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Walk 17: Hornbeam Lane Loop

An old track, quiet lane and woodland paths

4.1 miles (6.4 km)

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A pleasant circular walk taking in old lanes, footpaths and woodland. Parts can be muddy at certain times of the year, and there are nettles to deal with on some of the narrow paths.

, created by David Brewer, map elements copyright MapHub and Thunderforest


  1. Park in The Woodman car park at Wildhill and exit the car park by the metal kissing gate just below and to the south and east of the beer garden.
  2. Climb and cross the field diagonally to your right heading for a gap in the hedge. Cross the next field heading south east to another gate.
  3. Keep the woodland on your left and the field on your right and continue walking south and east until you cross the field and cut through the hedgerow and meet Kentish Lane, the B158.
  4. Turn left and head north along the right side of Kentish Lane until you reach the bend at the junction with Wildhill Lane.
  5. Here you will need to cross the road with care and continue walking along the east (left) side of the B158 (Kentish Lane) until you reach a house on your left.
  6. At this point you will notice a footpath on your right down Hornbeam Lane. Cross the road again with care (it can be busy) and walk down Hornbeam Lane.
  7. Continue down Hornbeam Lane past the stables on your left and continue as the lane reduces to a footpath. This bit can be difficult when the nettles are growing so take a stick to push them back. It can also be a bit muddy.
  8. Eventually you emerge on Cucumber Lane. Turn sharp left and walk along the lane. It's normally a quiet lane, but take care as you walk along until Berkhamsted Lane joins from the right.
  9. At this point look out for a footpath on the left just beyond a house, and take this path it as it drops down back towards the B158. Again this can be overgrown with nettles. I have done it in shorts and survived but regretted it.
  10. Cross the road and head for a footpath sign directly opposite leading down wooden steps into Panther's Wood. This part can be muddy.
  11. Cross the small footbridge over the stream, climb up the other side and then turn right and head north west along the footpath with the river on your right
  12. Continue across a small footbridge, and climb the hill with the field on your left and the hedgerow on your right until you meet Byway 14 which is a BOAT (Byway Open to All Traffic).
  13. Turn left here and follow the BOAT as it winds east and south to West End Lane
  14. Turn left on West End Lane and follow this quiet road back down to Wildhill where you turn left on Wildhill Lane and return to The Woodman car park.

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1 comment:

  1. Enjoyable and easy to follow route, good for dogs but limited 'off lead' stretches (particularly if you have a pooch that roams!)


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