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Walk 166: Cottered North Loop

5.5 miles (8.8 km) with 310ft of ascent


footbridge on Walk 166: Cottered North Loop
 
This walk crosses the rolling countryside north of the village of Cottered. It follows footpaths, bridleways, and lanes. Some sections can be muddy when wet, particularly between points 2 and 5 and 21 to the end. There are two pub/restaurants on the walk. The Bull in Cottered, at the start and finish point, and The Moon and Stars in Rushden, reached via a short detour about a third of the way around at point 11. Check opening times to avoid disappointment.

Directions


Map for Walk 166: Cottered North Loop Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors There is an interactive map below these directions
Map for Walk 166: Cottered North Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors

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1: With your back to The Bull in Cottered (location - https://w3w.co/surpasses.extend.responses), turn right then head W along Baldock Road for 370m until you reach a turn off on the right called Stocking Hill Lane (location - https://w3w.co/puncture.lies.strategy), see image below.

Stocking Hill Lane, also which is also Cottered restricted byway 6
Stocking Hill Lane, which is also Cottered restricted byway 6
2: Turn right on Stocking Hill Lane, which is also Cottered restricted byway 6, then follow it NNW for 420m until you pass a sewage works on the right (location - https://w3w.co/beams.flamenco.protects) at which point the lane becomes a track (location - https://w3w.co/curable.grab.flitting), see image below.

Head NNW on Cottered restricted byway 6
Head NNW on Cottered restricted byway 6
3: Continue heading NNW for 560m until you cross the River Bean (location - https://w3w.co/hopefully.sudden.wedding), see image below.

The River Bean passes under the byway
The River Bean passes under the byway
Cross the river then continue heading NNW and uphill across a field for 310m until you reach the edge of the field (see the line of the orange arrow on the image above). On the far side of the field you will reach a junction where Cottered restricted byway 6 meets Rushden & Wallington bridleway 9 (location - https://w3w.co/surprised.rural.poems), see image below.

Cottered restricted byway 6 meets Rushden & Wallington bridleway 9
Cottered restricted byway 6 meets Rushden & Wallington bridleway 9
4: Keep right on Rushden & Wallington bridleway 9, then head NE for 125m until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/snippet.lime.ripen) where you turn left on Rushden & Wallington footpath 9.

5: Follow Rushden & Wallington footpath 9 NW for 250m until you reach the end of woodland (location - https://w3w.co/treaty.reflected.deployed). At this point Rushden & Wallington footpath 9 bends to the right, see image below.

Rushden & Wallington footpath 9 bending right after woodland
Rushden & Wallington footpath 9 bends right after the woodland
6: Head NNE on Rushden & Wallington footpath 9 for 160m until you reach hedgerow (location - https://w3w.co/truffles.correctly.chip), see image below.

Keep to the right of the bush following Rushden & Wallington footpath 9
Keep to the right of the hedgerow following Rushden & Wallington footpath 9
Keep to the right at the hedgerow then continue heading NNE for 220m before the path bends to the left (location - https://w3w.co/convey.backhand.headsets) then heads WNW for 60m until you reach woodland (location - https://w3w.co/arming.handrail.stay).

Continue through the woodland, still on Rushden & Wallington footpath 9
Continue through the woodland, still on Rushden & Wallington footpath 9
7: Continue through the woodland, still on Rushden & Wallington footpath 9, for 200m until the path bends to the left (location - https://w3w.co/hangs.weddings.searching) then heads SW for 120m before bending to the right (location - https://w3w.co/coder.obtain.dips) and heading NW for 400m until you reach a track and a footpath junction (location - https://w3w.co/irritable.betraying.nicely).

8: Continue heading NW, now on Treacle Lane, for 165m until you reach Bennett's Lane, Rushden (location - https://w3w.co/poetic.skies.seaweed).

9: Turn right on Bennet's Lane then head NNE for 140m through Rushden until you reach the junction of Bennett's Lane and School Lane (location - https://w3w.co/filled.sketching.uplifting).

10: Turn left on School Lane then head N for 110m until you reach St Mary's Church Rushden (location - https://w3w.co/busters.stunning.recitals).
* At this point you could turn left on Rushden & Wallington footpath 7 then follow it W for 280m to visit The Moon and Stars pub at Mill End (location - https://w3w.co/disband.stuffy.slanting).
11: Turn right at the church then follow Rushden & Wallington footpath 7 E to the a gate where you leave the churchyard (location - https://w3w.co/portfolio.renovated.shiny), see image below.

Rushden & Wallington footpath 7 leaving the churchyard
Rushden & Wallington footpath 7 leaving the churchyard
Once through the gate head E for 310m until you reach a junction in the track (location - https://w3w.co/disputes.ounce.overdrive), see image below.

Turn left on Rushden & Wallington footpath 43
Turn left on Rushden & Wallington footpath 43
12: Turn left on Rushden & Wallington footpath 43 then head NW through woodland for 440m keeping straight as you cross a wooden walkway (location - https://w3w.co/porch.moderated.rumble), see image below.

Continue heading NW across the wooden walkway
Continue heading NW across the wooden walkway

Continue heading NE for 270m until you reach a junction in the track (location - https://w3w.co/echo.choppers.crest), see image below.

Turn right at the junction, still onRushden & Wallington footpath 43
Turn right at the junction, still on Rushden & Wallington footpath 43
13: Turn right at the junction, still on Rushden & Wallington footpath 43, then head E for 300m with Batchelor's Wood on the left until you reach the end of the woodland and a junction (location - https://w3w.co/wicked.tender.shuttered), see image below.

Continue heading NE on Rushden & Wallington footpath 4
Continue heading NE on Rushden & Wallington footpath 4
14: Keep left at the junction then head NE, now on Rushden & Wallington footpath 4, and continue for 390m to a junction in the track (location - https://w3w.co/upholding.tactical.brings), see image below.

Turn right then head SE, now on Rushden & Wallington footpath 20
Turn right then head SE, now on Rushden & Wallington footpath 20
15: Turn right then head SE, now on Rushden & Wallington footpath 20, until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/fillings.isolated.examine), see image below.

Rushden & Wallington footpath 20 heading S
Rushden & Wallington footpath 20 heading S
Keep straight at the junction then head S for 80m until you reach a lane (location - https://w3w.co/motivates.perused.pens).

16: Follow the lane S for 340m to a junction (location - https://w3w.co/mistress.estimate.flask), see image below.

Keep left and head SSE on Broadfield Lodge Farm Road
Keep left and head SSE on Broadfield Lodge Farm Road
17: Continue heading SSE, now on Broadfield Lodge Farm Road ,for 300m until you reach a gate with a sign that reads 'Private Road' (location - https://w3w.co/stable.convey.calculating), see image below. Don't be put off by the sign, you are walking along Cottered restricted byway 38, which is a public right of way.
At the gate, Broadfield Lodge Farm Road becomes Cottered restricted byway 38
At the gate, Broadfield Lodge Farm Road becomes Cottered restricted byway 38
18: Continue through the gate, pass Broadfield Lodge Farm on the left (location - https://w3w.co/escalated.novelist.blows), then follow Cottered restricted byway 38 SSE for 880m, ignoring three footpaths on the right until you meet the fourth turning on the right (location - https://w3w.co/policy.simmer.pure), see image below.

The right turn on Cottered footpath 1
The right turn on Cottered footpath 1
19: Turn right on Cottered footpath 1 and head SE for 330m to a junction (location - https://w3w.co/anguished.bath.backers).

20: Continue heading SE, now on Cottered restricted byway 1, for 220m until you reach the corner of a field where the byway bends to the left (location - https://w3w.co/famed.manicured.variation), see image below. An orange arrow shows the direction you should be heading.

Follow the track as it bends to the left - see orange arrow above
Follow the track as it bends to the left - see orange arrow above
21: Keep left, with the hedgerow on the right and the field on the left, and head SSE for 170m passing a footpath turn on the right. Continue until you reach another footpath on the right leading to a footbridge (location - https://w3w.co/munch.sedative.migrants), see image above.

Take the third footpath on the right leading to a footbridge
Take the second footpath on the right leading to a footbridge
22: Cross the footbridge then head SW across a field for 500m until you reach the hedgerow (location - https://w3w.co/gourmet.safety.grudging). This stretch can be particularly muddy when wet.

23: The path now bends to the left and heads SSE for 430m back to Cottered village and the starting point (location - https://w3w.co/surpasses.extend.responses).

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2 comments:

  1. Hello, we enjoyed this walk a few weeks ago, but got confused at junction 15. I think the photo above junction 14 is actually at junction 15 where you turn SE. There is a footpath approx NE at this point so we ended up doing a short detour. No mud in July / Aug 2022!

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    1. Thanks so much for this great feedback. You are right, one of the photographs was in the wrong place and the text was ambiguous. I have gone through the directions and made several adjustments. It's really nice of you to take the time to tell me.

      I know a lot of people don't bother with my directions and photos and just download the free GPS files and follow them on the free Komoot app, so they won't spot any mistakes, but it's great that you reported back. Thanks again.

      Dave

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