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2: Camfield Place
3: Water End
4: Epping Green
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12: Quiz Walk
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18: Grubbs Lane
19: Wildhill Eight
20: Essendon
21: Cucumber Lane
22: North Mymms Way
23: Hatfield Brookmans Park
24: Brookmans Park Wildhill
25: Little Berkhamsted
26: Broxbourne Woods South
27: Broxbourne Woods North
28: Brickendon Loop
29: Wildhill SW Loop
30: Colney Heath South Loop
31: North Mymms SW Loop
32: Brookmans Park Loop
33: West End Figure Of Eight
34: Little Berkhamsted Loop
35: Letty Green Loop
36: Lea Valley Loop
37: Three Ridge Round
38: Ayot Greenway South
39: Ayot Greenway West
40: Ayot Greenway North
41: Northaw Wildhill Loop
42: North Mymms to Hatfield
43: Datchworth Loop
44: Bramfield Loop
45: Tewin West East Loop
46: Tewin North Loop
47: Mimram Valley Loop
48: Kimpton Loop
49: Ayot Short
50: Bayford Linear
51: Mymmshall Wood Loop
52: Wildhill SE Loop
53: Essendon East Loop
54: Symondshyde Loop
55: Ayot North East Loop
56: The Great Wood, Northaw
57: Chapmore End Circular
58: Wadesmill Circular
59: Burn's Green Circular

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Walk 52: Wildhill SE Loop

4.5 miles (7.3 km)

A pleasant circular starting and ending at The Woodman, Wildhill taking in some old byways and a nice ridge walk with great views. Involves a section of lane walking with a short stretch without a footpath.

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  1. Park in the car park at The Woodman, Wildhill, and head for the aluminium bachelor gate at the south east end of the beer garden.
  2. Enter the field and walk diagonally uphill, heading south-east until you come to a gate in the hedge.
  3. Go through this gate, cross the next field, go through a third gate and, keeping the woodland to your left and the field on your right, follow the path as it continues south-east through the crop to the hedgerow and out onto Kentish Lane the B158.
  4. Cross the road with care and turn left, walking north along Kentish Lane until you reach the bend.
  5. Just before the bend, cross the road a second time at a point where you can see and hear the traffic - cars take this bend at speed, so extra care is needed.
  6. Continue walking past Wildhill Road on your left and continue on the left side of Kentish Lane as it heads north-east until you come to a track on your left just before some cottages.
  7. At this point, cross the road a third time and head south-east down Hornbeam Lane until it reaches a stables on the left and a large house on the right.
  8. Here Hornbeam Lane becomes a path. Continue along the path as it heads east alongside and through the edge of Nine Acre Wood until it emerges on Cucumber Lane.
  9. Turn right on Cucumber Lane and follow it south-east until you reach Tylers Causeway.
  10. Turn left on Tylers Causeway and walk north-east a short distance until you come to a track on your right with a lodge on the east side of the track.
  11. Follow this track due south until you reach a footpath on your right just before a bend.
  12. Take the path and head south-west along the track, past Barbers Lodge Farm, then Woodfield Farm (where you have to walk to the left of the large black barn), and eventually emerge on Kentish Lane, the B158.
  13. Cross the B158 and head west along Grubbs Lane walking on the footpath on the left (south) side of the lane.
  14. At one point, for about 100 yards, there isn't a footpath along this road and you have to take extra care. Best to walk single file and look out for idiots driving at speed down and up the dip along this short section. This can be particularly bad at rush hours because this lane is a bit of a rat run from Hatfield to Essendon and Newgate Street.
  15. After climbing the dip, look out for a footpath on your right, just after Westfield House, heading north across the fields.
  16. Follow the path to the end of the field where you will have wonderful views over to Wildhill.
  17. At this point you will have the woodland on your left and fields on your right. Go through the gap in the hedgerow just to the left of a tree and cross the next field slightly diagonally north-east aiming for the hedgerow. Note: At times this path will be overgrown with crops, although the landowner is usually good in making sure that the path is clear. If the path is blocked simply follow the edge of the woodland on your left and you will rejoin the path.
  18. Keep walking with the field on your right and the hedgerow on your left until you reach the end of the field. There will be a track off to your left heading north. Don't take this, it's not pubic.
  19. Instead, turn slightly right at the end of the field and immediately look out for a gap in the hedgerow.
  20. Turn left and head north-east alongside the next field with the hedgerow on your left and the field on your right.
  21. Follow this path as it bends round to the right, again keeping the hedgerow on your left and the field on your right, until you reach the fourth oak on your left. Here you will find an aluminium bachelor gate leading into the field.
  22. Go through the gate, cross a small footbridge, continue north-east through the field heading for another aluminium bachelor gate, go through the gate, over a second wooden footbridge (it can be muddy after the bridge) and then another aluminium bachelor gate leading to the car park at The Woodman, Wildhill.

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About these walks

Ellie and David BrewerNote: All these walks are based around local pubs and were tested, mapped out and uploaded to this website by David and Ellie Brewer, pictured right.

The first in the collection are about three to four miles long and fairly easy. Allow two hours for most.

The later additions, from walk 16 onwards are longer. The North Mymms Way, which is walk 22 is a half day walk of about 12 miles which will take about four hours.

All the walks are fairly easy if you are able to cross step stiles, negotiate bachelor gates, traverse the occasional muddy path, and manage small hills. Boots and wet weather gear, a bottle of water, a snack, and the correct map for the area are recommended.

We recommend you buy the Ordnance Survey Landranger map for the area, number 166.

The walks are all within a 15 minute drive of Brookmans Park and include some villages to the east such as Bayford and Brickendon.

The Brookmans Park Newsletter can take no responsibility for paths that have been fenced off or closed since this series of walks was published. Some signs, stiles, and gates might also have been damaged or hidden since these walks were published.

Feedback is always welcome. If you have any comments you can add them in the comments box under each walk. There is also a discussion thread in this site's forum. As with all these walks, please do check the pub opening hours before setting off to make sure you are not left disappointed. You might want to read the Ramblers advice on your right to walk before setting off so you know what to do if you meet unexpected obstacles.


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