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Walk 193: Lemsford West Loop

3.9 miles (6.3 km) with 275 ft of ascent


The permissive bridleway between points 7 & 8
The permissive bridleway between points 7 & 8
This walk includes sections of two walks in our collection. The route starts and finishes in the village of Lemsford and passes close to three pubs. The walk crosses a golf course so please take care when walking over the fairways. The starting point for this walk is 1.8 miles WSW from Welwyn Garden City station by road.

There are two pubs in Lemsford, The Sun Inn and the Long Arm and Short Arm both close to the start of the walk. There is also The Crooked Chimney at point 3. We didn't meet any livestock on this walk but there are signs asking dog owners to keep their pets on a lead between points 4 and 6.

Hertfordshire County Council's Rights of Way team has told us that Wheathampstead footpath 13, between points 8 and 9 on this route, will be closed for two weeks from 26 July 2022. It's probably best to choose another walk until the work is complete because there isn't a suitable detour for this route. We will update this page when we know the footpath is open again.


Directions


Map for Walk 193: Lemsford West Loop
Map for Walk 193: Lemsford West Loop
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The Sun Inn at the start of the walk
The Sun Inn at the start of the walk
1: With your back to the River Lea, and facing The Sun Inn, turn right then head SW for 70m, with the river on your right and the road on your left, until you reach a bridge on the right (location - https://w3w.co/shades.snap.swung), see image below.

Walkers can use the bridge to access footpaths
Walkers are allowed to use the bridge to access footpaths
A sign on the bridge reads "This private footbridge can be used by pedestrians to gain access to public footpaths. It is not a public right of way". Cross the bridge over the River Lea then head NW on Hatfield footpath 57 for 60m to a junction (location - https://w3w.co/backed.cycle.funded), see image below.

Turn left on Hatfield footpath 65
Turn left on Hatfield footpath 65
Turn left on Hatfield footpath 65, then head NW for 320m to a point where the path splits (location - https://w3w.co/limbs.spider.wiring), see image below.

Keep left at the fork, still on Hatfield footpath 65
Keep left at the fork, still on Hatfield footpath 65
Take the left fork then head NW for 110m, still on Hatfield footpath 65, until you reach a track (location - https://w3w.co/level.index.fool) and, beyond the track, a junction (location - https://w3w.co/hiding.voice.loses) just before a stone bridge, see image below.

Cross the track, then turn left on Hatfield footpath 59 and cross the bridge
Cross the track, then turn left on Hatfield footpath 59 and cross the bridge
2: Turn left on Hatfield footpath 59 then cross the bridge. Once over the bridge head WSW and uphill, see the direction of the orange arrow on the image below.

Continue on Hatfield footpath 59 (see orange arrow)
Continue on Hatfield footpath 59 (see orange arrow)
Continue on Hatfield footpath 59 for 580m until you reach Marford Road, the B653 (location - https://w3w.co/tonic.drums.hidden). On your left will be The Crooked Chimney (location - https://w3w.co/plant.wounds.spicy).

Cross Marford Road then head W along Cromer Hyde Lane
Cross Marford Road then head W along Cromer Hyde Lane

3:
Cross Marford Road then head W along Cromer Hyde Lane for 910m until you reach a junction of footpaths and tracks (location - https://w3w.co/porch.nurse.manliness), see image below.

Turn right on Hatfield footpath 54
Turn right on Hatfield footpath 54
4: Turn right on Hatfield footpath 54 then follow it NW for 100m until you reach a gate leading to a livestock field (location - https://w3w.co/powers.parks.files), see image below. When we did this walk we didn't see any livestock.

Cross the field aiming for the right of the stables
Cross the field aiming for the right of the stables
Cross the field aiming to the right of the stables (see orange arrow on image above). Continue heading in a northwesterly direction, still on Hatfield footpath 54, for 520m until you reach a junction beyond a gap in the hedgerow (location - https://w3w.co/prefer.clots.dusty), see image with orange arrow below.

Cut through the hedgerow on Hatfield footpath 54 to reach a junction
Hatfield footpath 54 cuts through the hedgerow to reach a junction
5: At the junction turn left on Wheathampstead BOAT 3 (byway open to all traffic) for 30m until you reach a footpath on the right (location - https://w3w.co/trip.total.nails), see image below.

Turn right on Wheathampstead footpath 76
Turn right on Wheathampstead footpath 76
Turn right on Wheathampstead footpath 76 then continue heading NW for 100m with fields on either side of the path until you reach a line of trees (location - https://w3w.co/caves.ground.flops), see image of route between the fields to the line of trees below.

Follow Wheathampstead footpath 76 to Coleman Green Lane
Follow Wheathampstead footpath 76 to Coleman Green Lane
Keep left at the line of trees (see image below) and continue heading NW for 210m until you reach Coleman Green Lane, a former Roman road (location - https://w3w.co/solar.wiring.arts).

Keep to the left of a line of trees on Wheathampstead footpath 76
Keep to the left of a line of trees on Wheathampstead footpath 76
6: Turn right on Coleman Green Lane then head NE for 400m until you reach Marford Road (location - https://w3w.co/sound.cake.fund).
* This section of Coleman Green Lane is narrow and there is no pavement for pedestrians. We didn't meet any traffic when we tested this walk.
7: Cross Marford Road then turn right and head E for 70m until you reach Waterend Lane on the left (location - https://w3w.co/juror.volunteered.salon).

Take the permissive bridleway alongside Waterend Lane
Take the permissive bridleway alongside Waterend Lane
Turn left at the top of Waterend Lane then take the permissive bridleway immediately on your right (location - https://w3w.co/wash.improving.device), see image below.

Take the permissive bridleway at the top of Waterend Lane
Take the permissive bridleway at the top of Waterend Lane
Follow this permissive bridleway NE for 475m until it rejoins Waterend Lane at a ford and a footbridge (location - https://w3w.co/shaky.pigs.tender).

8: Turn right on Waterend Lane, cross the footbridge then take the footpath immediately on the right (location - https://w3w.co/think.bound.wheels), see image below.

Take the footpath immediately on the right after the bridge
Take the footpath immediately on the right after the bridge
Follow this path, Wheathampstead footpath 13, (location - https://w3w.co/think.bound.wheels) as it weaves SE alongside the River Lea on your right for 580m until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/agreed.sunset.horses), see image below.

After the junction climb a steep hill through woodland
After the junction climb a steep hill through woodland
9: Ignore the right turn at the junction and continue heading SE and uphill, still on Wheathampstead footpath 13, for 30m until you cross the parish boundary and the path you are on becomes Hatfield footpath 57. Continue for 220m until the path leaves woodland and crosses a golf course (location - https://w3w.co/loser.paints.mild). I have added some orange arrows on the map below to indicate which way to look for golfers hitting balls across the public right of way, however the direction of flight might change, so look both ways to be sure.

Keep looking right and left when crossing the fairways
Keep looking right and left when crossing the fairways
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Continue heading SE, still on Hatfield footpath 57, for 510m until you reach a track (location - https://w3w.co/freed.shade.quest), see image below.

Cross the track then head SSE, still on Hatfield footpath 57
Cross the track then head SSE, still on Hatfield footpath 57
10: Cross the track then head SSE, still on Hatfield footpath 57, for 270m until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/scarcely.rocky.film), see image below.

Continue on Hatfield footpath 57 crossing a fairway
Continue on Hatfield footpath 57 crossing a fairway
11: Continue on Hatfield footpath 57 for 350m crossing a fairway and heading to the right of some tall trees, see image below.

Cross a fairway and head to the right of some tall trees
Cross a fairway and head to the right of some tall trees
11: Continue heading SSE, still on Hatfield footpath 57 for 90m until the path splits (location - https://w3w.co/value.occupy.living), see image below.

Take the left fork then follow Hatfield footpath 57
Take the left fork then follow Hatfield footpath 57 back to the start
Take the left fork then follow the path, still Hatfield footpath 57, SE for 115m until you reach the junction you passed at point 2 in the walk (location - https://w3w.co/backed.cycle.funded). Follow Hatfield footpath 57 SE for another 75m back to the starting point.

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