Pretty country pub walks in Hertfordshire
PUBLISHED: 09:24 29 August 2019 | UPDATED: 10:42 30 September 2020
A walk in the country with the promise of a welcoming pub for lunch is one of the things Herts does brilliantly. We’ve picked some of the best to try
The walk: This linear walk starts at Rickmansworth train station and is a rambling 10-mile route along the River Chess. Points of interest along the river include Chorleywood House, Frogmore Meadows, pretty old cottages in the village of Latimer and Meads Water Gardens. This bucolic walk takes in lots of interesting historical buildings: Click here for a map with full walk instructions and landmarks not to miss.
The pub: The Boot in Sarratt is the perfect post-walk pub to enjoy a satisfying meal and a drink. This 18th century inn serves elevated pub classics such as beer battered haddock and chips, sausage and mash or a generously portioned "Boot Burger".
The walk: This walk starts in the pretty village of Wheathampstead before heading down Rose Lane, an ancient road surrounded in greenery. Continue north and the trail takes a Roman road past lush fields before turning and running through fields towards Marshalls Heath which is rich in wildlife. Cross over the Lea River by Leasey Bridge, the final stretch back towards Wheathampstead takes walkers through patchwork fields parallel to the river. For a map of the trail, click here.
The pub: Upon arrival back in the village, pay a visit to The Swan on the High Street to satiate you after your walk. Start with a pint of real ale while you peruse the menu and when you're ready, tuck into freshly prepared food with a daily changing specials board.
The walk: Absorb the beautiful scenery of the Ver Valley on The Three Burys walk. The walk, between St Albans and Redbourn, offers picturesque views over fields and farmland. At a moderate eight miles, this walk starts and finishes at the Verulamium Museum in St Albans before travelling north past the pretty Batch Wood - perfect for bluebells in the spring - and up through Childwick Green before turning and heading west at Bamville Wood. Travel down Beesonend Lane where the trail takes walkers back towards St Albans at Redbournbury Mill, along the River Ver. Click here for a map of the walk with detailed instructions.
The pub: There are plenty of eateries in St Albans to enjoy after your ramble. Why not try The Six Bells on St Michael's Street which is located very close by the Verulamium Museum? With a roaring open fire in the winter and real ale on tap, you can enjoy the cosy atmosphere that is well deserved after your hike.
The walk: Take this pretty walking route through a trio of villages starting at The Three Tuns in Ashwell. Pass Newnham Hill - which has mesmeric views over the countryside - and head towards the second village on the trail, Caldecote. The trail takes walkers past the historical Caldecote Manor before leading towards the third village, Hinxworth. You will pass through fields, kissing gates and Hinxworth Place, the medieval manor, on your way before arriving in Hinxworth. From the village you will walk back to Ashwell through more pretty countryside and over the River Rhee. For a map of this walk, click here.
The pub: Stomachs should be rumbling when you arrive back in Ashwell so head inside the lovely red brick Three Tuns, the award-winning pub. Order some delicious seasonal food from the a la carte menu featuring inventive dishes such as the pearl barley and parmesan risotto, all made with seasonal and local ingredients. Once you've finished you may want to discover the history of the bubonic plague that can be explored in the village - only for those with a strong stomach.
The walk: Enter the world of George Bernard Shaw, influential Irish playwright, who lived in the village of Ayot St Lawrence. This walk will take you around the landscape that Shaw himself used to tread and even stops off at his eponymous home Shaw's Corner. Start in the village of Wheathampstead at the East Lane car park and head north. Cross over the River Lea before heading east a little way along next to the water. North through fields and woodland will take you past Lamer House in the pretty Lamer Park, and then up towards Harepark Spring and into Ayot St Lawrence. Here you will find Shaw's Corner, long time home of George Bernard Shaw, now owned by the National Trust and open for visitors to explore. Once you have your fill at Shaw's Corner, head south past stunning woodland until reaching the River Lea again which, when followed west, will take you back to Wheathampstead. Click here for step by step walk instructions.
The pub: Continue your day of tranquillity with a visit to The Cross Keys, a charming pub based in the secluded woods of Hertfordshire, a short drive from Wheathampstead, or simply visit The Swan on the High Street that you will remember from your Lea Valley Circle walk.