Cottered Warren & Wakeley from Aspenden

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.

Technical sheet
No. 293059
A Aspenden walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 20/09/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h00[?]
Distance Distance : 6.37mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 128ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 128ft
Highest point Highest point : 456ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 318ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Aspenden
Starting point Starting point : N 51.93681° / W 0.03251°
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Description

(D)After parking, walk west along the main lane through the village towards the church. However do not turn right towards the church but continue straight ahead with the lane soon becoming a track with trees to your left. The track bends to the right and then left to lead west towards Tannis Court.

(1)Before reaching Tannis Court take the footpath on the right (grid ref. TL339281). This path leads along the edge of fields to reach a footpath junction (grid ref. TL332283). Continue straight across to join the "Chain Walk", passing through a small wood, to reach a lane (grid ref. TL325285).

(2)Leave the "Chain Walk" here and go left along this lane and continue to Cottered Warren rejoining the "Chain Walk" before reaching the buildings. Continue on the signed path through the buildings, cross a field, pass the edge of Drinkwater Wood on your right to reach Back Lane (the Old Roman Road) at grid ref. TL320276.

(3)Turn left along the old Roman Road briefly following the "Chain Walk". Continue straight ahead for just over one and a half miles, ignoring footpaths and bridleways joining from the left and right. During this section the "Chain Walk" joins your route yet again for a short section!

(4)After passing Wakeley Farm and a small wood on your left, turn left onto the bridleway at grid ref. TL342261. This leads past a small wood on your left to join the access track for Wakeley Farm. Turn left along this track. Do not go left towards Wakeley Farm, instead bear right to follow the track that will lead you back to the start in Aspenden.(A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 328ft - Aspenden
1 : mi 0.92 - alt. 394ft - Take footpath on right
2 : mi 1.91 - alt. 423ft - Go left along lane
3 : mi 2.56 - alt. 440ft - Turn left along Roman Road
4 : mi 4.22 - alt. 420ft - Turn left onto bridleway
D/A : mi 6.37 - alt. 328ft - Aspenden

Useful Information

The village offers limited parking opportunities (grid ref. TL353283) so do park with care and respect resident's access. The village can be reached from the A10 Trunk Road or from the centre of Buntingford. It is useful to have an 1:25000 Ordnance Survey map to help with navigation.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.33/5
Number of opinions : 4
Description quality : 3.75/5
Routemap quality : 4.5/5
Walk interest : 4.75/5


Walker
on Mon 05 Apr 2021 13:52:18 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 05/04/21
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

very clever website, well done


Walker
on Mon 21 Dec 2020 10:43:49 CET

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 21/12/20
Description quality : Disappointing
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

unfortunately the local farmer is not walker friendly and has ploughed up to edges to allow a very narrow sloping path, difficult in the wet, Also heavy ploughed fields with footpaths that cross but not flattened or defined so quite difficult or risky to cross when very wet


Walker
on Mon 21 Dec 2020 09:38:24 CET

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 21/12/20
Description quality : Average
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

We got completely lost but had a good walk. It would have been helpful to comment on the whether you follow or ignore Hertfordshire Way signs and also to explain what chain walk was.


Walker
on Mon 05 Mar 2018 09:48:23 CET

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 05/03/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

worth having the OS map to pick out details. Some parts cross fields that are really muddy when wet. A good stomp out for a weekend!

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