A fine walk, passing through the boundaries of Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. Makes for a good day out in the countryside and includes varied terrain and views.
Sights include Scots Pine trees at Wilbury Hills and an old tramway on the path to Ickleford village.
The Walk – 9 miles with some hard walking
Map of walk. Map copyright 2004 Phillip’s, see information at base of page.Start at the village hall.
Leaving the car park, Turn Left along the High Street passing the Three Tuns public house on the left, and West Drive on the left.
In Hitchin Road, just past Green Farm at the Howberry Green mini-roundabout, Turn Left through the kissing gate to The Closes’.
Follow waymarking, passing through a further kissing gate, Turn Right along the field edge and, crossing a sleeper bridge, continue to a farm track.
Turn Left and continue to a fork in the track. Bear left and left again at the second waymark post to pass along a wooded path with the Green Lagoon (old claypit) on your right.
Follow the path round to the right, then left at the waymark.
Continue straight on through Fairfield Park housing estate for half a mile with views of the old Fairfield Hospital building on your left.
At the main road, cross straight over at the roundabout and continue to the bridge over Pix Brook.
Picture of Green Lagoon
Continue uphill for 300 yards and Turn Right at the information post to follow the track down to a barred gate.
Turn Right to cross over a brook, cross a second wooden bridge over a ditch and follow the track round to the left. Where the track crosses the ditch, after 200 yards, take the path to the right and follow the field edge up to the kissing gate to Stotfold Road.
Turn Left onto the main road, passing the Two Chimneys public house on your right, to the mini-roundabouts. Keep straight on along Wilbury Hills Road to the Wilbury public house.
Cross over the road and Turn Right immediately after the public house onto a bridleway. There is a car park here at the picnic site on your left. It is possible to do a circular walk from here, following the main route to the junction with Icknield Way Path and turning left to return uphill.
After 50 yards, go through the gate and follow the bridleway down hill with views of Arlesey to the right.
Drawing of Scots Pines at Wilbury Hills
At the left bend in the track, bear right along the path following the field boundary to the main road. The remains of an old tramway are just visible at the bottom of the track by the road.
Turn Left at the road and, just before it turns under the railway, head for a signed footpath between two houses just past the farmyard on the left. Over a stile into the meadow, cross the second stile and on to the next stile in the left hand corner next to an ash tree.
Over the stile, Turn Right on the farm track to the junction with Icknield Way Path. Left and uphill returns to Wilbury Hills picnic site. Turn Right and continue to the footbridge over the railway.
Cross the river Hiz to Ickleford village, to emerge opposite St Katharine’s church. Public houses and general stores are in the village. An hourly bus service runs from here back to Arlesey.
Cross to Upper Green Road to a signed footpath opposite Greenfield Lane, following right to a passage way to Raymond Cottages.
Continue straight on, following the footpath across the field and along the boundary to the end of the field. Follow the path through the hedge and continue with the hedge on your right, then across open fields.
Picture of IcklefordTurn Right at the second waymark post for a bridleway, then Left onto a footpath at the bend in the track, bearing right at the next waymark.
Follow the footpath, crossing a sleeper footbridge, to New Ramerick farm. Bear right with the farmhouse and barn on your right, then left at a waymarking disc on a wooden farm building, then bear left across the field to a footbridge.
Cross the bridge then Turn Right for 150 yards to bear diagonally left over the field and cross a track to a footbridge. Bear diagonally left to another footbridge then straight ahead across the field.
Cross the track and footbridge, bear diagonally right to go through a hedge and cross the footbridge. Turn Right to follow the field edge for about half a mile to a kissing gate.
Pass through the gate into Arlesey Common (cattle may be grazing). Head for the bridge over the. river Hiz. Cross and Turn Left following the river to a kissing gate.
Cross the ditch, known as Earwig ditch, and follow the path to the end of Mill Lane.
Pass through the kissing gate and follow the riverside path to another kissing gate where you enter the;Mill Pits meadows.
At the river bridge, do not cross but head diagonally to your right and cross the bridge over the ditch heading for the gate in the railway boundary.
Pass through onto the unmanned level crossing – take great care crossing the line (trains in excess of 100 mph pass here). Follow the path to enter the High Street by passing between the houses.
Turn Right to return to your starting point.
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