GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Brocket Hall Walks

3 miles (5 km)

This circular walk takes you along the public footpaths surrounding Brocket Hall in Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire. You'll pass around the beautiful estate, passing Lemsford and Cromer Hyde with woodland and country trails to enjoy.
You can also visit the estate for afternoon tea though you must reserve in advance. See the link for more information. In the park there's nice walks along the Broadwater Lake and the River Lea with a fine 18th century Palladian bridge to cross on the way. The estate is also good for wildlife with Buzzards and Red Kites to look out for.
Part of this route uses a section of the Lea Valley Walk. You could extend your walk by following the waymarked trail west towards Wheathampstead. Head south east and you will soon come to the Lemsford Springs Nature Reserve.

Postcode

AL8 7XG - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Brocket Hall OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

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Pubs/Cafes

There's a lovely dining area at the hall where you enjoy a delicious afternoon tea.

Dog Walking

The woodland and country trails surrounding the estate are a pleasant place for a dog walk.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Pick up the Welwyn Garden City Walk and you could visit more of the area's highlights including Sherrardspark Wood, the Ayot Greenway and the 126 acre Stanborough Park.
Just to the north west of the town you will find the noteworthy village of Ayot St Lawrence. The village is notable for its connections with the playwright George Bernard Shaw and is the site of Shaw's Corner, his old residence. There's also a ruined 12th century church and a lovely pub which dates from the 14th century to see here.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Hertfordshire Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

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Brocket Hall. Built in 1760, replacing an earlier buildings of 1239 and 1430.

The Broadwater and Brocket Hall

A swan takes off from The Broadwater, an artificial lake on the River Lea, with Brocket Hall behind. Brocket Hall was built by James Paine in 1760, although there had been two previous buildings on the site, the first dating from 1239. It was the home of two Prime Ministers, Lord Melbourne and Lord Palmerston, who died at Brocket in 1865 while in office. It was later the home of the Baronets Brocket, the third Baronet converting it into a hotel, which is its current use. It is grade I listed.

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Palladian bridge at Brocket Hall. The Paine Bridge, viewed above the weir across the River Lea which forms The Broadwater. The bridge dates from 1772-4 and was built by James Paine, who also built Brocket Hall, visible through the main arch.

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Viewed from the footpath that winds its way through the estate grounds.

Clockhouse Building at Brocket Hall, Hatfield, Hertfordshire-geograph-5195369-by-Christine-Matthews

Clockhouse Building

Grounds of Brocket Hall, Hatfield, Hertfordshire-geograph-5195398-by-Christine-Matthews

Hall Grounds. This stately home is used for functions. There is also a golf course in the grounds.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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