This small Hertfordshire village is located near Ware and Much Hadham in the East Hertfordshire district of the county.
This short walk takes you around the village and along the River Ash which flows just north of the settlement. It uses part of the Hertfordshire Way long distance footpath.
Please scroll down for the full list of walks near and around Widford. The detailed maps below also show a range of footpaths, bridleways and cycle paths in the area.
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Walks near Widford
- Ware - This Hertfordshire based town has two rivers to explore and a fine local nature reserve to visit.
- Lea Valley Walk - A super walk with a series of delightful waterside sections along the River Lea
- Stort Valley Way - A lovely riverside circular walk around Harlow, Nazeing and Roydon.
- Harcamlow Way - This long distance walk takes you to some of the most beautiful countryside, interesting historical sites and delightful country parks in the counties of Cambridgeshire, Essex and Hertfordshire.
The route is a figure-of-eight, starting in Harlow and first heading to Saffron Walden where you will pass the splendid Jacobean mansion and gardens at Audley End
- New River Path - Follow the man made New River from Hertford to Islington on this easy waterside walk
- Forty Hall - This manor house in Enfield is surrounded by lovely parkland and gardens
- Enfield - This North London based market town has some nice local parks, several waymarked trails, a historic local hall and waterside trails along the New River which runs past the town.
- Amwell Nature Reserve - This nature reserve is located in village of Great Amwell just to the south of Ware in Hertfordshire.
- Stanstead Abbotts - This Hertfordshire based village is located just south of Ware, near to the River Lee.
- Hertford Heath - A circular walk around this pretty nature reserve in Hertford.
- Much Hadham - This attractive Hertfordshire based settlement is well worth a visit
- Hertfordshire Way - Explore some of the finest countryside and prettiest towns and villages in this fascinating county
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Widford School, encompassing both a primary school and a pre-school, serves around 60 pupils, with each year group having a capacity of up to 8 children. Established in 1875, the school has a long-standing history in education.
The Village Hall, located on Bell Lane within the southern part of the parish, has been a community hub since its construction in 1910 by George S Pawle. Initially a drill hall for the Hertfordshire Regiment TA and later used by a Staffordshire Regiment, it transitioned to host village events. In 1956, the hall was acquired and renovated through a community fundraising effort, with subsequent care and maintenance by local volunteers. A new kitchen was added in 2009. It features a large function room with a removable stage for 100 people and a smaller committee room for 30 people.
The Green Man, Widford's local pub, remained open thanks to a community campaign against its potential closure.
Widford also has a disused single-platform railway station, part of the Ware to Buntingford Branch Line from 1873 to 1963. The railway, whose construction began in 1859 and completed in four years, now serves as a trail for walkers and cyclists. The station's site is currently used as a coal and garden product distribution center.
The parish's allotments, comprising over 20 plots, were established in 1978 by the Widford Parish Council.
St John the Baptist is the parish church in Widford. With its earliest parts dating back to the early 13th century and additional work in the late 13th and 14th centuries, it holds significant historical value. The church records, stored at the Hertfordshire County Record Office, date back to 1558. In 1903, burials in the church graveyard ceased when a new site across Ware Road opened. An independent, non-religious charity, The Friends of Widford Church, supports the church's care and maintenance.