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Walk 21: Cucumber Lane Loop

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


A hornbeam wood, ridge track, open views


5.8 miles (9.3 km)


Image from Walk 21 The Cucumber Lane Loop by David Brewer released under Creative Commons

A varied circular which starts and finishes at The Woodman, Wildhill. The route takes you through the Cartland Estate, a hornbeam wood, along quiet lanes and tracks with open views, and across fields. This walk does involve a short five minute stretch walking along a country lane without a footpath.


Directions

Map for Walk 21: Cucumber Lane 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 21: Cucumber Lane 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

  1. Park at The Woodman, Wildhill.
  2. Leave the car park and turn left and then first right up West End Lane. The lane dips down then climbs before turning right and left.
  3. Shortly after the left turn take the byway on your right. This is Essendon byway open to all traffic 14 (BOAT). Follow this byway through the woods for 650m until you reach a gate on the right.
  4. Go through the gate and take Essendon footpath 16 SE for 360m until you reach a footbridge.
  5. Cross the footbridge and continue walking SE for 430m through the woods until you reach a footpath junction.
  6. Here you turn right and follow Essendon footpath 15 through the Cartland Estate eventually emerging on the B158.
  7. Cross the road, and head SE down Hornbeam Lane, Essendon bridleway 18, for 1.4km passing the houses on your right until the lane narrows and becomes a track. Continue along this bridleway climbing the hill through an avenue of hornbeams until you reach to Cucumber Lane.
  8. Turn right and continue along Cucumber Lane until you come to the junction of Woodfield Lane and Tylers Causeway.
  9. Turn left at the junction and continue east along Tylers Causeway for 65m until you reach a track on your right, Hatfield restricted byway 88. Take the track and walk past a lodge on your left and a bungalow on your right.
  10. After 280m look out for Hatfield bridleway 87 on your right. Take this bridleway for 1.5 miles until you reach the B158 again.
  11. Cross the road and continue along Grubbs Lane. Take care as the lane dips because there is no footpath for about five minutes of the walk. Walk single file at this point on the south side of the road. Shortly after the lane dips and rises again you will see a public footpath on your right, Hatfield footpath 84.
  12. Take this path and head NE for 260m until you reach a gap in the hedge. Walk to the left of the tree and follow the path downhill through the crops and continue as the path bends slightly right and heads NE with the field on your right and the hedgerow on your left. At the bottom of the field you will see a gap in the hedgerow to your right. 
  13. Go through the gap, turn left, and follow the path N and NE keeping the hedge on your left and the field on your right.
  14. At the fourth oak tree on your left you will see steps down to a gate. Go through the gate, turn right, cross a footbridge, cross another field, go through another gate, across another footbridge, another gate and emerge in The Woodman car park.

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