Enjoy a walk or cycle around these pleasant bluebell woods near Welwyn Garden City. There's lots of footpaths for walkers and bridleways for cyclists to try. The area is great for wildlife. Look out for nuthatches, treecreepers, woodpeckers, thrushes, robins, tits and wrens. You may also see Muntjac Deer and foxes.
The Ayot Greenway runs through the woods so you can extend your exercise on this great rail trail. The shared cycling and walking path will take you east into Welwyn Garden City or west to Wheathampstead.
PostcodeAL8 7SU - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Sherrardspark Wood Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Just to the east of the woods you can enjoy refreshments in the Red Lion pub. It's an attractive looking gastropub with beams, wood and stone floors, a large fireplace and Mediterranean-accented food. There's a good varied great menu and a nice courtyard and garden where you can sit outside on warmer days. You can find it at Digswell Hill with a postcode of AL6 9AJ for your sat navs.
The woods are a fine place for dog walk and you will likely see other owners on your outing.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
A footpath runs south from the woods to Lemsford where there's nice views of the River Lea and a pretty weir. Near here there's also the Lemsford Springs Nature Reserve where there's good wildlife spotting opportunties. It's only about a 1 mile walk south from the woods so a nice option if you fancy continuing your exercise.
Near Lemsford there's also Stanborough Park where there's some lovely lakes and parkland to explore.
Just to the north west of the woods you will find the noteworthy village of Ayot St Lawrence. The village is notable for its connections with the playwright George Bernard Shaw and is the site of Shaw's Corner, his old residence. There's also a ruined 12th century church and a lovely pub which dates from the 14th century to see here.