Follow the Broxbourne Woods Nature Trail on this splendid walk in Hertfordshire. The site is Hertfordshire's only National Nature Reserve and includes Wormley Woods, Cowheath Wood and Hoddesdonpark Wood. You'll pass attractive Hornbeam coppice, tranquil ponds, pretty meadows and field edges as you make your way along the figure of eight trail. The woods have car parks on White Stubbs Lane where you can pick up the waymarked trails.
This 9 mile walk takes you around most of the site but there are shorter walks and mountain bike trails for cyclists too. In the heart of the forest there is a 1km sculpture trail with several beautifully carved wooden pieces. These include a life size Roman soldier and a magnificent stag. Each sculpture illustrates something interesting about the forest, highlighting the historical importance of the woods and taking a close up look at the nature and wildlife that lives there. The video below gives and example of what you can expect to see on the trail. For cyclists there are some fun single-track rides to enjoy too.
If you'd like to extend your walking in the area then there are several good options. You could head west and visit Northaw Great Wood. This country park has 300 acres of woodland to explore.
The Hertfordshire Chain Walk and the Hertfordshire Way also pass the site. The Hertfordshire Chain Walk actually passes through the western end of the woods. You could pick this up and head south towards Cuffley and Enfield where you will pass Whitewebbs Park.
PostcodeSG13 8PA - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Broxbourne Woods Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Broxbourne Woods Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Broxbourne Woods OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Broxbourne Woods Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Woodman and Olive is conveniently located just to the east of the woods. They do excellent Greek/Mediterranean-inspired food if you are feelling peckish. There's also a large garden area to relax in on warmer days. You can find them 20 West End Rd, Wormley West End with a postcode of EN10 7QN for your sat navs.
The woods are ideal for dog walking so you'll probably bump into other owners on your walk. The Woodman and Olive pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To the west you can pick up the waymarked Hertfordshire Chain Walk which can be used to explore the Hertfordshire countryside. If you follow it south west it will take you to the pretty village of Little Berkhamsted where you can visit the Grade II listed Stratton's Tower, an excellently preserved five-storey observatory dating to 1789.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Hertfordshire Walks page.