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Walk 2: Camfield Place Loop

Woodland, footbridges, and the Cartland estate 

3 miles (5 km)


Photograph of The footpath between points 9 and 10 below  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The footpath between points 9 and 10 below

This short walk circles Camfield Place, the country estate of the late Barbara Cartland. It takes you through five woods, down tree-lined footpaths, across a footbridge and down quiet country lanes. The route starts and finishes at The Woodman at Wildhill. Check the opening times, especially on a Sunday, to ensure you are not disappointed.

Directions


Map for Walk 2: Camfield Place Loop  Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker With elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors For KML and GPX details, see the interactive map below the directions
Map for Walk 2: Camfield Place Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
With elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors
We have an interactive map below the directions


Those with GPS devices can download GPX or KML files for this walk. We've added What3Words references for those who use that system. If you print these walks you might want to use the green PrintFriendly icon at the bottom of these directions to delete elements such as photographs.

If you are going to end up taking refreshments at The Woodman, you can park in the pub car park (https://w3w.co/plots.thinks.files). 

1: Head towards the top of the car park. On your left you will notice a gate just beyond the beer garden at the point where the car park widens. This is Hatfield footpath 85. Enter the field and walk uphill and diagonally SE across the field for 140m heading slightly to the right. This can be muddy after rain. This field often has horses grazing and they can be frisky. 
 
Photograph of The footpath leading south-east out of The Woodman car park Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The footpath leading SE out of The Woodman car park

You will notice a gate in the hedgerow ahead. Go through it and enter a field, often sown with various crops.

Photograph of The gate at the top of the first field from The Woodman car park Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The gate at the top of the first field from The Woodman car park

2: Head straight across this field for 150m to the edge of woodland. Here you go through another gate and, keeping the wood on your left, walk along the edge of the field still heading SE.

Photograph of Head along the path through the crops still heading south-east Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The path through the crops mentioned in point 2 above

3: The path is usually cut diagonally across through the crops and continues for 250m to a gap in the hedgerow leading to Kentish Lane.

Photograph of Continue along the path through the crops until you reach Kentish Lane where you turn left Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The path to Kentish Lane mentioned in point 3 above

4: You need to cross the road here and turn left, walking NE along the right-hand side (east side) of Kentish Lane (the B158) for 300m.

5: When you reach the bend where Wild Hill goes off to your left you have a choice. You can cross the B158 just before you reach Wild Hill and continue heading NE along the left-hand side of the B158 for 190m until you reach point 7 where you turn left and rejoin the walk, or you can avoid crossing what can be a busy road and take a detour described below.

[Detour to avoid crossing road on bend] Instead of crossing the B158, turn right on Essendon footpath 19 and follow this footpath SE for 140m before branching off to the left to reach a small footbridge with a gate on your left.

Photograph of footpath. Turn right on the footpath leading south-east off Kentish Lane Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Detour option heading SE off Kentish Lane

Turn left at the gate. This is Essendon footpath 20.

Photograph of footpath. Turn left here and take the footpath as it heads north-east to Hornbeam Lane Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Turn left here and take the footpath as it heads NE to Hornbeam Lane

Head NE with the field on your left and the woods on your right. After 120m you will reach the end of the woodland where you drop down slightly to the right to go through a gate by an outbuilding (see image below). Go through the gate and continue heading NE, now with the house and gardens on your right and the hedge on your left for 70m until you cross a footbridge and reach Hornbeam Lane.

The gate mentioned above - continue for 70m to Hornbeam Lane

Turn left on Hornbeam Lane and walk NW for 160m until you reach the B158 again. Immediately opposite you will see another path to the left of a house. [End of detour]

Photograph of footpath. Turn right at the footpath sign and walk north-east through Duncan's Wood Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Turn right at the footpath sign and walk NE through Duncan's Wood

7: Take this path (Essendon footpath 15) and head NW for 140m until you reach a footpath sign. Turn right and head NE for 480m first through Duncan’s Wood and continue until the path opens out into a field

Photograph of footpath. Continue heading north-east following the path down to Essendon Brook where you turn left Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Continue heading NE down to Essendon Brook

Here there is a panoramic view of a small valley enclosed in woodland and formed by two brooks, the Essendon Brook and Wildhill Brook.

Your way continues NE along a sheltered track between the fields downhill until you come to a gate just before a footpath crossing. Ahead is a small track down to a bridge over Essendon Brook, but your way is left along the edge of the woodland keeping the brook on your right. This is Essendon footpath 16.

Photograph of footpath. Turn left at the footpath crossing and continue north-west alongside Essendon Brook Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Turn left and continue NW alongside Essendon Brook

8: Head NW along this path for 400m until you reach a footbridge.

The rope swing alongside Essendon Brook  Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The rope swing alongside Essendon Brook

The wooden footbridge over Wildhill Brook at the junction with Essendon Brook Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The footbridge over Wildhill Brook at the junction with Essendon Brook


9: Cross the bridge and keep walking NW, climbing out of the valley with fields on your left and the hedgerow on your right.

Photograph of footpath. Turn left on the byway and follow it round as it heads south-west to West End Lane Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Turn left on the byway and follow it SW to West End Lane

10: After 330m your path meets Essendon BOAT 14 (byway open to all traffic) at the top of the hill where you turn sharp left. Follow this byway SW for 590m until you reach West End Lane.

As you walk this byway look to your left, across the fields and the valley, and you will see the late Barbara Cartland's home, Camfield Place, perched high on the distant hill.

11: When you reach West End Lane, turn left and walk along the road for 830m as it winds its way down the hill into the village of Wildhill.

12: Turn left at the end of West End Lane and you will see The Woodman on your right.



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