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Walk 116: Frithsden NW Loop

Rolling hills, woodland, and a lovely pub

5.9 miles (9.5 km)


Great Gaddesden bridleway 10 mentioned in point 4 below Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Great Gaddesden bridleway 10 mentioned in point 4 below
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

This is an excellent walk which mixes woodland, hills, valleys, cute hamlets, and open views across the undulating Hertfordshire countryside. It starts and ends at a pub that serves lovely food and superb beer. The route passes through Frithsden Beeches. Be prepared for several ups and downs; you need to be able to climb hills for this walk. And it can be muddy in places, so if you are worried about slipping you might want to take a stick.

Directions


Map for Walk 116: Frithsden NW Loop Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors There is an interactive map at the end of these directions with KML and GPX data
Map for Walk 116: Frithsden NW Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors
There is an interactive map at the end of these directions with KML and GPX data

Park along the lane outside The Alford Arms (but please check whether any parking restrictions have been introduced since this walk was written).

Spooky Lane and Devil's Bridge - see point 1 below
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

1: Head NNE and uphill along Roman Road for 380m until the lane becomes a track. Here you continue NNE along a track known as Spooky Lane that runs between walls and under Devil's Bridge. Continue heading NNE for 360m until you reach Nettledon Road.

2: Turn left and head WNW along Nettledon Road for 50m looking out for a footpath on the right. Take this path, Nettledon with Potten End footpath 9, and head N for 590m at which point your path crosses a parish boundary and becomes Great Gaddesden footpath 76. Continue heading NNE for 310m until you reach a lane called St Margarets.

3: Turn left on the lane and pass the Amaravati Bhuddist Monastery on the left. Follow the lane NW for 690m until it becomes a track. Continue NW along this byway, Little Gaddesden BOAT 9 (byway open to all traffic) for 1.4km until you reach a bridleway on the left. 

4: Take this track, Great Gaddesden bridleway 10, and head downhill for 920m as the bridleway heads SW, then bends SSE and then bends SW again before it reaches Nettleden Road, Little Gaddesden.

Footpath 7 continues between low brick walls to a metal gate - see point 5
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

At the metal gate continue following footpath 7 downhill Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
At the metal gate continue diagonally left and downhill on footpath 7
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5: Turn right and head NW for 130m along Nettleden Road looking out for a footpath on the left. Take this path, Little Gaddesden footpath 7 and head SSW through the woodland following the path as it cuts between some low brick edging before reaching a metal gate (see images above). Here you continue SSW following Little Gaddesden footpath 7 downhill through the woodland to a clearing. At this point continue heading SSW and uphill, still on Little Gaddesden footpath 7, for 1.1km to Hillingdon Road.

Footpath 33 entering Frithsden Beeches Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Footpath 33 entering Frithsden Beeches - see point 6 below
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6: Cross Hillingdon Road and take Northchurch bridleway 49 which heads SSE out of the lay-by.  Follow this bridleway SSE and uphill through the woods for 100m at which it bends to the left at a clearing. Continue for 120m keeping the woodland on your left and the field on your right until you cross a paved road. Continue following Northchurch bridleway 49 through the woodland until you enter Frithsden Beeches

Footpath 33 through Frithsden Beeches Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Footpath 33 through Frithsden Beeches
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

7: Continue heading SSE through the woodland for 220m until you reach a junction in the track. Continue heading SE, now on Northchurch footpath 54 for another 270m until you reach another junction in the track.

8: Turn left here on the Hertfordshire Way, which is also Northchurch bridleway 33, and head SE through woodland and across a golf course for 1.2km until you reach a lane. 

9: Cross the road and continue heading SE now along Nettledon with Potten End bridleway 24 for 650m ignoring the first junction on the left. Continue to the second footpath junction on your left.

10: Turn left here and head NE along Nettledon with Potten End footpath 17 for 900m back to The Alford Arms.

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