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The Duke of York and Potters Bar

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The Duke of York and Potters Bar
Author: pubwalker, Published: 04 Feb 2014 Walk rating : Rating:star1 The Duke of York and Potters Bar Pub Walkstar1 The Duke of York and Potters Bar Pub Walkstar1 The Duke of York and Potters Bar Pub Walkstar0 The Duke of York and Potters Bar Pub Walkstar0 The Duke of York and Potters Bar Pub Walk
Hertfordshire, Barnet
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
The Duke of York and Potters Bar
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot The Duke of York and Potters Bar Pub Walk boot The Duke of York and Potters Bar Pub Walk
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A 5.5 mile circular pub walk from the Duke of York in Barnet, Hertfordshire. A former coaching inn, built on the Great North Road, the Duke of York continues to serve the needs of many a weary traveller. The walking route heads north across fields to explore the nearby settlement of Potters Bar. You’ll have chance to see the leafy residential streets, the picturesque golf course and the main commercial streets with a wide range of shops, cafes and businesses.

The walk includes several steady climbs and descents throughout. Whilst most of the walk follows pavements through the town, a couple of sections across fields and the golf course can get quite muddy after periods of rain. There is one (slightly wobbly!) stile to negotiate (which has open fencing for dogs to pass through) plus a couple of kissing gates. One of the fields you cross may be holding horses, so take care with dogs. You will also need to cross a golf course so be aware of any flying golf balls and let the golfers take their shots before you cross. There is one short section of walking along the grass verge alongside a fairly busy road, so take care of any traffic here. Approximate time 2.5 hours.

Barnet is located north of London, close to the M25 in Hertfordshire. The walk starts and finishes from the Duke of York pub, at Ganwick Corner just north of Barnet, on the junction between Barnet Road (A1000) and Dancers Hill Road. Approximate post code EN5 4SG. The walk also passes by Potters Bar rail station, so if you are travelling by train you can adjust the walk to start at the station and visit the pub on-route.

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Walk Sections

Start to M25 Footbridge
Start to M25 Footbridge

Start point: 51.6816 lat, -0.187 long
End point: 51.6853 lat, -0.1958 long

Leave the pub car park via the front vehicle entrance. Turn left (under the hanging pub sign) and immediately left again to join the pavement of Dancers Hill Road. You will pass the entrance to the garden centre on the right. Continue just as far as the first small crossroads. Turn right here, down the tarmac entrance drive, White House Road, leading to White House Commercial Centre.

Pass alongside the vehicle barrier to enter the car park. Keep along the left hand edge of the car park, signed as Footpath 59 to Bentley Heath Lane. Cross over the (rickety!) stile with care into the field, and keep ahead along the left-hand edge of this rough pasture. You’ll emerge through a gap to a tarmac lane. Turn left for a few paces to reach a T-junction (with a red brick cottage opposite). Turn right along this quiet tarmac lane between hedgerows, taking care of any occasional traffic.

After just a little distance, look out on the right for the sign for Footpath 58 to Baker Street. Pass through the wooden kissing gate to enter the field and follow the footpath which crosses the field at about 10 o’clock. Pass to the left of a large oak tree to enter the next section of field, and continue through this next field and through a wooden kissing gate to reach a footbridge over the M25.

M25 Footbridge to Potters Bar Station
M25 Footbridge to Potters Bar Station

Start point: 51.6853 lat, -0.1958 long
End point: 51.6966 lat, -0.1926 long

At the far side of the footbridge you will emerge out into an open crop field. Cross this field between 10 and 11 o’clock on the obvious path. The path will lead you to the end of a hedgerow which juts into the field. When you reach this, turn left following the field edge path with the hedgerow on the right.

At the edge of the field, keep ahead through the gap in the hedge to reach a T-junction with the main road, Baker Street. Turn right along the grass verge, taking extreme care as this is a very busy section of road. When you reach the gates for the school, cross over to join the pavement running on the left-hand side of the road.

Continue along Baker Street, one of the main residential roads within Potters Bar, for some distance. Along the way you’ll pass St John’s Methodist Church on the left. When you reach the crossroads, with traffic lights, use the pedestrian crossing to continue straight ahead along Darkes Lane, now a parade of shops. Just a few paces before the road passes under the blue rail bridge, turn left into the car park for Potters Bar rail station.

Potters Bar Station to Golf Course
Potters Bar Station to Golf Course

Start point: 51.6966 lat, -0.1926 long
End point: 51.7074 lat, -0.2011 long

Walk along the length of the rail car park, away from the main road, with the rail station and tracks across to the right. (Note: if you are starting the walk from the rail station, use the underpass to come under the railway and out of the station to the car park, turn right along the edge of the car park and then follow the directions from this point).

About two thirds of the way along the car park, join the fenced footpath on the right running between the rail lines on the right and the car park on the left. Follow this fenced tarmac rail-side path for some distance. The path leads you past sections of housing and then a large industrial estate to the left.

The path emerges to become a pavement alongside a road within the industrial estate. At the top of this slope you’ll see a signpost marking a junction of footpaths. Turn right here onto the footpath which passes under the railway via the arched tunnel, part of the Hertfordshire Way long distance path. At the far side you’ll see a metal kissing gate ahead, with the golf course beyond.

Golf Course to Mountway
Golf Course to Mountway

Start point: 51.7074 lat, -0.2011 long
End point: 51.7051 lat, -0.1893 long

Note: The next section of the route crosses a golf course. For your own safety and out of courtesy for the golfers please keep a careful eye out for any stray golf balls and be sure to let the golfers play their shots before you cross the fairways.

Go through the metal kissing gate into the course and turn immediately right, following the hedgerow on the right. After a little distance the path swings left passing under a pipe suspended overhead. If you look to the right you’ll see a World War II pill box, part of the lines of defence built in case of a German invasion.

Keep ahead on the footpath (keeping a careful eye out for golfers playing their shots) following the line of the stream running to the right. You will come to a junction of streams, turn left here following the path with a smaller stream now running to the right. You will pass another pill box on the left and, soon after, follow the signed path which swings right across the stream and then dog-legs left and right into a belt of trees.

At the top of the slope cross over the track and keep straight ahead on the footpath which soon runs with fenced properties to the right. Ignore the footpath through the kissing gate to the left, just keep ahead on the main path which eventually swings right to reach the junction of the residential roads, Mountway and Manor Way.

Mountway to Potters Bar High Street
Mountway to Potters Bar High Street

Start point: 51.7051 lat, -0.1893 long
End point: 51.699 lat, -0.1746 long

Turn left along Mountway, still signed as part of the Hertfordshire Way. The Hertfordshire Way is a 194 mile long circular route around the county, formally opened in 1998. The inaugural walk, a five mile stretch, was completed by 28 brave souls in the pouring rain – ironic for the opening of long distance path in one of the driest counties in the country!

At the T-junction with Church Road, turn left. After a little distance, just after passing Mount Grace School on the right, cross over to turn right along Quakers Lane. Follow this lane all the way to its end where you’ll reach a T-junction with the main road, the A1000.

Do NOT take the footpath opposite, instead turn right along the pavement alongside the main road. You will reach a road junction with traffic lights, keep right here onto Potters Bar High Street.

Potters Bar High Street to End
Potters Bar High Street to End

Start point: 51.699 lat, -0.1746 long
End point: 51.6817 lat, -0.1869 long

A little way along you will pass between the two community parks within Potters Bar, Parkfield on the right and Oakmere on the left. If you wish to extend your walk a little, it is worth exploring the parks. Once the private grounds of Oakmere House, Oakmere Park has the classic 19th century layout of a designed park with lakes and specimen trees, whilst the adjacent Parkfield has more natural open spaces with wildflower and hay meadows plus a Japanese Garden.

Continue along the High Street, passing the wide range of shops, businesses and cafes. This is the older part of Potters Bar, the centre of the village before the railway was built in 1850. At the major crossroads, with Mutton Lane, use the pedestrian crossing to continue straight ahead on Barnet Road.

A little further along on the left you’ll pass Potters Bar Baptist Church, the late 19th century yellow brick ornate church with its adjacent 1960s extension. Soon after, the road continues with open rolling fields to the right and the M25 visible beyond. The road leads you under the M25 and a little distance further you’ll come to the Duke of York on the right for some well earned hospitality.

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1 responses to "The Duke of York and Potters Bar"

A bit of a dull walk through the town but we enjoyed it in the bright sunlight and the pub lunch was great.

By concerned on 2016-03-17 16:50:45

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