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distance 11.44mi Vertical gain +10ft Vertical drop -62ft Durée 5h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Hertford - Hertfordshire

Follows River Lea Navigation thru' Ware, St Margarets, Rye House, Dobbs Weir and Broxbourne, to finish on the River Lea Path a short walk east of Cheshunt Station. It's almost impossible to go off-course, unless you make a decision to jump into the canal or take a path away from it.

distance 6.37mi Vertical gain +128ft Vertical drop -128ft Durée 3h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Aspenden - Hertfordshire

A pleasant circular Hertfordshire walk starting from the village of Aspenden near Buntingford. The route featues an abandoned village, a Roman Road and a moated house. Aspenden has pub for those requiring refreshment at the end of the walk.

distance 11.66mi Vertical gain +410ft Vertical drop -210ft Durée 5h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Hertfordshire

Follows the River Lea Navigation thru' Waltham Abbey & past Enfield Lock. We leave the Lea Valley Walk & join the route of the London Loop for almost 2 miles, along the River Lea, past Enfield Island, thru' Sewardstone Marsh & up into Epping Forest. Then thru' a golf course to Lippitts Hill & onto High Beach. There are a few very hilly miles up to and thru' Epping Forest and Bell Common to finish at Epping Station.

distance 6.86mi Vertical gain +259ft Vertical drop -262ft Durée 3h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in St. Paul's Walden - Hertfordshire

This Hertfordshire walk mainly uses old green lanes to go through a varied landscape of fields, woods and hedgerows to arrive at the Holt and then by footpaths to Cuckolds Cross. After that there is a section of larger arable fields where you join the Hertfordshire Way to reach Whitwell, an expanded village with an interesting older centre. The final leg passes through a rare breeds farm and The Bury, birthplace of the late Queen Mother.

distance 7.69mi Vertical gain +243ft Vertical drop -331ft Durée 3h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Epping (Essex) - Essex

From Epping Station, we follow the Essex Way for our whole route. Thru' fields and an ancient track to Coopersale Street, then across fields to Gernon Bushes Nature Reserve. Cross over the M11 and go in a straight line towards Toot Hill. Thru' Toot Hill village and fields to Greensted and onto Chipping Ongar. Two videos at YouTube, one by John Rogers and a second by voxley19, both cover this whole walk.

distance 6.21mi Vertical gain +217ft Vertical drop -240ft Durée 3h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Harpenden - Hertfordshire

A pleasant walk from Harpenden Common down to Redbournbury Mill, along the River Ver and then up to Childwickbury Manor and back to Harpenden.

Little Monk Wood, Baldwins Pond and Broom Hill from Rushey Plain
distance 2.94mi Vertical gain +177ft Vertical drop -177ft Durée 1h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Waltham Abbey - Essex

This circular walk close to Loughton Camp provides a good way to discover Little Monk Wood, Baldwins Pond and less used paths along Loughton Brook enjoying this peaceful area.

Around Oak Hill and Deer Sanctuary from Piercing Hill
distance 3.93mi Vertical gain +236ft Vertical drop -210ft Durée 2h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Theydon Bois - Essex

This quiet circular walk uses a section of Epping Forest Centenary Walk close to Ambresbury Banks (remains of banks) before you follow a path in Birch Wood with lovely views over Deer Sanctuary and its wildlife!

distance 15.15mi Vertical gain +112ft Vertical drop -249ft Durée 7h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Hertfordshire

The stage starts at St Albans Abbey Station. Soon joins River Ver Path for 0.65 miles. Climbs to join the Alban Way (old railway line) all the way to and thru' Hatfield. Passes Mill Green Mill and follows Welwyn Centenary Walk thru' a golf course & The Commons Nature Reserve, then joins the Cole Green Way (old railwayline) to Hertford. Goes thru' the old part of this county town, taking in the castle and grounds, then joins the River Lea Navigation to just north of Hertford East Station.

Grimston's Oak and Hill Wood from Chingford Plain
distance 4.36mi Vertical gain +171ft Vertical drop -171ft Durée 2h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Waltham Forest - Greater London

This quiet circular walk provides a good way to discover paths in Bury and Hill woods using a small section of the Epping Forest Centenary Walk. During this walk, you will see a beautiful oak reckoned to be about 350 years old!

Bury Wood and Connaught Water from Chingford Plain
distance 3.45mi Vertical gain +112ft Vertical drop -112ft Durée 1h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Waltham Forest - Greater London

This pleasant circular walk combines several paths in Bury Woods including Holly and Willow Trails. Then, you will walk around Connaught Water enjoying its wildlife!

Strawberry Hill Ponds, Mount Pleasant and Connaught Water from Barn Hoppitt
distance 7mi Vertical gain +338ft Vertical drop -364ft Durée 3h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Waltham Forest - Greater London

This circular walk with ascents and decents in Epping Forest explores paths in Warren and Strawberry Hills before you go back across Hill Woods. You finally walk along Connaught Water and go back to Barn Hoppitt.

Walking The Holly Brush - Route 1 ( Download : )
distance 4.89mi Vertical gain +115ft Vertical drop -98ft Durée 2h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Redbourn - Hertfordshire

Easy walking with some mild hill climbs and busy road.

Walking The Holly Bush - Route 2 ( Download : )
distance 1.97mi Vertical gain +26ft Vertical drop -26ft Durée 0h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Redbourn - Hertfordshire

Easy level walking and solid underfoot throughout.

Walking The Holly Brush - Route 3 ( Download : )
distance 5.45mi Vertical gain +207ft Vertical drop -180ft Durée 2h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Redbourn - Hertfordshire

Adventurous walk with steep hill climbs and a winding woodland path.

End of the Chilterns : Pegsdon Hills & Little Offley
distance 9.5mi Vertical gain +758ft Vertical drop -741ft Durée 5h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Shillington - Bedfordshire

This is a surprisingly hilly walk for this general area, being the northern end of the Chilterns AONB, mostly through rolling farmland, with some wonderful views across the flatlands of south Bedfordshire to the north, especially if the air is clear. Most of it is along the edges of/through fields, along grass & hard-surfaced paths & tracks. There are two tree-covered 'alleys'. It passes a large late-Tudor manor house. You will walk part of the Icknield Way & visit Pegsdon Hills Nature Reserve.

Walking Pegsdon and Deacon Hills ( Download : )
Pegsdon and Deacon Hills
distance 3.27mi Vertical gain +325ft Vertical drop -338ft Durée 1h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Shillington - Bedfordshire

A circuit from Pegsdon, through the Pegsdon Hills Nature Reserve to Deacon Hill with its ancient earthworks. Return past a mature beech wood and Knocking Hoe reserve.

distance 12.16mi Vertical gain +276ft Vertical drop -256ft Durée 5h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Ongar - Essex

We divert off the Essex Way to take in some of the histories of this old town. Rejoin the Essex Way for a short distance, before leaving it for one last time. Then follow St Peters Way thru' High Ongar & most of the way to Blackmore. We follow St Peter's Way for over a mile to Fryerning then thru' the village & across fields to Mountnessing. A short walk thru' a housing estate & industrial estate to enter Hutton Nature Reserve to soon finish at Hutton Village.

distance 4.98mi Vertical gain +407ft Vertical drop -417ft Durée 2h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Hexton - Hertfordshire

Starting from Hexton this walk on the borders of Befordshire and Hertfordshire includes the attractive downland between Telegraph and Deacon Hills and a section of the Icknield Way.

Walking Hill walking from Hexton ( Download : )
distance 11.76mi Vertical gain +610ft Vertical drop -623ft Durée 5h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Hexton - Hertfordshire

The northern end of the Chilterns almost seem to be a geological afterthought as they straddle the Bedfordshire Hertfordshire border. Starting from Hexton this walk offers mile after mile of beautiful countryside with the hilltops steeped in ancient history.

distance 11mi Vertical gain +525ft Vertical drop -538ft Durée 5h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Hexton - Hertfordshire

Starting from Hexton this walk on the borders of Befordshire and Hertfordshire offers mile after mile of beautiful countryside with the hilltops steeped in ancient history. The route includes sections of the Icknield and John Bunyan Ways.

Walking Three Rivers Walk ( Download : )
distance 9.07mi Vertical gain +30ft Vertical drop -30ft Durée 4h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Meldreth - Cambridgeshire

Walk along the river Mel, river Rhee (Cam) and river Shep. Passing the Royal Oak Barrington, the Plough Shepreth and the Green Man Dunsbridge Turnpike.

distance 3.36mi Vertical gain +13ft Vertical drop -13ft Durée 1h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Meldreth - Cambridgeshire

From Meldreth Station, this circular walk takes you past two churches, through the Melwood Nature Reserve and past the British Queen Pub.

Hollow and Bullrush Ponds from Snaresbrook Road
distance 2.97mi Vertical gain +49ft Vertical drop -49ft Durée 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Waltham Forest - Greater London

This easy circular walk mainly uses sections of Epping Forest Centenary Walk and Greenwich Meridian Trail enjoying paths in woods and wildlife along Hollow Pound.

Around ponds in Wanstead Park
distance 3.48mi Vertical gain +39ft Vertical drop -39ft Durée 1h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Redbridge - Greater London

This beautiful circular walk which mainly uses Chestnut Trail is a good way to discover Wanstead Park walking along several lovely ponds and River Roding.

Walking A Walk Around Shepreth ( Download : )
distance 1.85mi Vertical gain +13ft Vertical drop -13ft Durée 0h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Shepreth - Cambridgeshire

See all the sights of Shepreth : Docwras Manor Garden, the Crossing House Garden, Shepreth L-Moor (SSSI), Shepreth Church, The Plough, The Teacake and Shepreth Wildlife Park.

Walking A Walk Around Foxton ( Download : )
A Walk Around Foxton
distance 2.75mi Vertical gain +43ft Vertical drop -43ft Durée 1h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Foxton (Cambridgeshire) - Cambridgeshire

From Foxton Railway Station you can take in the sights of Foxton - the Dovecot, Foxton Wood, St Laurence Church and the White Horse Pub.

distance 5.65mi Vertical gain +85ft Vertical drop -89ft Durée 2h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Newham - Greater London

An interesting, but industrial, walk from the Olympic Park to the skyscrapers in Docklands.

Walking The Wealdstone Brook ( Download : )
distance 1.75mi Vertical gain +0ft Vertical drop -95ft Durée 0h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Harrow - Greater London

The Wealdstone Brook is one of the lost rivers of Middlesex. It's a short urban walk, one of my 'lost landscapes' routes around the Harrow area. Ironically, there is no trace of the river left in Wealdstone itself, where it has all been culverted. However, it meanders very prettily through Woodcock Park in Kenton, surrounded by grassy banks and willow trees. This is the best bit! There are further glimpses of it along the route of this walk.

Walking A short walk from Haynes ( Download : )
distance 6.94mi Vertical gain +200ft Vertical drop -200ft Durée 3h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Haynes - Bedfordshire

Only a short distance from Bedford, this is really a delightful rural ramble in the home country of John Bunyan, starting on open uplands, descending to the plain surrounding Bedford and finishing through a stretch of woodland reserve. (The latter only in spring through autumn; in winter a longer alternative must be taken.) There is opportunity for refreshment near the end of the walk. It could be combined with walk 1130.

distance 7.36mi Vertical gain +259ft Vertical drop -272ft Durée 3h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Sandy - Bedfordshire

This walk takes in a variety of the landscapes of Central Bedfordshire: heathland, woods, meadows, arable land and even a short stretch of market gardening. It starts and finishes in the RPSB nature reserve. Lunch time refreshment is available at the Thornton Arms in Everton.

distance 1.51mi Vertical gain +13ft Vertical drop -26ft Durée 0h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Harrow - Greater London

This is the first section of a 12 mile walking route which follows the River Pinn from Pinner to Uxbridge. Of all Middlesex's 'lost rivers' the River Pinn is perhaps the most visible.

distance 11.54mi Vertical gain +177ft Vertical drop -177ft Durée 5h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Sandy - Bedfordshire

This is a thoroughly enjoyable walk with lots of variety, all on the more elevated parts of Bedfordshire. The fields are open so there are plenty of views, but there are stretches of woodland, three interesting villages and plenty of wildlife. It is no more than a guess, but I would think keen bird watchers might find it worthwhile to tote field glasses. At worst it will give them a closer look at the aerobatics over Biggleswade airfield.

Walking Sudbury Hill ( Download : )
distance 3.88mi Vertical gain +190ft Vertical drop -190ft Durée 1h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Harrow - Greater London

This is a short urban walk exploring the 'lost landscapes of Middlesex'. I was recently introduced to a secret park which I never knew about, and realised this must be the summit of the original Sudbury Hill before it was swallowed up under the tide of suburban housing. The walk visits Elm Park and also takes you past the Harrow School sports fields. It starts and finishes near Harrow School, Harrow-on-the-Hill.

Walking The Yeading Brook ( Download : )
distance 3.45mi Vertical gain +39ft Vertical drop -39ft Durée 1h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Harrow - Greater London

This is a short urban walk exploring another of the 'lost landscapes of Middlesex'. The Yeading Brook rises at Headstone Manor and can be tracked all the way to Ruislip Gardens. This walk starts and finishes in West Harrow, and follows the most attractive section of the river through two pretty linear parks : The Yeading Brook Open Space and Streamside Recreation Ground.

distance 11.89mi Vertical gain +299ft Vertical drop -289ft Durée 5h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Sandy - Bedfordshire

This is a pleasant walk through the Bedfordshire countryside with a variety of scenery and some interesting points of interest along the way.

distance 11mi Vertical gain +200ft Vertical drop -174ft Durée 5h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Havering - Greater London

Starts at Thames Chase Forest Centre, the headquarters of the Thames Chase Community Forest, at Broadfields Farm. Route passes thru' the old village of Cranham, then Cranham Marsh Nature Reserve, Corbets Tey, Belhus Country Park, Belhus Chase & the town of Aveley. For the last two miles we follow the Mardyke Way thru' Davy Down, then thru' Stifford Green and Warren Gorge Nature Reserve to finish at Chafford Hundre Railway Station.