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Walk 186: Cadwell Loop

4.8 miles (7.8 km) with 278 ft of ascent


The bridleway between points 4 and 5
The bridleway between points 4 and 5
This is a lovely walk in June and July because it passes the Hitchin lavender fields on public rights of way. The route follows bridleways and footpaths over undulating open countryside with wonderful views on all sides. There are two pubs at the start/finish point, another close to the halfway point, and a fourth accessed via a short detour when you are about three quarters of the way round.

Directions


Map for Walk 186: Cadwell Loop
Map for Walk 186: Cadwell Loop
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We parked along Chambers Lane where there were no parking restrictions at the time of writing (June 2022). Please check in case the situation has changed.

The Plume of Feathers at the start of the walk
The Plume of Feathers at the start of the walk
1: With your back to The Plume of Feathers on Chambers Lane (location - https://w3w.co/midwinter.shame.invent), turn right then head SE for 120m until you reach Arlesey Road. Cross Arlesey Road via the zebra crossing (location - https://w3w.co/foot.green.ogre), then turn right and head SW for 40m until you reach a track on the left (location - https://w3w.co/ownership.jousting.slot).

Turn left on the Icknield Way
Turn left on the Icknield Way
2: Turn left on the track, which is also The Icknield Way at this point. Head E for 170m then cross a footbridge (location - https://w3w.co/ideas.kinder.immediate), see image below.

The footbridge mentioned in point 2 above
3: Continue heading E, now on Ickleford BOAT 18 (byway open to all traffic), for 340m until you reach a footbridge crossing the railway (location - https://w3w.co/filer.calculate.crimson), see image below.

Try the vocal test when crossing the 'reverberant' footbridge
Try the vocal test when crossing the 'reverberant' footbridge
4: When you get to the footbridge read the sign on the left as you climb the stairs. It explains the strange properties of this 'reverberant' bridge. Try the shouting or chanting test and listen to hear the result. You will be returning to this bridge later.

The signpost just before the railway bridge
The information board just before the railway bridge
Cross the railway on the footbridge and then head NE on Ickleford BOAT 18, for 1.5km. This is a lovely section of the walk with excellent views.

Ickleford BOAT 18 heading NE
Ickleford BOAT 18 heading NE
Continue until you reach a permissive path on the left just before Stotford Road (location - https://w3w.co/lance.rectangular.column), see image below.

Take the permissive path on the left just before Stotford Road
Take the permissive path on the left just before Stotford Road
5: Head NNW on this path for 190m until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/grafted.plant.shepherds), see image below.

Turn left on Ickleford bridleway 22
Turn left on Ickleford bridleway 22
* At this point you could turn right then head E for 150m to visit The Wilbury pub and restaurant (location - https://w3w.co/brownish.outbound.bets).
6: Turn left on Ickleford bridleway 22 then head W for 690m until you reach a junction on the left (location - https://w3w.co/wicket.comedy.adapt), see image below.

Turn left at the junction still on Ickleford bridleway 22
Turn left at the junction still on Ickleford bridleway 22
7: Turn left at the junction, still on Ickleford bridleway 22, then head SW for 705m until you reach a T-junction at Hitchin Lavender Farm (location - https://w3w.co/went.scorecard.provider). As you walk this section look to your left over the lavender fields. If you are lucky and the breeze is blowing in your direction you might catch the fragrance. We tested this route in June the lavender was just starting to bloom, see image below. The fields open to the public later this month.

The first lavender bloom early June
The first lavender bloom early June
8: Turn left when you reach a barn, see image below, then head SE on Ickleford bridleway 23.

Turn left before the barn on Ickleford bridleway 23
Turn left before the barn on Ickleford bridleway 23
Continue along Ickleford bridleway 23 for 150m passing a footpath on the right (location - https://w3w.co/lower.rushed.ringside).
* We had originally intended to take this footpath and go under the railway alongside the road, but when we tested this walk we felt it was too dangerous. There isn't a pedestrian pavement, and the traffic on the busy road travels fast. So we decided to reroute.
Keep heading SE on Ickleford bridleway 23 for 330m until you reach a T-junction (location - https://w3w.co/overlook.stacks.justifies). There is a well-placed bench at this spot with great views. You passed this spot earlier on the walk.

9: Turn right on Ickleford BOAT 18 then head WSW for 820m crossing the railway bridge again and continuing until you reach a footpath on the right (location - https://w3w.co/urge.stub.winners).

10: Turn right on Ickleford footpath 20 then head NNE for 675m until you reach Arlesey Road (location - https://w3w.co/urge.stub.winners).

11: Cross Arlesey Road then turn left and head WNW for 150m looking for a track on the right (location - https://w3w.co/ironclad.sentences.expose), see image below.
* If you want to visit The Cricketers continue heading SW along Arlesey Road for 360m and you will find the pub on your right.
Take the track just to the right of the black post
Take the track just to the right of the black post
Turn right on this track then head NW for 55m until you reach a junction with Ickleford bridleway 4. Keep to your right and head of N through an avenue of trees (location - https://w3w.co/forks.yell.amps), see image below.

Ickleford bridleway 4
Ickleford bridleway 4
Continue heading N then W on Ickleford bridleway 4 for 570m until you reach a junction on the left (location - https://w3w.co/alleges.moves.soaps), see image below.

Turn left on Ickleford bridleway 6 then head SW
Turn left on Ickleford bridleway 6 then head SW
12: Turn left on Ickleford bridleway 6 then head SW for 420m until you reach Snailwell Lane (location - https://w3w.co/hosts.buzzards.glows), see image below.

Turn right on Snailwell Lane
Turn right on Snailwell Lane
13: Turn right on Snailwell Lane, which is also Ickleford BOAT 9, then head WSW for 190m until the lane becomes a track (location - https://w3w.co/synthetic.conqueror.salary), see image below.

Ickleford BOAT 9 at the end of Snailwell Lane
Ickleford BOAT 9 at the end of Snailwell Lane
Continue for 110m until you reach a footpath on the left (location - https://w3w.co/hazel.nozzles.comfort), see image below.

Turn left on Ickleford footpath 5
Turn left on Ickleford footpath 5
14: Turn left on Ickleford footpath 5 then head SSE for 310m until you reach a junction and a bench (location - https://w3w.co/durations.rebounds.declares), see image below.

Keep left after the bench and continue on Ickleford footpath 5
Keep left after the bench and continue on Ickleford footpath 5
Keep left at the junction and continue along Ickleford footpath 5 for 350m until you reach Upper Green and The Plume of Feathers on the right (location - https://w3w.co/midwinter.shame.invent).
* If you want to visit The Old George (location - https://w3w.co/snippets.vague.obstruct) you can head SW for 140m along Greenfield Lane and then a footpath to reach the pub.

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2 comments:

  1. Another great walk, thanks, but we think your footpath 6 at step 14 (and photo caption above) should be 5. Otherwise perfect directions and lovely views. Thanks again

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    1. Thanks Steve, great spot. You are correct. I have changed the number in the directions. Glad the error in the text didn't spoil the walk for you. Did the signpost at point 14 read 5 or 6, I can't remember? Dave

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