GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Royston Heath

2 miles (4 km)

This large area of heathland is located just to the south west of the town of Royston in Hertfordshire. Also known as Therfield Heath it'sa good sized area ofcommonland on which sheep are still regularly grazed. The heath is in an elevated position, with some small hill climbs and great views over the Cam Valley countryside. Therfield Hill is the high point at 168m (551ft), with a water tower sitting on the summit.
This circular walk starts from the car park off the Baldock Road, just west of Royston. From here you can pick up the trails heading west towards Jubilee Wood and Fordhams Wood. You then pass Church Hill before returning to the car park on different trails on the northern side of the heath.
On the walk look out for several bronze ageround barrows and lots of pretty wildflowers in the spring and summer months. Also look out for wildlife including the Chalkhill Blue butterfly fluttering around the flowers.
Both the Hertfordshire Way and the Icknield Way Path cross the heath. You can pick up either of these long distance, waymarked trails to continue your walking around Royston. You could follow the Icknield Way Path south, for example, to visit the village of Therfield itself.

Royston Heath OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Royston Heath Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

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Photos

5.1.17 Sunset at Royston Heath 04 (32126689835)

Sunset at Royston Heath

Pasqueflowers on Church Hill, Therfield Heath

Pasqueflowers on Church Hill, Therfield Heath

Five Hills barrows, Therfield Heath - geograph.org.uk - 415135

Five Hills barrows, Therfield Heath. The burial mounds on the right of the picture date to the Bronze Age; they are three of the five burial mounds that give the site its name. The mound in the left background is a Neolithic long barrow.

Therfield Heath

Therfield Heath Barrows

Snow on Therfield Heath - geograph.org.uk - 1262414

Snow on the heath

Mating Chalkhill Blues (7727616050)

Mating Chalkhill Blues butterflies

Church Hill, Therfield Heath - geograph.org.uk - 272937

Church Hill. A Small area of sheep-grazed species-rich chalk grassland, including the rare pasque flower.

Valley Plantation - geograph.org.uk - 110067

Valley Plantation

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