A romantic Herts walk for two
PUBLISHED: 09:07 09 March 2011 | UPDATED: 11:01 09 October 2012
Hertfordshire's Countryside Management Service recommends its Buntingford to Aspenden walk
IF you fancy a walk that is not too demanding, Buntingford is an ideal place to start as the surrounding countryside undulates gently and the gradients are usually easy.
This small town sits in the valley of the River Rib and a short, slightly uphill walk across the bypass takes you into a horse-grazed pasture.
Here, your effort is rewarded with an attractive view across Thistley Vale to Aspenden Hall, restored in the 1990s from a ruined shell. This grand building overlooks a lake and sits next to the barns of the Tudor Stud. Off to the left, St Marys Church nestles among trees.
Your route continues down what is probably the steepest slope for miles and after the church, you head for more remote countryside before starting your return journey through a narrow woodland where bluebells emerge when spring returns.
Many attractive old houses line Aspendens only street and a short detour along it to the right brings you to the village pub. The route back to Buntingford passes through fields and housing on the edge of Buntingford before following the tree-lined River Rib back to the town centre. It comes out by cute cottages and St Richards Church, the first in England to be built of brick.
The map is an extract from Discover the Countryside around Buntingford, a leaflet showing routes that walkers and riders may use. The Buntingford Parish Paths Partnership team produced the leaflet and have improved many of the paths by adding waymarks and bridges and replacing stiles with gates.
Set off from Buntingford along Baldock Road and turn into the Folly, marked B29 (short for Buntingford Footpath 29), and through the houses. As you leave the town and head for the bridge over the bypass, bear in mind that the arable field can turn muddy after rain. After crossing the bridge, please keep your dog on a lead before entering the field with the horses.
Beyond Aspenden churchyard, go left down the road, then right at the corner along A3 (Aspenden Bridleway 3) towards Tannis Court. After 400m, veer off to the left over a bridge and cross to the far corner of another cropped field. Enter the trees and turn sharp left along A8 and A6 back to Aspenden. Turn right and immediately left at the side of the
Old School to pick up A2 back to the bypass. Taking care, cross carefully and head back to Buntingford, bearing right along Luynes Rise (named after a twin town in France) and left across the playing field. Join B27 by the river and pass pretty cottages to emerge into Market Hill and Buntingford High Street.
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The Countryside Management Service (CMS) works with landowners and communities to develop projects that enhance landscape and biodiversity, as well as encouraging people to understand and enjoy the countryside across Hertfordshire.
For more information contact the CMS on 01462 459395 or email email@example.com