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Walk 264: Whitwell North-East Loop

3.1 miles (5.1 km) with 88m of total ascent


St Paul's Walden footpath 2 between points 3 & 4
St Paul's Walden footpath 2 between points 3 & 4
This is a lovely walk exploring the countryside to the north-east of Whitwell. It's our fourth walk featuring the village but this route follows a number of public rights of way which are not included in the other walks. The route crosses the River Mimram twice and involves a fair amount of up and down.

There are options for refreshments at The Bull Inn (location - https://w3w.co/link.plates.bench) at the start and finish point and at Emily's Tea Shop (location - https://w3w.co/pirate.insert.good) and The Whitwell Stores (location - https://w3w.co/miss.burst.jolly) a short detour from the route. Check opening times to avoid disappointment.

There are parking options in various side roads but please do check for any parking restrictions that might have been introduced since the walk was published.

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Directions


Map for Walk 264: Whitwell North-East Loop
Map for Walk 264: Whitwell North-East Loop
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With your back to The Bull Inn turn left
With your back to The Bull Inn turn left
1: With your back to The Bull Inn turn left then head ESE along High Street for 135m until you reach a footpath on the left (location - https://w3w.co/jungle.mass.goats), see image below.

Turn left on St Paul's Walden footpath 2
Turn left on St Paul's Walden footpath 2
2: Turn left on St Paul's Walden footpath 2 then head NNE for 45m until you reach a row of cottages (location - https://w3w.co/bumpy.others.atom). Follow St Paul's Walden footpath 2 to the left of the cottages then head NNW for 75m until you reach a bridge over the River Mimram (location - https://w3w.co/mental.hedge.dads), see images below.

The River Mimram
The River Mimram

Information board at the River Mimram
Information board at the River Mimram
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3: Immediately after crossing the bridge you will come to a fork, (location - https://w3w.co/cube.lovely.loss), see image below.

Take the right fork then head NNE and uphill
Take the right fork then head NNE and uphill
Take the right fork then head NNE and uphill, still on St Paul's Walden footpath 2. Along the way you will notice signs asking walkers to not feed the horses or ponies because, according to the sign, "feeding them could kill them".

Do not feed the horses or ponies
Do not feed the horses or ponies
Continue for 465m until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/tribal.mass.scars), see image below.

Go through the gate then turn right on St Paul's Walden footpath 3
Go through the gate then turn right on St Paul's Walden footpath 3
4: Go through a gate, turn right, then head ENE along St Paul's Walden footpath 3 for 80m until you reach a footpath on the right (location - https://w3w.co/stores.hint.under), see image below.

Turn right on St Paul's Walden footpath 5
5: Turn right on St Paul's Walden footpath 5.
* When we tested this walk in May 2024 there was a sign next to the gate suggesting that those who didn't want to walk across a livestock field could take a diversion. Sign and diversion below.
Sign suggesting the use of a temporary footpath
Sign suggesting the use of a temporary footpath

Detour avoiding the livestock field marked in orange
Detour for avoiding the livestock field marked in orange
We didn't take the diversion and instead headed downhill and ENE across the livestock field. The cattle were fine, none approached us. The path continues across the livestock field for 310m before reaching a gate leading to Whitwell Road, the B651 (location - https://w3w.co/landed.spout.rang).
* You will cross Whitewell Road at a blind bend in order to reach the footpath on the other side so please take care.
6: Turn left on Whitwell Road then head NNE for 35m until you reach a footpath on the right (location - https://w3w.co/speech.jabs.cycles), see image below.

Turn right on St Paul's Walden footpath 6
Turn right on St Paul's Walden footpath 6
Turn right on St Paul's Walden footpath 6 then follow it ENE, with the hedgerow on the left and field on the right. Continue for 410m until you reach Reynolds Wood (location - https://w3w.co/part.riding.locals), see image below.

Continue through Reynolds Wood
Continue through Reynolds Wood
7: Continue on St Paul's Walden footpath 6 through Reynolds Wood, now heading E, for 320m until you leave the woodland (location - https://w3w.co/tame.icons.length), see image below.

Follow St Paul's Walden footpath 6 to the right of a tree
Follow St Paul's Walden footpath 6 to the right of a tree
Continue on St Paul's Walden footpath 6 following the path to the right of a tree (see line of orange arrow on the image above). Head SE for 55m until the footpath bends left (location - https://w3w.co/saying.wages.issues), see image below.

Keep left on St Paul's Walden footpath 6
Keep left on St Paul's Walden footpath 6
8: Keep left on St Paul's Walden footpath 6 then head NE through the hedgerow to an arable field (location - https://w3w.co/firms.traded.enhancement), see image below.

Cross the field on St Paul's Walden footpath 6
Cross the field on St Paul's Walden footpath 6
Cross the arable field still heading NE for 280m until you reach a farmyard and then a lane (location - https://w3w.co/seated.usage.actors).

9: Turn right on the lane then follow it SE then S for 230m until you reach a byway on the right as the lane bends left (location - https://w3w.co/below.lobby.thing), see image below.

Turn right on St Paul's Walden BOAT 37
Turn right on St Paul's Walden BOAT 37
10: Turn right on St Paul's Walden BOAT 37 (byway open to all traffic) then head SW for 675m until you reach woodland (location - https://w3w.co/jolly.weds.glue), see image below.

Keep heading SW, still on St Paul's Walden BOAT 37
Keep heading SW, still on St Paul's Walden BOAT 37
11: Keep heading SW, still on St Paul's Walden BOAT 37, which is also known locally as Norton Street Lane. Continue for 155m until the byway bends left through the woodland (location - https://w3w.co/jabs.foods.forced).

12: Follow St Paul's Walden BOAT 37 as it cuts S through the woodland for 105m before turning right then heading SW (location - https://w3w.co/scarcely.dates.seat).

13: Continue heading SW on St Paul's Walden BOAT 37 for 735m until you cross the River Mimram and reach Codicote Road by a brick and timber-framed building, (location - https://w3w.co/hills.shirts.insist) see image below.

A brick and timber-framed building
A brick and timber-framed building
14: Turn right on Codicote Road then head NW for 115m.
* There isn't a pedestrian pavement along this short stretch of road but there is a verge where you can stand to one side if traffic approaches.
Continue along Codicote Road until you reach a track on the left (location - https://w3w.co/cure.crab.boost), see image below.

Turn left on the track
Turn left on the track
15: Turn left on the track (which is classed as a public highway by Hertfordshire County Council) then head SW for 225m until you reach a bridleway on the right (location - https://w3w.co/curving.laser.hunter), see image below.

Turn right on St Paul's Walden bridleway 34
Turn right on St Paul's Walden bridleway 34
16: Turn right through the hedgerow on St Paul's Walden bridleway 34. When you emerge from the hedgerow head straight, see image below

Head straight and WNW across the field
Head straight and WNW across the field
Head straight and WNW across the field for 325m. It's worth looking back as you walk this stretch for some lovely views to the north-east.

The view looking back from St Paul's Walden bridleway 34
The view looking back from St Paul's Walden bridleway 34
Continue, ignoring the first footpath on the right, but turning right on at the second footpath (location - https://w3w.co/rugs.giving.move), see image below.

Turn right on St Paul's Walden footpath 32
Turn right on St Paul's Walden footpath 32
17: Turn right on St Paul's Walden footpath 32 then head NNE for 205m back to Whitwell High Street (location - https://w3w.co/ridge.tend.causes), see image below.

18: Turn left on High Street then head WNW for 65m back to the starting point.

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