Updates and Corrections for the Hertfordshire Way


Feb 2017 - Important update on Leg 12 due to a footbridge collapse (scroll down)

The guide book describes the various legs of the walk as they were at the time of publication. The first edition (published in 1998) is now seriously out-of-date and we have stopped publishing updates. The notes below refer to the 2005 and the 2009 versions of the second edition. Entries in green apply only to the 2005 publication; they have been incorporated into the 2009 version. Entries in red are concerned with changes since the 2009 publication date. So if you're using the 2005 edition you will need to take note of all the entries below; if you are using the 2009 edition you need only refer to the entries in red. As further significant changes are brought to our attention we will update these notes. Minor changes, such as conversion of a stile to a kissing gate, will not necessarily be recorded.

Leg 1

Paragraph 1, line 5. Ling Dynamic Systems has closed and all identifying names on the building have been removed. Delete the three sentences starting “Soon on your left ...” and ending “... in front of the golf club house.” and replace them with “Once you reach the Heath, turn left and pass either behind or in front of the golf club house.”

After Kelshal Church. Page 22, paragraph 5 line 18 When you come to the line in the guide book "Go through this hedge" there will be a change in the route when the farmer clears the crop off the correct route. In the meantime do the following -go over the shallow ditch and cross the field ahead of you to meet a hedge, follow the Hertfordshire Way sign at this point (which is placed at the beginning of the hedge) until you come to a tall hedge at right angles to yours. At this point is a new large Hertfordshire Way arrow pointing right along this hedge. Turn right to follow the arrows direction until you drop by steps on to the track. At this point follow the guide book from the beginning of paragraph 6. Please note this is only temporary until the county sorts.

Leg 2

Paragraph 12, line 13. After “(11.4 miles).” add “There is a new permissive path in the field to the west of the gravel track, which offers a better approach to Manor Woods car park.”

Leg 3

Paragraph 1, line 2. After “Roxley Court.” add “There is a new permissive path in the field to the west of the gravel track, which offers a better route out from Manor Woods car park.”

Leg 4

Paragraph 4, lines 5 and 6, delete the section in parentheses “(At this point we deviate from the route in the first edition so ignore the sign on your left, if it is still in place!)”

Leg 5

No updates for this leg.

Leg 6

Paragraph 1, line 7. Delete “signed ‘To Great Gaddesden 3m’”

Paragraph 4, line 4. Delete “children’s farm and a”

Paragraph 6, line 3. Replace “Go diagonally to the right” with “Go diagonally to the left”

Leg 7

Paragraph 7, replace the second sentence with: “Go through a gap, then left along an enclosed footpath, through a metal gate and diagonally across the field passing through two metal gates on intervening fences and leaving by a metal kissing gate.”

Leg 8

Paragraph 1, line 3. Replace "onto a minor road opposite Roman Gardens" with "into Egg Farm Lane"

Paragraph 1, line 4. Replace "immediately turn left onto a grassy path. Turn right, by some trees, and then walk beside a gravel drive which goes to Numbers Farm" with "take the paved drive which curves to the left towards the residential building (formerly Numbers Farm)"

Paragraph 1, line 6. Replace "left" with "right".

Paragraph 1, line 8. After "Turn right" insert "through a metal kissing gate"

paragraph 2, lines 4-5. Delete "and across a stile"

paragraph 2, line 5. Replace "across a field" with "across a sports field"

paragraph 2, line 6. "Replace "a sports field" with "another sports field"

paragraph 4, line 10. Replace "Cross a stile" with "Go through a gap"

Paragraph 4, line 12. After "green railings" add "and a line of tall poplar trees"

Paragraph 7, lines 4-5. Replace the words "what was the University .... being redeveloped" with "a residential development, formerly Wall Hall College of the University of Hertfordshire"

Paragraph 8. Delete the first two sentences and replace them with: "At a signposted junction in front of a black wooden barn continue along Wall Hall Drive, passing Holbrook Garden on the right. You will see Aldenham Church directly ahead in the distance."

Paragraph 11 At the end of line 2 replace "Cross a stile" with "Pass through a kissing gate". and in line 4 replace "Cross a stile and go along" with "Go through a metal gate and follow"

Paragraph 12, line 10. Replace "small concrete" with "wooden"

Paragraph 13, line 9. Delete "cross towards" and insert "go through a gap in the hedge on the left-hand side of the field close to"

Paragraph 13, lines 9 - 10. Delete "Cross the stile and enter a trip of scrub close to" and replace it with "Some 50 yards further on cross a small bridge and turn"

Paragraph 13, line 14. Delete "through a gate"

Paragraph 14, lines 2-4. Delete the words “Cross a stile beside a fence marked private. Soon cross another stile by a derelict shed. Cross a field aiming for a wide gap in the hedge, cross a footbridge over a ditch, and cross the next field keeping near to the left hand side.” and insert instead “Continue ahead along a footpath signposted 'Public Footpath 49', and having gone through a metal gate, follow a fenced path to a second metal gate some 200 yards further on. Then cross the next field keeping near to the left hand side.”

paragraph 14, line 6. Delete "and leave the field by a stile"

Paragraph 15, lines 2-5. Replace the words "Cross this into .... next field to reach a stile" with "Follow a fenced path to the right of open fields and emerge through a gate onto Radlett Lane"

Leg 9

Paragraph 2, lines 1 - 4. The waymark post (line 1) and the set of overhead lines with wooden posts (lines 2 - 4) originally used as markers are no longer there. If the crossfield path (line 2) is blocked by a crop we suggest that instead of bearing right (as in line 2) walkers should continue ahead following the well-used path with the hedge immediately on their left until they reach a metal gate leading into a cemetery. Here turn about 90 degrees right for about 100 yards to reach the corner post of the cemetery where a Hertfordshire Way roundel points the way half left across a field to the path through the small copse mentioned in line 5.

Leg 10

No updates for this leg.

Leg 10A

Replace the wording of paragraph 3 on page 86 by the following: “Take the second road (Crouch Lane) on the right and follow it as it turns left. On the following section ignore the route marked by Borough of Broxbourne roundels as these are not on the public right-of-way. Where Crouch Lane turns sharply right go straight ahead through a kissing gate into a field and immediately turn right over a stile. Take a line NE diagonally across the field until you reach the field edge, marked by a hedge (more a dense line of trees and undergrowth). Follow along the western side of this hedge through a gap in the hedge running at right-angles, and continue to the bottom of the next field where you will encounter a barbed-wire fence. Turn right alongside this fence until you reach a wooden section (this should be a stile but it has no footboards). Climb over this bit of fence and cross the brook - take care as the banks of the brook are muddy and there is no footbridge. Bear slightly to the right as you ascend the far bank of the gully and work your way through the undergrowth until you reach an open field. Continue in the same direction across the field to reach a stile at the right hand side of a metal gate. Bear left and cross the next field to a kissing gate which leads into a path between overhanging bushes, with a fence on the right and a small wooded area on the left. Follow the path to reach a kissing gate and emerge at the road in Hammondstreet.”

Leg 10b

No updates for this leg.

Leg 11

No updates for this leg.

Leg 12

Leg 12 update - Feb 2017

We have been informed by the Rights of Way team at County Hall of a footbridge failure at Fiddlers Brook affecting this section. 
Map Reference ; TL 45063 18058
Referring to the most recent edition of our guidebook
" The Hertfordshire Way" dated 2009 or later, page 110, paragraph 7 mentions the footbridge which has collapsed. The drainage ditch which this crosses is deep and always has water in it. The map shows a suggested alternative.

Leg 13
Please note at Rotten Row the path in front of the house is completely blocked with oilseed rape. Take the following detour: When you come to the tarmac road go right in front of the house following the wooden garden fence on you right. When this fence ends turn left on to a grass track (there is a large oak tree on the path, follow this track until you come to the end of the field enter the wood ahead and look for a Hertfordshire Way sign on your right - you are back on track.
A little later as you approach Mutfords Farm you have to cross a large open field. Instead go right on a wide open field edge path which brings you out near to the farm wthout forcing you way through crops.
Leg 14

Paragraph 5, line 3. The Chequers has been renamed The Blind Fiddler.

Paragraph 5, line 8. Delete the word 'before' and replace it with 'after'.

Paragraph 11, the four lines on page 126 refer to 'The Grange', which has since been demolished.

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