23.7 km (14.7 mi), of which 5.1 km (3.2 mi) on tarmac or pavements. Cumulative ascent/descent: 209m/196m. For a shorter walk, see below Walk options.
Time: 5 hours 5 minutes walking time. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 8 hours
|Toughness||5 out of 10|
|OS Maps||OS Landranger Map: 167 (Chelmsford) OS Explorer Map: 194 (Hertford & Bishop’s Stortford). 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|
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.
|Transport||Trains to Sawbridgeworth leave from Liverpool Street down the West Anglia Main Line to Cambridge (journey time from 37 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 36 mins, up to five trains per hour).|
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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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