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Parish to publish North Mymms Way brochure

Local long distance path could be divided in three


Photograph of The start of the final path heading north to Brookmans Park Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The start of the final path heading north to Brookmans Park
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

The parish council is considering dividing the North Mymms Way into three sections to “make it more manageable”.  The 12 mile (19.3 km) circular route around the parish of North Mymms takes half a day to complete.

The route was inspired by the beating the bounds ceremony when councillors and residents would walk the boundary of the parish to mark the borders with neighbouring parishes. The practice was last carried out in the 1990s.

photograph of Beating The Bounds in August 1950Richard Papworth, Kenneth Geeky with pole, Dorothy Speary, Ruth Pinder, Delia Denchfield, Pauline Franklin, June Chuck, Reg Pettifer, Jack ShadboltImage by D Denchfield digitally enhanced by Mike Allen
Beating the bounds in August 1950
Richard Papworth, Kenneth Geeky with pole, Dorothy Speary, Ruth Pinder
Delia Denchfield, Pauline Franklin, June Chuck, Reg Pettifer, Jack Shadbolt
Image from D Denchfield, part of the Images of North Mymms collection

That route was a total of 17.5 miles (28 km) and involved walking on some private land. The North Mymms Way follows the current parish boundary as closely as possible avoiding main roads and using public rights of way, permissive paths, and quiet lanes.

Creating The North Mymms Way


The walk was first mapped out, written and published online in 2011. It was one of a collection of local walks on the former walks section of the Brookmans Park newsletter. All those walks have since been moved to our Hertfordshire Walker site.

The path along Foxes Lane near Welham Green  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The path along Foxes Lane near Welham Green
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

In late 2017 the author of the walk suggested that North Mymms Parish Council (NMPC) adopted The North Mymms Way as an official way-marked path.

The author was invited to give a presentation to councillors setting out the route and the features of The North Mymms Way.

At that meeting the text and images were shared with the parish council along with permission to use and adapt the material under the terms of Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 which are:
  • BY = Attribution — Appropriate credit must be given to the original creator of the work. 
  • NC = NonCommercial — The material must not be use for commercial purposes.
  • SA = ShareAlike — Any derivative of the original work must be published under the same licence as the original.
Shortly after, NMPC decided to recognise the route and make it an official NMPC long-distance footpath.

NMPC suggested a short extension to the walk to take in Little Heath using permissive paths. The walk was updated in early 2018 to reflect those changes.

In February 2019 The North Mymms Way was extended a little further by including a permissive path which avoids a busy road.

The March 2019 council meeting was given an update on the project and told that two NMPC councillors had met the printers and had received “a favourable quotation for design and print which is within the grant money we have”.

It was also suggested at the March council meeting that it would be better for the walk to be divided into three sections to make it more manageable. Councillors hope to include details of two locations where car parking and refreshments might be obtained.

The original walk already has markers for free parking and refreshments which you can see on the map below. The orange markers show free car parking spots and the yellow markers are areas where walkers can find refreshments. The numbered points along the route are explained on the North Mymms Way page on Hertfordshire Walker.

Map for Walk 22: The North Mymms Way Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors
Map for Walk 22: The North Mymms Way
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors
Hertfordshire Walker, the North Mymms History Project, and this site North Mymms News, are the three sites that replaced the former Brookmans Park Newsletter.




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