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Walk 99: Woodside Loop

3.5 miles (5.6 km)


Green Street looking back towards point 10 Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Green Street looking back towards point 10
This is an extension of the shorter Wildhill Loop, which is walk six in this series. We’ve added it because it has been one of our regular walks during the coronavirus lockdown of 2020, when we wanted a walk that was quiet and which we could enjoy without meeting too many people. It starts and finishes at The Woodman, Wildhill. The walk includes a section called Green Street, which is a lovely 2km stretch of wooded byway.

Directions


Map for Walk 99: Woodside 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 99: Woodside Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors

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1: Go through the gate in the SW corner of The Woodman car park (location - https://w3w.co/newly.wiser.open) 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 the bridge go through a gate on your left and then turn right (location - https://w3w.co/tribune.author.over). Head WSW then SW for 200m, with the field on your left and the hedgerow on your right until you reach a gap in the hedge on the right (location - https://w3w.co/slam.watch.zones). Look out for buzzards and red kites over your head.

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

4: After 80m the path veers left (location - https://w3w.co/twig.rings.boxing) heading diagonally uphill towards a tree on the left (location - https://w3w.co/games.gross.damp). Continue SW for 410m, 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/song.remind.small).

The view from the top of the hill after point 4 looking back towards Wildhill Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The view from the top of the hill after point 4 looking back towards Wildhill
5: Turn right on Grubbs Lane and head NE for 230m looking out for a footpath on your right soon after Westfield Lodge (location - https://w3w.co/blitz.wants.pardon).

6: Turn right on Hatfield footpath 82 and cross the fields walking diagonally NNW for 610m heading to the left of the pylon. Continue through another field heading for the woods and follow the path as it curves first left, then reaches an area where farm equipment and building material is stored (location - https://w3w.co/acid.relax.frost).

7: Turn left and head SW on Hatfield footpath 81 for 380m, keeping the hedgerow on your right and the field on your left, cross a field and emerge on Grubbs Lane (location - https://w3w.co/table.treat.guides).

8: Turn right, then right again on Woodside Lane and head NW for 220m where you take the right fork (location - https://w3w.co/flags.spots.humble) and continue along Woodside Lane until you meet Wildhill Road (location - https://w3w.co/cross.richer.retain) opposite a large house called St Michaels with metal railings.

9: Turn right on Wildhill Road then head NE for 50m before turning left along a byway that heads NW alongside St Michaels  (location - https://w3w.co/phones.shiny.coast). This byway is called Green Street. It is also Hatfield BOAT 80 (byway open to all traffic). Follow this tree-lined byway as it heads NW, then NE, then E for 1km.

10: After 1km you will reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/lock.libraries.hype). Ignore the byway on your right and continue heading E for 850m until you reach West End Lane (location - https://w3w.co/frozen.silver.snake).

11: Turn right on West End Lane and head S for 600m, following the lane to the T-junction (location - https://w3w.co/fuel.full.rental). Turn left and return to The Woodman car park.

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