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Walk 266: Hebing End North-East Loop

3.7 miles (6 km) with 83m of total ascent


Looking back at point 13 in the walk
Looking back at point 13 in the walk
This is a lovely walk over rolling countryside south of Benington. The route starts and finishes at The Lordship Arms at Hebing End then explores some wonderful countryside with great views. There are large stretches where the only sound you can hear is birdsong and the occasional plane.

Parking is difficult for this walk, but the landlord at The Lordship Arms told us that walkers are welcome to use the pub car park if they intend to buy refreshments before or after the walk. Please check with the pub that this hasn't changed. There are limited parking opportunities on some local roads.

For those wanting to travel by public transport there is a bus stop at the start and finish point outside The Lordship Arms where the 384 Stevenage to Hertford service stops.

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Directions


Map for Walk 266: Hebing End North-East Loop
Map for Walk 266: Hebing End North-East Loop
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Turn right down a lane called Burn's Green
Turn right down a lane called Burn's Green
1: With your back to The Lordship Arms (location - https://w3w.co/comedy.turned.various) turn right then right again along a lane called Burn's Green (location - https://w3w.co/trophy.baking.starfish), see image below.

Head WSW along Burn's Green for 180m until you reach a fork (location - https://w3w.co/icicles.embellish.punctuate), see image below.

Keep right at the fork
Keep right at the fork
2: Keep right at the fork then head NW for 50m until you reach a footpath on the right (location - https://w3w.co/plodding.bravery.taxpayers), see image below.

Turn right on Benington footpath 29
Turn right on Benington footpath 29
3: Turn right on Benington footpath 29 then head N, see image below.

Continue on Benington footpath 29 to a junction
Continue on Benington footpath 29 to a junction
Continue heading N on Benington footpath 29 for 285m until you cross a footbridge (location - https://w3w.co/regal.inner.latitudes) and then reach a gate (location - https://w3w.co/magical.boomed.insolvent), see images below.

Cross the footbridge then continue to a gate
Cross the footbridge then continue to a gate

Go through the gate then enter a livestock field
Go through the gate then enter a livestock field
4: Go through the gate then continue heading N, still on Benington footpath 26, for 100m across a livestock field until you reach an avenue of trees (location - https://w3w.co/sweeter.writers.quicksand), see image below.

Continue on Benington footpath 26 through the avenue of trees
Continue on Benington footpath 26 through the avenue of trees
5: Continue on Benington footpath 26 through the avenue of trees and still heading N for 135m to the point where the footpath bends right to reach a gate leading to Town Lane (location - https://w3w.co/cookie.pocket.doghouse), see image below.

After going through the gate turn left on Town Lane
The footpath bends right to a gate
6: After going through the gate turn left on Town Lane then head NNW for 100m until you reach a bridleway on the right (location - https://w3w.co/solids.surging.lakeside), see image below.

Turn right on Benington bridleway 22
Turn right on Benington bridleway 22
7: Turn right on Benington bridleway 22, which is also a metalled lane, then head NE for 235m where the lane bends left and becomes Benington bridleway 20 (location - https://w3w.co/cashier.tech.broached), see image below.

Turn left on Benington bridleway 20
Turn left on Benington bridleway 20
8: Follow the the lane, which is now Benington bridleway 20, as it bends left then head N for 30m at which point the bridleway turns left off the metalled lane (location - https://w3w.co/merge.shares.evidence), see image below.

Follow Benington bridleway 20 as it turns left
Follow Benington bridleway 20 as it turns left
9: Follow Benington bridleway 20 as it turns left leaving the metalled lane before heading NW for 35m to the right of a tree after which the bridleway turns right then heads N across an arable field (location - https://w3w.co/revamping.resting.serve), see images below.

Benington bridleway 20 going to the right of the tree
Benington bridleway 20 going to the right of the tree

Benington bridleway 20 heading N across a field
Benington bridleway 20 heading N across a field

10: Continue heading N on Benington bridleway 20 for 265m until you reach hedgerow (location - https://w3w.co/traded.rejoins.joints), see image below.

Keep to the left of the hedgerow
Keep to the left of the hedgerow
11: Continue on Benington bridleway 20, and keeping to the left of the hedgerow. Continue now heading NNE with the hedgerow on the right and field on the left for 315m until the bridleway cuts to the right then turns left (location - https://w3w.co/widely.joints.business), see the orange line on the image below.

Continue on Benington bridleway 20, now heading NE
Continue on Benington bridleway 20, now heading NE
12: Continue on Benington bridleway 20, now heading NE, for 110m until you reach a track (location - https://w3w.co/encodes.manifests.wharfs), see image below.

Follow Benington bridleway 20 uphill
Follow Benington bridleway 20 uphill
13: Cross the track then continue to follow Benington bridleway 20 uphill and ENE for 85m until you skirt round a disused pit on your left (location - https://w3w.co/broadens.resonates.remove), see images below.

Benington bridleway 20 skirts round the disused pit

Before heading NE across an arable field
Before heading NE across an arable field
14: Continue heading NE on Benington bridleway 20 for 270m until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/scars.arranger.migrants), see image below.

Turn left on Walkern bridleway 7
Turn left on Walkern bridleway 7
15: Turn left on Walkern bridleway 7 then head NE, with the hedgerow on the left and field on the right 490m until you reach a farmyard (location - https://w3w.co/fairness.seeing.enthused).

16: Continue heading NE through the farmyard on Walkern bridleway 7 until you reach a white building (location - https://w3w.co/mass.about.clockwork), see orange arrow on the image below.

Turn right at the white building
Turn right at the white building
17: Turn right at the white building then head ESE for 80m where the track bends left (location -  https://w3w.co/started.slices.roosters), see image below.

Turn left then head NNE for 55m
Turn left then head NNE for 55m
Follow the track NNE for 55m before it bends to the right turning right (location - https://w3w.co/entrusted.reason.relegate). See a map of the route through the farmyard below.

The route through the farmyard
The route through the farmyard
18: Head ESE now on Walkern bridleway 2 for 355m until you reach a footpath on the right (location - https://w3w.co/brief.glares.vies), see image below.

Turn right on Walkern footpath 40
Turn right on Walkern footpath 40
19: Turn right on Walkern footpath 40 then head S for 165m until the footpath bends left then cuts through the hedgerow (location - https://w3w.co/pages.stormed.roadways), see image below.

Continue heading S on Walkern footpath 40
Continue heading S on Walkern footpath 40
20: Continue heading S on Walkern footpath 40 with the hedgerow on the right for 690m until you reach a gate (location - https://w3w.co/splint.ethic.good), see image below.

Go through the gate then continue on Benington footpath 27
Go through the gate then continue on Benington footpath 27

21: Go through the gate then head straight and SW on Benington footpath 27 with a brook on the right.

Continue for 275m until the path bends right to cross the brook before bending left to continue heading SW  (location - https://w3w.co/shunning.gently.prospered), see orange arrow on the image below.

After crossing the brook continue heading SW
After crossing the brook continue heading SW
22: After crossing the brook continue heading SW, still on Benington footpath 27 for 390m until you reach a small copse (location - https://w3w.co/smallest.bulky.project), see image below.

Benington footpath 27 continues heading SW
Benington footpath 27 continues heading SW
23: Benington footpath 27 continues heading SW to the left of a small patch of woodland (see orange arrow on the image above) but the path was overgrown with nettles when we tested this route on 23 May, 2024. Other walkers had clearly taken a detour shown with a yellow arrow on the image above.

The official route, Benington footpath 27, continues through nettles for 50m to a rickety bridge that needs attention, see image below.

The bridge on Benington footpath 27
The bridge on Benington footpath 27
We continued to cross the bridge, but it was clear that other walkers had avoided this section by taking a detour (indicated with the yellow arrow on the map below).

The detour marked in yellow on the image above
The detour marked in yellow on the image above
* The first part of the detour, which heads NW from point 21, is an unofficial track but, which, after 70m joins a public right of way beyond the copse then heads SE on Benington bridleway 11 to rejoin the official route at point 24. Both the overgrown public right of way and the rickety bridge have been reported to Hertfordshire County Council's rights of way team, by us, using the helpful online form.
Head SE on Benington bridleway 11
Head SE on Benington bridleway 11
24: After crossing the footbridge turn left then head SE on Benington bridleway 11 for 125m, with the brook on your left, until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/practical.unloads.alike), see image below.

Turn right at the junction on Benington bridleway 22
Turn right at the junction on Benington bridleway 22
25: Turn right at the junction on Benington bridleway 22 then head SW for 40m to another junction (location - https://w3w.co/loft.puts.haystack), see image below.

Keep left on Benington bridleway 25
Keep left on Benington bridleway 25
26: Keep left at the junction then head SW on Benington bridleway 25 then head SW, with the hedgerow on the right and field on the left, for 280m where the bridleway bends right to cut through hedgerow (location - https://w3w.co/cubic.sanded.drags), see image below.

Go through the gap then continue on Benington bridleway 25
Go through the gap then continue on Benington bridleway 25
27: Go through the gap then continue heading SW, still on Benington bridleway 25, for 265m until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/tram.cabbage.terribly), see image below.

Turn right at the junction then head NW
Turn right at the junction then head NW
28: Turn right at the junction then head NW for 90m, still on Benington bridleway 25, until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/obscuring.girder.crunches), see image below.

Turn left then follow a lane back to the starting point
Turn left then follow a lane back to the starting point
29: Turn left at the junction then follow a lane WSW for 340m back to The Lordship Arms and the starting point.

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4 comments:

  1. I did this walk on Sunday, following a night of rain. It was muddy, which was to be expected, but the puddles in the fields created mirrors which reflected the sunlight and added to the peace and tranquility of the walk. I did find some on-road parking on Town Lane (direction No. 6 above).
    A lovely and enjoyable Sunday walk. Thank you. - Steve -

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    1. Thanks fo the feedback, Steve. Glad you enjoyed the walk. David

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    2. Beautiful walk 2.6.25 on a sunny day but at point 5 be warned it’s very boggy underfoot !

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    3. Hi, glad you enjoyed the walk despite the boggy bit. Thanks for the feedback. David

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