Welcome to Hertfordshire Walker

A growing collection of walks all free to download and enjoy

About

We hope you enjoy our walks


Picture of Ellie and Dave Brewer in the Woodman, Wildhill, beer garden recovering from one of the walks - July 2011
 

About this site


All the walks on this site have been created by Ellie and Dave Brewer and all are free to download and enjoy.

The first few in the collection are about three to four miles long and fairly easy. Allow two hours for most. Some of the later additions, from walk 16 onwards, are longer. The North Mymms Way, which is walk 22, is a half-day walk of about 12 miles which will take more than four hours. And the Hertfordshire Marathon Loop, written for a friend who wanted a marathon-length walk, is 26 miles long and, according to our friends, took 12 hours to walk.

Many of the earlier walks are around Brookmans Park in North Mymms, this is because we live in that area and started the site with walks we could do from home. We then expanded our range when we had walked most local paths. During Covid lockdown we walked more locally again. Later walks explore parts of Hertfordshire further afield.

You will notice that many of the walks have the word 'loop' in the title. That means they have the same start and finish points. We also have a collection of linear walks where the distance between the start and finish points can be covered by public transport.

All the walks are fairly easy if you are able to cross step stiles, negotiate gates, traverse the occasional muddy path, and manage small hills. Boots and wet weather gear, a bottle of water, a snack, and the correct map for the area are recommended. As are long trousers or a stick if you are walking during the spring and summer when nettles and thistles may encroach on the paths.

If you are crossing any fields with livestock in, please keep dogs on a lead.

Take a map with you


The Ordnance Survey Landranger 166 map for Luton & Hertfordshire covers much of this area, but you might also want to buy the more detailed Ordnance Survey Explorer series 182 for St Albans & Hatfield and the neighbouring Explorer 174 which covers Epping Forest and Lee Valley, and 194 which covers Hertford and Bishop's Stortford. We subscribe to the OS mobile app which has all the OS maps in one place and which we find invaluable for confirming we are on the right track.

This site can take no responsibility for paths that have been fenced off or closed since this series of walks was published. Some signs, stiles, and gates might also have been damaged or hidden since these walks went live.

Accidents and incidents


This site can take no responsibility for people who are injured while following one of our routes. The terrain underfoot can often be muddy and slippy when wet and hard and uneaven when dry, and climbing stiles, walking in fields with livestock, and crossing roads can be dangerous. Walkers who follow our directions do so at their own risk.

All our routes use public rights of way or permissive paths only. We never take shortcuts or trespass. In one or two walks where a public right of way goes through crops, and where the path has not yet been reinstated after sowing, we sometimes suggest walking around the edge of the field rather than trample the plants. In a number of cases this is after taking advice from local farmers. If you are uneasy taking these detours you should follow the offical route as shown on your OS map or app.

Feedback is always welcome


If you have any comments, please add them to the foot of the walk. All comments are pre-moderated before they are published, so don't worry if what you write doesn't appear immediately. If you want to contact us directly, there is a contact form at the bottom right of every page.

If you are thinking of popping in to one of the pubs along the way, please check the opening hours before setting off to make sure you are not left disappointed.

Copyright


You can read more about our copyright policy here.

Adverts


This site is free to use. We have a few adverts running on the site to help cover the domain registration costs. We hope they don't get in the way.

Say hello


And if you spot us on one of the walks, or, perhaps, in a beer garden, stop and say hi; it's always nice to hear from people who have enjoyed the walks.

Dave and Ellie Brewer