Walks around Henlow
There are plenty of opportunities to get off the beaten track and enjoy the fresh air and countryside right on your doorstep here in Henlow. A selection of local Walks are featured here.
WALK 1 (Henlow Lakes and Arlesey Moat)
With the Church on your left, walk between gatehouses, past Boyd Memorial Scout Field. After iron gates keep left through gap by field gate. Follow the track straight on to pass Henlow Grange, Georgian House circa 1600 and now site of Champneys Henlow. After two field gates, turn left in to Henlow Bridge Lakes and Riverside (1) Note interpretative board shortly after entering. Follow signed route around lakes and then along bank of the river Hiz. Leave the area by a gate in the end fence (2). Pass under flyover and turn left. Cross a Stone Bridge over river Hiz. Enter Glebe Meadow by gate in fence on the right. Note interpretative board giving the history of the bridge. Follow path beside the river to reach a gate (3). Enter the meadow. Follow worn path diagonally ahead over a bridge and through another gate to finally enter Old Moat Nature Reserve (4) Note interpretative board. Keep to path ahead, bear right at the end just before reaching bridge, and pass by an Old Moat to reach a riverside path. Follow this back to entrance gate (4). With railway on your right, follow path ahead to reach gate in the boundary fence. Retrace your steps and re-enter the Henlow Bridge Lakes area. Immediately turn left onto path between fence and hedge. On reaching the last of 5 gates (5) cross over track and onto a path between fences, passing commercial premises (HBS) on your right. Shortly go through a field gate. Follow the fence on your left, pass a waymark post (WP) and continue to another. Note waymark posts are on your left and may be partly obscured by undergrowth. Here turn obliquely right and continue diagonally across field towards housing. Continue ahead into housing, past small green with houses on right and turn right on to a waymarked route (6). Follow surfaced path between fences to a road junction. Cross to grass verge bordering the recreation ground (Henlow Park). Turn left and follow path around into Park Lane. Pass Raynsford School on right, continue to road junction. St Mary’s Church is on your right.
WALK 2 (Baulk Wood)
From St Mary’s Church return to the High Street and turn right. With pit recreation ground on right walk ahead, continue to reach a footpath just beyond the last house on the right (1). Follow footpath to right around field edge. Turn right at the farmyard (2) and follow waymarked path to main road Note river Ivel and Garden Centre nurseries to right. Cross road and turn left, passing track entrance on corner and Baulk House on your right. Shortly afterwards, enter Baulk Wood via kissing gate next to five bar gate on the right. Cross over ride and go through gap ahead. Follow hard-core path around to left, through wood. Continue straight on past benches and picnic tables and finally leave wood via gap at end of path (3). With interpretative board on your right cross open area to pick up the left hand mown pathway running past conifer trees behind Langford Football Club. Follow mown path ahead and around to the right, continue with Henlow Brook on your left to reach a gate in hedge ahead (4). Go through gate and up steps to reach a track. Turn left, pass entrance to Water Treatment works and continue ahead past single bar gate and up slope to reach cross track. Turn right then shortly left onto a permissive route. On reaching a cross track turn left, continue to car park (5). Follow surfaced track ahead, passing barn conversions on your left and Hawarden Cottage on right to reach crossroads in Clifton (6). All Saints Church is in sight ahead, which is well worth a visit? If not visiting the church turn left and continue on pavement past housing, leaving Clifton and passing farmland on left and right. Cross bridge over Henlow Brook. Take the next right into Harrier Mill. Follow pavement up with houses on left, follow round to the left, finally leaving to join footpath on the right heading diagonally across allotments. Continue ahead to reach High Street. Cross over, turn right then left for return to St Mary’s Church.
WALK 3 (Henlow Heights)
Walk away from shops area towards the RAF Station, passing the Main Guardroom on your right. Continue to reach Oldfield Farm Road (1), see Hawker Hunter aircraft on the left. Follow the farm road to T-junction. Turn right and continue to reach a line of poplars. Take waymarked path to left of the trees. At Waymark Post (WP) by fence (2) turn left to follow path around Oldfield Farm. At end of buildings, just past small maple tree, turn right to WP by low wall. Turn left and walk diagonally right towards WP by row of trees (3). Follow path to left of trees. At WP ahead turn right, then by entrance to farmyard turn left. Continue on track to bridge over brook on Beds/Herts boundary. Do NOT cross bridge, turn left and follow winding path for about 1km. Pass WP in hedge on right to reach gate in fence ahead (4). Cross the meadow aiming for footbridge over river Hiz. Cross the bridge and turn left. This riverside path passes through a gate, on past houses before reaching a metal gate to your left. This is the entry to a riverside “easy access” area. Reaching a second gate to meadowland, follow riverside path to reach a bridge on your left, over a weir (5) – once site of Henlow Mill. Cross over and follow path to reach a gate in the hedge. Continue ahead passing two WPs on your left. On reaching the top of this stretch, stop to take in the view! Continue forward to reach two footbridges over ditches (6). Cross over onto a cross-field path. Continue to reach a WP on right. Turn left onto tarmac road, passing wartime pillbox on right. Turn right into Oldfield Farm Road for return to your starting point.
WALK 4 (Discovering Henlow)
From St Mary’s, return to High Street, passing a row of old cottages, also the village well, now capped, new in 1897 – note inscriptions on the trough. Turn left, entering the High Street (1). It is the heart of the village and has an interesting mix of old and new buildings, many bear distinctive masons marks. Across the road The Five Bells Pub & Restaurant. Next door the old Village School for boys, 1841, with adjoining Girl’s school added 1857. Well down on your left, opposite war memorial, the Engineers Arms 1830. Next door the Parish Hall. Across the road, on the wall of a converted barn, a commemorative plaque recording the first Methodist Meeting Room. Continue, on the left, to pass Mulberry House with its chained fencing, once home to the owner of Henlow Brewery. Cross over Park Lane. To the right, the Methodist Church. Finally on the left The Crown Pub & Restaurant circa 1776. In the field opposite stood the Tollhouse (2). Turn left into Arlesey Road and left again into Dove House Drive. Walk on, keeping to left-hand pavement, at the top bear left into The Dairy. Walk clockwise around the grassed area, cross the road and enter a path between houses to reach T-junction (3). Turn right onto a surfaced path and continue to reach waymark post (WP) (4), turn left and follow path with houses on left. Cross road and continue ahead in to field. Enter field and take right hand path, continue diagonally across field to reach WP by the tree line ahead. With trees on your right continue to pass a WP and on through a gate. Pass a commercial site (HBS) on left and pass through swing gate to reach a junction, turn left (5). Follow the broad open track with line of trees on left through two gates to Henlow Grange. Take next turn left (6). Pass Henlow Middle School playing field and then Henlow Park recreation ground on your right, note topiary in garden of house opposite, once a lodge to the Grange. Turn right into Park Lane, shortly pass Raynsford Junior School, named after a notable past owner of Henlow Grange. Reach Park Lane Crescent, a small estate of original and upgraded “Pre-Fabs”. On the left Henlow’s first Boy’s School 1826, with its encouraging inscription over the entrance? Continue to reach Church Road, St Mary’s Church is on your right.