• Video of Canfield Walks: Hope End - Hatfield Forest Circular

Time  3 hours 37 minutes

Coordinates 1004

Uploaded July 14, 2014

Recorded July 2014

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360 ft
240 ft
9.58 mi

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near Takeley, England (United Kingdom)

Note: the image can be enlarged to full page size by clicking on the symbol in the top right hand corner, and the scale expanded or shrunk by use of the sliding scale on the left (or of a mouse wheel). Of the maps in the dropdown menu "More maps", the OpenStreetMap and OpenCycleMap are particularly useful, with good depictions of the route and features along the way.

This walk is quite long at just over 9.5 miles, and goes from Hope End to Hatfield Forest and back again. It uses the Flitch Way, public roads, and public footpaths including the Harcamlow Way and the Three Forests Way.

This is a long walk, it crosses open country, and surfaces can be uneven and rutted. Clothing should be appropriate to these conditions, and, as always, to the weather. Walking boots with good ankle support are strongly recommended. The video shows views along this walk. Please note that one of the public footpaths is blazed through the middle of a cornfield. It will become very difficult to cross, at least temporarily, after the harvest when the stubble is ploughed up. Walking conditions do vary over time and features may have become unsafe (e.g. a broken stile) and these should be avoided. In such cases it is worth taking a look around to see if a detour has been provided that can be used in safety.

The route can be shortened with car pickups or dropoffs along the route, for example at one of the entrances to Hatfield Forest.

Once in Hatfield Forest, the walker can of course pick their own route if they wish. The maps show five footpaths within the Forest leading back to the Flitch Way, and one of these could also be used to shorten the walk. Note that the walk shown here makes its exit from the Forest into the Flitch Way at its northwest corner.

Tech. note: the GPS record goes a bit off track from time to time along the Flitch Way, probably because the thick tree cover overhead has weakened the signal.

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  • patrickmcguire May 5, 2019

    I have followed this trail  verified  View more

    A lovely, long walk through the Hatfield Forest. A bit challenging in duration but very worth it. There’s a great cafe 3/4 of the way in for snacks. Definitely recommended.

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