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Walk 130: Furneux Pelham N Loop

Wide paths, woodland, and open views 

7 miles (11.3km) - 310 ft of ascent


The bridleway between points 9 and 10
The bridleway between points 9 and 10

This is a great loop if you like walking along wide winding paths, passing through woodland, and crossing countryside with wide open views. There are two pubs, one soon after the start and the other just past the halfway point. 

There is one section approaching point 3 where the track can be waterlogged at a ford, but we were shown a short detour by a local walker which avoids the muddy bit and which we have incorporated into the walk.

Directions


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Map for Walk 130: Furneux Pelham N Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors

There is an interactive map below these directions

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1: From the Church of St Mary in Furneux Pelham (location - https://w3w.co/listed.printing.remaining) head E along The Street, then S, then E again for 440m until you reach The Brewery Tap pub on your right (location - https://w3w.co/inherits.barmaid.merge).

2: Turn left at the pub and walk N up Violet’s Lane. On your left you will pass the former Pelham Brewery, which is now private housing. The brewery was set up by William Rayment who farmed at Furneux Pelham from the 1820s. At one point the brewery had 36 pubs but closed in 1987.

The point where the track can be waterlogged - see detour option below
The point where the track can be waterlogged - see detour option below

Continue heading N for 650m with the River Ash on your left until you reach a point where, for much of the year the track is under water, see image above (location - https://w3w.co/uppermost.clots.burn). We met a local at this point who showed us a short detour to avoid getting wet.

3: For the detour, turn right off the track and then immediately turn left and head N walking parallel to the waterlogged track with the hedgerow on your left and the field on your right. Continue for 90m until you reach a gap in the hedge (location - https://w3w.co/stags.beam.comically).

Go through the gap, turn right, and then follow Stocking Pelham footpath 14 uphill as it heads E.

The two footbridges on footpath 14 mentioned in point 3 below
The two footbridges on footpath 14 mentioned below


Continue on Stocking Pelham footpath 14 for 250m with the field on your left and the hedgerow on your right until you reach the SE corner of the field (location - https://w3w.co/absent.probe.brambles) where you cross two footbridges (see image above).

Turn right at the tree and follow the path right then left to Ginns Road
Turn right at the tree and follow the path right then left to Ginns Road

The footpath then heads S, ESE for 730m until you reach a field where the path turns to the right, see image above (location - https://w3w.co/launch.argued.bagels). 

Follow the path round to the SE then head ENE for 290m keeping the hedgerow on the right and the field on the left until you reach Ginns Road (location - https://w3w.co/sheds.various.lives).

Stocking Pelham footpath 7 turning right off Ginns Road (point 4)
Stocking Pelham footpath 7 turning right off Ginns Road (point 4)

4: Turn left on Ginns Road and head NE for 250m looking out for a footpath on the right (location - https://w3w.co/dispose.ramming.emulating), see image above. Take this path, Stocking Pelham footpath 7, and head ENE, then NE and N for 660m until you reach Ginns Road again (location - https://w3w.co/expensive.quarrel.fidgeting).

The two footpaths turning right off the lane (point 5)
The two footpaths turning right off the lane (point 5)

5: Turn right on Ginns Road and head NE for 60m until you reach a lane on your left. Take this lane and head NNW then NW for 150m until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/taxi.hunches.sensitive). Take the left fork and head W for 70m looking out for two footpaths on the right (location - https://w3w.co/geologist.country.routines), see image above.

6: Take the footpath on the left, Stocking Pelham footpath 2, and head NW across a field. When we did this walk there were two friendly horses which walked alongside us for 110m until we reached a break in the electric fence. Once over the fence continue heading NW for 110m to the left of a small copse and then bend to the right to the NW corner of the field where you will reach a gate (location - https://w3w.co/cubed.milkman.hence).

Go through the gate, turn to your left, and head NW for 240m until you reach Hall Wood. Continue with Hall Wood on your right until you reach the end of the wood (location - https://w3w.co/verb.worked.pylons).

7: Turn right on Brent Pelham and Meesden footpath 23A and head NNE along the edge of Hall Wood for 120m. When you reach the end of the woodland the footpath bends to the left and then heads NNW for 170m to a footpath junction (location - https://w3w.co/download.slap.warned).

8: Here you join Brent Pelham and Meesden footpath 23 and continue heading NNW for 280m until you reach the B1038 (location - https://w3w.co/nerve.encoding.arming).

9: When you reach the road look diagonally to your right where you will see Brent Pelham and Meesden bridleway 29 (location - https://w3w.co/arrives.manliness.regularly). Take this track and follow it NNE and N for 1.2km to a junction in the track (location - https://w3w.co/stages.hosts.cyclones).

Bridleway 28 heading NW off bridleway 26 (point 10)
Bridleway 28 heading NW off bridleway 26 (point 10)

10: Turn left at the junction and head W on Brent Pelham and Meesden bridleway 26 for 60m before taking the track on your right, Brent Pelham and Meesden bridleway 28 (location - https://w3w.co/seagull.dollar.influence), see image above.

Take the footpath to the left of the trees and head SW (point 11)
Take the footpath to the left of the trees and head SW (point 11)

Follow Brent Pelham and Meesden bridleway 28 heading NW for 700m ignoring a path on your right and continuing with the hedgerow on your right and the field on your left until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/camera.costumes.rhino), see image above.

11: Here you head to the left of the trees and continue on Brent Pelham and Meesden footpath 20 with the hedgerow on your right and the field on your left heading SW for 270m until you reach a field (location - https://w3w.co/edgy.tennis.picnic).

Head S then SW with the River Ash on your right (point 12)
Head S then SW with the River Ash on your right (point 12)

12: Continue to follow the path SW for 360m keeping the River Ash on the right, see image above. This field is used for equestrian events but it was not being used when we walked this public right of way.

https://w3w.co/humble.baking.escorting
The gate at the end of the equestrian field (point 12)

12: At the end of the field you will reach a gate, see image above. Go through the gate, cross a footbridge and turn right and follow the footpath into the car park at The Black Horse pub (location - https://w3w.co/coolest.trade.typically).

13: After passing the pub turn left on a lane and head SSE for 360m passing St Mary The Virgin church on your right, crossing a junction, and continuing SSE until you reach a path on your right (location - https://w3w.co/kept.appraised.exhales).

https://w3w.co/wonderful.shine.teamed
Footpath 5 crosses the crops - follow the line of the yellow arrow (point 14)

14: Take this path, Brent Pelham and Meesden footpath 22, and follow it first WSW then SW and S for 1.2km until it leaves the side of the River Ash (location - https://w3w.co/wonderful.shine.teamed). At this point it becomes Furneux Pelham footpath 5 and crosses a field towards a set of wooden steps (location - https://w3w.co/rift.assume.sidelined).

15: Continue on Furneux Pelham footpath 5 heading SSW for 400m until you reach Whitebarns Farm Cottages (location - https://w3w.co/windmills.mimic.sweeping).

Take the right fork in the direction of the yellow arrow (point 16)

16: Continue heading S, now on Furneux Pelham footpath 4 which is also a metalled lane, for 370m until a track branches off to the right (location - https://w3w.co/talents.guidebook.likes), see image above.

17: You are now on Furneux Pelham footpath 3, although there are no signs at this point. Continue heading S with the woodland on your right and the fields on your left for 800m. At the end of the woodland continue heading S passing some allotments on the right before reaching a footpath junction at a gate (location - https://w3w.co/headings.schematic.ember). Turn left after the gate and head S, now on Furneux Pelham footpath 1, and continue for 130m back to the village and the starting point.

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