley bridleway 9 for 690m until you reach woodland on your left. Continue for another 120m ignoring a track on your left and looking out for a bridleway cutting through the woods on your left. This bridleway is not marked.

The unmarked Lilley bridleway 21 on the left, mentioned in point 3 above Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The unmarked Lilley bridleway 21 on the left, mentioned in point 3 above
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Leaving the wood on Lilley bridleway 21, mentioned in point 4 below  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Leaving the wood on Lilley bridleway 21, mentioned in point 4 below
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Crossing a field heading ESE on Lilley bridleway 21, mentioned in point 4 below  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Crossing a field heading ESE on Lilley bridleway 21, mentioned in point 4 below
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4: Turn left here on Lilley bridleway 21 and head SE for 230m through Mazebeard Spring until you come to a junction. Here you turn left, still on Lilley bridleway 21, leave the wood heading NE then cross a field and head ESE for a total 710m until you reach another junction.

Lilley bridleway 11 on the left, mentioned in point 5 below Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Lilley bridleway 11 on the left, mentioned in point 5 below
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5: Turn left on Lilley bridleway 11 and head NE for 350m until you reach woodland at which point the track becomes Offley bridleway 35 and continues NE for another 400m until it reaches a farm road.

The point where Lilley bridleway 11 becomes Offley bridleway 35, mentioned in point 5 above Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The point where Lilley bridleway 11 becomes Offley bridleway 35
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6: Cross the farm road and continue heading NE for 200m passing cottages on your right until you reach the point where Offley bridleway 34 joins from the right.

7: Here you continue heading NE then NNW, now on Offley bridleway 34, and follow the track as it heads N then NE again for 1.2km to Lodgefield Plantation.

The view to the left off Offley bridleway 35, between points 7 and 8 Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The view to the left off Offley bridleway 35, between points 7 and 8
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8: Here you turn left, still on Offley bridleway 34, and follow it NNE for 760m back to the B655.

9: Turn left and walk along the side of the B655 (there is a path in the verge) for 260m back to the car park.

Deacon Hill, accessed via a permissive path from the car park Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Deacon Hill, accessed via a permissive path from the car park
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
If you have any energy left you can then take the permissive path at the end of the car park and explore Deacon Hill, see image above.

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