Open countryside with wheat fields, woods and waterways - stretches of the River Ash in the morning and the Stort Navigation near the end. Passes the Henry Moore Sculpture Park.
|Length||22.8 km (14.2 mi), of which 3.6 km (2.2 mi) on tarmac or pavements.|
|Maps||OS Landranger Map 166 (Luton & Hertford) and 167 (Chelmsford) OS Explorer Map: 194 (Hertford & Bishop’s Stortford). Roydon Station, map reference TL 405104, is on the East Hertfordshire/Essex border, 4 km west of Harlow, and 32m above sea level. Sawbridgeworth Station, map reference TL 490150 is in East Hertfordshire, 6 km south of Bishop's Stortford, and 48m above sea level.|
|Toughness||4 out of 10. Cumulative ascent/descent: 190m/174m.|
This walk leads mainly through gently rolling Hertfordshire countryside, either along tracks and green lanes or quiet country roads, featuring wheat fields, woods and waterways, the best of which are stretches of the River Ash in the morning and of the Stort Navigation near the end. Lunch is had at a charming pub in Perry Green, next to The Henry Moore Foundation’s sculpture park and studios (ticketed entry only).
Note: The Henry Moore Foundation is closed from end October to Easter.
Trains go from Liverpool Street, half-hourly service (hourly on Sundays), journey time from 29 minutes (30 minutes on Sundays); or from Stratford (hourly), journey time from 39 minutes Mon-Sat (31 minutes on Sundays). Trains usually stop at Tottenham Hale (connect from the Victoria Line). Sawbridgeworth is further down the West Anglia Main Line from Liverpool Street to Cambridge with slightly more frequent service (journey time from 38 minutes).
Saturday Walkers’ Club: Take the train closest to 9.30 hours.
Shortcuts: It is possible to shorten the walk in two ways:
|Lunch and Tea||
The Hoops Inn, Perry Green, Herts, SG10 6EF (01279 843 568). Closed Mon-Tue. Open: Wed-Thu 12.00-15.00 and 18.00-late and Fri-Sun 12.00-late. Food served Wed-Thu 12.00-15.00 and 18.00-21.00 and Fri-Sun 12.00-21.00. The Hoops Inn is located 14.0 km (8.7 mi) into the main walk.
Plenty of options for tea in Sawbridgeworth, see the pdf for details.
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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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This is just the introduction. This walk's detailed directions are in a PDF available from wwww.walkingclub.org.uk