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Walk 14: The Woodman Loop

Part of this route will be closed until summer 2020 - read more


Fields, farms and woodland paths

4.78 miles (6.95 km)


Image for walk 14, The Woodman Loop, created by The Hertfordshire Walker and released under Creative Commons

A pleasant circular walk from The Woodman, Wildhill car park over fields, along a ridge, through woodland and back to the pub. This route is a combination of two shorter walks on this site, Walk 2: The Camfield Place Loop, and Walk 6: The Wildhill Loop.

Directions


Map for Walk 14: The Woodman Loop  Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker  Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors  Note: There is a larger, more-detailed map embedded at the end of these directions
Map for Walk 14: The Woodman Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors
Note: There is a larger, more-detailed map embedded at the end of these directions

If you intend to end this walk with a drink at the Woodman in Wildhill you can park in the pub car park. When in the pub car park you will see that the parking area splits. The lower area, just beyond a few out-buildings, leads to a gate in the SW corner. This is the start of the walk.

1: Go through the gate and take Hatfield footpath 84 heading SW across a field. You will cross a wooden bridge, go through another gate and cross a second field before reaching a second footbridge.

2: Cross the footbridge and, after the first tree, turn left and after 15m you will reach a gate. Go through the gate and turn right heading SW with the hedgerow on your right and the field on your left.

3: After 200m you will reach a gap in the hedge on your right. Go through the gap,  turn right and head NW for 15m before turning left and following the path uphill with the hedgerow on your right and the field on your left.

4: After 220m the path goes diagonally uphill across the field heading SSW for 110m. At the top of the hill follow the path round to the left of the woods with the field on your left for 260m until you reach Grubbs Lane.

5: When you reach Grubbs Lane turn right and head NW for 230m until you reach a footpath on your right soon after you past Westfield Lodge.

6: Take this footpath, Hatfield footpath 82, and head NW across the field for 200m heading to the left of the pylon until you reach a second field. Continue heading diagonally NW across the second field for 230m until you reach woodland.

7: Keeping the woods on your right, continue NW along the footpath for 260m to the point where the path bends to the right. You are now on Hatfield footpath 81. Continue on this path heading NNW for 250m until you reach Wildhill Road.

8: Cross Wildhill Road and head N along a farm road with farm buildings on your left and right.  Continue along this track for 430m. This is what is known as an 'unmetalled unclass county road' (Hatfield UCR1).

9: When you reach a T-junction turn right and follow the tree-lined path, Hatfield BOAT (byway open to all traffic) 80, as it heads E. Follow this byway for 880m until you reach West End Lane.

10: Here you turn left and follow the lane as it heads E and then N for 260m. Soon after the bend, look out for a signpost on the right for Hatfield BOAT 14 to Essendon.

11: Take this byway and head E and then NE for 620m until you reach a footpath on your right accessed through a metal gate.

12: Take this path, Essendon footpath 16, and head SE for 320 with the hedgerow on your left and the field on your right until you reach a wooden footbridge. Cross the bridge and continue heading SE for another 420m until you reach a footpath on your right.

13: Turn right here and climb the hill heading SW and then SE along Essendon footpath 15 for 620m until you reach Cum Cum Hill, the B158.

14: Here you turn right and walk along the footpath alongside the B158 until you reach the junction with Wildhill. Continue along Kentish Lane (at some point you need to cross Kentish Lane in order to continue walking along the footpath on the east side of the road) for 300m looking out for a footpath on your right.

15: Cross the road and take this path, Hatfield footpath 85, for 530m as it goes through the hedgerow and across a field, then skirts woodland with the hedge on your right and the field on your left. The path goes through another gate, across another field, and through a gate in the hedge before dropping down the hill to The Woodman car park.

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