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Walk 64: Gustard Wood Loop

Bluebells in the spring, popular with birdlife all year

1.5 miles (2.3 km) 


Photograph of path through the bluebells in Lamer Wood Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The bluebells in Lamer Wood picture taken April 29, 2018
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

This is a great walk at Easter when wild daffodils spread a yellow carpet either side of the path through Lamer Wood. A few weeks later it’s the turn of the bluebells to flood the area with light blue. Amazing how the same woodland can change so much in the space of a few weeks. All year round it’s a popular spot for woodland birds.

The walk is fairly flat all the way but can get muddy in places after rain. The route starts and finishes in a small car park off Lamer Lane, the B651.

Directions


Map for Walk 64: Gustard Wood 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 64: Gustard Wood 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 in the small lay-by off Lamer Lane, or, if that is busy, there is an alternative start and finish at The Cross Keys pub on Ballslough Hill. I checked with the staff at the pub and they say they are happy for walkers to park in their car park if they are having a drink or meal there before or after the walk. From the lay-by off Lamer Lane walk in an easterly direction (away from the road) into Gustardwood until the path meets a bridleway heading north-south. This is Wheathampstead bridleway 101. Turn right and follow the bridleway S for 340m until you meet the Lamer Lane again.

Photograph of path through the bluebells in Lamer Wood Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The path running south from Gustard Wood at the beginning of the walk
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

2: Turn left on Lamer Lane and after 40m turn left heading E along a quiet lane, which is also Wheathampstead footpath 37. Continue uphill for 240m looking out for a footpath on your left that takes you into the Lamer Wood.

3: Take this path, Wheathampstead footpath 85, and head N through Lamer Wood for 850m. This is where you will find the carpet of bluebells when in season. 


Photograph of path through the bluebells in Lamer Wood Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Bluebells to the east of the path through Lamer Wood
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Photograph of path through the bluebells in Lamer Wood Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Spring blossom falling like snow on the path through Lamer Wood
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
4: When you reach the top of the woods you come to a gate leading into a field. Turn left and head SW on Kimpton footpath 12  until you reach Ballslough Hill. This bit can be extremely muddy after rain.

5: Turn left on Ballslough Hill and head SW for 75m. On your right you will see The Cross Keys pub.

6: Soon after you will see a bridleway sign on your right pointing S through Gustard Wood. This is Wheathampstead bridleway 101 again. Follow this path for 320m looking out for a path on your right back to the lay-by where you parked at the start of the walk.



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