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. The site has been created by two Woodman regulars who run the Hertfordshire Walker website.

Walk 5: Hornbeam Lane Loop

Map for Walk 5: Hornbeam Lane Loop  Map created on Map Hub Elements © Thunderforest and © OpenStreetMap contributors
Map for Walk 5: Hornbeam Lane Loop
Map created on Map Hub
Elements © Thunderforest and © OpenStreetMap contributors

This walk goes along footpaths, bridleways, quiet lanes, and through woodland.


4.1 miles (6.5 km)

1: Take the footpath south of the beer garden on the east side of the car park. Walk uphill and diagonally SE across the field and go through a gate in the hedgerow. Head SSE until you reach another gate at the edge of woodland. With the woodland on your left, head SE until the path crosses a field and goes through a gap in the hedgerow to the B158. (540m)

2: Cross the road and turn left, walking NE along the east side of the B158 towards the right-hand bend in the road at the point where Wild Hill goes off to the left. (315m)

3: Turn right along a footpath which follows a private road heading SE. After 140m the footpath veers left to reach a wooden footbridge and a gate. Go through the gate and head NE with the woods on your right until you reach Hornbeam Lane. (415m)

4: Turn right on Hornbeam Lane and head SW, past stables on your left following the lane as it becomes a track. (1.3km)

5: When you reach Cucumber Lane, turn left and walk along the lane until Berkhamsted Lane joins from the right. (1.3km)

6: At this point take the footpath on the left just beyond a house and follow it as it drops down to the B158. (360m)

7: Cross the road and take the footpath opposite leading down wooden steps into Panther’s Wood. Cross the footbridge over Essendon Brook, turn right and head NW along the footpath with the brook on your right. Cross a footbridge, climb the hill with the field on your left and the hedgerow on your right until you come to a gate leading to a byway open to all traffic (BOAT). (880m)

8: Turn left and head E and S to West End Lane. (630m)

9: Turn left on West End Lane and follow this lane back down to Wildhill, where you turn left and return to The Woodman. (750m)

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