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Walk 165: Amwell Loop

3.6m (5.8km) with 150ft of ascent


Walk 165 between points 6 & 7
 
This walk starts and finishes at the car park on Nomansland Common then loops through woodland before reaching the hamlet of Amwell where there is a short detour if you want to visit the Elephant & Castle pub. A couple of stretches of the walk are along country lanes without pavements, but when we tested this walk we didn't meet any traffic.

Directions


Walk 165: Amwell Loop Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors There is an interactive map below these directions
Walk 165: Amwell Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors

There is an interactive map below these directions
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Take the path at the junction of Ferrers Road and Down Green Lane
Take the path at the junction of Ferrers Road and Down Green Lane
1: From the car park on Nomansland Common (location - https://w3w.co/modest.advice.dollar), cross Ferrers Road then take the path at the junction with Down Green Lane then enter the woodland and head ENE for 35m until you reach a split in the path (location - https://w3w.co/lower.safely.guides).

Head N through the woodland following the direction of the arrow
Head N through the woodland following the direction of the arrow
Take the left fork then head N for 30m until you reach another split in the path (location - https://w3w.co/comb.drops.wanted). Keep heading N following the line of the arrow in the image above for 190m until you reach a lane (location - https://w3w.co/exist.shared.gets).

Take the path at the N end of of the lane
Take the path at the N end of of the lane
2: Head N along the lane for 70m before entering woodland again, see image above (location - https://w3w.co/bright.passes.fires). Once in the woodland continue heading N for 50m before taking the right-hand fork (location - https://w3w.co/cuts.motor.dimes) then head ENE for 45m until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/noises.heat.luxury) where you turn left then head N for 55m until you reach the end of the woodland (location - https://w3w.co/remark.town.holds).

Leave the woodland then N on Wheathampstead footpath 82
Leave the woodland then N on Wheathampstead footpath 82
3: At the end of the woodland you will reach Wheathampstead footpath 82. Follow this footpath N for 250m until you reach woodland (location - https://w3w.co/ankle.blues.hung).

Turn left, still on Wheathampstead footpath 82, then head WNW
Turn left, still on Wheathampstead footpath 82, then head WNW
4: Enter the woodland then turn left, still on Wheathampstead footpath 82, and head WNW for 170m to a fork (location - https://w3w.co/composers.head.laws).

Continue until you reach a cut-through to High Ash Road on the left
Continue until you reach a cut-through to High Ash Road on the left
5: Turn right to join Wheathampstead footpath 27 then head NNE for 320m passing playing fields on the right, then continue until the path reaches houses. Look out for a cut through on the left to High Ash Road (location - https://w3w.co/school.crops.rotate).

6: Turn left on High Ash Road then head WNW for 190m until you reach Amwell Lane (location - https://w3w.co/ants.shots.defeat).

7: Turn left on Amwell Lane then head SW for 230m looking out for a footpath on the right (location - https://w3w.co/bind.space.excuse). 

Turn right on Wheathampstead footpath 81
Turn right on Wheathampstead footpath 81
8: Turn right on Wheathampstead footpath 81 then head WNW for 300m until you reach Down Green Lane (location - https://w3w.co/charm.curl.solo).

Turn right off Down Green Lane on Wheathampstead footpath 80
Turn right off Down Green Lane on Wheathampstead footpath 80
9: Turn left on Down Green Lane then head S for 140m looking out for a footpath on the right (location - https://w3w.co/skin.vibrate.librarian).
* When you reach the footpath you have the option of continuing heading S for 110m to visit The Elephant & Castle (location - ).
10: Turn right on Wheathampstead footpath 80 then head WNW for 770m, with Wheathampstead Golf Course on your right, until you reach Pipers Lane (location - https://w3w.co/fingernails.judges.coherent).

11: Turn left on Pipers Lane then head SW for 850m to a junction (location - https://w3w.co/think.punch.oval).

Pipers Lane, which you follow for 850m
Pipers Lane, which you follow for 850m
There isn’t a footpath alongside this lane, but it is a quiet lane with several opportunities to step to the side if vehicles approach.

The unofficial track running parallel to Pipers Lane
The unofficial track running parallel to Pipers Lane
There is a short detour track on the right 90m after you join Pipers Lane (location - https://w3w.co/exist.fried.audio) which runs parallel to Pipers Lane for 210m until it rejoins the lane (location - https://w3w.co/gangs.search.cage).

Wheathampstead footpath 14 heading towards Ferrers Lane
Wheathampstead footpath 14 heading towards Ferrers Lane
12: When you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/think.punch.oval), turn left on Wheathampstead footpath 14 (location - https://w3w.co/indoor.polite.ranged) then head SE for 940m until you reach Ferrers Lane (location - https://w3w.co/dream.pass.decide).

Crossing Nomansland Common towards the end of the walk
Crossing Nomansland Common towards the end of the walk
13: Turn left on Ferrers Lane then head NE for 10m before taking the footpath on the right and follow it heading E through woodland for 310m until you reach a clearing where you continue heading E for 720m crossing Nomansland Common before reaching the car park and the starting point.
* There is another pub, The Wicked Lady, 580m NE of the start/finish point.

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4 comments:

  1. Lovely walk if rather muddy ! We spotted two robins and a pheasant on the way. It is our first one and we will do another one next weekend.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, despite the mud. And thanks for the feedback. Mud is a problem this time of the year on almost all our walks, but it doesn't stop us getting out. :-)

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  2. Our 'Walk & Talk' group enjoyed this lovely walk on 13th January. Directions good to follow. Thanks for posting all these walks - our group hopes to do a lot more of them this year.

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it. And nice to know your group is using our walks. Ellie and I send you best wishes for future rambles. And feedback always welcome. David

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