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Walk 26: Broxbourne Wood South Loop

4.8 miles (7.8 km) with 109m total ascent

Photograph along Walk 26: Broxbourne Wood South Loop
A lovely walk through ancient woodland. It’s well signposted throughout. Just follow the waymark posts with the green arrows and the White Admiral butterfly. About half way round you could take a detour to The Woodman & Olive at Wormley West End (check opening times first). When you have done this walk try out Walk 27: Broxbourne Wood North Loop.


Map for Walk 26: Broxbourne Wood South 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 26: Broxbourne Wood South Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors

There is a larger, more-detailed map embedded at the end of these directions
Those with GPS devices can download GPX or KML files for this walk. We've added What3Words location 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.

1: Park in the Broxbourne Nature Reserve Car Park west (location - https://w3w.co/roof.coherent.ground) grid reference TL 32410 07094. Walk up to the route map to the E of the car park , turn left then follow the green signs with the black butterflies clockwise.

2: After 1.4km walking through woodland cross Pembridge Lane (location - https://w3w.co/beyond.hidden.pine), take the footpath opposite, Brickendon Liberty footpath 15, then head SE or 290m until you reach a right turn (location - https://w3w.co/able.hugs.dairy). Turn right on Brickendon Liberty footpath 25 for 250m before emerging on White Stubbs Lane (location - https://w3w.co/crest.slap.with).

3: Walk down the lane directly opposite for 15m before taking the footpath on your left and following the signs with the green arrow and black butterfly. The butterfly pictured on the signs is a White Admiral, and we were lucky to see one on the afternoon we visited. The path weaves round left then right and then heads S and W for 500m before it meets West End Road (location - https://w3w.co/gentle.ants.rather).

4: Cross the road and head back into the woods walking W for 870m until you meet Brickendon Liberty footpath 29 where you turn left and drop down through Wormley Wood. Keep to the waymarked path for 3.4km as the path heads S, W, and N back up White Stubbs Lane on Brickendon Liberty footpath 23 (location - https://w3w.co/shaky.nods.poppy).

5: Cross the lane and head down a shaded bridleway, Bayford bridleway 7, for 770m as it goes between two fields and then swings round to emerge on Pembridge Lane (location https://w3w.co/garden.angle.vanish).

6: Turn right down the lane looking out for a path on your left after 70m (location - https://w3w.co/when.lovely.pumps). Take this path and when you come to a junction in the path turn right and walk back to the car park.

For accurate directions it's probably best to print out the map of Broxbourne Nature Reserve, which is excellent.

Interactive map


  1. Hi David,I have downloaded the GPX file for this walk and my app is telling me it's 4.8 not 5.5 miles. Is it an error on your website?

    1. Oops, thanks Beryl, you and your app are correct, the details on my site were wrong (but correct now because I have just edited them, thanks to you). Apologies for the error. All fixed now. Thanks for taking the time to point it out. I hope you enjoy the walk. David


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