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Walk 128: Wallington E Loop

6.4 miles (10.4km) with 290ft of ascent


Rushden and Wallington bridleway 24
 
This is our second walk from Wallington. Our first was Walk 127: Wallington SW Loop. This route, Walk 128, heads NE and passes Blagrove Common, described as “one of the few remaining areas of unimproved marshy grassland in Hertfordshire” and which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). As with the other Wallington walk you also pass the cottage where the author George Orwell lived for four years as well as Manor Farm mentioned in his novel Animal Farm.

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Map for Walk 128: Wallington E Loop Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors There is an interactive map below these directions
Map for Walk 128: Wallington E Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors

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There are a few parking opportunities in Wallington and we didn't notice any restrictions, but please double check in case things have changed since these directions were published. The two options we found were on the south side of Kits Lane (location - https://w3w.co/suddenly.giving.bordering), and in a small car park off The Street (location - https://w3w.co/noble.competing.reported)

The cottage where George Orwell lived for four years
The cottage where George Orwell lived for four years
1: Start the walk at the cottage where the writer George Orwell lived for four years between 1936 and 1940 (see image above). It’s close to the junction of Kits Lane and The Street in Wallington (location - https://w3w.co/brothers.wimp.belt).

Manor Farm made famous in Orwell’s Animal Farm
Manor Farm made famous in Orwell’s Animal Farm
From Kits Lane turn right and head S along The Street for 130m until you pass Manor Farm on your left (see image above), which features in Orwell’s novel Animal Farm. Continue along The Street for another 100m until you reach a pond on your right at the point where The Street bends to the left (location - https://w3w.co/heartburn.mistaking.bucks).

2: Look for a footpath straight ahead. This is Rushden and Wallington footpath 27, which is also the Icknield Way along this stretch. Follow this footpath SSE for 130m until you reach a footpath junction (location - https://w3w.co/inert.recliner.rider).

Take the left fork, still Rushden and Wallington footpath 27, and continue heading SSE for 330m until the path bends to the left to reach a crossing in the track (location - https://w3w.co/joke.splashes.bedding).

The footpath heading ESE (point 3)
The footpath heading ESE (point 3)
3: Head ESE, still on Rushden and Wallington footpath 27 (see image above), for 280m with the field on your right and the hedgerow on your left until you reach a brook called Cat Ditch (location - https://w3w.co/blatantly.kilowatt.bike).

Cross the footbridge and head ENE towards the cottage (point 4)
Cross the footbridge and head ENE towards the cottage (point 4)
4: Cross the brook and take the left fork in the tracks, still on Rushden and Wallington footpath 27, and cross a field heading ENE for 190m towards the left of a cottage with three dormer windows, see yellow arrow in image above (location - https://w3w.co/towns.refills.bespoke).

The junction at the start of Sandon footpath 33 (point 5)
The junction at the start of Sandon footpath 33 (point 5)
5: After crossing the field you emerge on a lane. Cross the lane and head ENE, now on Sandon footpath 33 (which is also The Hertfordshire Way and the Icknield Way), and continue for 1.2km, keeping the hedgerow on your left and the fields on your right, until you reach a footbridge (location - https://w3w.co/scorecard.quail.steaming), see image below.

The footbridge mentioned in point 5
The footbridge mentioned in point 5
Cross the footbridge and then head NE across a field for 200m until you pass between cottages (see image below) before reaching the lane in Roe Green (location - https://w3w.co/congested.detriment.scariest).

The footpath heading NE from Roe Green (point 6)
The footpath heading NE to Roe Green (point 6)
6: When you reach the lane in Roe Green take the path just to the right of Alwyns Farm (location - https://w3w.co/grunt.imported.character), see image below.

Sandon footpath 3 from Roe Green - see point 6 above
Sandon footpath 3 from Roe Green - see point 6 above
This is Sandon footpath 3 which you follow NE for 680m crossing several fields and going through several gates eventually reaching Rushden Road (location - https://w3w.co/soap.influence.could).

Two of the many gates along Sandon footpath 3 between Roe Green and Sandon
Two of the many gates along Sandon footpath 3 between Roe Green and Sandon
7: When you reach Rushden Road turn left and head NE along this lane for 20m looking out for a footpath on the right (location - https://w3w.co/indicated.bangle.thick).

The footpath off Rushden Road mentioned in point 7 below
The footpath off Rushden Road mentioned in point 7 below
There are two footpaths here. You take the left fork and follow Sandon footpath 47 as it heads NE with the hedge on the left and the field on the right for 120m before the footpath dips down to a gate at the back of Sandon JMI School (location - https://w3w.co/lateral.spaces.angry).

Continue heading ENE for another 100m with the school and hedgerow on your left and the fields on your right until you reach a footpath junction (location - https://w3w.co/sobbed.pegs.investor).

Head to the right of the line of trees (point 8)
Head to the right of the line of trees (point 8)
8: Turn right at this junction and head E for 30m then SE for 40m towards a marker post to the right of a line of trees (location - https://w3w.co/pool.balanced.cemented), see yellow arrow in the image above.

This is Sandon footpath 7, which you follow SE for 650m with the woodland on your left and fields on your right ignoring all paths to your left and right until you reach a right-hand bend (location - https://w3w.co/invents.strongman.kind).

The point where you take Sandon footpath 10 and continue ESE (point 9)
The point where you take Sandon footpath 10 and continue ESE (point 9)
9: At the bend turn to your right and head ESE for 60m to a footpath junction where Sandon footpath 7 goes off to the left (location - https://w3w.co/proclaims.tentacles.gearbox) and you continue straight ahead, now on Sandon footpath 10, see image above.

Head ESE on Sandon footpath 10 for 130m until you reach a footbridge (location - https://w3w.co/responses.plausible.shortens), see image below.

The entrance to Blagrove Common on footpath 10
The entrance to Blagrove Common off footpath 10

* Here you can take a detour by going through the gate on your left to explore Blagrove Common, a 40-hectare nature reserve which is managed by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust. According to the trust the common is one of the few remaining areas of unimproved marshy grassland in Hertfordshire, earning it Site of Special Scientific Interest status.
“It is bisected by a stream and varies from marshy to dry neutral grassland. The marshy areas are dominated by rushes and tufted hair grass. Among these, large numbers of early marsh, southern marsh and common spotted orchids and a variety of their hybrids can be found. The drier areas of the Common support meadow foxtail grass, common cat’s ear and common sorrel among many other species.”
10: Cross the footbridge, turn left on Sandon footpath 11A, and head S for 340m with the field on your right and the hedgerow on your left, until you reach Beckfield Lane (location - https://w3w.co/tummy.vocab.transmits).

Turn right on Beckfield Lane, pass Beckfield Farm Cottage on your left then take Rushden and Wallington bridleway 14 on your right. Head S for 480m and follow the bridleway into Friars Wood. Continue through Friars Wood following the bridleway as it weaves S, W, then S again for 490m until your reach a path on your right just before the path you are on bends to the left (location - https://w3w.co/fidgeting.voltage.huddling).

* This part and the next section both look like they could be muddy after rain.

11: Turn right here, still on Rushden and Wallington bridleway 14, and head E for 200m before the path bends left and you head SSW for 250m until you reach a footpath junction (location - https://w3w.co/scrolled.puns.sticky).

12: Take the footpath on the right, Rushden and Wallington footpath 20, and head NW for 800m until you reach Rushden Road (location - https://w3w.co/streaking.directors.second).

The footpath on the right off Rushden Road (point 13)
The footpath on the right off Rushden Road (point 13)
13: Turn left on Rushden Road and head W for 400m before taking a footpath on the right (see image above.

This is Rushden and Wallington footpath 1 (location - https://w3w.co/unleashed.chain.narrate), which crosses the River Beane then turns sharp left and heads W for 820m until you reach a lane at Redhill (location - https://w3w.co/risen.workflow.degrading).

The junction mentioned in point 14 below
14: Turn right on the lane for 25m then left for 10m then right again for 35m before taking the footpath straight ahead (see image above). This is Rushden and Wallington footpath 34 (location - https://w3w.co/dangerously.smothered.hound).

Turn left before the gate and head W
Turn left before the gate and head W
Follow Rushden and Wallington footpath 34 NW for 260m across a field to a footpath junction (location - https://w3w.co/chairs.suspend.jubilant). Don’t go through the gate but instead take the left fork (see image above) and head W, along the edge of the field, now on Rushden and Wallington footpath 46, for 490m until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/promising.defeated.surviving).

Rushden and Wallington bridleway 24
Rushden and Wallington bridleway 24

15: Turn right at this junction on Rushden and Wallington bridleway 24 and head NNW for 640m until you reach a track on your right (location - https://w3w.co/describes.shred.laughs).

16: Turn right here and follow the lane NE for 250m until you reach the Church of St Mary on your left, a Grade II listed building. Look out for a footpath on your left as you reach the church. The path goes through the church grounds and to the left of the church.

17: This is Rushden and Wallington footpath 31 which you follow N for 136m. Go through a gate and continue heading N for another 150m until you reach Kits Lane, Wallington where you turn right and retrace your steps back to the starting point.

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