Pete's Walks - Gaddesden Row and Piccotts End (page 1 of 6)

If you are considering walking this route yourself, please see my disclaimer. You may also like to see these notes about the maps.

Google map of the walk

I did this circular walk of about 12.5 miles on Tuesday, 1st January, 2019. It was a repeat of a walk I did in April 2017, but this time I did it in the opposite (anti-clockwise) direction.

I parked on the eastern edge of Jockey End (the main part of Gaddesden Row), by the entrance to a small playground (grid reference TL 042137) where there are footpath signs either side of the road.I started walking about 9:10am, heading down the road away from Jockey End, then turned right along a path that ran alongside the Gaddesden Row allotments. When this path entered a field, I turned left and soon reached a field corner where I went straight on, the path now continuing between wooden paddock fences for several hundred yards until it reached Ledgemore Lane. A yard or two to the right, the path continued on the other side of the lane, following a headland between fields. Soon I could see a white water tower over to my left. The path continued along the right edge of a paddock, then turned half-left to cross another paddock to a gate. It then continued a few yards beside trees and then a pond on my left, to reach the drive of a property named The Lane House (according to the OS Map), to my right.

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The path through the Gaddesden Row allotments

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The path through the paddocks after I turned left

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The path through the paddocks

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The path continuing after I crossed Ledgemore Lane

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Water tower, Gaddesden Row

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The path continuing towards The Lane House

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The path continuing towards The Lane House

I went a few yards left along the drive to a gate, where a path went right, following a hedgerow. In the next field corner, the path went a few yards between bushes, then continued half-right across the grounds of a large house called Golden Parsonage. Through a gate in a wire fence it continued in the same direction to meet a drive as it passed through a crossing hedgerow. I continued along the drive (so I turned half-right), following it for several hundred yards beside a large field on my left - it had been a very grey morning so far, but I now had a little sunshine. When the path turned left and immediately right, the footpath just went straight on into Marsh Wood (so the drive was just a short way to my left). As I carried on through the wood, I glimpsed the buildings of Home Farm, also a little to my left.

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The path continuing after crossing the drive of The Lane House

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The path after turning right near Golden Parsonage

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The path following the drive to Home Farm

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The path following the drive to Home Farm

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The path following the drive to Home Farm - the path goes straight on here where the drive goes slightly left

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The path continuing through Marsh Wood

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The path continuing through Marsh Wood