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Walk 175: Hertford to Cole Green

2.6 miles one-way or 5.2 miles return with 180ft of ascent


The Cole Green Way
The Cole Green Way
We mapped this route following a request on Twitter for a walk that is buggy friendly and involves a pub. The person who contacted us lives in Hertford. So we just put this walk together for any buggy pushers who live in Hertford and want a flat route with the option of refreshments at the start, middle point, and end.

The walk can be enjoyed one-way if you can get someone to pick you up at The Cowper Arms (2.6 miles), or, if you have the stamina, turn back from the pub and return the same way (5.2 miles). There is a pub, The Black Horse (location - https://w3w.co/names.muddy.successes) near the start of the walk. It has a lovely beer garden at the back and is a CAMRA freehouse.

The walk is mainly along the Cole Green Way, which follows what was the route of the old Hertford to Welwyn Junction Line. It's also part of the Lea Valley Walk. Here is the request we received on the Hertfordshire Walker Twitter feed.

Twitter request for a buggy friendly walk with a pub at the end
Twitter request for a buggy friendly walk with a pub at the end
So this is what we produced.

Directions


Map for Walk 175: Hertford to Cole Green
Map for Walk 175: Hertford to Cole Green
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There is an interactive map below these directions
Those with GPS devices can download GPX or KML files for this walk. We've added What3Words location references for those who use that system. If you print these walks you might want to use the green PrintFriendly icon at the bottom of these directions to delete elements such as photographs.

For those driving to the start of the walk, we saw several parking places near the the junction mentioned in point 2 below (location - https://w3w.co/venue.curiosity.loss) We didn't park there and we didn't check any parking restrictions.

The byway heading SW off West Street, Hertford
The byway heading SW off West Street, Hertford
1: The route starts on West Street in Hertford, which is accessible from the town centre via a pedestrian crossing with traffic light control over the A414. Walk WSW along West Street passing the Black Horse pub freehouse on the left which has an lovely beer garden at the back and serves excellent real ale (location - https://w3w.co/names.muddy.successes).

Continue heading SW for 430m to reach a byway on the right (location - https://w3w.co/prop.gives.deaf). This is Hertford BOAT 54 (byway open to all traffic).

Hertford BOAT 54 heading SW towards the viaduct
Hertford BOAT 54 heading SW towards the viaduct
2: Turn right on Hertford BOAT 54 then head SW and W for 400m, crossing the River Lea via a bridge (location - https://w3w.co/filer.pulled.vivid) then passing Hertford Town Football Club on the right (location - https://w3w.co/hats.truth.ships) and continuing until you reach a railway viaduct (location - https://w3w.co/decay.search.bring).

Once you reach the Cole Green Way follow it SW
Once you reach the Cole Green Way follow it SW
3: Go under the viaduct then continue heading SW, now on Hertford footpath 55, for 80m until you reach the Cole Green Way (location - https://w3w.co/text.shells.lonely). Turn left on the Cole Green Way then follow it SW and W for 2.1 miles until you reach the remains of the old Cole Green Station (location - https://w3w.co/sports.senior.chins).

Continue heading WSW along the Cole Green Way
Continue heading WSW along the Cole Green Way
As you head along the Cole Green Way the former railway branch line will cross a number of lanes including St Mary's Lane (location - https://w3w.co/divisions.backs.emerge), Staines Green (location - https://w3w.co/raft.digits.leaves), and Birch Green at its junction with Chapel Lane (location - https://w3w.co/critic.teams.dairy). You will also notice several footpaths on the right and left; ignore them all.

The approach to Cole Green station with the platform on the right
The approach to Cole Green station with the platform on the right
4: Leave the Cole Green Way by by turning right and climbing up the ramp to reach what was the platform at Cole Green Station then turn left when you reach the car park and head W for 120m until you reach Station Road (location - https://w3w.co/medium.farm.ozone). Turn right on Station Road and The Cowper Arms is on your right (location - https://w3w.co/rarely.cities.bronze).

For those returning to Hertford just follow the route in reverse. The GPX and KML files we have created for this walk are designed to direct you back to the starting point.

Interactive map




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