GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Heartwood Forest

3 miles (5 km)

This large forest near St Albans has some fine cycling and walking trails to try. The forest includes over half a million trees, ancient woodland, wildflower meadows and miles of waymarked walks. There's also bridleways suitable for mountain biking. It's great in the spring with carpets of bluebells and lots of wildlife to look out for. This includes barn owls, tawny owls, kestrels and 27 species of butterfly. There is also a community orchard with apple and pears trees plus anarboretum which, once fully grown, will be the only one known in the UK to contain all 57 of our native tree species.
There's three waymarked walks to try all of which are fairly easy and of similar lengths. These take place on a mixture of surfaced tracks and grassy paths.
You can park at the car park near the village of Sandridge to start your walk. The bridleways can also be picked up from the High Street in the village.
The area includes Langley Wood and Pudler's Wood with Nomansland Common just to the north. If you are on a bike please keep to the marked bridleways.
The forest is located near to a number of excellent cycling and walking trails. If you head north towards Wheathampstead you can pick up the Ayot Greenway. This rail trail will take you to Welwyn Garden City on a marked National Cycle Route. You can also pick up the Lea Valley Walk and enjoy a riverside stroll.
See the St Albans Cycle Routes page for more rides around the area.

Postcode

AL4 9DQ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Heartwood Forest OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Heartwood Forest Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Dog Walking

The forest is popular with other dog walkers and you will probably see a few other owners with their pets on you walk.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Sandridge Walk starts in the nearby village and visits the pretty Jersey Farm Woodland Park, which lies just to the south. The park has some pleasant footpaths and lots of flora and fauna to see. After the walk you can visit the 17th century pub in the village.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

GOC Sandridge to Harpenden 177 Heartwood Forest (8248690205)

GOC Sandridge to Harpenden Heartwood Forest

Poppy field - geograph.org.uk - 2705216

Poppy field

Ox-eye Daisy field - geograph.org.uk - 2705233

Ox-eye Daisy field

Coppicing - geograph.org.uk - 99219

Coppicing. This is a section of coppice within Langley Wood. The wood is accessible from the adjacent footpath.

GOC Sandridge to Harpenden 183 Langley Wood, Heartwood Forest (8250047344)

GOC Sandridge to Harpenden 183 Langley Wood, Heartwood Forest

Sandridge, Bridleway - geograph.org.uk - 87017

Sandridge: Bridleway. The bridleway from Sandridge to Ayres End Lane viewed looking north westwards with the coppiced hornbeam Langley Wood to the left.

Field planned to be part of Heartwood Forest - geograph.org.uk - 2667873

Field planned to be part of Heartwood Forest

Comma (Polygonia c-album) (8685098427)

Comma Butterfly

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Heartwood Forest.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')

Memory Map Route

Heartwood Forest.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)