Watton-at-Stone Circular walk

The rolling hills of Hertfordshire, the River Beane, and Watton.

First hint of Autumn Watton-at-Stone Circular

First hint of Autumn

Watton-at-Stone Circular

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Woodland path Watton-at-Stone Circular

Woodland path

Watton-at-Stone Circular

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View through a gap Watton-at-Stone Circular

View through a gap

Watton-at-Stone Circular

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Old hedgerow Watton-at-Stone Circular

Old hedgerow

Watton-at-Stone Circular

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Marching trees Watton-at-Stone Circular

Marching trees

Watton-at-Stone Circular

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Bales Watton-at-Stone Circular

Bales

Watton-at-Stone Circular

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View Watton-at-Stone Circular

View

Watton-at-Stone Circular

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Length

20km (12.4 miles)

OS Map

OS Landranger 166; Explorer 193 and 194

Toughness

2 out of 10.

Walk Notes

This walk is in the rolling hills of rural Hertfordshire.

Lunch is at the The Boot pub in the village of Dane End.

There is a short cut option late in the walk, more for those who find that they are tiring. An 800-metre section of it is along a twisting road.

If you do the full walk (i.e. not the shorter ending) there's a particularly attractive stretch alongside the River Beane near the end.

The George and Dragon pub in Watton's High Street is a good place to stop for tea (or a meal) while waiting for the train back. Incidentally, the town's unusual name derives from a local variety of puddingstone.

Walk Options

a) Short ending.

You may shorten the walk by 3.3km to 16.7km.

Section of short route is closed due to construction until 23 April 2022.

Travel

Trains go from London Kings Cross to Watton-at-Stone, journey time is 45 minutes.

Suggested train : Take the nearest train to 9.45am from Kings Cross Station to Watton-at-Stone. If stopping at the earlier lunch stop at Benington, take the nearest train to 10.45am.

Lunch
  • The Lordship Arms Whempstead Road, Benington, SG2 7BX. (01438 869665) Snack menu, baguettes etc. served noon - 2pm. Located 4.4 km from the start of the walk.
  • The Boot Mundon Rd, Dane End, SG12 0LH (01920 437034). Located 7.8 km from the start of the walk. Open lunchtime Tue-Thu, noon-2.30pm; closed Friday; Sat-Sun noon-11pm/10.30pm. Food: Tue-Wed pre-book only. Thu noon-2pm; Sat noon-2.30pm; Sun 1-4.30pm. Closed all day Monday. (Groups please phone to book.)
  • The Robin Hood Ware Road, Tonwell, SG12 0HN. (01920 463352) Food served noon - 2pm. For groups larger than 6, please phone ahead. Located 14 km from the start of the walk.
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