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Walk 148: Jockey End South Loop

6.3 miles (10.2 km) with 464 ft of ascent


The footbridge over the River Gade between points 7 & 8
The footbridge over the River Gade between points 7 & 8
We really enjoyed this walk. It has a pleasant mix of some great tree-lined byways as well as footpaths that cross fields which, when we visited in July, were full of wild flowers. There are no pubs on the route, but The Crown & Sceptre in Briden's Camp and The Red Lion at Water End are close by. The walk starts in Jockey End where there are parking options along Gaddesden Row. Alternatively you could try to park in Great Gaddesden and start the walk from point 9. Either way, please check that parking restrictions haven't been introduced since this walk was published.

Directions


Map for Walk 148: Jockey End South Loop Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors There is an interactive map below these directions
Map for Walk 148: Jockey End South Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors

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1: Walk SE along Gaddesden Row in Jockey End until you reach a footpath on the left immediately after the last house on the left (location - https://w3w.co/numeral.thinnest.play). Turn left and head NNE on Great Gaddesden footpath 9 for 320m until you reach a gap in the hedgerow leading to a junction (location - https://w3w.co/casino.leopard.ruling).

2: Turn right on Great Gaddesden BOAT (byway open to all traffic) 73, which is also known as Dean Lane, and head E for 630m until you reach a lane (location - https://w3w.co/deluded.fidgeting.stone).

3: Cross the lane and head SSE on Flamstead restricted byway 57 for 960m until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/deluded.fidgeting.stone).

Flamstead restricted byway 57 - after point 3
Flamstead restricted byway 57 - point 3
4: At the junction keep right and head SW on Great Gaddesden restricted byway 82, which along this stretch is part of The Chiltern Way, (see image below). Continue for 320m until you reach Gaddesden Row (location - https://w3w.co/bonfires.tensions.issues).

Keep heading SW on Great Gaddesden restricted byway 82
Keep heading SW on Great Gaddesden restricted byway 82
Cross Gaddesden Row and head SW down Great Gaddesden footpath 23, which at this point is also a metalled lane (see image below).

Great Gaddesden footpath 23 heading SW off Gaddesden Row - point 4
Great Gaddesden footpath 23 heading SW off Gaddesden Row - point 4
Continue down Great Gaddesden footpath 23 for 200m until you reach a gate (location - https://w3w.co/obey.users.budgeted), see image below. Don't go through the gate.

Turn left before the gate on Great Gaddesden footpath 23 and head SE
Turn left before the gate on Great Gaddesden footpath 23 and head SE
When you reach the gate turn left, still on Great Gaddesden footpath 23, and head SE for 140m with the hedgerow on the right and the field on the left until the path bends to the right through the hedgerow (location - https://w3w.co/uniform.speedily.jiffy) and then heads SW for 320m to a junction (location - https://w3w.co/happily.surgical.strongman).

Great Gaddesden footpath 23 heading SW along The Chiltern Way
5: At the junction bear right and head SW, still on Great Gaddesden footpath 23 which is still part of The Chiltern Way at this point. Continue for 760m until Great Gaddesden footpath 23 goes off to the right  of the track you are on and through woodland (location - https://w3w.co/arming.enough.subway), see image below.

Great Gaddesden footpath 23 entering woodland - point 5
Great Gaddesden footpath 23 entering woodland - point 5
6: Continue through the woodland on Great Gaddesden footpath 23 for 400m. You will cross a track (location - https://w3w.co/spectacle.renews.dugouts) before leaving the woodland and reaching a field (location - https://w3w.co/unfounded.stuck.stalemate).

7: Head SW and downhill for 280m until you reach a telegraph pole on the left at which point the path you are on becomes Great Gaddesden footpath 18. Continue heading SW then S for 190m until you reach a gate on your left (location - https://w3w.co/shack.sleeps.couple), see image below.

Go through the gate on the left and walk uphill - point 7
The gate mentioned in points 7 & 8
8: Go through the gate and walk uphill with the fence on your right and the field on your left for 100m until you reach a gate on your right (location - https://w3w.co/lungs.arena.translated). Turn right on Great Gaddesden footpath 21 and follow it for 640m heading SW and downhill, first with the hedge on your left and the field on your right. Go through a gate and continue heading SW to another gate in the fence on your left. Go through this gate and continue downhill and through a small copse, then across a field heading to the left of a cottage painted cream (see image below). Continue downhill until you reach Leighton Buzzard Road (location - https://w3w.co/actual.chained.others).

Follow the footpath downhill heading to the left of the cottage - point 8
Follow the footpath downhill heading to the left of the cottage - point 8
9: Cross Leighton Buzzard Road and then turn right and head NW for 10m looking for a footpath between cottages on the left. Take this path, Great Gaddesden footpath 66, and head W for 90m until you reach a footbridge crossing the River Gade (location - https://w3w.co/moons.define.fast), see image at the top of these directions. This is a good spot to stop and look out for herons and white egrets.

When crossing the River Gade look out for egrets and herons
When crossing the River Gade look out for egrets and herons
Cross the footbridge and continue heading WNW, now on Great Gaddesden footpath 67, for 170m to a junction (location - https://w3w.co/stack.punks.during).

10: Turn right on Great Gaddesden footpath 68 and head NNW for 530m until you reach Piper's Hill in Great Gaddesden (location - https://w3w.co/units.discrepancy.love).
* The final stretch of this footpath, from (location - https://w3w.co/amused.hills.sober) to (location - https://w3w.co/chains.looked.prop) can be overgrown with nettles and, because we were both walking in shorts we got stung. So pick up a stick to push back the nettles and a handful of dock leaves before you venture down this stretch.
11: Cross Piper's Hill then turn left on Church Meadow and follow it NNW for 230m to a play area with a footpath on the right (location - https://w3w.co/pickle.slamming.deploying).
* Church Meadow could be an alternative parking option if you find it difficult to park at Jockey End at the start of the walk. We didn't notice any parking restrictions, but please do check in case some have been introduced since this walk was published.
Great Gaddesden footpath 2 heading NE off Church Meadow
12: Turn right on Great Gaddesden footpath 2 and head NE for 180m until you reach a boardwalk crossing the River Gade (location - https://w3w.co/medium.petulant.bespoke). After crossing the river head E, still on Great Gaddesden footpath 2 and continue until you reach Dagnall Road (location - https://w3w.co/whirlwind.revolts.should).

13: Cross Dagnall Road and follow Great Gaddesden footpath 4 NE for 130m before it bends to the left and heads N for 270m, first with the hedgerow on the right and the field on the left and then across a field and through the crop until you reach Hoo Wood.
* At this point there is a well-placed bench affording a great view over the valley of the River Gade.
14: Enter Hoo Wood and immediately take the left-hand fork at a junction just inside the woodland. This is still Great Gaddesden footpath 4 which you follow through a clearing. When we were there the area was covered in foxgloves and other wild flowers. We both agreed that this section of Great Gaddesden footpath 4 is one of our favourite stretches. Continue heading N through Hoo Wood for 750m until you reach a gate (location - https://w3w.co/models.bronzed.unframed).

Great Gaddesden footpath 4 going through Hoo Wood
Great Gaddesden footpath 4 going through Hoo Wood

Foxgloves in Hoo Wood
Foxgloves in Hoo Wood
15: Go through the gate and head downhill, still on Great Gaddesden footpath 4, until you reach Bradden Lane (location - https://w3w.co/depended.delusions.haggling).

The charming Great Gaddesden footpath 4 leaving Hoo Wood
The charming Great Gaddesden footpath 4 leaving Hoo Wood
Turn right on Bradden Lane and head NE and uphill for 250m until you reach Great Gaddesden restricted byway 14 on the right (location - https://w3w.co/binds.mixers.united).

Great Gaddesden restricted byway 14 leaving Bradden Lane - point 18
Great Gaddesden restricted byway 14 leaving Bradden Lane - point 15
16: Turn right and follow Great Gaddesden restricted byway 14 SE for 560m ignoring paths to your left and right and continuing until you reach a T-junction (location - https://w3w.co/incurring.lawfully.homes).

17: Turn left, still on Great Gaddesden restricted byway 14, and head NE for 55m to a junction. Ignore the turn on your right and continue heading NE, now on Great Gaddesden footpath 13, crossing two fields to a gate (location - https://w3w.co/overhear.export.stable).

Great Gaddesden footpath 13 heading across the crop - point 20
Great Gaddesden footpath 13 heading across the crop - point 17
18: Immediately after the gate take the right-hand fork (location - https://w3w.co/indicated.unlisted.tabloid), which is still Great Gaddesden footpath 13, and follow it NNE for 430m eventually passing allotments on the left before emerging on Gaddesden Row.

Take the right fork after the gate for Great Gaddesden footpath 13
Take the right fork after the gate to continue on Great Gaddesden footpath 13
19: Turn left on Gaddesden Row and head WNW for 130m back to the starting point.

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2 comments:

  1. Did this walk on Sunday and the foxgloves were gorgeous. That certainly is a lovely footpath through Hoo Wood.

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  2. Hi,

    We absolutely agree. The footpath through Hoo Wood is wonderful. Glad you enjoyed it.

    David

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