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Walk 153: Breachwood Green South Loop

5.8 miles (9.4 km) with 397ft of ascent


St Paul's Walden UCR1 heading SW
 
We really enjoyed this walk because of the mix of wide byways, winding footpaths, and quiet country lanes - with great views throughout. There is a pub, The Red Lion, close to the start and finish point, and a pub, The Bright Star, at the halfway point.

Directions


Walk 153: Breachwood Green South Loop Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors There is an interactive map below the directions
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1: From the junction of Oxford Road, Pasture Lane, and Lower Road, in Breachwood Green, take the footpath on the E side of the junction to the right of the last house (location - https://w3w.co/across.toxic.juicy), see image below.

Kings Walden footpath 20 at the start of the walk
Kings Walden footpath 20 at the start of the walk
Follow this path, Kings Walden footpath 20, SE for 270m until you reach woodland (location - https://w3w.co/afterglow.flippers.rocket) where you keep heading straight, with the woodland on your right and the field on your left. Continue heading SE for 600m until you reach a lane (location - https://w3w.co/fake.sobbed.laughs).

2: Turn left on the lane then head NE for 15m looking for a footpath on the right (location - https://w3w.co/scare.ditched.snowy). Turn right on St Paul's Walden footpath 24, then head SE, NNE, then SE for 400m until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/trace.bedrock.lads).

3: Ignore the footpath on the right and take the second turn on the right, a metalled track, which you follow S for 130m until you reach the last house on the left. At this point the track becomes unsurfaced and continues SW, S, then SE for 480m to a junction (location - https://w3w.co/reason.urgent.became), see image below.

At the junction mentioned in point 3 turn right on St Paul's Walden UCR1
At the junction turn right on St Paul's Walden UCR1
4: Turn right at the junction on St Paul's Walden UCR1 (unclassed unmetalled country road) then head SW for 400m until you reach a field. This is a lovely track with some great views, see image below.

St Paul's Walden UCR1 heading SW
St Paul's Walden UCR1 heading SW
Continue heading SW across the field for 340m until you reach to Whitewaybottom Lane (location - https://w3w.co/paths.melon.plants).

Kimpton footpath 54 heading WSW off Whitewaybottom Lane
Kimpton footpath 54 heading WSW off Whitewaybottom Lane
5: Cross the lane then take Kimpton footpath 54. Head WSW along this footpath, with the hedgerow on the right and the field on the left, for 400m until the path bends to the left (location - https://w3w.co/focus.cheeks.shunts) just before a line of trees, see image below.

Turn left before the line of trees, still on Kimpton footpath 54
Turn left before the line of trees, still on Kimpton footpath 54
Turn left before the line of trees, still on Kimpton footpath 54, then head SSE for 140m until you reach a gap in the hedgerow on the right (location - https://w3w.co/crops.spoon.wages), see image below.

Go through the gap then head SW across a field
Go through the gap then head SW across a field
Go through the gap then head SW across a field for 340m until you reach a lane (location - https://w3w.co/vanish.scrap.camera).

6: Turn left on the lane then head SE for 250m looking out for a footpath on the right (location - https://w3w.co/moss.decreased.cloud), see image below.

Turn right on Kimpton footpath 43 then head SW
Turn right on Kimpton footpath 43 then head SW
7: Turn right on Kimpton footpath 43 then head SW for 170m with the hedgerow on the left and the field on the right before the path heads S for 290m until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/dogs.member.crowned).

8: Turn right on Kimpton bridleway 51 then head W and WSW, with the hedgerow on the left and the field on the right for 870m, until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/give.heavy.dock), see image below.

Stay on Kimpton bridleway 51 following the line of the yellow arrow
Stay on Kimpton bridleway 51 following the line of the yellow arrow
Keep left at the junction (follow the line of the yellow arrow in the image above), then continue heading SW for 120m until you reach Kimpton Road (location - https://w3w.co/hungry.ever.grabs).

9: Turn right on Kimpton Road then head WNW along Kimpton Road for 170m passing The Bright Star pub/restaurant on the left (location - https://w3w.co/return.useful.speaks), see image below.

The Bright Star
The Bright Star
Continue heading WNW for another 140m until you reach Lawrence End Road on the right (location - https://w3w.co/thing.analogy.holly).

10: Turn right on Lawrence End Road then follow it NE and N for 1.6km until you reach a lane (location - https://w3w.co/means.soft.donor). Lawrence End Road has a grass verge most of the length which will enable you to step out of the way if there is any traffic. We met two cyclists and one vehicle when we walked this stretch. In both cases we were able to step on the verge.

11: Turn left on the lane then head WNW for 95m looking out for a footpath on the right (location - https://w3w.co/fees.repair.refuse), see image below.

Kings Walden footpath 4 heading NE
Kings Walden footpath 4 heading NE
Take this footpath, Kings Walden footpath 4, then head NNE for 170m until you reach a field (location - https://w3w.co/laws.branch.united), see image below.

Kings Walden footpath 4 crossing the crop
Kings Walden footpath 4 crossing the crop
Cross the crop, now heading NE for 510m until you reach another field (location - https://w3w.co/revisits.handbag.motor). Continue across the field for 210m until you reach a gap in the hedge (location - https://w3w.co/processor.remembers.looked), see image below.

The gap in the hedge on Kings Walden footpath 4 - mentioned above
The gap in the hedge on Kings Walden footpath 4 - mentioned above
Continue heading NE and uphill, with the hedgerow on the right and the field on the left, still on Kings Walden footpath 4, for 560m until you reach Pastures Lane (location - https://w3w.co/glorious.singles.duplicate).

12: Turn left on Pastures Lane then head NNE for 390m until you return to the starting point.

There is a pub, The Red Lion at the junction of Oxford Road and Chapel Road 240m from the start point (location - https://w3w.co/unsightly.regret.monk).

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6 comments:

  1. Did this walk yesterday and as you say in your description there are some great views all round and we hardly met a soul. It was a great day for sitting outside the Bright Star pub with a drink half way round the loop.
    Thanks again for another lovely walk - there cant be much of Hertfordshire left for you to cover!

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  2. :-) well we have about 10 more walks which I have mapped out and which need testing, so we should be fine up to about walk 165. After that it might get a bit tricky, but I have some ideas. We are keen to explore the countryside around Tring.
    David

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    1. We look forward to all the new walks. There are some good walks round the reservoirs at Tring.

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    2. Yes, we intend to add a few walks there, including the reservoirs. Thanks
      David

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  3. But don't trust what the Red Lion's website says about opening hours. The ACTUAL opening hours (as shown on blackboard outside the pub) are:
    Mon-Thurs 14:00-21:00
    Fri 12:00-23:00
    Sat 12:00-23:00
    Sun 12:00-22:00.

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