The Stevenage Outer Orbital Path, or STOOP as it is locally known, is a town and country walk circling Stevenage. Using established rights of way where it can, STOOP was 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.