STOOP is a town and country walk circling Stevenage. Using established rights of way where it can, STOOP has been devised by the North Herts Ramblers Group to provide an informal, active recreational leisure amenity readily available to the residents of Stevenage and the surrounding villages.
The 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 and the STOOP walker will encounter new footbridges, kissing gates and waymark posts along its length.
The STOOP ring can be split up in 10 walks since each walk has:
- a link path out from the Stevenage Town centre to the ring
- a part of the STOOP ring
- a link path back to the Stevenage Town centre
Some link paths can be walked or you can catch the bus out to the ring
How can I access the STOOP orbital path?
STOOP can be reached easily from Stevenage via any one of eight Link Paths which lead out from the edge of town and also by bus or on foot from the town centre. Local ramblers have waymarked STOOP all the way, using a specially designed distinctive green waymark and all the Link Paths are clearly waymarked as well, so walkers can just follow the roundels.
Some of the villages en route can also be accessed directly by bus from Stevenage. By using a mixture of buses and Link Paths, it is possible to walk the entire route in reasonably short sections, the idea is for the walker to mix and match and create a walk of an appropriate duration for his or her stamina.