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Walk 99: Woodside Loop

Open fields, red kites, a wooded byway

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

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
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. Keep following the footpath with the field on your left and the hedgerow on your right. Continue as the path bends to the left until you reach a gap in the hedge on the right. (200m) 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 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)

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
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
5: Turn right and walk along the lane. (230m)

6: Soon after Westfield Lodge, take a footpath on your right. This is Hatfield footpath 82. Cross the fields walking diagonally NNW 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. (610m)

7: Turn left and head SW on Hatfield footpath 81, keeping the hedgerow on your right and the field on your left, cross a field and emerge on Grubbs Lane. (380m)

8: Turn right, then right on Woodside Lane and head NW. After 220m take the right fork and continue along Woodside Lane until you meet Wildhill Road. (570m)

9: Turn right on Wildhill Road and take the first bridleway on the left. This is Green Street, Hatfield BOAT 80 (byway open to all traffic). Follow this tree-lined bridleway as it heads NW, then NE, then E. (1km)

10: After 1km you will reach a bridleway junction. Ignore the bridleway on your right and continue E until you reach West End Lane. (850m)

11: Turn right and head S, following the lane to the T-junction. Turn left and return to The Woodman car park. (600m)

This walk is also on Walks From The Woodman, a site we have built for The Woodman, Wildhill.

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