6 Walk routes

These walks have been published over the years in our Stile Journal, contributed by our members. There are walk descriptions for walks 1-17 and 24 (links below) which include maps of the routes and places of interest you will see on the way. Walks 18-23 provide just a map of the route (no description). For each walk, please note the date of publication as there may have been changes since then.

The GPX for the routes are now available to download here for use on your GPS mapping device. Note: many of these routes were drawn with mapping software, NOT recorded on a GPS device, so the line may not be exact. 

A MyMaps layer containing ALL the routes can be downloaded for use on your mobile phone. When you click here it will appear as a layer in your Google or Apple mapping.

If you have feedback on any of these walks, please contact the webmaster.

Location of the walks:

1. Manuden, north of Bishop's Stortford (4.3 miles) 2008

2. St Albans Circle (11.4 miles) with Places of Interest 2010

3. Dollis Valley - a taste of North London (12 miles linear or 3 x 4 mile legs) 2020

4. Attenborough’s Fields and Merryhill, Bushey (5 miles) 2013

5. Much Hadham: church, Bluebells and Henry Moore (6 miles) rev2019

6. River Ivel from Langford to Henlow, Beds (6 miles) 2015

7. Pymmes Brook from Cockfosters to Arnos Grove (5 miles linear) 2014

8. Therfield Heath and beyond (3 or 5 miles) 2011

9. Chess Valley (7 or 5.5 miles) 2012

10. Kingfisher Way from Radwell Meadows through Stotfold (5.5 miles) 2009

11. Teddy’s Trails from Borehamwood Station. These routes are now available in a book - see bottom of page. 

12. Hemel Hempstead: exploring Box Moor Trust land (7 or 6.2 miles). Try out the seat installed in memory of Norman Jones on the edge of Hay Wood at grid reference TL029055. 2016

13. Explore Enfield Chase: Main route (6.5 or 7.2 miles).  These walks explore paths not shown on the OS map. Further walk options of 7 to 14 miles explore more unmapped paths - download the Description and Map of Long walk with options. 2019 update.
Note: the right of way and permissive around Holly Hill Farm are NOT PASSABLE at the moment (August 2021). This means that only the LONG WALK route options can be done, and even for these, the permissive paths are in a bad state.

14. Oakland from the North Star pub via Harmer Green and Burnham Green (6.4 miles) 2018 

15. Heartwood Forest walks (7 or 5 miles) 2019

16. Tewin via Burnham Green and Bull’s Green (6 to 7 miles) 2019

17. Ashridge Estate from Berkhamsted GC (8.5 miles) 2020

18. Widford church (SG12 8RL) via the Ash Valley, Barwick Ford and Hadham Cross (10.8 miles) 2020

19. Markyate (AL3 8FL Sunday CP or streets) via Whipsnade Tree Cathedral and Dunstable Downs (12 miles) 2020

20. Welwyn & Ayots (AL6 9AS Ottway Road CP) via Brocket Hall, River Lea to Gustard Wood and Ayot St Lawrence (12.5 miles) 2020

21. East Stevenage (SG2 9PB Ridlins CP. Bus stops on Gresley Way) through Aston, Benington and Walkern (11 miles) 2020 

22. Hertford North Station, via River Beane to Goldings, Waterford, Bengeo and Hertford riverside (7 miles) 2020

23. Cassiobury Park (WD18 7LG near Watford Met station)  River Gade and fields to Harrocks Wood returning through Whippendell Wood (5.4 miles) 2020

24. Ickleford & Hitchin Lavender Fields (4 miles) 2021

Other Walking Routes

If you like a longer walk, the routes below were developed by N Herts group:

  • Stevenage Outer Orbital Path (27 miles): STOOP
  • Hitchin Outer Orbital Path (12 miles): HOOP

The websites give descriptions, shorter walks you can do using these routes and GPX tracks.

Hertfordshire Countryside Management Service (CMS) have routes for many walks from 2 to 10 miles on the CMS website - choose Walking and Cycling routes. Places of interest include the Wall Hall Estate around Aldenham Village  - search for a leaflet with walks from 1 to 6 miles. 

Books of local walks

Ten Walks in North Hertfordshire
Ten More Walks in North Hertfordshire

Each book describes ten walks of about six miles with description and OS map in colour. £5, plus £1 p+p. To order, email tenwalks@nhrg.org.uk  saying which book you wish to order, with your name and address. Payment to be made to North Herts Ramblers. Sort code: 60-83-01. A/c: 20115700. Ref: Tenwalks/Your Name

Teddy's Trails: 18 linear routes from Borehamwood Station (3 to 8 miles).  For details of how to order, see the Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council website.