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Walk 215: Little Amwell South-West Loop

3.9 miles (6.3 km) with 53m of total ascent


Hertford Heath footpath 9 between points 18 & 19
Hertford Heath footpath 9 between points 18 & 19
This lovely walk from Little Amwell crosses two Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust nature reserves. You will visit part of Hertford Heath and then pass through Balls Wood before looping back along some well-defined footpaths over rolling and open countryside with great views. The walk starts and finishes at The Goat and passes The College Arms. The starting point is 1.7 miles SE from Hertford East Station by road.

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Directions


Walk 215: Little Amwell South-West Loop
Walk 215: Little Amwell South-West Loop
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The Goat, Little Amwell, Hertford Heath
The Goat, Little Amwell, Hertford Heath
1: With your back to The Goat (location - https://w3w.co/best.afford.chained), turn left until you reach Mount Pleasant (location - https://w3w.co/army.hung.piano) then turn right on Mount Pleasant and head SE. If you have little ones with you see if they can spot two small houses around a tree on the left along the way (location - https://w3w.co/remedy.remove.magic), see images below.

One of the model houses along Mount Pleasant
One of the model houses along Mount Pleasant

One of the model houses along Mount Pleasant
One of the model houses along Mount Pleasant
Continue along Mount Pleasant for a total of 310m until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/onions.bounty.clubs), see image below.

Turn right on Hertford Heath bridleway 5 then head SE
2: Turn right on Hertford Heath bridleway 5 then head SE for 130m until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/remedy.remove.magic), see image below.

Fork right at the junction and head SSW
Fork right at the junction then head SSW
3: Fork right at the junction then head SSW, still on Hertford Heath bridleway 5, for 385m until you pass a footpath on the right (location - https://w3w.co/spot.trim.runner), see image below.

Keep heading SSW, still on Hertford Heath bridleway 5
4: Keep heading SSW for 165m, still on Hertford Heath bridleway 5 which becomes Heath Lane. Continue along Heath Lane until you reach London Road. The College Arms will be on the opposite corner (location - https://w3w.co/robot.backup.scrap), see image below.

The College Arms, London Road, Hertford Heath
The College Arms, London Road, Hertford Heath
5: Cross London Road then head SSW down The Roundings for 110m until you reach the Hertford Heath nature reserve on the right (location - https://w3w.co/will.fish.photo), see image below.

Turn right and then follow the path across Hertford Heath
6: Turn right and then follow the path across Hertford Heath, a Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust reserve, as it winds its way SW. This is a particularly pretty stretch of the walk.

The path across Hertford Heath
The path across Hertford Heath
Continue across Hertford Heath for 410m until you reach Ermine Street, a former Roman Road (location - https://w3w.co/shut.charm.wiring), see image below.

Cross Ermine Street then enter Balls Wood
Cross Ermine Street then enter Balls Wood
7: Cross Ermine Street, which is also Hertford Heath restricted byway 8, then enter Balls Wood, another Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust reserve (location - https://w3w.co/warm.milk.snow), see image below.

Balls Wood - with its helpful information boards
The information boards at the entrance to Balls Wood
When you enter Balls Wood you will see an information board showing the various paths. Our route cuts through the wood using parts of two of circular routes mapped on one of the boards. Head straight and W for 480m until you reach a T-junction (location - https://w3w.co/squad.newest.model), see image below.

Turn left at the T-junction then head S
Turn left at the T-junction then head S
8: Turn left at the T-junction then head S for 780m until you reach a gate on the left at the southern edge of Balls Wood (location - https://w3w.co/tame.doll.title), see image below.

Turn right when you reach the gate then head W
Turn right when you reach the gate then head W
9: Turn right when you reach the gate then head W for 220m until you reach another gate leaving Balls Wood (location - https://w3w.co/motor.work.picked), see image below.

Exit Balls Wood then turn right on Hertford Heath footpath 7
Exit Balls Wood then turn right on Hertford Heath footpath 7
10: Go through the gate then turn right on Hertford Heath footpath 7 and head NW for 35m to the point where the path bends left and becomes Brickendon Liberty footpath 5. Head WNW for 145m, with the hedgerow on the left and field on the right, until the footpath reaches the corner of a field (location - https://w3w.co/cards.hurls.shots).

Brickendon Liberty footpath 5 heading WNW
Brickendon Liberty footpath 5 heading WNW
11: Turn left when you reach the corner of the field, still on Brickendon Liberty footpath 5, then head S for 45m, with the hedgerow on the left and field on the right until you reach a gate leading to Mangrove Lane (location - https://w3w.co/filer.sugars.craft). Don't go through the gate but keep right to find a footpath heading diagonally across a field, see image below.

Cross the field, still on Brickendon Liberty footpath 5
Cross the field, still on Brickendon Liberty footpath 5
12: Turn right, still on Brickendon Liberty footpath 5, then follow it NW across a field for 390m until you reach Mangrove Lane (location - https://w3w.co/acute.across.thank).

Brickendon Liberty footpath 5 approaching Mangrove Lane
Brickendon Liberty footpath 5 approaching Mangrove Lane
13: Turn right on Mangrove Lane then head N for 640m until you reach a footpath on the right at the point where Mangrove Lane bends left (location - https://w3w.co/follow.care.fully), see image below. Mangrove Lane is a quiet lane with verges where you can stand to one side if traffic approaches.

Turn right on Brickendon Liberty footpath 4
Turn right on Brickendon Liberty footpath 4
14: Turn right on Brickendon Liberty footpath 4 then head NNE for 215m until you reach a signpost on the left. At this point Brickendon Liberty footpath 4 turns right (location - https://w3w.co/spell.bonds.grain) and crosses a field, see image below.

Turn right, still on Brickendon Liberty footpath 4
Turn right, still on Brickendon Liberty footpath 4
15: Turn right, still on Brickendon Liberty footpath 4, then head NE for 45m until you reach a footbridge over a ditch (location - https://w3w.co/major.part.snaps), see image below.

Cross the footbridge then head NE across a field
Cross the footbridge then head NE across a field
Cross the footbridge then head NE for 170m across a field until you reach woodland (location - https://w3w.co/liner.carry.digits), see image below.

Continue with the woodland on your right
Continue with the woodland on your right
Continue still on Brickendon Liberty footpath 4 and still heading NE for 130m, with the woodland on your right and a field on your left until you reach the edge of the woodland (location - https://w3w.co/frosted.upset.perky). At this point the footpath you are on becomes Hertford footpath 45 which crosses another field then reaches another footbridge (location - https://w3w.co/warm.robots.loss), see image below.

Cross the footbridge then head E
Cross the footbridge then head E
16: Cross the footbridge then head E for 230m, with the woodland on your left and field on the right, until you reach the corner of the woodland (location - https://w3w.co/drums.arrive.clean). You will now be walking along Hertford Heath footpath 9 having crossed a parish boundary just before you reached the end of the woodland.

17: Turn left, still on Hertford Heath footpath 9, then head NNE for 60m, with the woodland on your left and the field on your right, until you reach a gate where the path bends right (location - https://w3w.co/league.dusty.shorts), see image below.

Keep right, then head ENE, still on Hertford Heath footpath 9
Keep right, then head ENE, still on Hertford Heath footpath 9
18: Keep right, then head ENE, still on Hertford Heath footpath 9, for 715m until you reach London Road, Hertford Heath (location - https://w3w.co/tides.prime.cliff).

19: Turn left on London Road then head N for 130m until you reach Church Hill on the right (location - https://w3w.co/deeply.cycle.indoor).

20: Turn right on Church Hill then follow it E then NE for 230m back to the starting point.
* There is a third pub close to the route of this walk. The Silver Fox is 350m NW along London Road from point 5 in the directions and 280m S along London Road from point 19.

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6 comments:

  1. Good shorter variation on the other two Hertford Heath walks I've done (1 from this site). Was a tad mushy through nature reserve but all good underfoot on the rest of the walk and we didn't get lost! . Lovely sunny October day and we ended with a pot of tea in The Goat pub. Perfick! Thank you.

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    1. Yes, this route adds that lovely series of footpaths between points 14 & 19 which we really enjoyed. We liked the stretch through Balls Wood, point 7 to point 10, too.

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  2. Hi David Nice to get out after all the recent rain . Love Balls Wood . Glad I wore my winter walking boots as was very bogey through Nature Reserve to be expected . Thanks for walk. .IR.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, despite the boggy conditions. Brave man!! Well done.

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  3. Did this walk today when the sun was shining for a while but glad we had our wellies on for the first time this winter because it was very wet and squelchy through the Nature Reserve and some of the woods. Great open views as well and so quiet we hardly met anyone at all. Would love to do this one again in the spring or summer. Thanks again for another great walk.

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    1. Yes, I can imagine that walk getting muddy. Glad you enjoyed it, despite that. David

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