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Walk 6: The Wildhill Loop

2.7 miles (4.3 km) with 45m total ascent

The footpath between points 3 and 4 looking back towards Wildhill Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The footpath between points 3 and 4 looking back towards Wildhill

This walk starts across fields which can be fairly muddy after rain. It includes a sheltered stretch along a wooded bridleway which weaves along a ridge offering excellent views S towards Brookmans Park. The are a few short stretches along country lanes where there are no footpaths/pavements, but the lanes are quiet. The starting point is two miles NE of Welham Green station by road.

The walk has the benefit of beginning and ending at The Woodman, Wildhill (location - https://w3w.co/luxury.woods.march) please check for opening times. The landlord says walkers are welcome to use the pub car park if they intend to purchase refreshments before or after their walk.


Map for Walk 6: The Wildhill 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 6: The Wildhill Loop
Created onMap Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors

There is an interactive map at the foot of this page
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1: Go through the gate in the SW corner of The Woodman car park (location - https://w3w.co/bigger.jeeps.taxi) and follow the footpath, Hatfield footpath 84, for 300m as it heads SSW. Cross a wooden bridge, go through another gate, and follow the path until it crosses another wooden footbridge.

2: After crossing the second footbridge, go through a gate in the hedgerow on your left (location - https://w3w.co/snap.fuzzy.gave) and turn right, following the footpath with the field on your left and the hedgerow on the right. Continue for 200m as the path bends to the left until you reach a gap in the hedge on the right (location - https://w3w.co/scan.monks.closed).

3: Go through the gap, and follow the path uphill heading SW with the field on your left and the hedgerow on your right.

4: After 80m the path veers left (location - https://w3w.co/swift.sushi.enhancement) heading diagonally uphill towards a tree on the left (location - https://w3w.co/begins.papers.torch). Continue SW with the woodland on your right and the field on your left until you reach a gate leading to Grubbs Lane (location - https://w3w.co/animal.hoot.diner).

5: Turn right and walk NW along the lane for 230m.

6: Soon after Westfield Lodge, take a footpath on your right, Hatfield footpath 82 (location - https://w3w.co/holly.onion.shakes). Cross the fields for 450m walking diagonally NNW heading to the left of the pylon. Continue through another field heading for the woods (location - https://w3w.co/deals.ridge.throw).

7: With the woods on your right, continue along the path as it curves first left and then right past a tree on your left (location - https://w3w.co/love.poem.flips). This is now Hatfield footpath 81. Continue N until you reach Wildhill Road (location - https://w3w.co/smiles.moment.bucks).

8: Cross Wildhill Road, and head N along Hatfield UCR1 (unmetalled unclassed county road) for 450m to a byway junction (location - https://w3w.co/vest.voters.fumes).

9: Turn right at the junction and head E along a byway called Green Street. This is Hatfield BOAT 80 (byway open to all traffic). Look right for some excellent views across the valley. Continue along this byway for 880m until you reach West End Lane (location - https://w3w.co/record.decent.rots).

10: Turn right on West End Lane and follow the lane downhill and S for 500m to Wildhill (location - https://w3w.co/fuel.full.rental).

11: Turn left at the junction. The Woodman will be on your right.

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  1. Hi Dave, been enjoying your walks recently. Did the Wild Hill one - lovely but bit muddy, nice pint after in The Woodman. I remember you from Bridge Street long ago! I'm now living in Cuffley with Richard B.

    1. Hi Jackie,
      Nice to hear from you. Ah yes, the BBC Parliamentary Unit. Happy days. Glad you enjoyed the walk; you are always guaranteed a wonderful pint at The Woodman at Wildhill - our local.
      We tested another great walk today. Number 147 which I'll publish tomorrow. Two cracking pubs, both serving excellent beer and the one we ate at was superb.
      Great to have your feedback on the walks. Hope you are keeping well.


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