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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 6: The Wildhill Circular
Sheltered, wooded paths and open fields
4 km (2.5 miles)

picture taken on The Wild Hill circular

This walk starts across fields which can, after rain, be fairly muddy. It includes a sheltered stretch along a wooded bridleway, which weaves along a ridge offering excellent views south towards Brookmans Park.

The bridleway is well worth the effort on its own and this walk was extended in May 2005 to make this part of the walk longer. The walk ends with a short stretch of lane walking towards the end, but the lane is quiet and more like a bridleway than a road.

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

maps of Walk 6: The Wildhill Circular Geocoding by Mapzen, © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors


Printing the map
Click on the map above to reveal a bigger version which you can print off and take with you on the walk. The numbers refer to certain bullet points in the directions below. We recommend buying either the Ordnance Survey Explore 182 map or the Landranger 166 map to use along with our directions.

Copyright
The map for this walk was created using MapHub with the base maps by © Thunderforest and © OpenStreetMap. The text and images for these walks are by The Brookmans Park Newsletter and are released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0.

Directions

  1. If you intend to end this walk with a drink at the Woodman pub in Wildhill, you can park in the pub car park, otherwise find a parking place on the road.
  2. When in the pub car park you will see that the parking area splits. The lower area, just beyond a few out-buildings, leads to an aluminium kissing gate in the south west corner, which leads to a field. Take this path.
  3. As you look beyond this gate you will see another a small wooden bridge and then another kissing gate almost straight ahead. Note: This field is often very muddy and churned up by horses so tread carefully.
  4. Go through this second gate and head almost straight ahead but slightly diagonally to the right. To help with navigation, head in the direction of the Brookmans Park transmitter on the distant horizon. The path crosses a small plank footbridge before climbing left to another kissing gate. Note: Be careful just after crossing the footbridge because the path you want swings to the left and up to the gate, and doesn't go straight ahead along a path that's been trodden by the horses.
  5. Go through the gate and turn right, keeping to the right hand boundary of the field with the hedge on the right. Skirt the field and follow the hedge round as it veers left.
  6. You soon reach a gap in the hedge and another post with yellow arrow, just after a small stream. The post suggests you go straight across the field, but the last time I was there it had been ploughed up, so the best route is to turn slightly right and then, keeping the boundary of the field on your right, skirt the field keeping the field on your left and the hedgerow and ditch on your right and continue slightly uphill as the path climbs to the woods ahead.
  7. Depending on the season, the path sometimes heads diagonally to the left, through the crops towards a beech tree at the edge of the wood. Alternatively, you can continue skirting the boundary of the field keeping the field on your left and the hedgerow, ditch, and woods on your right, until you come to the corner of the woods. Here you can walk through a gap in the boundary of the field and continue walking with the woodland on your right.
  8. At this point you will see the Brookmans Park transmitter to the south. Look back for excellent views over to Wildhill and Essendon. Keep walking, heading to a point slightly to the right of the distant transmitter mast until you reach a gate and broken kissing gate leading out to Grubbs Lane.
  9. Turn right here and walk single file and against the traffic for less than a tenth of a mile.
  10. Soon after you past Westfield Lodge, look out for a footpath sign on the right pointing through the hedgerow and leading into a field.
  11. Cross the fields walking diagonally left as the path goes through the crops heading to the left of the pylon and under the power lines. The path then continues diagonally left through another field of crops heading towards the woods and a wooden post with yellow arrow.
  12. Keeping the woods on your right, continue straight along a bridleway as it curves first left and then turns right past a tree on your left and white topped sign post on your right, see image below. Continue along the track to Woodside Lane.
  13. picture taken on The Wild Hill circular

  14. At this point you have a choice of a short cut by crossing the lane and heading up a bridleway, keeping the farm on your left and the cottages on your right and continue along the bridleway.
  15. If you don't want to take the shortcut, turn left along Woodside Lane walking in single file and against the traffic heading the short distance along the lane towards the house on the next bend.
  16. When you reach the red brick house on the bend you will see two paths to the right, one leads to private houses, the second (which goes alongside the wall of the red brick house, becomes a bridleway, and is your way ahead.
  17. Walk along this tree-lined path as it bends and weaves through farmland. Ignore a bridleway off to the right (which is where the short cut joins the route) and continue along the ridge. As you walk you will see some excellent views across the valley towards Brookmans Park and Potters Bar.
  18. This bridleway finally reaches a lane. Turn right and walking single file and against the traffic, follow the lane downhill until it reaches Woodside Lane in Wildhill.
  19. Turn left at the bottom and right into the pub car park.

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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.

Copyright

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