Sawbridgeworth to Bishops Stortford via Henry Moore Foundation walk

Sawbridgeworth, gently rolling countryside, fields, woods and waterways, the Stort Navigation, and Bishop's Storford

Some Henry Moore Sculptures, visible from the Public Footpath SWC Walk 210 - Sawbridgeworth to Bishop's Stortfort (via Henry Moore Foundation)

Some Henry Moore Sculptures, visible from the Public Footpath

SWC Walk 210 - Sawbridgeworth to Bishop's Stortfort (via Henry Moore Foundation)

06-Jul-19 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Henry Moore Sculptures on gate at St. Andrew's Church, Much Hadham SWC Walk 210 - Sawbridgeworth to Bishop's Stortfort (via Henry Moore Foundation) [Much Hadham Church Loop]

Henry Moore Sculptures on gate at St. Andrew's Church, Much Hadham

SWC Walk 210 - Sawbridgeworth to Bishop's Stortfort (via Henry Moore Foundation) [Much Hadham Church Loop]

06-Jul-19 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Brook Lane, Green Tye SWC Walk 210 - Sawbridgeworth to Bishop's Stortfort (via Henry Moore Foundation)

Brook Lane, Green Tye

SWC Walk 210 - Sawbridgeworth to Bishop's Stortfort (via Henry Moore Foundation)

06-Jul-19 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Thorley Hall and Church SWC Walk 210 - Sawbridgeworth to Bishop's Stortfort (via Henry Moore Foundation)

Thorley Hall and Church

SWC Walk 210 - Sawbridgeworth to Bishop's Stortfort (via Henry Moore Foundation)

06-Jul-19 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Willow and Barge, Twyford Bury, Stort Navigation SWC Walk 210 - Sawbridgeworth to Bishop's Stortfort (via Henry Moore Foundation)

Willow and Barge, Twyford Bury, Stort Navigation

SWC Walk 210 - Sawbridgeworth to Bishop's Stortfort (via Henry Moore Foundation)

06-Jul-19 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Wheatfield Sawbridgeworth to Bishops Stortford

Wheatfield

Sawbridgeworth to Bishops Stortford

28-Jun-14 • moontiger on Flickr

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Wheatfield Sawbridgeworth to Bishops Stortford

Wheatfield

Sawbridgeworth to Bishops Stortford

28-Jun-14 • moontiger on Flickr

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Length

23.7 km (14.7 mi), with 209/196m ascent/descent. For a shorter walk, see below Walk Options.

Toughness 4 out of 10, with 5 hours walking time. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 8 hours.

Walk Notes

After passing through the centre of Sawbridgeworth, much of which is a conservation area, this East Hertfordshire walk leads mainly through open countryside, either along tracks, green lanes or quiet country roads, providing extensive views across the gently rolling countryside of fields, woods and waterways. The most attractive parts are then a scenic stretch of the Ash Valley around lunch in Much Hadham, one of Britain’s longest villages, and the long peaceful ending along the Stort Navigation past a couple of Nature Reserves. The pretty town centre of Bishop’s Stortford with its many tea options can be explored on an optional extension.
The Henry Moore Foundation in Perry Green is passed in the morning. The walk features a substantially shorter version to enable an extended visit of the Henry Moore Sculpture Park, Studios and House. This version cuts out some of the most attractive parts of the walk, though.

Note: The Henry Moore Foundation is closed from end October to early April.

Walk Options

You can cut the walk short by taking a bus (runs Mon-Sat about every two hours) from the recommended lunch pub to either Bishop’s Stortford or St. Margaret’s (Hertford East line to Liverpool Street, run by the same train operating company).

Shortcuts: It is possible to shorten the walk in four ways:

  • Shortcut I cuts out 0.7 km (0.4 mi) at the start,
  • Shortcut II cuts out 5.5 km (3.5 mi) and 84m ascent around lunch (and gives a rating of 2/10),
  • Shortcut III cuts out 1.0 km (0.6 mi) after lunch,
  • Shortcut IV cuts out 0.5 km (0.3 mi) near the end.

Taking all shortcuts reduces the length of the walk to 16.1 km (10.0 mi).

Maps OS Explorer: 194 (Hertford & Bishop’s Stortford)
OS Landranger: 167 (Chelmsford)
Travel Sawbridgeworth Station, map reference TL 490 150, is 6 km south of Bishop’s Stortford, and 48m above sea level. Bishop’s Stortford Station, map reference TL 491 208, is 43 km northeast of Charing X and 61m above sea level. Both are in East Hertfordshire. Trains to Sawbridgeworth leave from Liverpool Street down the West Anglia Main Line to Cambridge (journey time from 40 minutes, up to three trains per hour). Trains usually stop at Tottenham Hale (connect from the Victoria Line). Bishop’s Stortford is further down the line (journey time from 38 mins, up to six trains per hour).

Saturday Walkers’ Club: Take the train closest to 9.30 hours.

Lunch

The Hoops Inn Perry Green, Herts, SG10 6EF (01279 843 568). The Hoops Inn is located 7.5 km (4.7 mi) into the full walk and 6.8 km (4.3 mi) into it if taking Shortcut I.
The Bull Inn High Street, Much Hadham, Herts, SG10 8BU (01279 842 668). Located 10.8 km (6.7 mi) into the full walk.
Copleys Café Copleys Plants, High Street, Much Hadham, Herts, SG10 6BU (01279 841 188). Located 10.9 km (6.8 mi) into the full walk.
The Prince of Wales Green Tye, Much Hadham, Herts, SG10 6JP (01279 842 139). Located 13.0 km (8.0 mi) into the full walk (12.3 km if skipping the out-and-back to the recommended lunch pub).

Tea

Too numerous to list here. Please see the walk directions for details of the recommended cafes and pubs.

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