GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Ayot St Lawrence Walk

2 miles (2.5 km)

This short circular walk visits the Hertfordshire village of Ayot St Lawrence, notable for its connections with the playwright George Bernard Shaw. It's a pretty area with a visit to Shaw's house and the interesting, ruined old church to enjoy. The village is located in a nice position between the large towns of Welwyn Garden City and Harpenden.
The walk starts from Shaw's Corner, the playwright's primary residence from 1906 to 1950. The house is now aNational Trustproperty open to the public as awriter's house museum. Inside the house, the rooms remain much as Shaw left them, and the garden and Shaw's writing hut can also be visited.
From the house you can then follow public footpaths around the village and visit the noteworthy Old St Lawrence Church. The now ruined church isGrade II listedand dates back to the 12th century.
The paths will lead you north into the countryside, passing Ayot Park and Ayot House before returning to the village. There's nice views of the surrounding farmland around here.
The Hertfordshire Way long distance trail passes through the village and provides a good opportunity for extending your walk. You could follow it north east and visit Codicote, while enjoying views of the River Mimram on the way. Follow it south and you can visit the village of Wheathampstead where there are nice riverside trails along the River Lea.

Ayot St Lawrence OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Ayot St Lawrence Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Head to the the delightful Brocket Arms for some refreshments after your walk. This noteworthy country inn was built in the 14th century and retains all of its traditional features.It's full of character with low ceilings, oak beams and inglenook fireplaces. It also has an interesting history having originally been the monastic quarters for the Norman church until the Reformation. There's a nice large garden outside to relax in on on warmer days. You can find the pub in the village at postcode AL6 9BT.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Codicote Walk will take you to the nearby Hoo Park where there's some pretty bluebell woods and a rather fine old bridge over the River Mimram. The village is also very attractive with several timber framed buildings and a historic 16th century pub to admire.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


The Gate at Shaw's Corner, Ayot St. Lawrence. - - 488706

The Gate at Shaw's Corner, Ayot St. Lawrence.

Old Cottages, Ayot St Lawrence - - 1257233

Old Cottages, Ayot St Lawrence. These are opposite the old ruined church

Shaw's Corner, Ayot St. Lawrence, Herts - - 1743844

Shaw's Corner. View of the house and gardens

Old Church, Ayot St Lawrence - - 372816

Old Church

St Lawrence, Ayot St Lawrence, Herts new church - - 376391

The villages' new church

GOC Kimpton 126 Sheep (5727244082)

Countryside near the village

Brocket Arms sign, Ayot St Lawrence

Brocket Arms sign, Ayot St Lawrence

Old Church, Ayot St Lawrence - - 22843

A different view of the old church. This Church was partially demolished in 1775 because it was obstructing the view from the local manor house.

GPS Files

GPX File

Ayot St Lawrence.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Ayot St Lawrence.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)