More Boardwalks in Broxbourne Wood

More Boardwalks in Broxbourne Wood

SWC Walk 168 Broxbourne Circular

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Broxbourne Pumping Station on The New River

Broxbourne Pumping Station on The New River

SWC Walk 168 Broxbourne Circular

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Spittal Brook, Cowheath Wood

Spittal Brook, Cowheath Wood

SWC Walk 168 Broxbourne Circular

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Paths in Wormley Wood

Paths in Wormley Wood

SWC Walk 168 Broxbourne Circular

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Wormleybury Brook, Wormley Wood

Wormleybury Brook, Wormley Wood

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The New River at Broxbourne

The New River at Broxbourne

SWC Walk 168 Broxbourne Circular

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Barclay Park, Broxbourne/Hoddesdon

Barclay Park, Broxbourne/Hoddesdon

SWC Walk 168 Broxbourne Circular

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Broxbourne Circular walk

A strenuous walk through the Spital Brook valley into Broxbourne Woods National Nature Reserve and an assortment of ancient and wild woods and diverse woodland setting.

History

This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Date # Post
Sun, 16-Jul-17 8

A nature reserve and ancient wildwood in Herts

SWC 168 Broxbourne Circular

Length 24.3km (15.1m); toughness 7/10 (although this walk is described as not as tough as this rating implies.)

Trains: 09.28 London Liverpool Street (Tottenham Hale 09.40) arrives at Broxbourne 09.53

Return fast trains at xx:16 and xx:47

After winding its way out of Broxbourne along a canal and through a park, this 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. A circuitous route linking up separate woods follows age old trails, paths and green lanes through a magnificent and diverse woodland setting. While broadly following a well signposted trail through the Nature Reserve, the walk often diverts from it to take more interesting directions. Most of the distance and the ascent are covered before lunch, but the lunch pub serves food all afternoon, so a leisurely pace is entirely possible.

Lunch: The Woodman & Olive 20 Wormley West End, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, EN10 7QN (01992 463 719. Food served, Sun 12.00-18.00. The Woodman & Olive is located 14.5 km (9.0 mi) into the main walk.

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6 on this walk including one early starter whom we caught up with not long before lunch. I separated from the group just before lunch as I had no wish to visit the pub and after walking on found a spot to have lunch where following a ludicrous accident I managed to lose most of my water!!! Feeling a bit deflated I decided to take some short cuts and got back to Broxbourne quite early and dropped into a pub for refreshments and watch Federer for a while as he destroyed Cilic. 3.37pm train home. This is a walk with too much woodland for my tastes and it can feel a bit oppressive on a warm day but it was good to do it in dry conditions unlike the last time I ventured out here. Weather dry warm and cloudy. Hope the others enjoyed their day and it would be good to get any views about the pub.
Pub was delightful. Very friendly staff. Nice garden outside although we opted to sit inside. I had a wonderful vegetable moussaka and salad. Lots of Greek music in the background including Zorba the Greek. We met 2 other SWC walkers there who had started early. The were leaving as we arrived.
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Sun, 09-Apr-17 6

Sunday Walk: Broxbourne to Bayford - a Hertfordshire hike

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 & Olive, 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.
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Now I might do the Walk on Sunday. But I can't Guarantee I will. Depends on my plan's. But if I do. For my convienance. I would take the Bus instead of taking the Train as it's nearer Home. And I can meet you and wait for you at Broxbourne Station.
Six turned out for this much enjoyed walk. The four who did the Bayford finish were unanimous that this variation was not strenuous as had been described in the posting. Would be well to avoid the s word in the next description as this may explain the low numbers.
6 hot and sunny
Thanks Colin (and anonymous). "Strenuous" is from the online description. I was very tempted to take it out but, as Ive never done this walk, I thought it fairer to leave it in than be economical with the (perceived) truth. The long walk to lunch can;t have helped numbers. (Good title for the next posting?)
The remaining two of us had a picnic lunch on the Wormley Wood loop, missed out the pub (it was past 2 pm) and went on to complete the circuit back to Broxbourne. We sped up after lunch, aided by more straightforward navigation, and when we got to the turning for Bayford it seemed a bit early to go home.
PS Just read Saturday's walk reports and perhaps the huge turnouts at two of them also help explain the low numbers here. I make that 100 walkers over the weekend wow.
Sat, 05-Nov-16 17

Saturday Third Walk: You Want Leaf Colour and a short journey ?

SWC Walk 168 – Broxbourne Circular
Length: 24.3 km (15.1 mi) [for a shorter walk see below]
Ascent/Descent: 329 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 5 ½ hours
Toughness: 6 out of 10
Take the 09.40 Stansted Express from Liverpool Street (09.53 Seven Sisters), arriving Broxbourne at 10.10. This train is on diversion today, and therefore not going via Tottenham Hale… Broxbourne Station is ‘oysterable’, but if a Network RC user, a paper return ticket should be cheaper… Return trains: up to five per hour.
This walk has not been posted on a Saturday for 2 ½ years and should be perfect for the season:
"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. A circuitous route linking up separate woods follows age old trails, paths and green lanes through a magnificent and diverse woodland setting. While broadly following a well signposted trail through the Nature Reserve, the walk often diverts from it to take more interesting directions. Most of the distance and the ascent are covered before lunch, but the lunch pub serves food all afternoon, so a leisurely pace is entirely possible. There are plenty of signed and unsigned paths in the woods, thus following the detailed written directions is essential, and a map and a compass are recommended."
A shorter walk (18.8 km/11.7 mi, 4/10), finishing in Bayford, is possible (caution: different train line and operator, trains go to Kings Cross or Moorgate, a separate single paper ticket will be required, as Bayford is outside the Oyster Pay-As-You-Go area).
Lunch will be at The Woodman & Olive in Wormley West End (14.5 km/9.0 mi, food all afternoon).
Tea: there are two pubs en-route, a few minutes from the station: The Bull and The White Bear.
For walk directions, map, photos, height profile, and gpx/kml files click here.
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Now I might do the Walk on Saturday. But I can't Guarantee I will.
If I do make it. I will take 2 Buses instead of the train for my convenience. But I will take the Train on the way back as further than Enfield Chase. Then I don't have far to go Home.
17 cloudy with sun breaking through

15 off the train at Broxbourne, 1 at the station, and one late joiner on the next train who caught up with the group. Set off along the New River for a stretch and soon into Broxbourne Woods. A wonderful display of autumn colour with plenty of foliage still on the trees and yet, somehow, the ground completely carpeted with golden leaves. Leaf flurries added to the atmosphere. For mushroom enthusiasts, lots of interesting specimans to be seen; we were lucky to have our resident mycologist in attendance.

11 dined at The Woodman and Olive where the food was good and a change from the usual pub fare. Sandwichers joined for a drink, then 4 went on ahead and the remaining 13 followed not too long after. Broke into two groups, the slightly faster group aided by the fact the walk author was amongst them and so no stopping to check directions was required.

The faster group reached The Bull at 16:00 with time for a drink, joined by the rest 15 minuts later who also had refreshments, and all made their way to the station to catch the 17:09 train back to London.

A surprisingly lovely walk for this time of the year in such close proximity to the city. And though a long one for the shorter days, the short train journey and thus early ish start to the walk helped get us back long before darkness fell
Lovely,lovely walk for the time of the year. A delightful palette of autumn colours and with the sun filtering through the trees in the afternoon sun, it was magical.

A huge thanks to Thomas!
According to yesterdays Walk. As we started from Broxbourne there and back. It was good we started along the River. We stopped at a Greek Pub Restaurant at the Woodman and Olive. Now I never been to a Greek Pub Restaurant before. They are also doing food for Christmas day as well. Later on we continued with our walk. And while we were walking. Thomas said to me. Do you want to do a longer walk or a shorter walk. While I said to him. I don't care what one I do. I am enjoying it as long as I can. And on the way back. We stopped at the Bull Pub in Broxbourne for a Drink and a chat. But it was a shame that we couldn't end it in Bayford because it would get dark early now as the Clocks went back one Hour last week. Now you all went by Train. While I took 2 Buses because it's more convenient for me. It was very nice meeting up and doing the Walk. And I was Home at 18:15. Thank you very much!
Another thing. What I meant to say. Thomas said to me. Do you want to do the long walk or the short walk. While I said to him. I don't care which one I do. I am enjoying it as long as I can. Then Thomas said to me. That's it that's the sprit.
Finally. I took Quite a lot of pictures on my Mobile phone. And put it on Facebook as well.
Sun, 21-Feb-16 15

Sunday Second Walk - Hertfordshire woodlands

Extra Walk 168a Broxbourne to Bayford
Length: 18.8km (11.7 miles) Toughness: 5/10

09:58 Cambridge train from Liverpool Street (Tottenham Hale 10:10) arriving at Broxbourne at 10:23.
Or 09:45 Hertford East train from Stratford arriving Broxbourne at 10:15.
Return trains from Bayford to Moorgate, calling at numerous stations in north London are at xx22 and xx:52 (journey time 45 minutes).

The outward and return journeys are on separate, non-intersecting, lines operated by different train companies, so you’ll probably need two single tickets. If you plan to do the full circular walk back to Broxbourne the ticketing issue won’t be a problem. The easiest option is to use an Oyster card, since both stations are within the Oyster zone.

This walk follows a circuitous route that explores age old trails, paths and green lanes through a diverse woodland setting. As always when walking in woods, following the written directions carefully is essential, and a map and compass are recommended. Today is the first posting of the alternative ending at Bayford, though those with sufficient energy could choose to complete the 15-mile main walk back to Broxbourne. Most of the walk is done before lunch, hence the relatively early start.

The recommended lunch stop is The Woodman & Olive (01992 463719) in Wormley West End. As always on a Sunday, reserving a table is advisable.

You will need to download the Walk Directions.
Could be tempted...anyone else contemplating a Sunday outing?
Intend going
Are you sure you can use Oyster from Bayford? tfl.gov.uk doesn't seem to know about it...
Well if you two are coming out on Sunday, it would be a shame to stay at home; and indeed you can travel with an Oyster card to Broxbourne but it seems not from Bayford.
Excellent news! Has a table been reserved for lunch?
It is true that Bayford, on the Hertford North line, is just outside the Oyster zone, though all stations to Hertford East are within the zone just one of the curious Oyster anomalies. Apologies for the misinformation.
A table for 6 has been reserved at The Woodman & Olive in the name of the SWC, but please phone the pub as you set out from Broxbourne to confirm numbers and expected arrival time.
Hi, interested in this walk but wondering about the mud levels if it's been raining ?

Plan to come and have pub lunch. Pamela H
I might intend to go. But I can't Guarantee I will. If I do. I would take the Bus instead of the train and probably meet up at Broxbourne station. That's my convenience.
If you have a London Freedom pass. And if you take the Train from Bayford. Including a Railcard or not. Ask for a Single to Crews Hill.
Thanks Chris. What time is the table booked for?
Kelda, I told them probably around 1:00pm, but Thomas will be with you and it's his walk, so he should be able to advise you.
Advice from Sean on best rail ticket to buy: "Although Broxbourne and Bayford are on different lines you can get quite cheap super off peak tickets to "Hertford Stations" and both lines go there (H North & H East). That ought to be valid out and back."
15 overcast all day
14 off the train, 1 on an earlier train, who we caught & overtook in the woods, but later surprisingly re encountered at the lunch pub, as she had tsubsequently gotten lost in the woods and had to ask locals for the most direct route to the pub.
High levels of mud, even compared to the winter that the original research to this walk had taken place: several 'ponds' in places where I had never encountered any before. The conditions slowed our pace quite a bit, so that we only got to the pub at 13.40. The Woodman & Olive is a very pleasant place, with tasty East Med cuisine, but possibly could do w/o the piped music in an already noise filled, packed pub.
Two walkers then took the ultimate shortcut, following roads back to Broxbourne, the sandwichers had moved on already, which left 8 of the lunchers to embark on the Bayford ending, 4 of which halted at The Farmer's Boy for a bevvie (or hot chocolate).
Quite a rebellious group all in, repeatedly questioning the 'leaders' choice of right/left turn, perplexing when it was well known that said 'leader' was the walk's author, but hey: that's the SWC spirit, we love it for that!

Rebellious? Who are you talking about? Meek, and following orders (B=B and all that) at the bar was much more like it. And a leader, whose vocab does not cotain the word shortcut, suddenly announced he was going to Bayford. The rest of, 3 of whom were being exceptionally brave initially and ready for another 10k of deep mud, were told that said leader called it a day at 4pm. Disappointment all around! We followed suit, not wanting to outdo said excellent leader. We had a lot of fun despite the knee deep mud (10/10 for organising that) and the pub food was delicious (we missed Greek dancing somehow). So good, I forgot my map :(
got home in time to check in at teatime on future co hols/walkers that did urban park walk! (they survived)
Wed, 15-Oct-14 5 Broxbourne Circular
Sat, 07-Jun-14 0 Broxbourne Circular
Sat, 19-Jan-13 7 Broxbourne Circular