Routes 7, 8 and 9Town Circuit (in orange) - 10.3K - Head west on Market Street and follow it as it turns into Park Hill and then the cycle path called Netteswell Road. Stay on Netteswell Road until it goes down a steep hill at the bottom of which is the Greyhound Pub. Cross School Lane and Netteswell Road turns into Park Lane. Climb Park Lane and towards the top, keep to the right. Park Lane will continue on to the left, but you'll go right along a driveway that takes you behind Paradise Lodge and then some red brick townhouses. Keep right and join another cycle path which will take you through an underpass and over the Sainsburys parking lot. Stay on this cycle path as it crosses Hodings Road and Hamstel Road further along. The Princess Alexandra Hospital is now on your right. The cycle path will now bear left as you follow it along, until it comes out onto Fourth Avenue. Cross Fourth Avenue carefully as it is a busy thoroughfare. Once acorss, turn left onto the sidewalk and head towards the High (Town Centre). Stay on the sidewalk as it turns right before the next main road (Haydens Road). Follow this sidewalk (now a cycle path) south along side Haydens Road. Stay on the cycle path straight down through the Third Avenue underpass and then make a sharp left. Follow the cycle path, keeping the main roads on your right flank. A number of paths lead off to the right. Don't take them. Keep the main road on your immediate left. The cycle path will eventually pass an apartment tower on your right and then continue on between a large open green space on your right and the main road. Follow the cycle path in the direction of Temple Fields (it is signposted) as it goes under Second Avenue. Follow it up past the Clock Tower, straight on past Mark Hall Wood on your right, over Momples and then Mardyke Roads, under First Avenue, and over Mowbray Road, until it joins the cycle path on Netteswell Road. Turn right here and stay on the Netteswell Road cycle path as it turns into Park Hill and finally Market Street and back to campus. This more detailed map of the route shows the path in green.
Parndon Mill Lock (in pink) - 11.2K - Turn left onto Market Street and then left (north) onto Station Road. Run north up Station Road, across the railway bridge at Harlow Mill Station, and then carefully cross over to the west side of the A1184. Continue northwards past the Harlow Mill Restaurant, over the river and then turn left onto the towpath which runs along the north side of the river, past Harlow Mill lock and the lock keeper's cottage. Follow the towpath until it ends at a footbridge over the river. You'll have to turn left over the river at this point, and then right towards Harlow Town station. The towpath will lead you past the marina, the Moor Hen restaurant (which is on the other side of the river) and then past the lock keeper's cottage at Burnt Mill Lock. Go up the steps past the cottage, through the gate (which you may have to open), across the road, and down the slope on the other side. You will now be on the north side of the river again. Continue along the towpath, under the A414, across a couple of sluice gates, until you come to Parndon Mill Lock. This is the next lock west of Burnt Mill. Turn around here and begin retracing your steps to the footbridge which brought you to the south side of the river on the outbound route. Do not cross the bridge this time. Continue straight along the path (known as River Way) until it ends at the A1184. Note: At one point you're going to have to make a sharp left turn over a sluice gate, and then sharp right turn over another sluice gate to stay on River Way. Otherwise you'll end up on one of the roads of the Temple Fields Industrial Estate. Once you've reached the A1184, turn right and retrace your steps back to the campus. Except for the hill from campus to the Stort, this is the flattest and most sheltered of all these routes. Click here for a better, more detailed map of this route, shown in yellow.
Gilston Park (in green) - 12.4K - Turn left onto Market Street and then left (north) onto Station Road. Run north up Station Road, across the railway bridge at Harlow Mill Station, and then carefully cross over to the west side of the A1184. Continue northwards past the Harlow Mill Restaurant, over the river and then turn left onto the towpath which runs along the north side of the river, past Harlow Mill lock and the lock keeper's cottage. Follow the towpath to the second footpath on the right. This isn't signposted, but will be quite obvious. At the time of writing the path had been widened so that it was actually a rough road. Follow the footpath across a field and up a set of wooden steps up to Redrick's Lane. You'll be climbing a noticeable hill as you cross the field! Turn left into Redrick's Road and follow it to the end where it joins the High Wych Road. This is a busy road, especially during the rush hour, and it has no sidewalk or verge. Turn left, and run along the High Wych Road to Pye Corner which isn't signposted, but which you'll be able to identify because of the pub on the corner. Turn right (north) onto this road and follow it to the golf driving range. Turn left into the gate of the driving range, and run up the left side of the driving range to the top where you'll see a footpath through the crops (probably wheat) in the field. Follow this public footpath as it climbs up through the field and curves to the right. As you get to the top of the footpath you'll see the impressive 19th century pile of Gilston Park. The footpath joins a farm road: turn right and follow this road to the front gate of Gilston Park, passing between the buildings. It will look like you're running down somebody's driveway, but don't worry: it is a public footpath. Once you've gone out the front gate, turn right into the first road which, despite being labelled as a private road, is another public footpath. Follow this to the end. Now turn left onto the road and up the hill for a short distance before turning right into Channock's Road which is identified by a green Hertfordshire sign indicating that it is a road used as a public byway. Follow this road as it winds its way through the buildings of Channock's Farm, over the crest of a hill, down a steep, rocky patch with a ford at the bottom, and then back up again to meet the High Wych Road. Turn right into this road for a very short distance, and then left into Redrick's Lane, and retrace your steps back to the campus. This is the most hilly of all of these routes.