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Walk 237: Hexton South-East Loop

5.7 miles (9.3km) with 140m of total ascent


Hexton footpath 2 between points 14 & 15
Hexton footpath 2 between points 14 & 15
This is an excellent walk from the village of Hexton. It starts and finishes at The Raven pub/restaurant before crossing the border into Bedfordshire then following a section of The Chiltern Way over the Pegsdon Hills. The route then loops back along part of The Icknield Way before returning to Hexton along a lovely path between Lion Hill and Moor Hill, see image above.

The starting point for this walk is 6.5 miles west from Hitchin Station by road.

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Directions


Map for Walk 237: Hexton South-East Loop
Map for Walk 237: Hexton South-East Loop
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The village of Hexton is bordered by Bedfordshire to the west, north and east. To enable us to create a loop, about a quarter of this walk (2.5 km) is in Bedfordshire.

The Raven in Hexton village at the start of the walk
The Raven in Hexton village at the start of the walk
1: With your back to The Raven pub/restaurant (location - https://w3w.co/panther.incoming.escalates) turn left then head N for 460m until the road bends sharp right (location - https://w3w.co/trials.vine.thrashed) see image below.

Follow Mill Lane as it bends right then heads eastwards
Follow the road as it bends right then heads eastwards
2: Follow the road, which is also The John Bunyan Trail at this point, as it bends right then heads eastwards for 530m until the lane peters out and becomes Shillington bridleway 4 at the point where Hexton Mill once stood. You are now entering Bedfordshire (location - https://w3w.co/shopping.take.champions). 30m beyond the site of the old mill you will reach a fork, see image below.

Take the left fork then head E on Shillington bridleway 4
Take the left fork then head E on Shillington bridleway 4
3: Take the left fork then continue heading E on Shillington bridleway 4 for 240m until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/applies.pokers.burglars) see image below.

Turn right at the junction then head S
Turn right at the junction then head S
4: Turn right at the junction then head S, still on Shillington bridleway 4, for 120m then SE for 510m until you reach Apsley End Road (location - https://w3w.co/tangent.central.seemingly) see image below.

Turn right on Apsley End Road
Turn right on Apsley End Road
5: Turn right on Apsley End Road then head SSW for 250m until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/seasick.applauded.chimp) see image below.
* If you need refreshments, The View is 200m to the left down Pegsdon Way.
Keep right at the junction
Keep right at the junction
6: Keep right at the junction then head SW along Apsley End Road, which is also The Chiltern Way Northern Extension along this stretch. Continue for 130m to another junction (location - https://w3w.co/sketch.iterative.reversed) see image below.

Keep right at the junction
Keep right at the junction
Keep right at the junction then follow a dead-end road SW for 100m until you reach the B655 (location - https://w3w.co/catchers.residual.denser) see image below.

Cross the B655 then take the footpath on the other side
Cross the B655 then take the footpath on the other side
7: Cross the B655 then take the footpath on the other side at one of the entrances to the Pegsdon Hills and Hoo Bit nature reserve , see image below.

The gate into the Pegsdon Hills nature reserve
The gate into the Pegsdon Hills nature reserve

Information board at Pegsdon Hills
Information board at Pegsdon Hills
Follow the footpath, which is Shillington footpath 17 and also The Chiltern Way Northern Extension, uphill for 420m until you come to two gates (location - https://w3w.co/wisely.preparing.before), see image below.

You take the gate on the right
Go through the gate on the right
Go through the gate on the right, see image below.

Go through the gate then continue uphill
Go through the gate then continue uphill
Go through the gate then continue uphill for 340m until you reach another gate (location - https://w3w.co/cure.short.forehand), see images below.

The path to the top of Pegsdon Hills
The path leading to the top of Pegsdon Hills
Go through the gate then continue, now heading SE, for 195m until you pass through another gate, then continue for 230m until you meet The Icknield Way at a T-junction. You are now back in Hertfordshire (location - https://w3w.co/nickname.beaker.structure) see image below.

The gate leading to The Icknield Way
The gate leading to The Icknield Way
8: Turn right on The Icknield Way, which is also Lilley BOAT (byway open to all traffic) 24, then head SW for 60m until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/overruns.parkland.fools), see image below.

Keep right at the junction
Keep right at the junction
Keep right at the junction then head SW for 1.5 km until you reach Hexton Road (location - https://w3w.co/wheels.slick.gear) see image below.

Follow a footpath along the right side (north side) of Hexton Road
Follow a footpath along the right side (north side) of Hexton Road
9: Continue heading straight and SW along Hexton Road following a footpath which has been cut through the grass verge running along the right side (north side) of Hexton Road, see orange arrow on the image above. Continue along this path for 500m until Hexton Road bends to the left at a byway (location - https://w3w.co/trash.dizzy.cloth) continues heading straight and SW, see image below.

Take the byway on the bend and continue heading SW
Take the byway on the bend and continue heading SW
10: Take this byway, which is both Lilley BOAT 23 and Hexton BOAT 8, as it heads SW along a parish boundary for 345m until it reaches a junction (location - https://w3w.co/almost.luxury.packet) see image below.

Turn right on Hexton bridleway 1
Turn right on Hexton bridleway 1
11: Turn right on Hexton bridleway 1 then head N for 370m until you reach a farmyard (location - https://w3w.co/tricky.spent.riders), see image below.

Continue heading N, with the farm on your right
Continue heading N, with the farm on your right
Continue heading N on Hexton bridleway 1, with the farm on your right, for 250m until you reach Streatley Road (location - https://w3w.co/sides.breath.edit).

Turn right on Streatley Road, then head E for 170m until you reach a footpath on the left (location - https://w3w.co/gaps.goal.brave) see image below. There isn't a pedestrian pavement along this stretch so please walk against the traffic and use the verge if needed.

Turn left on Hexton footpath 2
Turn left on Hexton footpath 2
12: Turn left on Hexton footpath 2 then head NNE for 535m, with the hedgerow on the left and field on the right, until you reach a right-hand bend (location - https://w3w.co/friend.beams.pardon) where the footpath turns right then heads E for 75m before bending left through the hedgerow (location - https://w3w.co/dollar.ballots.global), see image below.

Follow Hexton footpath 2 around the edge of the field
Follow Hexton footpath 2 around the edge of the field
13: After cutting through the hedgerow continue heading NNE on Hexton footpath 2 for 460m, with the hedgerow on the left and field on the right, until the path cuts through woodland (location - https://w3w.co/strut.arrow.snail), see image below.

Continue on Hexton footpath 2 until you reach a junction
Continue on Hexton footpath 2 until you reach a junction
14: Continue on Hexton footpath 2, now heading NNW, for 435m until you reach a junction with a gravel track (location - https://w3w.co/sides.spend.gloves), see image below.

Keep right at the junction then continue following Hexton footpath 2
15: Keep right at the junction then continue following Hexton footpath 2, now heading NNE, for 380m until you reach Hexton Road (location - https://w3w.co/sideburns.symphonic.precluded).

16: Turn left on Hexton Road then head N for 180m to a road junction (location - https://w3w.co/carting.jumbo.petition) see image below. There isn't a pedestrian pavement along this stretch so please use the verge if needed.

Cross the junction then head N back to the starting point
Cross the junction then head N back to the starting point
Cross the junction then continue heading straight and N for 400m back to The Raven and the starting point.

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6 comments:

  1. Excellent instructions and walk and today was perfect weather to do it. Some steep climbs with great views and a couple of benches I think between points 7 and 8 - one is shortly before the Icknield Way at Point 8 just off the path and has wonderful views. Good place to stop for a snack and a drink. Some of the paths are a bit overgrown but you expect that at the end of July. Didnt try either of the pubs (the first one was a bit too soon to stop at) but The Raven looked popular judging by the cars parked there so maybe we could try that next time. Really enjoyed this one and look forward to doing it again. Good information boards from Beds/Cambs/Northants about the animals and plants etc. Thanks again for posting all these walks.

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    1. Hi Deborah, glad you enjoyed it. We were also there today testing walk 240 which I will publish shortly. We parked close to The Raven and had lunch there after the walk. If you haven't already done so, and if you use Facebook, please consider joining our members-only Hertfordshire Walker Facebook group where walkers are posting about their walks and sharing tips and photos. David
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  2. What a terrific walk, with a lot of variety terrain and some wonderful scenery. I was a little out of breath at the end of section 7 and very grateful for the bench towards the top of the slope. I was also impressed by The Raven, where we had an excellent lunch. Many thanks.

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    1. Hi Graham, we loved that walk too and had a superb lunch (and pint) at The Raven. It's one we will revisit. Glad you enjoyed it too. If you haven't already joined please consider joining our Facebook group where fellow walkers are posting about their walks and sharing photos.
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  3. Went on this walk yesterday. It was one of the most varied and beautiful walks I’ve been on in a long while. Despite the recent rain, it wasn’t muddy and all footpaths were clearly signposted and easy to follow. A particular highlight were the rare breed sheep!

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    1. Hi Amy, so glad you enjoyed the walk. We love that route, too. If you haven't already joined please pop over to our Hertfordshire Walker Facebook Group where fellow walkers are sharing their walking experiences and photos with a growing community.
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