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Walk 195: Walkern N Loop

5.5 miles (8.9 km) with 295 ft of ascent


Stile and gate between points 4 & 5
Stile and gate between points 4 & 5
This walk offers wide open views across the rolling countryside north of Walkern. The route crosses some livestock fields and, at one point, a field of horse jumps. It also crosses a number of arable fields. The starting point is 4.5 miles ENE from Stevenage station by road.

Directions


Map for Walk 195: Walkern N Loop
Map for Walk 195: Walkern N Loop
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The White Lion, High Street, Walkern
The White Lion, High Street, Walkern
1: With your back to The White Lion on High Street Walkern (location - https://w3w.co/snowstorm.suitcase.editor) turn right then head NNE for 30m until you reach a footpath on the right just beyond the pub car park (location - https://w3w.co/bouncing.comment.wager). Take this path, Walkern footpath 18, then head ENE for 280m to a junction (location - https://w3w.co/dive.agency.putty), see image below.

Turn left at the junction on Walkern footpath 35
Turn left at the junction on Walkern footpath 35
Turn left at the junction on Walkern footpath 35 then head N for 70m to a lane called Church End (location - https://w3w.co/impulsive.salsa.encourage).

2: Turn right on Church End, cross a footbridge over the River Beane, then head E for 120m until you reach a footpath on the left just beyond the church (location - https://w3w.co/allies.waxing.opts), see images below.

The footbridge over the River Beane
The footbridge over the River Beane

Walkern parish church on Church End
Walkern parish church on Church End

Take the footpath on the left just beyond the churchyard
Turn left on the footpath just beyond the churchyard then head N with the churchyard on your left for 40m until the path splits (location - https://w3w.co/gates.unwanted.diverting), see image below.

Take the left fork, Walkern footpath 17, see orange arrow
Take the left fork, Walkern footpath 17, see orange arrow
Take the left fork, Walkern footpath 17, then keep heading N for 55m until you reach a footbridge leading to a field (location - https://w3w.co/heightens.invested.according), see image below.

Cross the footbridge then cross the field 
Cross the footbridge then continue across the field for 210m until you reach a hedgerow (location - https://w3w.co/relieves.ladder.widgets) where you go through a gate then continue to head N, see image below.

Go through the gate then head N with the hedgerow on the right
Go through the gate then head N with the hedgerow on the right
Continue heading N for 250m, still on Walkern footpath 17, until the path appears to fork (location - https://w3w.co/torches.clever.aboard), see image below.

Keep to the left with the River Beane on your left
Keep to the left with the River Beane on your left
Here you keep to the left, still on Walkern footpath 17, (see orange arrow on image above) and follow the path closest to the River Beane then continue heading N for 130m until the footpath goes through the hedgerow (location - https://w3w.co/resorting.vegans.drones), see image below.

The point whereWalkern footpath 17 becomes Ardeley footpath 42
The point whereWalkern footpath 17 becomes Ardeley footpath 42
At this point you will cross a parish boundary and the path you are on becomes Ardeley footpath 42, which you follow N for 910m with the hedgerow on the left and the field on the right until you reach a lane (location - https://w3w.co/obligated.guard.husky), see image below.

Cross the lane then take Ardeley footpath 41 and head N
Cross the lane then take Ardeley footpath 41 and head N
3: Cross the lane then continue heading N, now on Ardeley footpath 41, for 280m ignoring footpaths on the right and left, until you reach a gate (location - https://w3w.co/revamped.given.displays), see image below.

Continue through the gate on Ardeley footpath 41
Continue through the gate on Ardeley footpath 41 
Go through the gate then head NW, still on Ardeley footpath 41, for 100m until you reach the B1037 in Cromer (location - https://w3w.co/masking.ranked.dorms), see image below.

Cross the the B1037 then take Ardeley footpath 40
4: Cross the B1037 then take Ardeley footpath 40 and head NW for 30m to a gate and a footpath junction (location - https://w3w.co/blatantly.enrolling.bulldozer). Take the right fork, still Ardeley footpath 40, then head NW for 60m to a gate (location - https://w3w.co/trombone.conquest.rated), see image below.
* The next two fields are set out as a cross country course for horse riding and is in use from the beginning of May until the end of October each year. The rights of way are not closed while an event is on, however signs are put on the gates asking walkers to take care and be aware that horses can be travelling at high speed. If horses bother you we have a detour to avoid these fields. Instead of turning right at the fork on Ardeley footpath 40, keep left on Ardeley footpath 44 then head NW for 550m until you reach a lane where you turn right then head N for 340m to rejoin the route at point 6.
Head NW on Ardeley footpath 40 to a gate
Head NW on Ardeley footpath 40 to a gate
If you don't take the detour you will now cross a field decked out with horse jumps for 240m to a junction (location - https://w3w.co/ruffle.curl.animates), see image below.

Follow Ardeley footpath 40 across the field to a footbridge
Follow Ardeley footpath 40 across the field to a footbridge
Follow Ardeley footpath 40 NW across a second field for 210m to a footbridge over the River Beane (location - https://w3w.co/grace.join.inspected), see image below.

Cross the Rive Beane on Clothall footpath 22
5: Cross the Rive Beane, now on Clothall footpath 22, which you follow WNW for 220m to a lane (location - https://w3w.co/rocky.remodels.sketching). Turn right on the lane then head N for 110m until you reach a byway on the left (location - https://w3w.co/distilled.blocks.stumpy), see image below.

Turn left on Clothall restricted byway 21
Turn left on Clothall restricted byway 21
6: Turn left on Clothall restricted byway 21 then head NW for 270m to a junction (location - https://w3w.co/marmalade.manuals.equality), see image below.

Keep heading NW with the hedgerow on the right and field on the left
Keep heading NW with the hedgerow on the right and field on the left
Ignore the turn on the left and instead keep heading NW, still on Clothall restricted byway 21, with the hedgerow on the right and field on the left for 130m until you reach another junction (location - https://w3w.co/slowness.secretly.things), see image below.

Turn left at the junction, still on Clothall restricted byway 21, then head WNW
Turn left, still on Clothall restricted byway 21, then head WNW
Turn left at the junction still on Clothall restricted byway 21 (see image above), then head WNW for 430m until you reach a gap in the hedgerow leading to a junction (location - https://w3w.co/wriggled.romantics.bends).

7: Turn left on Weston BOAT 39 (byway open to all traffic) then head S for 250m until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/juggled.acids.dusters), see image below.

Turn right at the junction on Weston bridleway 36
Turn right at the junction on Weston bridleway 36
8: Turn right at the junction on Weston bridleway 36 then head W for 100m until you reach a fork (location - https://w3w.co/luxury.revised.ditching), see image below.

Keep left at the fork and head WSW, now on Weston footpath 15
Keep left at the fork then head WSW, now on Weston footpath 15
Keep left at the fork and head WSW, now on Weston footpath 15 for 1.2k until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/gladiators.fewest.expansion).

9: Keep left at the junction, now on Weston footpath 16, then head SW for 120m until you reach Dane End Lane (location - https://w3w.co/charm.firm.reliving).
* If you want to visit The Rising Sun pub, turn right when you reach Dane End Lane then head N for 100m where you will find the pub on your right.
If you don't take the detour to the pub, turn left on Dane End Lane then head S for 130m to a bend and a footpath on the right (location - https://w3w.co/sport.tastes.client), see image below.

Turn right on Weston footpath 32
Turn right on Weston footpath 32
10: Turn right on Weston footpath 32 then head SSE for 370m until you reach a footbridge leading to a field (location - https://w3w.co/deflated.wrong.large), see image below.

Cross the field, still on Weston footpath 32
Cross the field then cut through the hedgerow and head SE with a farm on your left, still on Weston footpath 32, for 300m to a junction (location - https://w3w.co/masterpiece.drew.noticing), see image below.

Turn right, then left, then right again still on Weston footpath 32
Turn right, then left, then right again still on Weston footpath 32
11: Turn right for 10m, then left for 30m, then right again (see orange arrow in image above), then head SSE, with Howell's Wood on your left and still on Weston footpath 32 for 320m until you pass the woodland. At this point the path you are on crosses the parish boundary (location - https://w3w.co/callers.browsers.tasters) and becomes Walkern footpath 26, see image below.

Walkern footpath 26 heading SSE across the fields
Walkern footpath 26 heading SSE across the fields
Follow Walkern footpath 26 down some steps then SSE across rolling fields for 1.1km to a track called Dovehouse Lane (location - https://w3w.co/dwarf.amps.tonic), see image below.

Turn left on Dovehouse Lane then head SE back to the start point
Turn left on Dovehouse Lane then head SE back to the start point
12: Turn left on the track called Dovehouse Lane then head SE for 540m until you reach High Street, Walkern (location - https://w3w.co/hires.aviators.growth), turn right on High Street then head S for 80m back to the starting point.

There is another pub in Walkern, The Yew Tree (location - https://w3w.co/hires.aviators.growth) and two cafes, The Brewery Tearooms (location - https://w3w.co/grandest.situation.solar) and Sweet O'Clock (location - https://w3w.co/fairness.motoring.helper).

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