Broxbourne to Bayford
SWC Walk 168
Toughness: 5 out of 10
Length: 18.8 km. 11.7 miles
After winding its way out of Broxbourne along a canal and through a park, this strenuous walk ascends through the Spital Brook valley into Broxbourne Woods National Nature Reserve, an assortment of varied, ancient and wild woods, serrated by a plethora of streams. Most of the distance and the ascent are covered before lunch, but the lunch pub serves food all afternoon, so no need to hurry.
The shorter option to Bayford is suggested but feel free to do the whole 15.1 miles back to Broxbourne if you prefer. A shortcut before lunch would shave a further 930m off the length. Trains
Get the 9:28 Cambridge train from Liverpool St (Tottenham Hale 9:40) arriving Broxbourne at 9:53
From Bayford, trains return to Moorgate at xx:22 and xx:52. (Earlier stops include Highbury and Islington and Finsbury Park).
If finishing in Broxbourne, trains return to Liverpool St. at xx:16 and xx:47.
Broxbourne is within the Oyster Pay-As-You-Go area (in Zone 8), while Bayford is not. The stations are on different lines. A Hertford (All Stations) return ticket covers both. This should be the cheapest option for the short walk. Neither station is within the Freedom Pass zone.. Lunch
The Woodman & Oliv
e, in Wormley West End. (01992 463 719)
Note that this is 14.5 km (9.0 miles) into the walk. You might want to bring elevenses. Tea
For Bayford - The Farmer’s Boy
Brickendon (01992 511 731). Closes at 6
If finishing in Broxbourne there are several choices (see notes). Directions here
There are a lot of paths in the woods, both signed and unsigned, so following the detailed written directions is essential. A map and compass are recommended.