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Walk 190: Whitwell North Loop

2.75 miles (4.4 km) with 89m of total ascent


The River Mimram, crossed twice during the walk
The River Mimram, crossed twice during the walk
This short walk explores the countryside north of Whitwell, crossing the River Mimram twice and visiting the hamlet of St Paul's Walden where you can stop for refreshments at The Strathmore Arms. There is also a pub, The Bull Inn, and Emily's Tea Shop in Whitwell village. This walk has been created in response to a number of followers of Hertfordshire Walker who asked for shorter routes. The starting point is 7.4 miles E from Luton station by road.

Directions


Map for Walk 190: Whitwell North Loop
Map for Walk 190: Whitwell North Loop
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1: With your back to Whitwell sports fields car park on Bradway (location - https://w3w.co/port.school.puzzle) turn left on Bradway then head WNW for 25m until you reach Oldfield Rise on the right (location - https://w3w.co/ending.frock.booth). Turn right on Oldfield Rise, which is also St Paul's Walden footpath 28, then head NNE for 95m until you reach the end of Oldfield Rise (location - https://w3w.co/debate.across.hoping) and St Paul's Walden footpath 28 continues heading NE for 35m before bending to the left (location - https://w3w.co/cups.window.income) and heading NNE for 60m to reach High Street, Whitwell (location - https://w3w.co/cars.storm.bleak).

2: Cross High Street then head NNE along The Valley for 85m crossing the River Mimram (location - https://w3w.co/onion.agrees.encounter). Emily's Tea Shop is on the right just after you cross the river (location - https://w3w.co/focus.noting.points), see image below.

Emily's Tea Shop on the northern side of the Mimram
Emily's Tea Shop on the northern side of the Mimram

Tea Room opening hours (9 July 2022)
Tea Room opening hours (9 July 2022)
Continuing heading NNE and uphill for 260m to a T-junction (location - https://w3w.co/online.tune.scuba). Turn left at the junction then head NW for 25m until you reach a gate, a which point you take the path on the right, see image below.

St Paul's Walden footpath 8
St Paul's Walden footpath 8
3: Follow St Paul's Walden footpath 8 as it heads NNW then WNW for 220m before it bends to the right (location - https://w3w.co/yarn.enjoy.longer) then heads NNE for 125m until you reach The Living Theatre on the left (location - https://w3w.co/item.achieving.admits), see image below.

The sign for The Living Theatre - take the path to the right
The sign for The Living Theatre - take the path to the right
Continue past The Living Theatre for 350m, still on St Paul's Walden footpath 8, until you reach Little Bury Wood (location - https://w3w.co/select.weedy.belly), see image below.

St Paul's Walden footpath 8 entering the woodland
St Paul's Walden footpath 8 entering the woodland
4: Continue heading NNE for 770m, still on St Paul's Walden footpath 8, with Little Bury Wood and Chalkleys Wood on the left and Walk Wood on the right until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/amused.hope.caked), see image below.

Turn right at the junction on Church Lane
Turn right at the junction on Church Lane
5: Turn right at the junction on Church Lane then head SE for 390m until you reach a footpath on the right opposite the church (location - https://w3w.co/fresh.rising.drips), see image below.

Turn right on St Paul's Walden footpath 8 then head SSW
Turn right on St Paul's Walden footpath 8 then head SSW
* At this point you could visit the Grade I listed Church Of All Saints, St Paul's Walden on your left, see first image below. If you need refreshments, continue heading E along Church Lane for 120m to visit The Strathmore Arms (location - https://w3w.co/shrimp.adults.toward), see second image below.
Church Of All Saints, St Paul's Walden
Church Of All Saints, St Paul's Walden

The Strathmore Arms, St Paul's Walden
The Strathmore Arms, St Paul's Walden
6: Turn right at the junction opposite the church on St Paul's Walden footpath 3 then follow it SSW then SW for 540m to a junction (location - https://w3w.co/decent.gazed.scans), see image below.

Keep right at the junction, still on St Paul's Walden footpath 3
Keep right at the junction, still on St Paul's Walden footpath 3
Keep right at the junction, still on St Paul's Walden footpath 3, then head SW for 280m to another junction (location - https://w3w.co/harsh.plug.paint), see image below.

Go through a metal gate then turn left (see orange arrow)
Go through a metal gate then turn left (see orange arrow)
7: Go through a metal gate then turn left on St Paul's Walden footpath 2, see image below.

Turn left after the metal gate on St Paul's Walden footpath 2
Turn left after the metal gate on St Paul's Walden footpath 2
Head SSW and downhill on St Paul's Walden footpath 2 for 470m until you reach the River Mimram (location - https://w3w.co/activism.chef.aware), see image below.

St Paul's Walden footpath 2 heading SSE down to the River Mimram
St Paul's Walden footpath 2 heading SSW down to the River Mimram

The River Mimram
The River Mimram
Cross the Mimram then continue, still on St Paul's Walden footpath 2, but now heading SSE for 120m until you reach High Street (location - https://w3w.co/cone.scars.slip).

River Mimram information board
River Mimram information board
* At this point you could turn right then head WNW for 120m to visit The Bull Inn (location - https://w3w.co/cone.scars.slip) or Emily's Tea Shop (location - https://w3w.co/focus.noting.points), which you passed towards the start of the walk.
The Bull Inn, a 120m detour from the route
The Bull Inn, a 120m detour from the route
8: Turn left on High Street then head ESE for 60m looking out for a footpath on the other side of the road just before a row of houses (location - https://w3w.co/either.sketch.barn). Turn right on this footpath, St Paul's Walden footpath 33, then follow it SSW for 230m to a junction (location - https://w3w.co/pushes.demand.nurse), see image below.

Turn right on St Paul's Walden bridleway 34
Turn right on St Paul's Walden bridleway 34
9: Turn right on St Paul's Walden bridleway 34, then head NW for 250m, ignoring footpaths to the left and right, until you reach a fork in the path (location - https://w3w.co/mirror.dwell.clash), see image below.

Keep right, still on St Paul's Walden bridleway 34
Keep right, still on St Paul's Walden bridleway 34
Take the righthand fork, then continuing heading NW, still on St Paul's Walden bridleway 34, with the tennis courts on your left for 80m until you reach the car park at the start of the walk (location - https://w3w.co/kite.answer.stream).

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5 comments:

  1. Thoroughly enjoyable walk with outstanding views. Beautiful church en route. Highly recommended.

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    1. Agreed, we really enjoyed testing this walk. Glad you liked it too. Dave

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  2. Thoroughly enjoyable walk. Beautiful church on eroute. Fabulous rolling countryside views. Would definitely highly recommend.

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  3. Hi Dave and Ellie you done it again another amazing walk with a long shaded section through the woods. Glad footpath 3 went past the large heard of grumpy cattle I did not fancy walking through that field 😂🤣😂 Tree down in the woods. Have informed ROW. .IR.

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    1. Hi Ian, we really enjoyed that walk. Glad you did too. Dave and Ellie

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