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|The Duke of York and Potters Bar|
|Author: Pub Walker, Published: 04 Feb 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|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.
|Start to M25 Footbridge|
Start point: 51.6816 lat, -0.187 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.
|M25 Footbridge to Potters Bar Station|
Start point: 51.6853 lat, -0.1958 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.
|Potters Bar Station to Golf Course|
Start point: 51.6966 lat, -0.1926 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).
|Golf Course to Mountway|
Start point: 51.7074 lat, -0.2011 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.
|Mountway to Potters Bar High Street|
Start point: 51.7051 lat, -0.1893 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!
|Potters Bar High Street to End|
Start point: 51.699 lat, -0.1746 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.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author pubwalker and may not be reproduced without permission.
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 17 Mar 2016|
In section 1, the White House Commercial Centre and the car park have gone. The path though is clearly signed. I'll add a photo.
|By burnsr70 on 27 Dec 2016|
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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Uploaded: 27 Dec 2016
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