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Walk 6: The Wildhill Loop

Sheltered, wooded paths and open fields 

2.6 miles (4.2 km)


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
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

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 south towards Brookmans Park. The are a few short stretches along country lanes where there are no footpaths/pavements.

The walk has the benefit of beginning and ending at The Woodman in Wildhill, please check for opening times.

Directions

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 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: Go through the gate in the south-west corner of The Woodman car park and follow the footpath, Hatfield footpath 84, as it heads SSW. Cross a wooden bridge, go through another gate, and follow the path until it crosses another wooden footbridge. (300m)

2: After the bridge, go through a gate on your left and turn right, following the footpath with the field on your left. Continue as the path bends to the left until you reach a gap in the hedge on the right.  (200m)

3: Go through the gap, cross a small stream, and follow the path uphill heading SW with the field on your left and the hedgerow on your right. (250m)

4: After 80m the path veers left heading diagonally uphill towards a tree on the left. Continue SW with the woodland on your right and the field on your left until you reach a gate leading to Grubbs Lane. (410m)

5: Turn right and walk along the lane. (230m)

6: Soon after Westfield Lodge, take a footpath on your right, Hatfield footpath 84. Cross the fields walking diagonally NNW heading to the left of the pylon. Continue through another field heading for the woods. (450m)

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, this is now Hatfield footpath 81. Continue N until you reach Wildhill Road. (560m)

8: Cross Wildhill Road, and head N along Hatfield UCR1 (unmetalled unclass county road). Continue for 450m.

9: When you reach a bridleway junction, turn right 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. (880m)

10: The byway eventually reaches West End Lane where you turn right and follow the lane downhill to Wildhill. (500m)

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

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