GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Harcamlow Way

141 miles (227 km)

This long distance walk takes you to some of the most beautiful countryside, interesting historical sites and delightful country parks in the counties of Cambridgeshire, Essex and Hertfordshire.
The route is a figure-of-eight, starting in Harlow and first heading to Saffron Walden where you will pass the splendid Jacobean mansion and gardens at Audley End. You continue through the Bartlow Hills, Horseheath, the Fleam Dyke and Milton Country Park to Cambridge. You return passing along the Wimpole Way where you pass the splendid Wimpole Hall and park. This 17th century country house has 3,000 acres (12 km²) of parkland and farmland and is owned by the National Trust. You continue through Melbourn and Chrishall to Newport, and then on to Debden, Thaxted and Takeley. You then pass through Hatfield Forest with over 1000 acres of footpaths and resident deer before returning to Harlow at the end of the route.

Harcamlow Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Harcamlow Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

In Harlow The Moorhen is located in a great spot. The riverside pub has a nice garden area where you can sit out and enjoy views over the river. They also do good food at reasonable prices. You can find them on Burnt Mill Lane with a postcode of CM20 2QS for your sat navs.
The historic town of Saffron Walden is a good place for a pit stop and a stroll. Here you could visit the Old English Gentleman which dates from the 19th century and was named CAMRA Regional Pub of the Year 2012. The pub includes a charming interior with a cosy fire and wood burner. Outside there's a sun trap patio garden for warmer days. You can find them on Gold Street with a postcode of CB10 1EJ for your sat navs. While in the town you could also take a small detour to visit the splendid Bridge End Gardens. There are seven interlinked 19th-century gardens here including a particularly fine Dutch garden. You can find them on Castle Street with a postcode of CB10 1BE for your sat navs.
In the attractive town of Thaxted there's The Maypole. The stylish pub does a great Sunday roast and has a nice garden area to sit out in on warmer days. You can find them at 31 Mill End with postcode CM6 2LT for your sat navs. The town is also worth exploring with a number of historic half timbered houses, a 14th century Guildhall, 16th century almshouses and a picturesque windmill.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

At the start of the walk in Harlow the trail links with the Stort Valley Way. Here you can enjoy easy walking along the river/canal with a visit to the pretty Pishiobury Park near Sawbridgeworth. See the Harlow Walk for more details.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cambridgeshire Walks, Essex Walks and Hertfordshire Walks pages.

Photos

Harcamlow Way - geograph.org.uk - 846090

Part of the 140 mile figure of 8 walk starting and finishing in Harlow. This path leaves Thaxted by John Webb's windmill and heads south to Dutton Hill about 5 miles away

Footpath junction on the Harcamlow Way - geograph.org.uk - 404842

Northey Common: Harcamlow Way. This bridleway forms part of the figure of eight route of the 227 kilometre long Harcamlow Way that starts and finishes at Harlow, and is seen here where it leaves Brixton Lane.

Northey Common, Harcamlow Way - geograph.org.uk - 280653

Northey Common, Harcamlow Way

Trees along Harcamlow Way - geograph.org.uk - 1026420

Trees along Harcamlow Way

Harcamlow Way - geograph.org.uk - 557901

A metalled cycleway to the west of Cambridge. The tower of the University Library can be seen in the distance, as is often the case.

Harcamlow Way - geograph.org.uk - 1288752

Just to the left (behind the hedge) are the university residences on the West Cambridge site.

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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