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Wadesmill and Sacombe Park

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Wadesmill and Sacombe Park
Author: Claire, Published: 31 Jul 2018 Walk Rating:star1  Wadesmill and Sacombe Park - Hertfordshire Walking Guidestar1  Wadesmill and Sacombe Park - Hertfordshire Walking Guidestar1  Wadesmill and Sacombe Park - Hertfordshire Walking Guidestar1  Wadesmill and Sacombe Park - Hertfordshire Walking Guidestar1  Wadesmill and Sacombe Park - Hertfordshire Walking Guide
Hertfordshire, Ware
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Wadesmill and Sacombe Park
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot  Wadesmill and Sacombe Park - Hertfordshire Walking Guide boot  Wadesmill and Sacombe Park - Hertfordshire Walking Guide
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A 6 mile circular walk from the small village of Wadesmill in Hertfordshire. This delightful walking route leads you through rolling arable farmland, small woodlands and landscaped parkland, visiting a former farm of the Knights Templar, a former country mansion and a former Roman road along the way. For the return leg, you will be following the course of The Bourne, a seasonal waterway that runs visibly in the winter months, but that disappears underground in the summer. There is plenty of wildlife to enjoy along the way, keep your eyes peeled for woodland and farm birds, birds of prey and butterflies in abundance.

The walk follows a mixture of unmade paths through arable fields, meadows and woodlands, plus a couple of stretches on tarmac, along a parkland access drive and a quiet access lane. Some stretches can become muddy after rain and in winter, and a couple of short stretches are narrow and can be a little overgrown (so shorts are not recommended). You will need to negotiate a couple of kissing gates, some steps and a few footbridges, but there are no stiles on route. The farmland is all arable, so you will not be sharing any of the paths with livestock. You will see plenty of gamebirds and also some free-roaming guinea fowl in a couple of meadows, so take care with dogs. Allow 3 hours.

Wadesmill is located just off the A10, about 2 miles north of Ware. The walk starts and finishes from the bus stops directly outside The Feathers Inn on the main village road. There is a parking lay-by alongside this bus stop, with space for around 6 cars. If this is full, there is roadside parking along the length of the side road opposite, Youngsbury Lane. Approximate post code SG12 0TN.

Walk Sections

Start to Lord's Wood
Start to Lord's Wood

Start point: 51.8401 lat, -0.0281 long
End point: 51.843 lat, -0.0475 long

The walk begins from the bus stop directly opposite The Feathers Inn. Standing at this bus stop facing the road, turn right along the pavement to reach the mini-roundabout by The Anchor. At this roundabout, turn right and follow the pavement as it leads you past The Anchor’s car park on your left. Cross over the first small side road and, just 35 metres later, turn right onto the signed public bridleway, which leads you up the driveway for the property called Bridleside.

Keep ahead, passing the house and garage on your right, and then continue on a grass track between fences to reach the corner of a crop field. Go straight ahead along the field edge, with a hedgerow on your right. In the corner, pass through the hedge gap ahead, where you will see a waymarker post. Turn left here, leaving the bridleway to join a field-edge footpath with the field margin running on your left. We are now following a stretch of the Hertfordshire Way.

About halfway along the field you will come to a waymarker post. Turn right here, to join a cross-field footpath with a set of small powerlines running immediately on your right. In the field corner, keep straight ahead to pass through a hedge gap and continue on a farm track with a hedgerow on your right and crop field on your left (still following the direction of the small powerlines). At the end of this field, you will reach the corner of a rough meadow.

NOTE: You will see a notice here asking for dogs to be on leads, please follow this advice as you are likely to come across free-roaming guinea fowl in the next couple of fields. Stay with the grass track which heads diagonally left, passing the buildings of Chelsing Farm across to your right. With the farm buildings on your right, maintain your direction to cross over the farm driveway and cross a second large meadow (going under powerlines and passing immediately to the left of a large oak tree). At the far side, you will see a fenced woodland ahead, Lord’s Wood.

Lord's Wood to Bengeo Temple Farm
Lord's Wood to Bengeo Temple Farm

Start point: 51.843 lat, -0.0475 long
End point: 51.843 lat, -0.0574 long

Turn left to pass through a hedge gap and continue on the path with Lord’s Wood on your right and a crop field on your left. Stay with this footpath as it bears right around the end of Lord’s Wood and then continues now with a hedgerow on your right. At the far end of the field, keep ahead on the narrow path (this short stretch can be a little overgrown), passing through a hedgerow and going downhill via some steps into Bourne Wood.

At the bottom, you will emerge to a junction with a vehicle track. Turn right for a few paces to reach a Y-junction and take the left-hand option. The track leads you steadily uphill with woodland on your right and a crop field on your left. Towards the top of the slope, look out for a waymarker post on your right (be careful not to miss this). Turn right here, crossing a footbridge and passing alongside a kissing gate to reach the corner of a meadow.

Walk ahead along the edge of the meadow with a tall hedgerow running on your left. The field-edge path leads you across another bridge and directly past a beautiful old brick barn on your left. This is part of Bengeo Temple Farm and in medieval times this farm belonged to the Knights Templar. There have been persistent rumours of great treasures being buried on the site, but none has been found. As you draw level with the end of the barn, turn left through a kissing gate and continue with the gable end of the barn now on your left. You will reach the stone access tracks for the farm. Glance to your left and you will see the tall bulrushes that occupy the moat which would have surrounded the farm.

Bengeo Temple Farm to Sacombe Great Barn
Bengeo Temple Farm to Sacombe Great Barn

Start point: 51.843 lat, -0.0574 long
End point: 51.8523 lat, -0.0617 long

Turn sharp right to join the first of the stone tracks. Follow this track as it leads you ahead, initially with a hedgerow on your right and soon with hedgerows each side. Further along, the track dwindles to become a path running along the right-hand edge of a crop field. Continue to the far end of the field, passing between the instrument houses of an underground reservoir to reach a kissing gate.

Pass through this gate then keep ahead for about 60 metres across the beautiful grass and oak parkland to reach the tarmac driveway. Turn right to follow this tarmac access drive. We are now walking within the grounds of Sacombe Park which covers 150 acres and you will notice many gigantic oaks. The mansion house, Sacombe House, was built in 1803 from beautiful yellow brick.

Follow the driveway until you reach a Y-junction, with a fingerpost ahead and the beautiful converted barn called The Great Barn on your left. (Glance along the right-hand branch of the driveway for a glimpse of the mansion house).

Sacombe Great Barn to Church Wood
Sacombe Great Barn to Church Wood

Start point: 51.8523 lat, -0.0617 long
End point: 51.8572 lat, -0.0523 long

Take the left-hand branch of the drive, signed to the Courtyard and Home Farm. The drive leads you past converted barns and stables on your left and then swings right. The drive later dwindles to a stone track and you will have another view of Sacombe House across to your right. Continue beyond the house to reach a junction of tracks.

Fork left at this junction and follow the stone track as it leads you past Pink Bungalow on your right (confusingly painted a cream colour!) and then Red House also on your right (this has red tile-hung sections, so the name is appropriate in this case). With Red House on your right, you will see a choice of two stone tracks. Take the left-hand one which leads you between fields and then through a tree belt known as Church Wood.

Church Wood to Lowgate Lane
Church Wood to Lowgate Lane

Start point: 51.8572 lat, -0.0523 long
End point: 51.8612 lat, -0.0473 long

As you emerge from the tree belt, continue ahead on the stone track, passing a few properties on your right which are part of the village of Sacombe Green. You will emerge to the village road. Turn right for a few paces to reach a road junction. Take the left-hand road, Rowney Lane, signed to Potters Green.

Follow this lane leading you downhill and swinging right. After about 500 metres, where the tarmac lane swings left, go straight ahead to join the stone track. This public byway is known as Lowgate Lane and follows the line of an old Roman road. You will notice it is perfectly straight.

Lowgate Lane to Marshall's Lane
Lowgate Lane to Marshall's Lane

Start point: 51.8612 lat, -0.0473 long
End point: 51.8503 lat, -0.0297 long

Follow the stone byway ahead, with Rowney Wood on your left. Beyond this woodland, keep ahead on the stone track passing the grounds of Rowney Priory on your left and the large brick complex of Lowgate Farm on your right. Continue straight ahead on the stone drive, with a tree belt on your left and a crop field on your right.

Just before you reach the road ahead, you will draw level with Lowgate Lodge on your left. Turn right at this point onto a bridleway, passing a fenced row of lime trees on your left (that once formed part of the carriage driveway for the priory). Keep straight ahead on the bridleway, an unmade track leading you downhill through the centre of the crop field, with far-reaching views ahead.

At the bottom of the slope, go straight ahead to continue on the bridleway, now with a woodland belt and a deep ditch running on your left. NOTE: The ditch has very steep sides and is up to 10 metres deep in places so take care with children and dogs. This ditch is home to a waterway called The Bourne. As with all bournes, the stream normally runs visibly in the winter and spring months when the water table is high, but usually disappears underground in summer and autumn. Simply keep ahead on the meandering bridleway for about a mile and you will emerge out to a lane, Marshall’s Lane.

Marshall's Lane to End
Marshall's Lane to End

Start point: 51.8503 lat, -0.0297 long
End point: 51.8404 lat, -0.028 long

Cross over the lane and go straight ahead onto a stone track, signed as a public footpath to Wadesmill. After a few paces, the official line of the footpath forks left through the scrub but, if this is too overgrown, you can simply stay with the stone track to enter the field and then turn left to join the left-hand field boundary.

Follow this left-hand boundary with The Bourne ditch still running immediately on your left. Just a few paces before the end of this first field, turn left through a hedge gap (with a hidden waymarker) and follow the path which leads you down some steps, across a footbridge over a stream tributary and up more steps to reach a second crop field.

Go straight ahead along the left-hand edge of this second field and, at the far side, bear left onto an enclosed path. The path leads you down some steps, across a bridge over The Bourne and emerges out to reach a driveway. Keep ahead along the tarmac driveway to reach the village road. Turn right along the pavement for just a short distance to reach the bus stop by The Feathers Inn where the walk began.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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