Welcome to Walks From The Woodman

The Woodman, Wildhill is producing a booklet containing 10 walks that start and finish in the pub’s car park. The circular walks range from 2.6 to 8.5 miles long. Many use the same paths out of The Woodman car park before branching off to explore different areas of the local countryside.

Walk 9: Lea Valley Loop

Walk 9: Lea Valley Loop  Map created on Map Hub Elements © Thunderforest and © OpenStreetMap contributors
Walk 9: Lea Valley Loop
Map created on Map Hub
Elements © Thunderforest and © OpenStreetMap contributors
This includes a footpath that dips down to the River Lea, and follows the river east before climbing up to Essendon.

Directions

7.2 miles (11.6 km)


1: From The Woodman head W for 120m to the junction with West End Lane. Turn right and head N to The Candlestick. (1.8km)

2: Take the lane on the left just past The Candlestick and walk to the top to a footpath on your right after the last cottage. (380m)

3: Turn right and head NW downhill until you reach a private lane and a group of cottages. (1.1km)

4: Continue until you come to a sharp left-hand bend. (940m)

5: Take the bridleway on your right and head W with the River Lea on your left. Continue for 840m to a bridleway on the right. (870m)

6: Turn right and head S uphill for 640m until you reach a footpath on the left. (640m)

7: Take this path and head SE across a field, past woodland on your left, across another field, to West End Lane. (730m)

8: Turn left and head E to Essendon village looking out for a footpath on the right. (660m)

9: Take that footpath and head S past the church and cricket club on the left, eventually reaching a footpath through the woodland. (380m)

10: Turn right and head SW through the woodland, down the hill, across a footbridge, and uphill before reaching a byway. (660m)

11: Turn left and head S for 500m until you reach a footpath on the left. (530m)

12: Follow the path for 740m downhill, across a footbridge, along a tree-lined path with Essendon Brook on your left until you reach a path on your right. (740m)

13: Take this path uphill, through woodland, eventually emerging on the B158. Cross the road and continue heading SE along Hornbeam Lane for 170m until you reach a footpath on your right. (820m)

14: Take this path as it heads SW, skirting the field and crossing a footbridge before emerging on a private road where you turn right and head NW until you reach the B158 at the junction with Wildhill Road. (430m)

15: Turn left and walk SW down the E side of the B158 for 300m, looking out for a footpath on your right. (330m)

16: Take this footpath and head NW across a field, alongside woodland on your right, then through a gate, across another field, through another gate, and down to The Woodman car park. (610m)


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