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White arrow on green background with name and logoSTOOP (Stevenage Outer Orbital Path)


43 km / 27 miles
This path encircles Stevenage, and is connected to the town by eight Link Paths, all fully waymarked. Devised by North Herts Ramblers Group to provide an informal, active recreational leisure amenity readily available to the residents of Stevenage and the surrounding villages, the formal opening by the Mayor of Stevenage took place in September 2008.

Generally never more than 3 or 4 miles from the town centre, the undulating STOOP circuit passes through Graveley in the north, through Walkern, along the Beane Valley, via Hooks Cross to Datchworth, Woolmer Green, Knebworth Park, St Ippollitts, Little Wymondley and back to Graveley, for the most part using local footpaths and bridleways. The paths are well maintained and signed.

The path is specifically designed to be reached by public transport. From Stevenage town centre there are regular bus services (but more limited on Sunday) to Graveley (the northernmost point of the walk) and to Woolmer Green (the southernmost). Details are on Graveley and Woolmer Green are about 14 miles apart, on either the easterly or westerly route and both villages are well served with pubs.

The route description may be downloaded from the link below.


Waymark: White arrow on green background with name and logo
Path Type: Other Paths
Waymark: White arrow on green background with name and logo
Attributes: Average Gradients
Start and Finish: TL230279 - Graveley, Hertfordshire View on StreetMap
Web Sites: STOOP - Stevenage Outer Orbital Path Pete's Walks Blog - Stevenage Outer Orbital Path [blog] STOOP fly-through [YouTube video]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

External download STOOP - Stevenage Outer Orbital Path  (North Hertfordshire Ramblers  - 2009 ) Download


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
OS Landranger 166
OS Landranger Active 166
OS Explorer 182, 193
OS Explorer Active 182, 193

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Route Profile:

43.9 km (27.3 miles)
499 m (1,637 ft) ascent
158 m (518 ft)  maximum height

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