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Walk 52: Wildhill SE Loop

A hornbeam wood and ridge walk

4.5 miles (7.3 km)

Photograph of the path along the ridge on Walk 52: Wildhill SE Loop

A circular walk starting and ending at The Woodman, Wildhill taking in some old byways and a ridge walk with great views. Involves a section of lane walking with a short stretch without a footpath.


Map for Walk 52: Wildhill SE Loop Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreet Map contributors See the interactive map below the directions for KML and GPX details
Map for Walk 52: Wildhill SE Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreet Map contributors
There is an interactive map at the foot of this page
Those with GPS devices can download GPX or KML files for this walk

1: Take the footpath south of the beer garden on the east side of the car park. This is Hatfield footpath 85. Walk uphill and diagonally SE across the field and go through a gate in the hedgerow. Head SSE until you reach another gate at the edge of woodland. With the woodland on your left, head SE until the path crosses a field and goes through a gap in the hedgerow to the B158. (540m)

2: Cross the road and turn left, walking NE along the east side of the B158 towards the right-hand bend in the road at the point where Wild Hill goes off to the left. (315m)

The gate mentioned in point 3 below - continue for 70m to Hornbeam Lane
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

3: Turn right along a footpath, Essendon footpath 19, which follows a private road heading SE. After 140m the footpath veers left to reach a wooden footbridge and a gate. Go through the gate and head NE along Essendon footpath 20 with the woodland on your right and the field on your left. After 120m you will reach the end of the woodland where you drop down slightly to the right to go through a wooden gate by an outbuilding (see image above). 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.

4: Turn right on Hornbeam Lane, Essendon bridleway 18, and head SW, past stables on your left following the lane as it becomes a track. (1.3km)

5: When you reach Cucumber Lane, turn right and follow it SE for 45om until you reach Tylers Causeway.

6: Turn left on Tylers Causeway and walk NE for 70m until you come to a track on your right with a lodge on the east side of the track. Follow this track, Hatfield restricted byway 88 SSE for 270m until you reach a footpath on your right just before a bend.

7: Take the path, Hatfield bridleway 87 and head WSW for 1.3km until you reach Woodfield Farm where the path goes to through the farmyard. Continue now heading NW and W for another 750m until you reach Kentish Lane, the B158.

8: Cross the B158 and head W along Grubbs Lane walking on the footpath on the left (south) side of the lane for 810m At one point there isn't a footpath along this road and you have to take extra care. Best to walk single file and look out for idiots driving at speed down and up the dip along this short section. This can be particularly bad at rush hours because this lane is a bit of a rat run from Hatfield to Essendon and Newgate Street. After climbing the dip, look out for a footpath on your right,

9: Take this path, Hatfield footpath 84 NNE for 280 to the end of the field where you will have wonderful views over to Wildhill. At this point you will have the woodland on your left and fields on your right. Go through the gap in the hedgerow just to the left of a tree and head downhill across the heading NNE for 110m until you reach the hedgerow where you veer slightly right and head NE for 230m with the field on your right and the hedgerow on your left until you reach the end of the field.Look out for a gap in the hedgerow to your right.

10: Go through gate and head to your right to cross a footbridge. Continue heading NNE for 300m through another gate, over another footbridge, then another gate, and back to the car park at The Woodman, Wildhill.

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