Easy level walking and solid underfoot throughout.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) With your back to the Hollybush pub, turn right and follow Church End road towards the church. Walk through the gate and into the Church of St Mary’s pretty grounds. Follow the path towards the church and explore before turning to the left to exit the church grounds. With your back to the church gate, cross the road and then turn right. Follow the road for around 100m until you see a footpath on the left after the row of houses.
(1) Follow the footpath up a slight hill until you meet the Nickey Line which is a 7 mile long Chilterns Cycleway that links Harpenden to Hemel Hempstead. Turn left onto the path and enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Nickey Line for about 1000m until it meeds a road (Chequer Lane).
(2) Cross this road and continue walking along the Nickey Line cycleway. After another 600m you will see a turning on your left with a small set of steps going up and a signpost to “Redbourn High Street”.
(3) Take these steps and follow the footpath that turns left and right and then takes you through a pretty residential road (Waterend Lane) This road then takes you out onto the busy high street.
(4) Cross the road and take the alley path between houses that is almost directly opposite (slightly to the right). This path emerges onto the back end of the Redbourn Common and you can then join the beautiful tree-lined footpath that takes you all the way though the common, passing memorial and cricket pitch as it goes. At the very end, the path meets the Church End Road. Follow the road for 50m or so, and The Hollybush is on your right.(D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 322ft - Hollybush pub
1 : mi 0.13 - alt. 328ft - Footpath
2 : mi 0.63 - alt. 322ft - Chequers Lane
3 : mi 1.1 - alt. 341ft - Footpath
4 : mi 1.36 - alt. 325ft - High Street
D/A : mi 1.97 - alt. 322ft - Hollybush pub
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St Mary’s Church dates back to the 12th Century with the Nave and the West Tower being the oldest parts.
The Redbourn Common, located in the centre of Redbourn, is owned and managed by Redbourn Parish Council as an area of species rich semi-natural grassland. Informal recreation and walking are the principal uses of the common and it also hosts a cricket ground and an enclosed children’s playground. The common used to be a 9 hole golf course in the early 1900’s and during the First World War it was used as a rifle range. A war memorial is located at one end of the common.
The Nickey Line in Hertfordshire is a former railway line that is now a footpath and cycleway that links Harpenden, Redbourn and Hemel Hempstead. It was opened as a footpath /cycleway in 1985.
Easy walking with some mild hill climbs and busy road.
Adventurous walk with steep hill climbs and a winding woodland path.
A pleasant walk from Harpenden Common down to Redbournbury Mill, along the River Ver and then up to Childwickbury Manor and back to Harpenden.
This short Hertfordshire walk explores the pleasant countryside to the south east of Jockey End and follows the Hertfordshire Way to descend into the Gade Valley and the village of Great Gaddesden. The return route leaves the valley following the Chiltern Way for the return to the start.
This walk is over the undulating plateau of the Chiltern dip slope, through the parklands of some of the 18th Century mansions which dot the Chilterns. Although the land is now more given over to arable agriculture, the landscape is still greatly influenced by the great designers, including Capability Brown. A walk with great views over the Gade valley and a revelation of the life style of baronets and local squires in the 1700s and the lesser houses of their tenants.
This walk explores some of the hamlets of the Chilterns which, although close to Hemel Hempstead retain their remoteness in their quiet locations. It goes over the typical chalk uplands of the Gade valley and up to the beechwoods of the National Trust Ashridge estate. It passes charming 17th century cottages, a vineyard, a Buddhist Temple and long established churches. The country truly merits its AONB designation.
Starting from Hemel Hempstead Station this is a walk which can be enjoyed without a car. The station is right on the edge of the town so virtually all the route is through the open country, much of it through Boxmoor Trust land, on the plateau of the Chilterns and along the Grand Union Canal. There are lots of reminders of the history of the area from 1594 through WWII. If you are lucky you may see a couple of rare farm breeds kept on Trust land and some interesting birds along the canal.
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.
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